Steam on Chromebook enters Beta with more games and device support. Tons of steam games are now playable on Chromebooks with AMD Ryzen 3 or Intel Core i3 CPUs.
Steam on Chromebook Enters Beta with More Games
Game maker Valve and Google have made it very easy for people to play their PC games on Chromebooks. Steam on Chromebook will be entering beta with the ChromeOS 108 update. And in the early parts of this year, the two companies released an alpha version of valve’s Steam game store to try out on Chromebooks via the ChromeOS Dev. cannel. It will now move out of the instability of the Dev channel and then into the ChromeOS Beta channel with support for many more devices, more games, and also an improved user experience.
Chromebooks Do Not Have a Reputation as Gaming Machines
And while Chromebooks are widely used for business and educational purposes they do not have a reputation as gaming tools and machines. Google and its software and hardware partners are at the moment doing their very best to change that idea this year. Acer, Lenovo, and Asus along with steam released new cloud-gaming Chromebooks back in October. And at this same time, Microsoft, Amazon, and Nvidia announced increased support for their cloud-gaming platforms and services, Xbox Cloud, Luna, and GeForce Now.
What Entering Into Beta Means
Entering into beta simply means that hundreds of steam games are now playable on a wider variety of Chromebooks and major problems affecting the whole system should be uncommon, Google in its announcement said. And since it is still very much in development, there will be plenty of issues with many other games running poorly or not at all and the whole user experience will not be release-quality.
There Are Now 20 Chromebook Models That Has Officially Supported For Steam on ChromeOS
With the release of Beta, support was added for devices with AMD Ryzen 5000 C-series and Intel 12th-gen Core CPUs. The minimum CPU requirements also were lowered in order to include Core i3 and Ryzen 3 processors and 8GB of RAM. Google however still recommends an i5 or Ryzen 5 and 16GB of RAM for the best and complete experience. You should also know that there are now 20 Chromebook models that have officially supported steam on ChromeOS and they are;
- Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-1W)
- Acer Chromebook 515 (CB515-1W)
- Acer Chromebook 516 GE
- Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (CP514-3H, CP514-3HH, CP514-3WH)
- Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (CP713-3W)
- Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (CP714-1WN)
- Acer Chromebook Vero 514
- Asus Chromebook CX9 (CX9400)
- Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 (CX5500)
- Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 (CX5601)
- Asus Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip
- Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition
- HP Elite c640 14 inch G3 Chromebook
- HP Elite c645 G2 Chromebook
- HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook
- HP Pro c640 G2 Chromebook
- Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
- Lenovo 5i-14 Chromebook
- Lenovo Flex 5i Chromebook 14
- Lenovo ThinkPad C14
Google also has made steam easier to install. Immediately you enter the Beta channel on your Chromebook (simply search for beta in settings to find it), turn on the #enable-borealis flag on chrome://flags, and then search for “steam” in the launcher of the ChromeOS.