The Steam Deck provides easy access to your Steam library and can handle most games, but sometimes you want more. That’s where Xbox Game Pass comes in. It’s a subscription service offered by Microsoft, packed with games that can be played on both Xbox and PC. This means you can enjoy the latest hits like Halo Infinite or the upcoming Starfield on your Steam Deck, no matter where you are. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of enabling Xbox Game Pass games on your Steam Deck.
System Requirements and Setup
Before we begin, please ensure that you are signed up for Steam and have an active Xbox Game Pass or Game Pass Ultimate subscription.
Step 1: Connect Your Steam Deck
For a seamless experience, connect your Steam Deck to a mouse and keyboard before you start. We recommend sitting at your desktop for this step.
Step 2: Switch to Desktop Mode
With your Steam Deck turned on, press the central Steam button. From the menu, select Power, and then choose Switch to desktop. This will switch to a desktop Linux mode, giving you more control over various settings. You don’t need to connect the Deck to an actual desktop monitor for this to work.
Step 3: Install Microsoft Edge
In the desktop mode, look at the taskbar and select the icon that resembles a blue shopping bag. This will open the Discover Software Center. Once there, click the three-line “hamburger” button, choose Applications, navigate to the Internet section, and find Web Browsers.
Step 4: Install Microsoft Edge (Beta)
From the list of available web browsers, locate Microsoft Edge (currently in beta on the Deck) and install it. Don’t let the beta label discourage you.
Step 5: Add Microsoft Edge to Steam
Return to the Steam desktop and choose the Application Launcher from the taskbar. Select Internet, find Microsoft Edge (beta), right-click it, and choose Add to Steam. In the Add a Game window, locate Microsoft Edge again, and click the Add Selected Programs button at the bottom.
Step 6: Open Terminal and Run Commands
Go back to the desktop and choose Application Launch. This time, select System, and then choose Konsole to open the terminal window. Now, it’s time to enter some commands. Type the following command and press Enter afterward:
flatpak -user override -filesystem=/run/udev:ro com.microsoft.Edge
To exit the Konsole, type “exit” and press Enter.
Step 7: Customize Microsoft Edge
Go back to the desktop, select the Steam icon to open Steam, and navigate to your Library. Find Microsoft Edge (beta) and right-click it. Choose Properties, and here’s where you’ll make important changes.
First, select the name Microsoft Edge next to its icon and change it to Xbox Cloud Gaming. You can add a (beta) at the end if you want to remember that this feature is still in development. Note that the Edge icon has a beta label of its own.
Next, go to Launch Options and locate the command line. Keep the section that says “e @@u @,” but replace everything that comes after it with this new command:
-window-size=1024,640 -force-device-scale-factor=1.25 -device-scale-factor=1.25 -kiosk "https://www.xbox.com/play"
This essentially turns Edge into Xbox Cloud Gaming, a temporary workaround that Microsoft plans to improve in the future. You can change the Edge icon to a different image if you prefer, but it’s not necessary.
Step 8: Controller Layout
In your Steam Library, you can manage the controller layout for your new Xbox Cloud Gaming app. Right-click on the app, choose Manage, and then Controller layout. Set it to a layout that you enjoy playing Xbox games with.
Step 9: Start Gaming
That’s it! Switch back to Gaming Mode on your Steam Deck, and you should be able to select the Xbox Cloud Gaming icon. Sign in with your Microsoft account, and you’re ready to start gaming.
Remember, if you have any questions or need further assistance, visit the official OnSpec Electronic, Inc website for more information.
Enabling Xbox Game Pass games on your Steam Deck is a fantastic way to expand your gaming library. Follow the steps outlined in this article, and you’ll be playing your favorite Xbox games on your Steam Deck in no time. Enjoy your gaming experience!
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