Chrome OS code hints at which will be the first Chromebooks to receive Steam

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When we think of a Chromebook, we usually think of a laptop designed for education, whose price is as low as its features. However, Google has been working to expand the scope of these devices. We have already seen high-end computers, such as the ASUS Flip CX5400. The next step could be models geared towards gamers, with official support for Steam.

Rumors about the arrival of Steam on Chromebooks have not stopped growing in recent years. Even Google’s own director of product management for Chrome OS, Kan Liu, confirmed the existence of the project in 2020. Now, finally, we are faced with what would be the initial list of models compatible with Valve’s popular gaming platform, along with some minimum hardware specifications that should be met.

Chromebook from Acer, ASUS, HP and Lenovo for gaming

A Chrome OS code changeviewed through the Gerrit code collaboration tool, reveals the initial list of models compatible with Steam. At the moment the following seven teams are included (identified thanks to their internal name, which is mentioned below), although the number could rise in the coming weeks or months:

  • Volta – Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-1H)
  • Volet – Acer Chromebook 515
  • Voxel – Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (CP713-3W)
  • Delbin – ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5 (CX5500)
  • Drobit – ASUS Chromebook CX9 (CX9400)
  • Elemi – HP Pro c640 G2 Chromebook
  • Lindar – Unknown/Unreleased Lenovo Chromebook

But let’s remember that playing at home requires power. In this sense, the OS code also reveals some hardware requirements that Chromebooks must have to work with Steam. It’s about processors. 11th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 and a minimum of 7 GB of RAM. At first glance, and without counting the possible graphic requirements, a large part of the current laptops with Chrome OS would be left out of this gaming experience.

What is a Chromebook and how is it different

Of course, let’s remember that Chromebooks currently offer a gaming experience thanks to cloud gaming platforms. Stadia, GeForce Now and xCloud already provide support for these types of computers. But we must recognize that these options are usually not enough for those looking for a truly gamer laptop. At the moment there is no certainty about when Steam will reach existing Chrome OS computers and future devices. For now, it only remains to wait.

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When we think of a Chromebook, we usually think of a laptop designed for education, whose price is as low…

When we think of a Chromebook, we usually think of a laptop designed for education, whose price is as low…

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