The Steam Valve owner has stated that he is willing to help Microsoft a bring the Game Pass service to its platform.
Currently, Game Pass on PC subscribers must use a Microsoft app to access their game library, but Valve CEO Gabe Newell told PC Gamer peers that there's nothing stopping the game from coming. subscription service on Steam.
Newell also hinted that Valve wouldn't be interested in launching their own Game Pass-style subscription service:
I don't think it's something we think we have to do on our own, building a subscription service right now. But for their customers it's clearly a popular option and we'd be more than happy to work with them to integrate it on Steam.
Microsoft's gaming section CEO Phil Spencer previously commented positively on Valve's Steam Deck, which is became available for order on Friday, and Newell indicated he had conversations with Xbox:
We talked a little bit about this with the Xbox staff. If their customers want it, then you have to figure out how to make it happen. Here is where we are.
As specified by PC Gamer, there are some precedents for subscription services on Steam since Electronic Arts' EA Play service was added to Steam in 2020.
Steam Deck performs thelatest version of the SteamOS software by Valve, based on Linux, which allows gamers to easily access their Steam game library and all the features of the platform.
However, Steam Deck offers the option to install any software or connect to any hardware. This means that players could, in theory, access the game stores of other companies come Microsoft Store e Xbox Game Pass.
Last summer Spencer apparently ruled out the possibility of launching Xbox Game Pass on other console platforms in the near future, but said he was open to launch the service on open consolee.
We don't have any plans to bring it to any other type of closed platform right now, mainly because those platforms don't want something like Game Pass. There are a ton of open platforms out there that we can grow on: Web, PC, and mobile. So all of our attention, frankly, is on those platforms.