Valve is making waves in the gaming industry as the Steam Deck rocks portable games and could be a possible competitor to the Nintendo Switch. While people once gave up on the idea of Portal developer releasing its own console, the Steam Deck is now proving its critics wrong.
As it sounds, the Steam Deck is already playing pretty well, with the promise that almost any PC game should be able to run on the go. We’ve already seen Valve overlord Gabe Newell hand-deliver the Steam Deck, and further proving he’s invested in his own product, he’s expanding on what he sees for the future of the Steam Deck.
Will Game Pass be coming to the Steam Deck?
Talk to Gamer on PC, Newell explained that while the console doesn’t run on its own version of Xbox Game Pass, it’s more than happy to welcome Microsoft’s subscription service to the Steam Deck. “I don’t think it’s something that we think we should do ourselves, create a subscription service at this time,” Newell said.
Even though Game Pass is currently running out of its own app instead of through Steam, Newell has announced that a collaboration may be on the horizon. “For their customers, it’s clearly a popular option,” Newell continued, “and we’d be more than happy to work with them to get that on Steam.”
The news comes hot on the heels of Microsoft-owned Bethesda ditching its own launcher to sell games through Steam. It’s true that EA Play has also abandoned its own ship to join Steam in 2020, however, PC Gamer notes that Game Pass publishes different versions of its games on Steam, which can lead to issues.
What’s next for Steam Deck?
It doesn’t look like we’re suddenly going to get Game Pass on the Steam Deck, but at least Newell is open to this development. Steam is a goliath of the PC world, and while Microsoft encompasses both console and PC, it was the console-based Game Pass that saw the Xbox Series fly off the shelves. Valve just added a new section that lets you check which games will be compatible with Steam Deck, so it’s clear that a lot of work is going into the punchy little handheld.
On paper, Valve and AMD could theoretically add Windows drivers and run Game Pass like you would on a Windows PC, but it seems a bit more complicated than that. Previously, Newell pushed back on closed-platform builds (we’re looking at you Sony) and said open PC is its “superpower”. Imagine what things would look like with a Day One release of The Elder Scrolls 6 on SteamDeck.