Steam could launch its official client for Chromebooks soon

Steam on Chrome OS

Many of the latest news that is being published about Steam are related to (or, depending on how you look at it) Steam Deck. Valve's console / PC will allow us to play many of the Steam titles, and also others in emulators, with the native system that will be based on Arch Linux and will use a Plasma desktop. In addition, other operating systems such as Windows can be installed. But the news that we bring you today is not related to the console, but to a somewhat different desktop operating system.

We are talking about Chrome OS of Google. It is an operating system that is used in low-resource computers, and it works well in the field for which it was designed. The bad thing is that, by default, it does not support as many applications as a macOS, Linux and much less Windows operating system, but as the months go by, things are improving, and in the future a novelty is expected that will especially benefit gamers .

"Native" Steam for Chrome OS

Just like read On xda-developers, Chrome OS can already run Steam, but not officially, so performance and user experience are not that great. Very soon, the "native" support could be a reality, to the point that the proposal (commit) has codename and everything: Borealis. The chosen moment, when Chrome OS 98 reaches its stable version.

But not everything will be as perfect as it could be. Although it will improve the experience of the cheats that can already be used today, the version of Steam for Chrome OS will have to go through the Linux compatibility feature. And we have to remember that Chrome OS has been allowing Linux applications to run for a while thanks to Crostini.

It is clear that those who buy a Chromebook are not thinking about playing games, but it is good news that Steam is already on its way. You never know when we're going to need to kill time and some Martians.

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  1.   Seba said

    Stream can be installed on Chrome OS via Flatpak