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Valve Steam Deck is now out, bringing Steam’s massive library on the go. But it appears that might not be all that’s in the cards for the portable PC-console.
According to VGC, Valve CEO Gabe Newell addressed a question of the Steam Deck’s compatibility with other services, namely Xbox Game Pass. While Steam does not have plans for their own subscription service, Newell did note that the company “would be more than happy to work with them to get that on Steam” in reference to getting Game Pass officially on the Steam Deck. He also indicated that there have been conversations with Xbox about this.
Before the Steam Deck launched, many speculated that there was nothing stopping folks from downloading Xbox Game Pass to the Steam Deck. The Steam Deck, after all, is an open platform so it would seemingly be possible to configure it to Xbox Game Pass specifications. Spencer even tweeted out that he was able to play Halo and use xCloud on the Steam Deck when he was testing it out.
Getting Xbox Game Pass officially on the Steam Deck would certainly be appealing to many gamers as this would be just another way to play Xbox games on the go. With a console heavily geared toward making action and shooter games accessible in handheld mode, games like Halo could feel right at home.