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"A surprising new rumor claims that Valve is trying to bring Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass to Steam, rather than the other way around.
Xbox Game Pass is a major facet of Xbox's overall business strategy now and moving forward. A part of that strategy is making Xbox Game Pass available to as many people as possible, across multiple platforms. For the time being, Game Pass is available on Xbox consoles, Android devices, and PC via the Xbox app, but Microsoft's plans go well beyond that and may even include further expansion on PC, as one rumor hints at Game Pass on Steam being a possibility.
YouTuber Tyler McVicker dropped this intriguing news regarding Valve's interest in Xbox Game Pass in a Q&A session in late March. According to McVicker, Valve is pursuing Xbox Game Pass on Steam, which may surprise some if only because they'd expect it to be Microsoft pursuing Xbox Game Pass on Steam and not the other way around. McVicker doesn't provide any further information about the situation, nor does he reference any sources.
Given the lack of further information, Valve seeking to get Xbox Game Pass brought to Steam should be considered a hard rumor. McVicker has provided some accurate information and some not, particularly regarding Valve properties, in the past. Without a source, supporting evidence, or corroborating reports, the veracity of this report cannot be verified.
With that said, the rumor is not unrealistic. Xbox Game Pass has a lot of upsides for platforms outside of Xbox. Microsoft has shared specific interesting positives related to Game Pass, for example that Xbox can greenlight games millions of Game Pass users might play even if a traditional release may have otherwise struggled. Perhaps more interesting to Steam is that Microsoft says that Xbox Game Pass subscribers play more games, play more diverse games, spend more time playing games, and most importantly spend more on those games.
If Valve sees those aspects of Game Pass as beneficial, and Microsoft sees it beneficial to reach the Steam audience, it could just be a matter of reaching a financial agreement where both platforms benefit. Microsoft may decide this could pull users away from the Xbox app ecosystem on PC, where it brings in a higher percentage of sales. However, Steam has a huge amount of users that Microsoft may not be able to reach otherwise.
Whether Valve is trying to bring Xbox Game Pass to PC or not, it's clear that the Xbox Game Pass subscription service is only just getting started. More platforms, whether it's iOS, browsers, or potentially Steam, could be available to choose from in the months or years to come. If fans had their way, Xbox Game Pass would likely be everywhere."
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if it comes to steam I might actually consider buying it just for convenience, otherwise I will not cause I dont like monthly payments plus on steam I already have a bunch of money so I also wouldnt have to use any of my actual cash for it
If they do that, they also have to bring many titles included in game pass that are not yet on steam ( i think there are games that arent on steam yet?)
No they don't, EA Play has a whole bunch of stuff that isn't available for those subscribing through Steam.
If it lets me play Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey on PC ill sub for a year. But I doubt it will happen.
Would eliminate my biggest problem with Game Pass: Microsofts terrible app.
I actually see some good reasons why Microsoft might be open to this idea. But I do wonder how this would be profitable for Steam. It certainly would help them with remaining the store with the greatest appeal though.
i would be fine with that. the xbox app is improving but steam is much more stable and has a way better storefront.
Imagine if they bought it on MS Store and just uploaded it on Steam. And they would do that every month.
It would be like when I mail myself a postcard every week from the post office in my city and then wait for it to arrive. Weird yes, but there are no laws against it.
You mail yourself every week? Just the thought of having to queue at the post office turns me off of the idea.
if gamepass will be on steam, there WILL BE ONLY MICROSOFT PUBLISHED GAMes, no 3rd party for sure.
this would be the only way I see this. Like with EA-Play
EA Play is included in XGP Ultimate. Hopefully they'll still include it if it comes to steam.
It's also included in XGP PC now.
I'm fine with that too, as Microsoft published games tend to fit my tastes much more than EA published ones
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Yes, I realized. So games like CK3 won't be included. But the AoE series will, and these are cool games
There is no reason why Steam or Microsoft do this.
At the moment Microsoft is prob. earning nothing with the gamepass and just try to win new customers (just like spotify, netflix and so on in the beginning). The GamePass is a counter offer to buy games on plattforms like steam.
Bringing the gamepass to steam would lead to two things:
It's more likely that Valve would start a service like gamepass on their own.
Both of these would also have applied to EA Play and that still happened.
EA-Play on Steam is waaaay different to EA-Play on Origin.
With EA-Play on Steam you just get EA-Games.
what about EA-Play on XGP?
You get the whole EA-Play from Origin.
And? That has no bearing on either of the two points you listed and there's no reason Game Pas couldn't launch on Steam with just Microsofts games.
less people would by games on steam (bad for steam) this is not true.
in steam there is ea play, but i see people still buying ea titles.
i think valve wont care from that they will get money, subscriptions or game sellings
For Valve, it may be that Game Pass is already causing a drop in people buying games on Steam. In that case, it's better for Valve to have that on Steam, because then people at least stay in the Steam ecosystem, so for example if they want to buy a game they 'rented' they'd do it on Steam.
For Microsoft this overcomes the problem of the client. Some people might prefer Steam to the Xbox Windows client (for example because they're already Steam users), so this will remove a barrier from joining Game Pass and get more people to buy it.
I agree that a similar service from Valve is largely a solution on Valve's side, assuming it's competitive in prices and features.
It's a 50:50 chance .... but as a german one i don't trust the words of someone with a name that get spoken out as Ficker :-D.
I'd love that. MS Store is utterly terrible to the level of crashing my computer, and Game Pass is great otherwise. I'd gladly pay 10$ for a "gaming Netflix" if the app that delivered it to me was stable. This is obviously not really likely, at least in terms of copying 1:1, but any progress to that would be nice. Well, except EA Play, since I found like 0 interesting games there
yeah I dont know why but no matter what software you run, if it was developed by microsoft or is published by microsoft it just crashes. Had that with all the Forzas and also sometime Halo
I've bought several games on the MS store (like Forza Horizon and GoW4) and installed FS2020 via GP just last week. Don't think any of these games ever crashed on me. So I guess your mileage may vary. ;)
Dropped my subsciption cause exploring for new games was such a chore, Steam isn't ideal for that but waaaay better. Probably pick them up one sub at least.
That would be awesome, it would also make EA Play obsolete as it is included in Game Pass ultimate
If this happens it will be like EA Play outside Origin, only first party games.
So how many games developed and/or published by MS and its studios are available on Steam so far ?
The ideal move would be Valve itself make their own subscription.
Meh, I want cloud gaming for my Steam games, I don't care about Netflix for videogames
Would be with MS games only, still good for me
Well, not something I would care about.
Would be nice to see more of these type of partnerships.
Streaming services desperately need this attitude if they want my money. I'm getting tired of switching subscriptions each month depending on what I may plan on watching.
Keep subscription services off of steam, it doesn't need it.