Valve CEO Gabe Newell has said rumors about Steam’s game subscription service are entirely possible.
Valve is a giant in the gaming industry, with the Steam platform being favored by many PC gamers. But while many big game companies already offer game subscription services to customers, Valve has yet to move in this area. Since releasing the Steam Deck this week, Valve has been asked new questions about whether the company will create a subscription service to complement the gaming handheld. Now the company has quashed rumors that it plans to release its own game subscription service for Steam.
Valve CEO Gabe Newell was asked about the game subscription service issue during an interview with PC Gamer’s Wes Fenlon, asking if Valve has any plans to build out the service. their own subscription to Steam or not. Gabe Newell has denied the case, saying he doesn’t believe that’s what the company needs to do, but he also has promising thoughts about Xbox Game Pass.
Last April there were rumors that Valve would bring Xbox Game Pass to Steam, and Gabe Newell did not deny the possibility of bringing Microsoft’s Game Pass to Steam, describing the subscription service as a “popular choice.” reputation” for gamers, and said that Valve would be “very happy” to work with Microsoft to bring Game Pass games to the Steam platform.
“I don’t think building a subscription service at this point is something we need to do, but for Microsoft customers this is clearly a popular choice and we’re delighted to be working with it. them to put it on Steam.”
Microsoft has had success with its Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass subscription services, which give players access to a huge catalog of games for free with a small monthly payment. Microsoft’s Game Pass is arguably one of the most successful game subscription services available, although it also competes with many other subscription services such as Humble Bundle and EA Play. Perhaps this is why Valve sees little incentive to develop its own subscription service for the time being.
Apparently Valve hasn’t confirmed plans to create its own subscription service Steam, but Newell’s comments suggest the company is very open to such ideas. Now that Valve’s much-anticipated Steam Deck has been released, the idea of bringing an Xbox Game Pass seems more realistic as many games built for Xbox can work well with the Steam Deck device. Furthermore, Xbox president Phil Spencer has also praised the Steam Deck, especially for the company’s comfort and ability to run games like Halo.
Spencer has also previously expressed a desire to see xCloud and Game Pass brought to other consoles and platforms. In August of last year Spencer even claimed to have tested xCloud on the Steam Deck. If Valve and Microsoft decide to take this idea seriously, it could be great news for Steam Deck users and gamers in general.
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