Steam Deck now supports Xbox Game Pass and Xbox streaming, new functionality by another collab between Valve and Microsoft.
Previously, Valve teased that they were “more than happy” to get Xbox Game Pass onto Steam, but it wasn’t clear how that would work considering Microsoft is a competitor, and has their own storefront too.
News that Steam Deck now supports Xbox Game Pass and Xbox streaming was confirmed by Catherine Gluckstein, head of Product and Strategy at Xbox Cloud Gaming.
“We worked closely with our friends at Valve to support XCloud through Microsoft Edge for the Steam Deck,” Gluckstein said on Twitter.
XCloud, Microsoft’s streaming service that has let you stream your Xbox to a smartphone or your PC, has been integrated into Game Pass for a few years now. The XCloud streaming isn’t quite a native app, yet, but it works just like the PC equivalent of streaming for Xbox players.
To get XCloud to run on Steam Deck, Microsoft had to work with Valve on getting Xbox Cloud Gaming to work within the Microsoft Edge Beta – by releasing a Steam Deck compatible version of their Edge browser. This lets you connect to your Xbox account and start streaming from your Xbox console.
Microsoft even provided a tutorial on getting Xbox Cloud Gaming running on Steam Deck – which you can view here. Valve is also working with Microsoft on getting Windows to run natively on Steam Deck, as the handheld comes with their Linux-based SteamOS pre-installed.
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