Chromium Project Engineers reportedthat a number of laptops based on the Chrome OS operating system now support the Steam gaming platform as an “early alpha version”.
Currently, laptops with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 Tiger Lake processors with integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics and at least 8GB of RAM can run Steam with Chrome OS. The following Chromebook models meet these characteristics:
- Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-1W);
- Acer Chromebook 515 (CB515-1W);
- Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (CP713-3W);
- ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5 (CX5500);
- ASUS Chromebook CX9 (CX9400);
- HP Pro c640 G2 Chromebook;
- Lenovo 5i-14 Chromebook.
The requirement to have at least 8GB of RAM is due to the fact that not many games work well on systems with 4GB of RAM these days. Google engineers also point out that using a monitor larger than 1080p can cause performance and scaling issues.
The experts also listed many of the tested games that also work on Chromebooks in the current alpha stage of the Steam platform. The list of games marked “ready to run” includes: Portal 2, Team Fortress 2 (after disabling multi-core rendering in graphics settings), Stardew Valley, Sid Meier’s Civilization V, Cuphead, Kerbal Space Program, and Untitled Goose Game. Also listed are more demanding titles like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition and Fallout 4, which run on more expensive Chromebook models.
To install and run Steam on a Chromebook, you need to follow these steps:
- Go to the Chrome OS developer channelif it hasn’t already happened. However, Google does not recommend using a computer that is used for work, school, or other important tasks for an alpha test.
- After updating, you need to go to the Chrome://flags#borealis enabled web address (you need to copy and paste the link into the address bar), set the drop-down list to Enabled, and then restart your computer when prompted. After the reboot, you need to open the Crosh terminal using the Ctrl + Alt + T shortcuts;
- Type the command “insert_coin volteer-JOlkth573FBLGa” (without the quotes) and press Enter;
- Follow the Steam installation instructions.
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