Some Google Chromebooks aim to become “computers” video game”. This seems to be indicated by Valve’s proposal, which after many rumors has finally been launched the first version of its Steam client for Chrome OSthe operating system of these laptops.
While Game Developer Summit of 2022 made by Google, the company officially announced the alpha version of Steam for Chrome OS. According to the presenter, said program has just been launched for said operating system; although at the moment it seems that it is not available for download on the Internet.
According to a Tweeter by Ron Amadeo, Google and Mobile Web Journalist Ars-Technica; Those in Mountain View have yet to reveal information about installing Steam on Chrome OS. In addition, in his profile on the social network, he comments that during the presentation, Google directed its users to the official business forums to know more.
You won’t be able to run it on a Chromebook
During the conference, they announced that only a handful of Chromebooks will be able to run Steam correctly. In addition, the published requirements are quite high -for a Chromebook-, so much so that almost no computer with Chrome OS will be able to install the Valve client.
A leak in February revealed the hardware you’ll need on your Chromebook to run Steam. The report was published by 9to5Googlewho commented that the video game client could only work on a small list of computers. This is mainly composed of Acer and Asus equipment.
- Volta – Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-1H)
- Pane – Acer Chromebook 515
- Voxel – Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (CP713-3W)
- Delbin – ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5 (CX5500)
- Drobit – ASUS Chromebook CX9 (CX9400)
- Elemi – Chromebook HP Pro c640 G2
- Lindar – Unknown/Unreleased Chromebook from Lenovo
However, it seems that Google is working on the development of new laptops Chromebook for gamers. This was learned through Chrome OS code, which reveals support for RGB keyboards on laptops; an almost exclusive feature of these gaming-focused computers.
One has been identified by the code name old and would be manufactured by Quanta, a company that develops Chromebooks for different brands. However, the report mentions that there are indications that the device in question belongs to HP.
Minimum system requirements to run Steam on Chrome OS
Everything seems to indicate that you will need at least an 11th Gen Intel i5 processor to run Steam on Chrome OS. Also, you will need 7 GB RAM on your laptop. Of course, that’s not too much of a surprise, as almost all games require high specs to run smoothly. However, it leaves out a large chunk of existing Chromebook computers.
Currently, these requirements they are for the alpha version of steam for Chromebooks. However, chances are that Google I ended up enlarging the list of devices compatible with the Valve client.
For now, if you want to install this version of Steam for Chrome OSyou will need to run a Dev or Canary build on your computer of the system. Additionally, you will need to enable Borealis on your device. The reason for all this is that the program is in its public debut, so the presence of Bugs they could tarnish the average user experience.