Google’s Game Developer Summit sneakily slipped into the exciting announcing the arrival of Steam on Chrome OSand an alpha-quality build of the popular gaming platform is expected to arrive on a few select Chromebooks soon.
While the summit focused on key features like bringing Android games to PC, viewers got a glimpse of the arrival of the Steam client (formerly known as Project Borealis) on Chrome OS. Google hasn’t looked into that, but Chromebook community manager Alisha has offered a small update on when the platform is expected to arrive.
“As you may have heard by now, our team is working with Valve to bring Steam to Chrome OS,” Alisha said in the Chromebook Forums. We’re excited to announce that we’ll soon be launching an early alpha-quality build of Steam on Chrome OS in the Dev Channel for a small set of Chromebooks. Don’t hesitate to come back to the forum for more information!”
It’s primarily for the Dev channel, so this small set of Chromebooks will give developers a chance to check out Steam Alpha. According to a report on 9to5GoogleGoogle has a timeline for shipping Steam on Chrome OS, along with a list of Chromebooks and minimum specs that will support the platform.
As noted, Chromebooks will need to have at least an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and at least 7GB of RAM. Chromebooks include Acer Chromebook 514 and 515, Acer Chromebook Spin 713, Asus Chromebook Flip CX5, Asus Chromebook CX9, HP Chromebook Pro c640 G2, etc. This is just an initial list and should get closer to the official Steam release on Chrome OS.
We can’t wait to see how Steam performs on Chrome OS, as it will see a few more players hopefully playing some of the best PC games rather than the best Chromebook games currently available.