The Xbox Cloud Gaming beta is now available for owners of Valve's Steam Deck.
Valve's Steam Deck has joined the ever-growing list of devices compatible with some form of Xbox Game Pass, as the Xbox Cloud Gaming beta is now available for owners of Valve's handheld gaming PC.
On Twitter, Xbox Cloud Gaming's head of Product and Strategy, Catherine Gluckstein, said it was a collaborative effort between Valve and Microsoft to get xCloud and Game Pass working on Steam Deck. And, as it turns out, Valve got a lot of help from Microsoft to get the service up and running.
On Steam Deck, players can access Game Pass through Xbox Cloud Gaming within the Microsoft Edge Beta. This means that players will have to install and launch the Steam Deck version of Microsoft's web browser to navigate to the xCloud launcher. The process is similar to how xCloud works on PC, where Game Pass subscribers can access games through Xbox's website.
If you're confused about how it all works, Microsoft has posted a tutorial article for Steam Deck owners looking to access Microsoft Edge and Xbox Cloud Gaming.
Last month, Valve president Gabe Newell said he'd be "more than happy to work with [Microsoft]" to get Xbox Game Pass on Steam. Newell doesn't see Valve creating its own Game Pass competitor anytime soon, so it seems like he wants Game Pass to be a bigger part of Valve's future. While the xCloud support on Steam Deck won't be as impactful as a Game Pass app on Steam, it's certainly a big step.
Valve is also working on getting Microsoft's operating system onto the Steam Deck. Right now, the Steam Deck uses a Linux OS, but Valve is slowly rolling out Windows support for the device.
The Steam Deck is mostly living up to its promises, with some serious caveats along the way. In our Steam Deck review, we said "while I can certainly recommend the Steam Deck with some major caveats, including a noisy fan and comparably long loading times, I’m definitely not as head-over-heels in love with it as I hoped I’d be when I first opened the box."
For more, check out seven unexpected things we discovered about the Steam Deck. And, read up on the Xbox Game Pass lineup for March to see which games you can try out on Valve's handheld.