Valve Has No Plans for Steam Pass at the Moment
Steam Pass is not coming to fruition anytime soon. It was a big moment for PC gamers when Microsoft started to put their games on Steam. Before then, they only exclusively launched their games through their own Microsoft Store.
This was not the case for all Microsoft games. However, it looks like the company is going to this direction for all games now. Just three days ago, Bethesda confirmed that they are dropping their own launcher and will be releasing all titles on Steam going forward.
The gaming community is well aware that Microsoft has their own Game Pass. This is a subscription service that has grown to millions of subscribers across Xbox and Windows users. However, it is worth noting that these games still run out of their own app and not on Steam.
When asked whether or not Valve wants to have their own subscription service, President Gabe Newell revealed that they have no plans for this feature at the moment.
“I do not think it is something that we think we need to do ourselves, building a subscription service at this time,” Newell said. “But, for their customers it is clearly a popular option.”
Thankfully, Newell has confirmed that Game Pass games can still appear on Steam in the future. “We would be more than happy to work with them to get that on Steam,” he added.
Newell’s comments somewhat confirms that the gaming public will not be seeing a Steam Pass subscription services anytime soon. Fortunately, there is still the possibility for Game Pass games to be available for download from Steam.
The notion that getting Game Pass on Steam will help Microsoft sell more subscriptions makes it more plausible that a Steam Pass may eventually happen. After all, Valve and Microsoft has a very good relationship. Xbox boss Phil Spencer even had very good things to say about Valve’s new Linux-based handheld Steam Deck.
“We have talked to people there quite a bit about that topic,” Newell continued. “If your customers want it then you should figure out how to make it happen.”
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