Google revealed two years ago that it was working on Steam support for Chromebooks, but that’s about as much as we’ve gotten from them since. Fast forward to today, and references to new gaming Chromebooks have now been spotted in test versions of Chrome OS, meaning that a gaming-focused Chromebook might be close to reality.
Three codenames for potential gaming Chromebooks have been spotted, all with RGB keyboards. It’s being speculated that both HP and Lenovo could be testing these devices, based on employee contributions to Chrome OS code. A third device, codenamed Ripple, appears to be a tablet with a detachable keyboard.
Meanwhile, Valve announced its Steam Deck, a handheld Linux-based gaming device will begin shipping in late February. Steam Deck could contribute to making gaming on Linux far more popular than it is today, thanks in large part to Valve’s Proton tech. Proton is a compatibility layer that lets Steam run Windows games on Linux, and the list of supported games is growing.
Proton also now supports two of the most popular anti-cheat systems, Easy Anti-Cheat and BattlEye. Developers still need to test and confirm their games work with Proton anti-cheat support, but it could open up the Steam Deck and any potential gaming Chromebooks to popular titles like Fortnite, Apex Legends, Destiny 2, Halo: Infinite, and PUBG.
(All information was provided by The Verge)
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