Valve will get rid of Big picture mode for the Steam Decks UI
A Valve spokesperson confirmed that Steams Big Picture Mode will be replaced by Steam Deck's user interface. According to a Steam Forum post of a Valve employee, the console interface will replace Steam's large frontend, making your games compatible with larger displays and TV controllers. With players losing interest in big picture mode and Steam machines falling into oblivion, Valve has begun programming Steam Deck, a slimmer user interface. It makes sense for the company in the future to make it the default interface for TV-based Steam users.
Over a decade ago, Valve added an optional full-screen user interface called Big Picture Mode to Steam as an optional feature that has been the default interface for Steam Machines since the company failed attempt to get PC manufacturers to ship games to desktops with Steam OS. The only time anybody ever used Steam's Big Picture mode interface, designed by Valve to let you play your games on a TV or couch, was when you pressed Steam to launch it when it launched a button. For this reason, this confirmation is important : according to a recent IGN chat with Valve developer and designer Tucker Spofford, the new Valve Steam Deck portable gaming PC and Steam OS will be updated with a new Steam Deck user interface that will go beyond the old big picture modes.
The Steam Deck runs on a new version of Steam OS 3.0 ( Linux - based operating system called SteamOS 3) that seems to offer a better user experience than the popular Big Picture Mode, so replacing the deck seems a sensible choice for Valve. In response to users who want to confirm Valve's plans to replace Steam's big-picture mode with something new introduced with the release of Steam Deck, a Valve employee says the company will do just that. Screenshots of the new Steam Deck UI show that it seems to be less popular than the current Big Picture mode, which is not surprising as Valve has not updated it since its release.
Valve’s upcoming Steam Deck handheld gaming PC ships with a Linux operating system called Steam OS and a user interface that emphasizes on the game, making it feel like a game console. Valve introduced Big Picture Mode at the end of 2012 to enhance the Steam experience for HD TVs and enable gamepad, keyboard and mouse control. The replacement was made by a Valve employee in Austin.P Valve answered a question about the future of the interface on Steam Big Picture Forum.
Although I haven't had the opportunity to test out the portable gaming PC Valves Steam Deck yet, I can't say for sure whether the new user interface will be an improvement for the deck, but it's a safe bet. It is worth noting that Valve Steams designed Big Picture specifically for use on large HDTV screens when it was released in 2012. Launched in 2012, Big Picture Mode is designed to integrate the Steam Dashboard and associated libraries with TVs and gamepads, providing the Steam platform with a console-friendly dashboard.