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Xbox Cloud Gaming Adds Steam Deck Support via Microsoft Edge

Posted March 18, 2022 | Games | Hardware | Project Xcloud | Steam Deck | Windows | Xbox Cloud Gaming

Xbox Cloud Gaming is now accessible on Valve’s Steam Deck via Microsoft’s Edge browser. The Redmond giant has released a new beta version of Microsoft Edge for the Linux-based SteamOS that now recognizes the Steam Deck as a gamepad. 

“We worked closely with our friends at Valve to support xCloud and Xbox Game Pass through Microsoft Edge for the Steam Deck,” said Catherine Gluckstein, Head of Product & Strategy, Xbox Cloud Gaming on Twitter. The process to install the new Microsoft Edge Beta and having the browser recognize the Steam Deck’s controls isn’t exactly straightforward, but you can find detailed instructions on this support page.

The Steam Deck is the first handheld gaming device from Valve, and it supports a growing list of Deck verified Steam games including Microsoft games such as Psychonauts 2 or Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. However, many popular games are unsupported on the Steam Deck due to performance issues or anti-cheat software.

If several Xbox Game Pass games can be played natively on the Steam Deck, the gaming subscription service itself isn’t available on SteamOS. That’s why services like Xbox Cloud Gaming open more gaming possibilities on the Steam Deck, assuming gamers have a solid Internet connection.

Overall, Valve seems to be happy to see early adopters play the games they want on the Steam Deck. The company recently made it possible to install Windows 10 on the Steam Deck, which is the only way to access the full Xbox Game Pass catalog. However, audio drivers for the handheld device are still in the works, and Valve is also still working on enabling dual-booting capabilities on the Steam Deck.

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