How To Get Xbox Game Pass On Steam Deck

Steam Deck

Xbox Game Pass is a very popular subscription service that lets anyone with a Microsoft account and costs you $15 each month to access a massive suite of games. What makes Game Pass so thrilling for many fans is that they can play many high-quality titles on consoles, PC, or mobile devices. A recent question that has come up in regards to this supported device list is whether or not Valve’s new portable PC, Steam Deck, will be able to run Game Pass games on it. The answer is yes, but not in the way that players might think. For that, you’ll need to access the library of games in Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Microsoft recently announced it has found a workaround to get Game Pass working on Steam Deck. However, since the application itself is so intertwined with Windows OS, which is tricky on Steam Deck at the moment, players need to find another way to access their Game Pass titles. Microsoft’s method does just that by getting Game Pass to run directly from a browser on Steam Deck. This is done through working with Xbox Cloud Gaming, which is a service delivered to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. By using the cloud, players can run their games through a browser, which Xbox Cloud Gaming needs to be able to work, and still have their gains saved. While this method is fairly difficult at the moment, programmers at Microsoft have assured fans that the process will become easier over time.

The great advantage of accessing Game Pass games on Steam Deck is that players don’t need to have every game in their Steam Library in order to play them on a handheld gadget. This also lets players forego installing a giant operating system, like Windows 10, onto the Steam Deck. Instead, they can just open a browser, go to the Xbox website, and start playing from there.

The steps in order to get this working on Steam Deck are detailed below.

Steam Deck

How to play Xbox Cloud Gaming on Steam Deck

These steps come from Microsoft’s programming team on Reddit. When players are done following the steps, they will be using a beta version of the Microsoft Edge browser to access and play Xbox Game Pass games directly from their Steam Library. Microsoft recommends using an external mouse and keyboard to make this procedure easier. However, to get external controls working, players will need to buy a USB-C hub so they can plug both devices straight into it.

  1. Startup the Steam Deck and go into Desktop Mode by holding down the power button or selecting it from the Steam Deck’s power settings menu
  2. Click the blue shopping bag at the bottom of the screen, which launches the Discover Software Center
  3. Click on the icon with three lines at the top left of the center and then select Applications > Internet > Web Browsers
  4. Find the Microsoft Edge Beta box and click the download button on the right-hand side
  5. After the app is installed, go back to Desktop Mode and click the Applications Launcher icon (the two dots with an arrow)
  6. Find Microsoft Edge, right-click it, and then press “Add to Steam”
  7. Go to the “Add a game” window in Steam and select Microsoft Edge
  8. Go back to the Applications menu and find System > Konsole
  9. Enter the following command in the Konsole: flatpak –user override –filesystem=/run/udev:ro com.microsoft.Edge
  10. Launch Steam from Desktop Mode
  11. Go to your Library and find Microsoft Edge
  12. Right-click it and then select “Properties”
  13. Go to “Launch Options” and add this text: –window-size=1024,640 –force-device-scale-factor=1.25 –device-scale-factor=1.25 –kiosk “https://www.xbox.com/play”
  14. Exit out of “Properties” and right-click Microsoft Edge in Steam again
  15. Press “Manage,” then “Controller Layout,” and finally “Browse Configs”
  16. In this menu, you can change your controls to “Gamepad with Mouse Trackpad” to use external controls in-game

With everything done, players can stay in Desktop Mode or go back to the default Gaming Mode of the Steam Deck. Either way, players can load up their Steam Library, click on the Microsoft Edge application, and launch directly into Xbox Cloud Gaming via the browser.

From here, players can sign into their Microsoft account that’s set up with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and access their entire suite of games. It’s important to remember that users need to be subscribed to the Ultimate version of Game Pass or else they won’t be able to stream games. The normal subscription for $10 a month does not allow access to the cloud for streaming through a browser.

Although, if players don’t want to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, they can run a single game using this method: Fortnite. Microsoft partnered with Epic Games to bring Fortnite to Xbox Cloud Gaming as its first free-to-play title. So even if users aren’t subscribed to Game Pass whatsoever, they can still follow the steps above and run Fortnite on their Steam Deck.

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