Gaming Chromebooks could be on the way, here’s why


It looks like Google is working hard on gaming Chromebooks as there are quite a few signs that these devices are coming. This is why we think Google makes Chromebooks designed for PC gaming.

9To5Google three new codenames spotted for possible Chromebook models with RGB keyboards. And if there’s one thing we know PC gamers love, it’s the brightly colored lights on their devices.

To go along with that, there’s a new flag in Chrome OS that enables RGB lighting on a keyboard, further confirming the idea that there will be some new gaming-focused Chromebook devices with RGB lighting support. It would be an odd move by Google to put RGB lighting on a computer without gaming as the focus, but anything is possible.

However, just adding lighting isn’t enough to convince us that Google is releasing Chromebooks for games. Maybe the company thinks Chromebook users like bright colors and nice lights. However, in April 2021, Nvidia and MediaTek announced that the companies were collaborating to bring RTX graphics to ARM, which would apply to Chromebooks.

This is what the companies said in the Announcement:

MediaTek is the world’s largest supplier of Arm chips, which are used to power everything from smartphones, Chromebooks and smart TVs. We look forward to leveraging our technology and partnering with NVIDIA to bring the power of GPUs to the Arm PC platform for gaming, content creation, and more. GPU acceleration will be a huge boost for the entire Arm ecosystem.

That’s pretty compelling evidence that Chromebooks are on the cusp of becoming gaming devices, but there’s another piece of evidence that games are on the way. And the latter indicates that it will be full PC games. in Dec, android police noticed two new flags in Chrome OS that refer to Borealis, the codename for Steam support for the OS. That means we should be able to play at least a subset of the Steam library on Chromebooks.

With the Steam Deck on the way and its support for Proton, it doesn’t seem like adapting Steam to Chrome OS would be too much of a challenge. We’ll have to wait and see, but all signs indicate that gaming on Chromebooks will soon become a reality, and that’s exciting.

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