The Steam Deck is shaping up to be an exciting device, not only because it’s essentially going to be a proper, well-powered handheld gaming PC, but also because, with its promise of being an open platform, it’ll allow users to run third party applications as well, including other storefronts. Of course, as you’d expect, you’ll also be able to use the Steam Deck to stream Xbox games via xCloud- and how exactly is that going to perform?
Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently took to Twitter, and according to him, it’s actually performing very well. As it turns out, Spencer has had a Steam Deck in his possession for about a week, and has been trying out games on it, including the likes of Age of Empires and Halo, which he says “feels good.” According to Spencer, xCloud “works well” on the Steam Deck- so there you have it. That’s yet another use for Valve’s upcoming device.
Steam Deck is getting a limited launch in some regions of the world this December (with more waves of stock following later in 2022), so we’ll find out soon enough exactly how well the device runs games via xCloud.
Was @valvesoftware this week talking w/ Scott, Erik, Gabe about Steam Deck. After having mine most of the week I can say it's a really nice device. Games with me on the go, screen size, controls all great. Playing Halo and Age feels good, xCloud works well. Congrats SD team. pic.twitter.com/q4hWBvkk85
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) August 13, 2021