A screenshot of the Game Pass sign in page on the Steam Deck.

A screenshot of the Game Pass sign in page on the Steam Deck.

With a Steam Deck in your arms, you’ll have entry to your total Steam library every time and wherever you need. Over at Microsoft, a Game Pass Ultimate subscription will get you entry to not fairly 500 games from the Xbox catalogue. But what for those who might mix the 2?

The SteamOS working on your Steam Deck is constructed on a Linux distro, which implies it’s actually only a handheld laptop. And meaning you possibly can trick it into taking part in (most) Game Pass games by means of a browser with Xbox Cloud Gaming. To make clear: you possibly can’t truly set up any Game Pass games on the Steam Deck, however you possibly can set up a browser that runs Cloud Gaming — which can enable you to stream most games from the Game Pass library. (Microsoft frequently will increase its Cloud Gaming choices — as of this writing, virtually 370 games have such help.)

It takes a bit of labor to persuade Valve’s handheld to run these games, although, and the method is a bit intimidating. But with slightly endurance and technical savvy, you’ll have the opportunity to get Game Pass working on a Steam Deck. Here’s how.

Install Microsoft Edge on your Steam Deck

The Steam Deck Power menu.

Switch your Steam Deck to desktop mode by hitting the Steam button, choosing Power, after which hitting Switch to Desktop. This will launch a desktop model of the SteamOS.

Using Discover in Steam Deck’s Desktop Mode to install Microsoft Edge.

In the desktop, you’ll use the correct thumbstick, proper trackpad to transfer the mouse, or simply faucet the display to transfer the mouse. The A button, proper set off, or clicking the correct trackpad are your left clicks (the trackpad is extra dependable than the thumbsticks in our expertise), and the left set off works with no consideration click on. Yes, proper is left and left is correct — someway it really works.

Go down to the menu bar and click on on Discover — the icon that appears like a buying bag. You’ll want to kind within the search bar, so click on inside it after which hit Steam + X to pull up the onscreen keyboard. Type in “edge” (or “Microsoft Edge” for those who’re feeling further) and hit set up on the Microsoft Edge browser.

Next, hit the beginning button (the Application Launcher button) within the backside left, mouse up to Internet, and proper click on (with the left set off) on Microsoft Edge. Select Add to Steam.

Using Steam Deck’s Konsole in Desktop Mode.

Hit the Application Launcher button once more and go to System > Konsole. Launch it to carry up a terminal- or command prompt-like window. Press Steam + X once more to pull up the keyboard, and (fastidiously) kind within the following:

flatpak –user override –filesystem=/run/udev:ro com.microsoft.Edge

Note the 2 hyphens earlier than the consumer and filesystem instructions. Use the left set off or lengthy press on the semicolon to get a colon. We don’t assume the capital issues, however perhaps use it simply to be secure. (This command will give Edge entry to the controller inputs in Gaming Mode.)

Type exit to shut the window.

Set up Microsoft Edge in your Steam Library

While nonetheless in Desktop mode, launch Steam. Scroll by means of your Library to discover Microsoft Edge. Right-click and choose Properties.

Steam running in the Steam Deck’s Desktop Mode.

You don’t have to change the identify, however it’ll make your life simpler for those who do — we went with the straightforward “Xbox Cloud Gaming.” Scroll down to the Launch Options field. There’s already numerous data there. Click within the field and sort within the following on the finish of the road after the “@@u @@” half:

— window-size=1024,640 –force-device-scale-factor=1.25 –device-scale-factor=1.25 –kiosk “https://www.xbox.com/play”

Again, be aware the double hyphens.

Apply the Controller Layout

Back at your Library, right-click on Xbox Cloud Gaming (or no matter you named Microsoft Edge to). This time, choose Manage > Controller Layout. Get previous the informational screens that pop up after which hit the Browse Configs button on the high.

Changing Cloud Gaming’s controller layout in Steam Deck’s Desktop Mode.

Scroll down (fairly a bit) to Gamepad with Mouse Trackpad and choose it. Hit B to again out of the display.

Add some customized art work

If you need to get actually fancy, you possibly can change the renamed Microsoft Edge’s art work from a clean sq. to the official Xbox brand. Grab the photographs above and save them to your Steam Deck — both open this web page in your Steam Deck’s Desktop Mode or drop them onto your microSD card. Make certain they save as a .png. If you utilize a microSD card, we advocate utilizing the Dolphin file supervisor to copy the picture to your desktop — it’s simpler to discover them this fashion.

Using Steam’s properties menu to change the icon.

From the Steam Library, open the Properties for Xbox Cloud Gaming (or no matter you named it) once more. Click within the empty sq. subsequent to the identify and navigate to wherever you dropped the file — putting it on the desktop places it at /house/deck/Desktop/. You’re on the lookout for the sq. one which ends with Icon.

Using Steam to change the banner artwork for Cloud Gaming.

Back within the Steam Library, click on on the Xbox Cloud Gaming entry to open it. Right-click the place a banner picture must be and choose Set Custom Background. Pick the Banner picture (the broad panorama one).

Changing Cloud Gaming’s tile artwork within Steam in Desktop Mode.

Right-click the banner space once more and, this time, choose Set Custom Icon and choose the Capsule picture (the portrait one).

Return to Gaming Mode and sign up to Xbox Game Pass

The Steam Deck’s Desktop Mode’s desktop with an icon to Return to Gaming Mode highlighted.

Now you possibly can shut every part and use the icon on the desktop to return to Gaming Mode.

In your Library, tab over to Non-Steam Games on the proper finish to launch your new Cloud Gaming shortcut. This will carry you to the login display for Game Pass. Use the D-pad or simply faucet the button to Sign In. Press Steam + X once more to pull up the keyboard.

Once you’re signed in, you’ll be greeted with the Xbox Cloud Gaming web page — every part we arrange earlier turned the model of Microsoft Edge we downloaded right into a devoted (kiosk) approach to ship this webpage. Use the controls to scroll round, choose a game, and get taking part in.

Playing with Cloud Gaming does imply you’ll want an honest and fixed WiFi connection — you’re not going to be cloud gaming on the go with no hotspot (which is feasible, truly).

A screenshot of Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga showing some video artifacting in the floor reflections.

Our expertise streaming games was principally excellent, however not fairly. There have been periodically some video lag points, however they resolved themselves inside a second or two. The lag would possibly rely on the game you’re taking part in, although. It was extra frequent whereas we have been taking part in one thing slightly extra resource-intensive like Cities: Skylines than it was with Lego Star Wars (there was nonetheless some artifacting, although).


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