Big news update for the upcoming Steam Deck! According to Xbox Boss Phil Spencer, Steam Deck game streaming with xCloud game streaming service works like a charm.
For those who are unfamiliar, xCloud is a shortened term for Xbox Cloud Gaming. Just recently, Microsoft released the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate which allows PC players to access a library of Xbox titles. The beauty of xCloud is that PC owners don’t necessarily need console-level hardware to enjoy the console experience. Since the Steam Deck is basically a mini PC, then it’s possible for it to run xCloud’s gaming service.
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
We confirmed all of this information in Phil Spencer’s tweet, where he mentions he visited Valve to test the Steam Deck. He goes on to exclaim his fondness for the device by giving his utmost praise for the portable handheld PC. In the latter part of Spencer’s tweet, he says that xCloud works well on the Steam Deck. During the testing, Microsoft’s executive vice-president of gaming played Halo which is an Xbox exclusive.
This marks xCloud as the first game streaming service confirmed to be compatible with the Steam Deck. It’s exciting to know that we’ll finally be able to play fan-favorite Xbox exclusive titles on the go now. While this isn’t technically Xbox’s direct handheld system, at least Xbox has finally entered the handheld community in their own way. Steam Deck is now available for pre-order with a $5 deposit price. Expect to receive your Steam Deck sometime in December 2021.