Steam - FAQ

Ahoy, Steam users! We wanted to address some questions that we have seen asked since we announced in April that Sea of Thieves will soon be coming to Steam. While we don’t have a locked-down release date to announce just yet, we hope you’ll find this useful in answering some of your other burning questions in the meantime!

Do I need an Xbox Live account to play?

To be able to play this game, users will need to sign in when prompted with an Xbox Live account. If you already play on Xbox or Windows, simply sign in with the account linked to your Xbox gamertag! If you need to set up an Xbox Live account, head over to, click ‘Create an Account’ and follow the instructions. Please note that it is free to create an Xbox Live account, and playing Sea of Thieves on Steam will not require an Xbox Game Pass Core subscription.

Do I have to be running Windows to play?

Yes. For this game to work, users must be running the Windows operating system.

Is the Steam version included in cross play?

Yes! Players will be able to crew up and play together regardless of which platform they’re on, so those already playing on Xbox and Windows will be able to play with friends on Steam.

Will game progress carry over to Steam?

Yes! Your ranks, cosmetics and currency will all be there after you sign into your Xbox Live account, meaning you’ll be able to pick up exactly where you left off. Previously earned achievements will automatically unlock on Steam too.

Will this game be locked to 30 frames per second?

No. FPS will be uncapped.

Do I get the game for free on Steam if I already own it?

No. Players on Xbox and Windows will not receive an entitlement to a free Steam copy. However, cross play breaks down barriers by enabling new Steam players to crew up easily with existing players on Xbox  and Windows.

Where do I activate in-game cosmetic/item codes?

To enter a code for an in-game cosmetic or other reward, go to, log in with your Microsoft account and type in the 25-digit code as instructed. Note that it’ll be unlocked on this account only, so make sure this is the same account you use to sign in to Sea of Thieves!

Will Sea of Thieves be available in my country/region?

This game will be purchasable in all countries where the Steam store is available, and the list of supported languages is being expanded for the Steam release. However, if your language is not supported, the game will default to English.

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