Technology Google seeks to take Steam to Chromebooks

Google seeks to take Steam to Chromebooks

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The Google Chrome OS platform and its Chromebooks are not exactly known for being designed for games. The relatively simple and straightforward nature of Chrome OS is excellent for work and students who don’t really require too much of their computers, but it seems that Google is working to change that perception.

In an Android Police report, they spoke with Kan Liu, Director of Product Management for Google’s Chrome OS at CES 2020 last week, where he revealed that Google is working to bring Steam to Chrome OS. This is possible due to the fact that Chrome OS is compatible with Linux, and it has been speculated that maybe it could run inside Linux on Chrome.

Liu didn’t share too many details, but according to Android Police, Liu hinted that Google and Valve could be working together to bring Steam to the Chrome operating system. At the moment, it is possible to install Steam on Chromebooks through the compatibility layer of Crostini Linux, but this is not official and the performance is less than ideal.

With Google and Valve possibly working together, it could result in a more optimized customer. However, given the fact that most Chromebooks were not created exactly considering the games, it is hard to imagine that there will be many games that are compatible. In any case, Google has not yet officially commented on Liu’s statement or the Android Police report, so he may not hold his breath yet.

Filed in Computers. Read more about Chrome Os, Chromebooks, Google, laptops, Steam (Valve) and Valve. Source: androidpolice

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