Introducing Google Tips Steam for select Alpha-released Chromebooks

If you’ve always wanted to play your Steam game library on a Chromebook, there’s good news: Google is starting to bring Steam to Chrome OS.

The company casually dropped the announcement Tuesday during the Google for Games Developer Summit. “Steam Alpha has just launched, making this long-running PC game store available on select Chromebooks for users to try out,” said Greg Hartell, a Google product director for Android, during the keynote.

According to Hartell, interested users can visit the Chromebook community forum to learn more. However, it seems that the company has not published the post about the availability of the Steam alpha yet. We’ve reached out to Google for more information and will update the story when we get feedback.

The slide shown during the Google for Games Developer Summit.

Steam availability could help Google fix a notable flaw in Chrome OS. Currently, Chromebooks are best known as inexpensive laptops that are often sold to schools – not as gaming machines. However, there are different ways you can play on it. This can include installing the Linux-based version of Steam on the device via a Linux app, or running the Steam Link app to stream games from another computer.

However, a native Steam app for Chrome OS could make gaming even more convenient by giving users access to their existing Steam game libraries on a Chromebook. But the big questions are which Steam games are supported on Chrome OS and how well they run.

As it turns out, only high-end Chromebooks can run the native Steam client for Chrome OS. 9to5Google recently noticed a code change indicating that only newer Chromebooks with an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and at least 7GB of RAM are supported.

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