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Does Xbox Cloud Gaming work on the Steam Deck?

Xbox Cloud Gaming lets you play more than 100 games without lengthy downloads.

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Quick Answer: Yes, Xbox Cloud Gaming works on the Steam Deck through Microsoft Edge.

The handheld gaming market became a lot more complex with the Steam Deck. The device is a full-on gaming PC that you can hold and play on the go.

But, can you use the Steam Deck to stream games using Xbox Cloud Gaming?

Xbox Cloud Gaming is Microsoft’s game streaming service. It’s offered as part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription and allows gamers to play over 100 Xbox games without lengthy downloads.

The service is available on many devices, including Android through the Game Pass app, as well as iOS, Mac, and PC through web browsers.

You can even use the service on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. But what about the Steam Deck?

Is Xbox Cloud Gaming available on Steam Deck?

Short answer: Yes

Luckily for Steam Deck owners, the answer is yes. Microsoft and Valve worked together to help bring full compatibility of the game streaming service to the Linux-based Steam Deck.

The service technically worked on Steam Deck without any extra effort from the companies. However, it lacked support for the controls on the Steam Deck, making it difficult to play games.

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READ MORE: Can the Steam Deck play GTA 5?

But now, the service has full Steam Deck control support through the Linux version of Microsoft Edge. You can find Microsoft Edge in the Discover Software Center of SteamOS.

If you are looking for help on how to set up Xbox Cloud Gaming on your Steam Deck, you can check out this guide from Microsoft.

In the market for a Steam Deck but want to make sure your favorite games are available? Here’s how to check Steam Deck compatibility with Steam games.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at

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