Less than a week after Google’s director of gaming products, Greg Hartell, revealed a preliminary version of Steam for Chromebook computers, Google made official the landing of the digital video game distribution platform on the Chrome OS operating system.
Starting with Chrome OS 14583.0.0, the development channel will include an early alpha-quality build of Steam on Chrome OS for a small group of recent Chromebooks. chromium blog. At the same time, he invited users to share their experiences.
As explained by the same source, “alpha means that everything can fail. Due to the inherent instability of the development channel and the nature of this feature, we do not recommend testing it on a Chromebook that you rely on for work, school, or other daily activities.”
The developer team’s warning was very clear: the initiative is in the “active development” phase, for which “crashes, performance problems and never-before-seen errors” could be the tonic.
At the moment, efforts are focused on a set of devices on which more games can work well, given that these have high performance demands. For the same reason, Steam requires devices with Intel Iris Xe graphics, 11th generation Core i5 or i7 processors and at least 8GB of RAM.
The computers capable of supporting the platform are the following:
- 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 Chromebook 5i-14