According to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, Valve’s Steam Deck already supports Game Pass.
For years, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been a champion of the video game industry, vocally rejecting the idea of a console war and willing to give credit to “competitors” when it is deserved. His most recent letter implies that Valve’s future Steam Deck could double as a portable Xbox, and there’s no reason to dispute it.
The Xbox boss said on Twitter that he recently spent some time at Valve discussing the Steam Deck with Gabe Newell and company. The Microsoft executive noted that he has had his Steam Deck for “most of the week,” adding that it’s a “really nice device.”
“Playing Halo and Age feels good, xCloud works well,” Spencer continued.
Was @valvesoftware this week talking w/ Scott, Erik, Gabe about Steam Deck. After having mine most of the week I can say it’s a really nice device. Games with me on the go, screen size, controls all great. Playing Halo and Age feels good, xCloud works well. Congrats SD team. pic.twitter.com/q4hWBvkk85
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) August 13, 2021
In an interview with GamesRadar last week, Spencer said they had no plans to bring Game Pass to any closed platforms right now.
Valve introduced the Steam Deck a little more than a month ago. It will ship with SteamOS 3.0, a Linux-based operating system, although Valve promises that it is an open platform capable of running alternative operating systems. The business has even stated that it should fulfil the criteria of Windows 11.
It’s not a stretch to imagine Xbox Game Pass functioning on the handheld PC. Spencer stated in last week’s interview that their concentration is on open platforms such as the web, PC, and mobile.
Valve’s Steam Deck is set to launch in December. The first wave of devices were immediately sold out, and ship dates for future orders have since been pushed back to “after Q2 2022.” Pricing starts at $399 for 64GB of onboard storage and scales up to $649 if you want a model with a faster NVMe drive (512GB) and an anti-glare etched display.