Google’s working on Steam for Chromebooks

Joanna Estrada
January 18, 2020

However, it looks like Google will be working directly with Valve to enable official Steam support on Chrome OS, and Google is working to release more powerful Chromebooks this year.

The second half of the show is focused a bit more on gaming, specifically covering all the new stuff coming from the Stadia camp and the breaking news that Google is actively working to bring proper support for Steam on Chromebooks.

With Steam on Chromebooks, you could also stream games from a more powerful gaming PC to a Chromebook using the Steam in-home streaming feature, turning a Chromebook into an affordable portable gaming device, regardless of its specs (it just needs a reliable network connection). The report says that this version of Steam would work through Chrome OS's Linux compatibility, and that "Liu implied, though would not directly confirm, that Google was working in direct cooperation with Valve on this project". There have been ways to get it running, but all of them are either fiddly, ineffective, or both.

On Google's side, Liu notes that games are the most popular apps downloaded for Chrome OS devices and having a major storefront like Steam running natively on it would only help further bolster Google's attempts to push into gaming.

Anyone can put Steam on Chrome OS now. Epic, GOG Galaxy, Uplay or Battle.net aren't on Chrome OS yet, which would give Valve a massive advantage. Add to that the fact that there aren't exactly an overwhelming number of games available on Steam with Linux compatibility.

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