One of the most beloved PC features in terms of gaming, compatibility with Steam, may at last be making its way to popular gaming consoles such as the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Despite the PS5 and Xbox Series X’s glowing reputations, console gamers who have been playing the majority, if not all of their games on the named devices have long been missing out on a prized feature that PC gamers have had the privilege of relishing for quite a while now; access to Steam.
Fortunately, hope for better console-gaming days is far from nonexistent! While official details have yet to be disclosed, rumor has it that compatibility with Steam could eventually become an extra pro to certain gaming consoles that have been lacking access to the well-renowned game distribution platform for years.
Where the news came from.
Gabe Newell (CEO of Valve) confirmed during a New Zealand public panel that, some time in the future, Steam may very well end up on gaming consoles. The main concern is simply a matter of when, and how exactly it will be integrated into the devices.
Talk of this possibility first spread from a since-deleted Reddit post by an account that now too is deleted. Given that the thread’s archived version mentions no specific reassuring details, it is probably best to remain skeptical about this information.
Regardless, Newell was reported to have stated, “You will have a better idea of that by the end of the year.” As a mysteriously intriguing response to receiving an inquiry related to bringing Steam to consoles. This gives gamers a potentially exciting announcement to look forward to before the year 2021 comes to an end.
What will/would it be like?
For now, those in wait can only come up with predictions of what Steam might look like once brought to gaming consoles. It seems likely that it’ll be slightly lacking in the digital store department, considering how steam is essentially a PC game dealer. Additionally, both Sony and Microsoft have their systems well locked down and may not take a liking to giving a competitor the opportunity to grab a significant share of their profits.
According to Tom’s Guide, Steam on console will probably be limited, sporting primarily the platform’s various social features such as friend lists, voice chat, chat, and plenty more.
A number of these features have previously been made available on consoles already. For example, Portal 2 released PS3 in collaboration with Steamworks; this made way for cross-device integration like instant messaging, cloud saves, and cross-platform play.
With such meager information and zero absolute confirmation, console gamers will simply have to busy themselves over the next few months as they anticipate official announcements. Nonetheless, knowing that this awaited upgrade does have basis for hope should be just enough to keep everybody going until then.
Bringing Steam to console could be a gamechanger for a significant population of gamers, as such a conveniently diverse platform is no fun to be on the outskirts of. Those in need of new gaming equipment may even consider incompatibility with Steam a deal-breaker when on the market for new devices. If you’d like to believe that this rumor is meant to reach fruition, take a chance and invest in an Xbox Series X now! If mere talk isn’t enough to secure you a gaming console purchase, perhaps stick with an MSI GT76 Titan.