On October 11th, Google unveiled plans to release a new line of laptops that support cloud gaming. This is an incredibly interesting development since the organization recently announced it would be pulling the plug on Stadia, Google’s cloud gaming platform.
Google will bring three new cloud-gaming Chromebook laptops to the market: the Acer Chromebook 516 GE, the Asus Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip, and the Lenovo Ideapad Gaming Chromebook. These devices will reportedly be able to run a wide variety of AAA games with just the click of a button.
“So, two years ago, we set out to make the best possible gaming experience and make it accessible to more and more people,” said John Maletis, the vice president for ChromeOS product, engineering, and user experience at Google. “We wanted to reduce the time that was required to play these incredible games, and drastically lower the cost of admission without sacrificing on performance. It’s a project that involves several different players across the laptop ecosystem, from chipset manufacturers to the operating system, Chrome OS, up through app developers, through peripheral manufacturers, and as well as infrastructure providers. We set out on a vision to deliver an industry first. And, we’re really excited to unveil it to you today.”
All three products will run on ChromeOS and come with gaming-centric features like high-resolution displays, immersive audio, fast wi-fi connectivity, and more. Additionally, these laptops will use cloud gaming services to allow players to have access to high-end games on “relatively low-end laptops” as VentureBeat‘s Dean Takahashi puts it.
These three laptops will be launched later this month. This product line reportedly has a price range of $399 to $799.