Phil Spencer Has a Steam Deck, and Says Xbox Games Work Well on It – IGN – IGN

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has managed to get his hands on a Steam Deck early, and says that playing Xbox games such as Halo through Xbox Cloud Gaming feels good on the handheld.

In a tweet, Spencer confirmed that he’d spent the best part of a week with the upcoming portable PC before congratulating the Steam Deck team. “After having mine most of the week I can say it’s a really nice device,” he said. “Games with me on the go, screen size, controls [are] all great. Playing Halo and Age feels good, xCloud works well. Congrats SD team.”

The Steam Deck is able to stream games through Xbox Cloud Gaming thanks to the fact that it’s just a PC, despite its console-like form factor. This means that simply opening the web browser and going to is all you need to do to access the Xbox Cloud Gaming library (provided you have Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, of course.)

Microsoft’s games are also available on Steam, and so can be played natively on the device, too. Should you wish to use games from Microsoft’s own services instead, the Steam Deck can also support a Windows install, which means the Microsoft Store and the Xbox app can also be used on the device, as well as services like Ubisoft’s Uplay and EA’s Origin.

If Spencer’s comments are anything to go by, it sounds like the handheld could be the perfect way for Xbox players to take their library with them on the go. If you’d like to know more about the capabilities of the Steam Deck, then make sure to check out our full hands-on preview of the console where we discuss its operating system, internal hardware, and more.

The Steam Deck isn’t the first time in recent memory that Spencer has mentioned playing an upcoming release early. In November, the Head of Xbox confirmed that he’d played ‘quite a bit’ of Elden Ring. The Hidetaka Miyazaki-made game, which is set to debut January 19, features writing by Game of Thrones author, George RR Martin. After playing the unreleased fantasy Action-RPG, Spencer called it “clearly the most ambitious game” Miyazaki has made.

Whilst Spencer might have been granted an early edition of the Steam Deck, the console is set for general release in December. If you’d like to find out more about Valve’s upcoming hardware release, why not check out this story which discusses the console’s performance when docked.

Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN who is looking forward to the Steam Deck’s release. Though he still doesn’t think he’ll ever clear through his backlog. You can follow him on Twitter.

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