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Posted · Original PosterOP

I want to replace all of my consoles with a gaming PC but the biggest downside is that Windows 10 desktop launcher is not a good UI for living room use.  A bluetooth controller is viable, but can it be used to navigate through the screen instead of a mouse (for the purposes of launching games/netflix?  Is there a program on Windows that turns the screen into a console-like OS with larger icons, larger text and more minimalist setup overall.  (i.e. a central menu like "Game Library, Media Library, Netflix, Youtube, Twitch, etc."


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Steam Big Picture Mode?


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Yes, it's called Kodi but it takes a lot of work to setup.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 minutes ago, deXxterlab97 said:

Steam Big Picture Mode?

Can it allow me, to add webpages to launcher (and add custom icons, i.e. Netflix icon that leads to the Netflix website)?  Does it allow the user to customize/sort the icons?  


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Ryzen 5 1600  -  GTX 1060  -  AsRock Pro4 MATX  -  Wraith Spire Cooler  -  Be Quiet Pure Wings 2 (x2)  -  Fractal Design Define Mini C  -  8GB DDR4 RAM 3000 MHz  -  Crucial 500GB M2 SSD  -  Seagate 3TB HDD  -  Apple Wireless Keyboard  -  Logitech M3 Mouse  -  ATH-M50x & Sennheiser HD598 Headphones  -  Sony Bravia 40" Television

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1 minute ago, minervx said:

Can it allow me, to add webpages to launcher (and add custom icons, i.e. Netflix icon that leads to the Netflix website)?  Does it allow the user to customize/sort the icons?  

you can navigate to the webpage then by default it shows you all the favorite site you saved, so it's really convenient


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Posted · Original PosterOP

This is sort of the problem with PC gaming.  There's no organized infrastructure to where the user can have a good experience with the click of the button.  Of course, myself, I'm a nerd and I like figuring out how things work.  But many people have two jobs, a family to take care of, etc. and don't have time to talk to 50 different people and get 50 different answers.


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I just set scaling to as high as it will go (175% on our TV) and it's good enough.  Also, if you have problems, create a scheduled task that reboots it every morning at like 5 am or some time you're not using it, that was good for me.  Before that I would often return to it to find Explorer.exe had crashed or suffered some other strange issue.

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You could Make dedicated shortcut keys for things that you open the most


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Am I able to navigate through desktop icons and move the cursor via controller with a certain program?


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Ryzen 5 1600  -  GTX 1060  -  AsRock Pro4 MATX  -  Wraith Spire Cooler  -  Be Quiet Pure Wings 2 (x2)  -  Fractal Design Define Mini C  -  8GB DDR4 RAM 3000 MHz  -  Crucial 500GB M2 SSD  -  Seagate 3TB HDD  -  Apple Wireless Keyboard  -  Logitech M3 Mouse  -  ATH-M50x & Sennheiser HD598 Headphones  -  Sony Bravia 40" Television

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46 minutes ago, minervx said:

Am I able to navigate through desktop icons and move the cursor via controller with a certain program?

Yes, it's called a "mouse" :P 

Really, that's how I do it.  No colossal interface revamps or special programs, just a wireless mouse/trackpad, and your'e good to go :) 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So I need to have a keyboard, mouse and controller on my couch if I just want to game before bed?


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Ryzen 5 1600  -  GTX 1060  -  AsRock Pro4 MATX  -  Wraith Spire Cooler  -  Be Quiet Pure Wings 2 (x2)  -  Fractal Design Define Mini C  -  8GB DDR4 RAM 3000 MHz  -  Crucial 500GB M2 SSD  -  Seagate 3TB HDD  -  Apple Wireless Keyboard  -  Logitech M3 Mouse  -  ATH-M50x & Sennheiser HD598 Headphones  -  Sony Bravia 40" Television

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