What is Big Picture mode?
Big Picture is a newly-launched mode of Steam designed to navigate Steam with a game controller. With Big Picture, you can enjoy a brand new experience of Steam games in a new full-screen user interface which has been completely redesigned for readability and interaction on TV. It can also be used on your usual computer display.
Controller Support levels
You can play any Steam games in Big Picture mode, though not all Steam games support the use of a controller. Currently, Big Picture supports the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows, the Xbox 360 Wired Controller, and the Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710.
How to launch Big Picture mode
Once your computer is running on the desired display, launch Steam. Click the “Big Picture” button featured in the top right corner in the Steam client, or press the home button on your controller while using the Steam client.
To exit this mode, click or press your controller’s “A” button while focused on the “Big Picture Mode” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen( Steam UI)?. Another quick way to go into and out of Big Picture’s fullscreen mode is to press ALT + ENTER on your keyboard.
Exiting Steam Big Picture mode
Most modern games have an option built in that’s on the main menu or pause menu, usually labeled “Exit to Desktop”. You pause the game > exit to the main menu > exit to desktop, whereupon you’ll be taken back to Big Picture.
Some games will let you “exit to desktop” right from the pause menu. Far Cry 3 does. As far as I’m aware, I’m fairly sure Big Picture doesn’t have an overall “Exit Game” function built in, and that’s probably because the method in which a game is exited is different from game to game.
Is there any way to exit big picture (not steam) and turn the controller off with a single button?
Every time you close Big Picture or steam in general, I have to manually turn off your controller right after. You may be wondering whether there is any option to exit big picture (not steam) and turn off the controller off with a single button. The answer is YES.
In the controller settings, you can turn off the controller when BPM is exited. Then you can simply press Alt+F4 to close BPM and the controller will turn off as well. Steam’s desktop version will continue to run with this method as well, it is only BPM that is closed with the Alt+F4.
Turn off Steam Controller without using big picture mode
You have a steam controller connected to a computer but you don’t know to turn the controller off without launching big picture mode? It’s a piece of cake!
Now you can use the method of holding down the controller button for 4 seconds to turn it off
Changed controller Steam/Xbox button behavior to fix a collision with the hold-down-for-4-seconds method of turning off the controller:
- Old behavior: Hold down 3 seconds to launch Big Picture (or single press if you were in desktop Steam).
- New behavior: Pressing once will change focus to Steam if it doesn’t have focus. If it has focus, pressing once will launch Big Picture.
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