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Valve ain’t saying no to opening up Steam Deck to Game Pass

If we’re to believe Gabe Newell, Valve’s looking at options to bring PC Game Pass to the Steam Deck. That would mean finding ways to work around the current restrictions posed by both Microsoft and SteamOS. But hey, where there’s a will…

At the moment, PC Game Pass can only be accessed through the Microsoft app, posing issue number one. The Steam Deck runs on SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system. Since those two don’t really mix well, having Game Pass running on Valve’s handheld seems like a no-go.

But nothing could be more untrue, according to Uncle Gabe. Speaking to PC Gamer, he addressed the option of Game Pass coming to the Steam Deck. Even though Valve doesn’t really feel the need to dip its toes into the subscription-based services pool, Valve also wouldn’t block any attempt to add Microsoft’s service to their platform.

“I don’t think it’s something that we think we need to do ourselves, building a subscription service at this time. But for their customers, it’s clearly a popular option, and we’d be more than happy to work with them to get that on Steam. We’ve talked to people there quite a bit about that topic. If your customers want it, then you should figure out how to make it happen. That’s where we’re at.”

See? Gabe gets it. And it’s not like Valve hasn’t opened the gates to third-party services before. In 2020, EA Play found a way to Steam, so why shouldn’t this work? Just think of all those free games you’ll be able to play on the go, playable on your MicroSteam Xdeck…