Valve isn’t working on a special Steam Pass gaming subscription model. Speaking to PC Gamer about the latest release of the Valve Steam Deck, Gabe Newell says that there are enough gaming subscriptions on the market to cater to the masses and Valve doing their own one isn’t something the company is remotely interested in.
While a Steam Pass system won’t happen anytime soon, Newell does seem interested in porting some of the active gaming subscriptions over to Steam like Xbox Game Pass. However, you need to remember that Steam often misses out on a lot of the Xbox Game Pass releases. Mainly due to the Epic Game Store and Windows Store exclusivity.
Now that the Steam Deck is out in the wild and so far gamers are loving it, the handheld device might be the perfect place for Microsoft to release their Xbox Game Pass service. Of course. Valve and Microsoft will have to sort out the lack of certain titles on the service to make this work. That is another ball game on its own.
Microsoft hasn’t shied away from making games playable wherever you go. The company has focused hard on implementing various cloud-based services that allow gamers to enjoy Xbox Game Pass on mobile devices through streaming.
The Steam Deck does use a Linux-based OS to operate so implementing an xCloud app on the device won’t be such a mission. However, that sort of thing would have to be approved by Valve first as it would mean bypassing the Steam library in favour of Xbox Game Pass. This is something Gabe Newell might be interested in.
“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.”
Only time will tell whether or not Game Pass will ever arrive on the Steam Deck. Given its early lifespan, we don’t even know how long the handheld will hold up at the moment.