Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, managed to get his hands on Valve’s new device the Steam Deck. After using the product for a couple of days, Spencer said that Xbox games “feel good” and “work well” on the Steam Deck.
“Was @valvesoftware this week talking w/ Scott, Erik, Gabe about Steam Deck,” Spencer wrote in a Tweet. “After having mine most of the week I can say it’s a really nice device. Games with me on the go, screen size, controls all great. Playing Halo and Age feels good, xCloud works well. Congrats SD team.”
The handheld gaming device was first unveiled last month. It is believed the product will have a starting price of $399.
The Profit‘s Take:
Nobody should be surprised Xbox games work well on this device. Microsoft has slowly been doing away with the differences between Xbox as a platform and Windows as a platform for years. Also, it helps that Steam is Windows-based. My tinfoil hat theory is that maybe Microsoft is considering buying Valve. This acquisition would make a ton of sense. Gabe Newell, the head of Valve, is getting up there in age. Maybe an acquisition and retirement are in the cards for Mr. Newell. Maybe Phil Spencer could be the guy that takes over and brings Valve to the next level. The Steam Deck becomes a portable Xbox and gives Microsoft a leg up in the console war. It just makes sense.