Google’s ambitions for gaming-focused Chromebooks could be near actuality. After years of teasing Steam for Chrome OS and even Nvidia demoing support for DLSS and ray tracing on Arm-based Chromebooks, references to new gaming Chromebooks have now been noticed in check variations of Chrome OS.
Google revealed two years in the past that it was working on Steam support for Chromebooks, however we’ve heard little or no ever since.
9to5Google reports that three codenames for potential gaming Chromebooks have been noticed, all with RGB keyboards. The publication speculates that each HP and Lenovo may very well be testing gaming Chromebooks, based mostly on worker contributions to Chrome OS code. A 3rd mysterious machine, codenamed Ripple, seems to be a pill with a removable keyboard.
A brand new flag has additionally been found in Chrome OS that allows RGB keyboard help, one thing that’s widespread on gaming laptops from Razer and plenty of different OEMs. While the flag might simply be further help for present USB keyboards, 9to5Google believes this Chrome OS RGB help is being added particularly for these unreleased Chromebooks. RGB keyboards are nothing with out video games, and Steam might be key if these gaming Chromebooks are to turn into a actuality.
In lieu of compelling alternate options, Valve went on to announce its Steam Deck, a handheld Linux-based gaming machine that starts shipping in late February. Steam Deck might contribute to creating gaming on Linux much more widespread than it’s at present, thanks in massive half to Valve’s Proton tech. Proton is a compatibility layer that lets Steam run Windows video games on Linux, and the list of supported games is growing.
Proton additionally now helps two of the hottest anti-cheat techniques, Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC) and BattlEye. Developers nonetheless want to check and ensure their video games work with Proton anti-cheat help, but it surely might open up the Steam Deck and any potential gaming Chromebooks to widespread titles like Fortnite, Apex Legends, Destiny 2, Halo Infinite, and PUBG.