The Steam Deck’s viability as an all-in-one portable gaming machine has just been bolstered as it now officially supports a one-click option to get any web-based cloud gaming service up and running – including Stadia and Xbox Cloud gaming.
While both Firefox and Chrome are pre-installed on the deck, this update will not work with either browser. Instead, Steam Deck owners must install and configure the latest Microsoft Edge Linux beta. Yes, Linux users, Microsoft has come to your rescue.
The process how detailed in the official Microsoft Edge Reddit communityrequires a few hurdles in the deck’s Arch Linux environment, but it’s a largely painless way to get a web browser to recognize and translate the Steam Deck’s buttons, triggers, and joysticks as video game inputs – something the others have failed to do Haven’t gotten a browser yet.
As a result, deck owners can expect one-click access to the Xbox Cloud Gaming library, streaming over 200 games from Xbox Series X server blades to any compatible web browser on a computer with a gamepad attached. Even better, this method unlocks the same functionality for any competing service that streams games from the cloud to a web browser. This includes Google Stadia, which performs excellently.
A flatpak, a console and a command line parameter go in a bar
Interested cloud streaming fans should first load up the default Steam Deck desktop interface, then visit the KDE Plasma Discover tab. As I explained in my Steam Deck Linux article last month, adding more apps to the closed version of Arch Linux on the Deck requires installing “Flatpak” files, as they are in their own sandbox outside of the primary sector of the Decks can be operated, which is read. only for anything other than built-in apps. This Discover tab is a much more user-friendly way to find and discover formally signed Flatpak files than using the built-in Linux console, although that’s also an option.
From there, select Discover’s Internet category, then Web Browser, and Microsoft Edge Beta will appear. (Or type “Microsoft Edge” without “Beta” in the search box.) Once that’s installed, Microsoft suggests typing this command into the Linux console, which requires a physical keyboard attached or a keyboard app installed .
flatpak --user override --filesystem=/run/udev:ro com.microsoft.Edge
Microsoft’s Reddit guide outlines the rest of the steps, which are similar to getting third-party apps like Discord or VLC to work in the standard “SteamOS” interface. In particular, Microsoft suggests changing the parameters for Edge in the deck’s default gaming interface to maximize the browser window and put all the focus on the cloud gaming site you’re going to visit, so the gamepad buttons of the deck does not accidentally trigger something like this address bar. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft’s guide suggests setting “xbox.com/play” as the default URL.
Going through this process will see Edge do something the Steam Deck has been missing: translate button tips into a web browser so they’re recognized as coming from a gamepad. To date, Steam deck owners could launch a web browser in the deck’s play mode, only to find that the button remappings in the deck’s control menus weren’t working like they would in a video game. “No controller found,” the browser-based streaming service would say, despite users tapping on joysticks and buttons that feel very controller-like.
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