Microsoft claims to have collaborated extensively with Valve to make Xbox Cloud Gaming to function on the Steam Deck. While Steam Deck users could access the Xbox game streaming service, they couldn’t use the handheld controls to play games. Microsoft has recently made a beta version of Microsoft Edge for the Steam Deck available, which includes complete compatibility.
“We collaborated closely with Valve and the Xbox Cloud Gaming team to introduce support for Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate through Microsoft Edge Beta for the Steam Deck,” explains Missy Quarry, a Microsoft Edge community manager. “We’re really enthusiastic about this since we believe it will open up new prospects in the Linux gaming community.”
While a number of Xbox Game Studios titles can run natively on the Steam Deck, Xbox Game Pass isn’t available on Steam, so customers will have to rely on Microsoft’s service to stream titles.
Microsoft Edge for Linux now incorporates support for the Steam Deck controllers and is available via the Discover Software Center section of SteamOS. Microsoft also provides extensive instructions for adding a link to Xbox Cloud Gaming to the Steam Deck in the future to make it easier to access.
Microsoft’s latest Xbox Cloud Gaming Steam Deck support comes only weeks after the company revealed its Xbox Game Studios titles for the portable. The Steam Deck can now run Windows, giving you another method to obtain Xbox Game Pass titles. Valve CEO Gabe Newell has stated that he is “more than glad” to assist Microsoft in bringing PC Game Pass to Steam, but until then, Xbox Cloud Gaming and Windows on Steam Deck are the only feasible options.