Steam owner Valve has said it’s ready to help Microsoft bring PC Game Pass to its platform.
Currently, Game Pass subscribers on PC must use a Microsoft app to access their games library, but Valve CEO Gabe Newell has now told Gamer on PC that there is nothing blocking the arrival of the subscription service on Steam.
Newell also suggested that Valve wouldn’t be interested in launching its own Game Pass-style subscription service.
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“I don’t think it’s something that we think we should do ourselves, building a subscription service right now,” Newell said. “But for their customers, it’s clearly a popular option, and we’d be more than happy to work with them to get it on Steam.”
Microsoft Games CEO Phil Spencer has previously commented positively on Valve’s Steam Deck handheld – which has become available on order Friday – and Newell indicated that he had conversations with the Xbox firm.
“We talked to the people there a lot about this topic,” Newell said. “If your customers want it, you have to find a way to make it happen. This is where we are.
As PC Gamer noted, there is precedent for subscription services on Steam, as Electronic Arts’ EA Play service was added to Steam in 2020.
Steam Deck runs the latest version of Valve’s SteamOS software – which is Linux-based – giving players easy access to their Steam game library and all of the platform’s features.
However, Steam Deck is also an open PC with the ability to install any software or connect to any hardware. This means that players could, in theory, access other companies’ game stores such as Microsoft Store and Xbox Game Pass.
Last summer, Xbox boss Spencer seemingly ruled out the possibility of Xbox Game Pass launching on other console platforms in the near future.
In one GamesRadar interview, Spencer was specifically asked if Microsoft plans to bring Xbox Game Pass to Nintendo Switch.
“We have no plans to bring it to other types of closed platforms at this time, mainly because those closed platforms don’t want something like Game Pass,” he said. answered.
“There are a ton of open platforms we can grow on: web, desktop, and mobile. So, frankly, we’re totally focused on those platforms.