Several recent reports suggest that Google is currently working on more powerful Chromebooks that may be able to run some games.
These Chromebooks are expected to include features like variable refresh rate displays and could even support compatibility with the Steam gaming platform.
The variable refresh rate feature was first discovered by Kevin Tofel About Chromebook. The blogger spotted a new flag, “chrome://flags#enable-variable-refresh-rate,” on the Chrome OS 101 Dev Channel, practically announcing the feature. However there MSPowerUser As mentioned, the code is currently stagnant without compatible hardware capable of displaying different refresh rates.
Variable refresh rate support is a feature that allows displays to automatically adjust their refresh rate based on the capacity of the workload they are being subjected to. This feature was heavily marketed for gaming PCs, which typically have high refresh rates for smoother movement on displays and less lag and tearing.
However, in recent years it has even appeared in non-gaming devices such as the Surface Pro 8, MacBook Pro and Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7.
This also coincides with Google’s announcement of its Steam Alpha software for Chrome OS at its Games Developer Summit last week. Google has been hinting at a collaboration with Steam parent company Valve since early 2020 that would bring the platform to its lightweight productivity devices.
While little is known about Google’s plans for the Steam rollout, the brand has also confirmed it support community that it would “land an early version of Steam in alpha quality on Chrome OS in the dev channel for a small batch of Chromebooks that will be released soon”.
Additionally, 9to5Google reported that Acer, Asus and HP are among the brands that will support Steam on their Chromebooks.
According to the publication, there are also rumors that Google has plans for gaming Chromebooks with full RGB keyboards. If true, there’s a good chance they’ll be released with Steam onboard.
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