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In the Midst of Stadia, Google is Working on Steam for Chromebooks

In the Midst of Stadia, Google is Working on Steam for Chromebooks In the Midst of Stadia, Google is Working on Steam for Chromebooks
Melba Vasquez | 19 January, 2020, 07:14

Up until now, official support for Steam on Chrome OS has been non-existent. According to a report from Android Police, Kan Liu, Director of Product Management for Chrome OS, revealed that the Steam support could be enabled on Chrome OS. Yes, Valve's Steam. The gaming platform.

Although Liu didn't confirm whether Valve is lending a hand in brining Steam to Chrome OS, there are some inherent advantages for the company.

Regardless of whether Steam on Chrome OS ends up happening, Google has another ace up its sleeve. Since Chrome OS is essentially based on Linux, and there is Steam for Linux, bringing Steam to Chromebooks might not be as a big of a stretch as it might sound.

Valve supports gaming using Steam on Windows, macOS, and Linux, but it could soon add a fourth operating system to that list. Most of today's Chromebooks are made just as a cheap alternative to MacBooks and PC laptops, but it looks like Google wants to change that by bringing some gaming Chromebooks to the already overcrowded laptop market, reportedly powered by AMD.

If this does result in Steam coming to Chromebooks, then this is great news for PC gamers and Chromebook owners alike, as it means more choice for them. Chromebooks tend to have less powerful processors than Windows machines, and integrated GPUs on Chromebooks are a rule, not an option. Even now, players can run Linux games on Chrome OS, if they're willing to engage in some fairly tedious workarounds. That's to say nothing of RAM and storage space, both of which are vital for high-end games.

For now, though, it's hard to picture Chromebooks running Steam smoothly. While you'll need to listen to last week's podcast to get all the info on those devices, we spend quite a bit of time this week talking more about the overall impact of these next-gen Chromebooks. It's not as good as playing a game natively, but it's a far sight better than trying to play remote games on Chrome OS at the moment.

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