Xbox Cloud Gaming “Works Well” On Valve Steam Deck, Confirms Chief Phil Spencer
News

Xbox Cloud Gaming “Works Well” On Valve Steam Deck, Confirms Chief Phil Spencer

Yetnesh Dubey  | Published on 15 Aug 2021

Project xCloud, a feature of the Xbox Game Pass subscription service, works as intended on the recently announced handheld gaming console, Valve Steam Deck, according to Xbox chief Phil Spencer. Colloquially known as the “Nintendo Switch Pro Killer,” the Steam Deck already has blessings from one of the most influential men in gaming history.

Spencer revealed his Steam Deck on Twitter and praised the Valve development team for making a handheld gaming console with a good library of games, screen size and controls. The Xbox Chief also mentioned that he enjoyed playing Halo and Age of Empires on his Steam Deck.

Valve Steam Deck Xbox Cloud Gaming Phil Spencer Twitter

Xbox Cloud Gaming Runs Great On The Steam OS

The Valve Steam Deck comes with a custom version of Steam OS, a Linux-based operating system. Therefore to run games, the Steam Deck uses a Proton emulation layer, as most titles cannot run natively on Linux. It is a popular method and it works really well. In fact, according to a report, developers stopped making native Linux games because the Proton emulation is great at its job. Furthermore, it is now clear that Project xCloud, a third-party cloud gaming application, works well on the Linux-based platform as well. 

Spencer’s tweet also gives us a hint at Steam Deck’s controller capabilities. The tweet implies that Spencer played Age of Empires, a strategy game that requires a keyboard and a mouse, using the inbuilt Steam Deck controller. Although people primarily play strategy games like Halo Wars 2, available on Xbox console, using a controller, it is refreshing to see that Steam Deck also has similar or probably better capabilities. 

Are we looking at a future collaboration between Valve and Xbox soon? Probably not, but Steam Deck continues to look better with each new report/leak. 

Yetnesh Dubey
Yetnesh Dubey

Email Email Yetnesh Dubey

About Me: Yetnesh works as a reviewer with Digit and likes to write about stuff related to hardware. He is also an auto nut and in an alternate reality works as a trucker delivering large boiling equipment across Europe. Read More

Tags:
Steam Deck Xbox Game Pass Steam Deck Xbox xCloud Steam Deck Xbox Cloud Gaming Steam Deck Xbox Games Steam Deck Cloud Gaming Steam Deck Price Steam Deck Launch

Related Articles

Digit caters to the largest community of tech buyers, users and enthusiasts in India. The all new Digit in continues the legacy of Thinkdigit.com as one of the largest portals in India committed to technology users and buyers. Digit is also one of the most trusted names when it comes to technology reviews and buying advice and is home to the Digit Test Lab, India's most proficient center for testing and reviewing technology products.

We are about leadership — the 9.9 kind Building a leading media company out of India. And, grooming new leaders for this promising industry

DMCA.com Protection Status