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Google prepares support for Steam on Chrome OS

by Ace Damon
Google prepares support for Steam on Chrome OS

Google is working with Valve so that Steam can be installed inside computers running Chrome OS, the Chromebooks. There is still no deadline for the partnership to bear fruit, but we know that it will use the Linux base that is in all Chrome OS.

Until recently, Chromebooks were literally portable computers designed to run the Google Chrome browser and webapps, period. Then Google released Android apps on these devices and that made all compatible models less dependent on the internet – since the apps work even without a connection.

Even so, the vast majority of these notebooks are created with basic and energy-saving hardware. This delivers enviable autonomy and at the same time eliminates the possibility of running heavier games. In some rare cases, such as the Pixelbook, the Intel Core i7 processor and 16 GB of RAM make the firepower similar to that of gaming notebooks, only without a dedicated graphics card.

Certainly Google thought of this case when it called Valve to bring Steam to the Chrome OS. The fact that the system is based on Linux helps and that is why Google will bring the gaming platform, confirmed Kan Liu, director of product management for Chrome OS. Another point may be in the arrival of the first models with AMD processor, which can bring a very generous GPU APU.

Even with Stadia, Google's gaming platform, having an offline solution for games is quite interesting and Steam is full of lighter indie games, which can run on computers without a powerful GPU for this job.

With information: Android Police.



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