Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Praises Steam Deck Performance and Confirms xCloud Works Well on the Handheld Console

Things are looking good for the Steam Deck.


Valve took the gaming community by storm when it unveiled its own handheld console – The Steam Deck. For all intents and purposes, the Steam Deck is a portable PC that can run majority of the games in the Steam Library as well as those on Xbox Game Pass – as it can also run Windows quite well.

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer recently tweeted out his appreciation for the Valve and the Steam Deck now that he has had the console with him for a week.

In the tweet, he congratulated the Steam Deck team on the device and that it worked it’s a “really nice device”. He added that he enjoyed using the console through the week and enjoyed games like Halo and Age of Empires, but the  most crucial detail in his tweet was the fact that he confirmed that the xCloud works well on the Steam Deck.

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Xbox chief Phil Spencer confirms that xCloud works well on the Steam Deck

One of the most exciting bits of speculation around Valve’s upcoming device was whether it will be able to cloud game using services like the Game Pass’ xCloud. From the looks of things, it looks like it is able to – and that bodes well for Valve.

Cloud gaming has been gaining popularity as of late and has evolved from a novelty to an exciting new frontier for gaming that will help remove barriers to entry such as hardware requirements and tech. Essentially, xCloud allows players to use their mobile phones, or the Steam Deck, in this case to stream games from the Game Pass Library with ease on their device.

Xbox xCloud

The xCloud service is currently available for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers – which also includes Live Gold, Game Pass for PC, and EA Play (Console Only). As it stands, xCloud currently isn’t available in India – but perhaps that could change in the near future.