Valve President Gabe Newell said the company has no plans to introduce its own video game streaming service. However, Steam users could still get a similar product in the future if Microsoft decides to bring the PC Game Pass to the largest PC game digital distribution platform.
Video game streaming has become more popular in recent years. More and more companies have introduced their own subscription services. But many consider Microsoft’s Game Pass to be a leader in this department because it’s one of the few subscription services to offer access to new games, including first-party and third-party titles. since the first day.
If there’s one company that could match what PC Game Pass can offer, it would be Valve through the Steam platform. However, Newell said in a recent interview with Gamer on PC that they don’t plan to do a Game Pass rival.
“I don’t think it’s something that we think we should do ourselves, create a subscription service right now,” the Valve boss said. “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.”
Newell added that there have been conversations with Microsoft regarding the introduction of PC Game Pass on Steam. “If your customers want it, then you have to figure out how to make it happen. That’s where we are,” Newell added.
Microsoft has yet to announce plans to bring PC Game Pass to Steam or Steam Deck. But Xbox head Phil Spencer called the Steam Deck a “beautiful device” after using it for a week last August. Spencer also confirmed that he was able to use the Xbox Cloud Gaming service, also known as xCloud, on Steam Deck.
Currently, xCloud is offered as one of the exclusive features of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It allows members to stream supported games to select devices running Windows, Android, iOS, and Xbox consoles.
Newell’s stance on creating Valve’s own streaming service is unsurprising. The company isn’t big on making platform-exclusive products. An earlier FAQ page posted last December for developers confirmed that Valve has no plans to release Steam Deck-exclusive games. “It’s a PC and it should just play games like a PC,” Valve said.