Massive Image, the mode that converts Steam’s consumer interface right into a extra console-like design higher suited to TVs and controllers than displays and mice, is probably not lengthy for this world. In line with austinp_valve, a Valve worker posting on the Steam group boards, the plan is for the brand new UI from the just-announced Steam Deck handheld PC to exchange Massive Image mode on the desktop model of Steam as effectively.
Valve introduced Massive Image mode in 2011 and released it the following year. The mode shaped the premise of the UI for SteamOS, the model of Linux that shipped on console-style units that had been a part of Valve’s ill-fated Steam Machine project. With the Steam Deck operating an all-new model of the working system referred to as SteamOS 3.0, it is sensible that the redesigned UI would make its approach again to the PC consumer — particularly since Massive Image has felt outdated for fairly a while.
Valve isn’t giving an ETA for when the brand new UI will make its approach to current PCs. The Steam Deck is ready to start out delivery in December, although the level of demand has meant that new orders are being pushed out to halfway by way of subsequent 12 months.