Google is working to bring official Steam support to Chromebooks


Chrome OS has been one of the most advanced operating systems powering Chromebooks for many years. Until now, Chrome OS doesn’t come with Steam support to play games from Steam. But if we consider some recent reports, Chrome OS might get official Steam support in the coming days. 

In an interview with Android Police, a Chrome OS product leader said that Google is working to allow Chromebooks to run Valve’s game platform, seemingly with help from Valve. No timeline was given on when support might arrive. However, since the development is already started by Google, you might hear its announcement soon in this year.

From the last few years, Google has been working on to expand Chrome OS capabilities by allowing it to run native apps from Android to make independent on the web. And now with this announcement to add Steam support on Chrome OS, it would push that even further, opening up Chromebooks to the hundreds of games that offer support for Linux, which Chrome OS is based on.

However, if we consider Chromebooks, they are made for light office works instead of high-end gaming. So, it’s hard to imagine that games would run well on the vast majority of Chromebooks currently out there, although Steam does offer a wide selection of smaller indie titles that are less graphically demanding. However, high-end Chromebooks can take advantage of this integration to play games on it via Steam.

Kan Liu, the Chrome OS product director who spoke with Android Police, said that more powerful Chromebooks are coming, particularly those that will feature AMD processors. Even if its usefulness is limited, it still translates to more things you can do on Chrome OS, and that’s by no means a bad thing. As Android Police points out, casual titles and older games could run just fine on some machines.

At the other end, it is also a bit surprising that Google has been prioritizing native gaming on Chrome OS its cloud-focused operating system even when Google is also building out Stadia, a game streaming service that doesn’t require powerful local hardware. But at the same time, the only demerit that Stadia has is its compact library. So, offering Steam support to Chromebooks will fulfill that need to some extent.

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