Google accidentally told the world that Steam is ready to run on Chromebook last week and people have been ready to pounce on this opportunity and enjoy gaming on their gaming Chromebook. The alpha version for the Chromebook was officially released today and is only available on the dev channel for Chrome OS version 14583.0.0.
The release was announced by Google in a blog post and has since then made a lot of news as this is a big step for Google’s Chrome OS and will certainly help people who use Chrome OS to have a lot of fun on their machines.
Games that Work with Steam Alpha
Not all games will work with Steam at the moment as it is just in the alpha stage and only a few games are supported to start with as Google wants people to not have a bad experience.
- Divinity: Original Sin 2
- Fallout 4
- Hades, Half-Life 2
- Left 4 Dead 2
- Portal 2
- Sid Meier’s Civilization V
- Stardew Valley
- Tekken 7
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
Including the above-mentioned major titles, there are 48 games in the list of supported games. However, except for the above-mentioned games the other games are mostly of the indie genre.
Not all Chromebooks support running Steam on them, this feature is only available currently on selected Chromebooks. However, very soon most of the Chromebooks will be able to support Steam on Chrome OS.
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- Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-1W)
- Acer Chromebook 515 (CB515-1W)
- Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (CP713-3W)
- Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 (CX5500)
- Asus Chromebook CX9 (CX9400)
- HP Pro c640 G2 Chromebook
- Lenovo 5i-14 Chromebook
The reason that Steam currently is only available to these devices is hardware limitations. Google wants to ensure that any Chromebook that supports Steam can actually run games properly.
“Because many games have high-performance demands, we’ve focused our efforts thus far on a set of devices where more games can run well,” – Google
Hardware Requirements to Run Steam
As mentioned before, there are certain specific hardware requirements that need to be met before a Chromebook can run Steam on Chrome OS. These requirements are made keeping in mind the games that will be available for users on Steam and the minimum requirements needed to have a decent gaming experience.
- Intel Core i5 – 11th Gen
- 8GB RAM
- Intel Xe graphics
Google has made it clear that any Chromebook with specs lower than mentioned above will not be able to run Steam.
Expect Bugs Right Now
Since Steam is in its Alpha phase right now it is normal that the software has bugs that will cause issues to the users. Google is expected to get these bugs fixed very soon.
Currently, Google has said that Steam on Chrome OS may have scaling issues with 1080p resolution in games and there can be frequent crashes and stutters. Google has introduced Steam in the dev channel for this very reason.
“It’s early days, but we’re hoping the optimization that comes from gathering user feedback helps us build a more polished experience at launch further down the line,” VP of Chrome OS John Maletis
Hopefully, Chrome OS users will soon be able to enjoy gaming on their devices properly!
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