A Microsoft Edge team member has confirmed that a beta version of the Edge browser is now available for the Valve Steam Deck. This opens up access to the Xbox Cloud Gaming platform for subscribers of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, through a web browser, on what is essentially a portable Linux gaming PC.
A Reddit post penned by a Microsoft Edge team member has confirmed that Xbox Cloud Gaming works with the Steam Deck. Owners of portable yet powerful gaming console would have to install a beta version of Microsoft's browser. Although still in beta, installing the Edge browser on Steam Deck allows gamers to access some of the titles from the game catalog available through their Xbox Game Pass subscription.
It is, however, important to note that gamers could face issues while playing some games. Moreover, merely downloading the beta version of the Edge browser doesn’t offer instant access. The Reddit posts details the procedure Steam Deck owners will have to follow to gain access to Xbox Cloud Gaming through a web browser. To ensure players have the best possible experience, Steam has put up a page with a list of verified and playable games for the device.
Some of the notable games that Steam Deck owners can reliably play through the Edge browser are Forza Horizon 5, Quantum Break, and Sea of Thieves. The console has rigid anti-cheating software, and this makes games like Halo Master Chief Collection, Halo Infinite, Gears of War 5, and Microsoft Flight Simulator X, currently unplayable on the portable gaming console.
Needless to add, Microsoft is working on improving the compatibility, performance, and stability of the Edge browser on Steam Deck. Hence the Steam Deck Verified list should keep on growing. Needless to add, those uncomfortable with executing Linux commands, may want to refrain from trying out the experimental feature.
The Xbox Cloud Gaming platform is making steady progress on non-Microsoft products. Just this week, the remotely hosted game streaming service received a performance boost on iOS. This essentially means that any Apple iPhone owner can simply subscribe to Xbox Game Pass, and play games that Microsoft offers.