Microsoft’s PC Game Pass service could be launched on Steam, according to Valve CEO Gabe Newell. Newell told PC Gamer that Valve has no intentions to create an Xbox Game Pass competitor, but that the company would be pleased to collaborate with Microsoft to bring PC Game Pass to Steam.
“I don’t think it’s something that we think we need to do ourselves, building a subscription service at this time,” Newell said. “But for their customers, it’s a popular option, and we’d be more than happy to work with them to get that on Steam.”
Microsoft and Valve have talked about introducing PC Game Pass to Steam, but it’s still early in the process and could never happen. “We’ve talked to a lot of individuals there about that,” Newell says. “You should figure out how to make it happen if your customers desire it.” That’s where we’re at right now.”
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Microsoft, on the other hand, has shown no evidence of wanting to bring a PC Game Pass to Steam. In 2019, Microsoft began publishing more of its Xbox Game Studios titles through Steam, however, PC Game Pass is still limited to the Microsoft Store and PCs running Windows 10 or Windows 11. That means that if you buy a new Steam Deck, you won’t be able to use PC Game Pass on the preloaded Linux OS.
Last year, Microsoft tried to shake up the PC gaming industry by lowering its Windows store cut to 12%. Steam continues to dominate PC gaming, and Microsoft has stated that it is open to including Steam in its next Windows 11 app store.