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- The first wave of high-end gaming Chromebooks is reportedly coming soon.
- The makers of these Chromebooks, which reportedly include Lenovo and HP, will include RGB keyboard support.
- They may also have Google Stadia and GeForce Now streaming services pre-installed.
High-end PC games on laptops have mostly been limited to Windows, although there are also a smaller number for Linux and Mac. But there is now growing evidence that the first wave of gaming Chromebooks is being developed.
9to5Google reports, via unnamed sources, that gaming Chromebooks from manufacturers like HP and Lenovo are on the way, complete with RGB keyboard support. While many Chromebooks already have the Google Stadia game streaming application preloaded, this new report says that the upcoming gaming Chromebooks will also have a Cloud Gaming Partner Platform app. This app is for accessing the Nvidia GeForce Now gaming streaming service, which has hundreds of PC games available for streaming.
Read more: Google Stadiums vs GeForce Now
The same story reports that ChromeOS ‘Explore app, which helps new Chromebook owners with tips on how to best use the device, could be expanded to offer ways to play hundreds of games. Back in April, a separate report stated that Google was working on a way to search many different game sources that could be used by Chromebooks as a one-stop place to find games.
In addition, a separate report from Chrome unboxed claims that it has revealed evidence of an upcoming Chromebook that will have a processor based on Intel’s Alder Lake CPU and an Nvidia GPU. The same report claims that there is evidence that this Chromebook could be developed by HP. There has been no official confirmation that such a Chromebook is on the way.
All this evidence points to the direction of gaming Chromebooks that can not only connect to the cloud to play advanced PC games, but possibly play some games directly (probably using Steam) with powerful Intel and Nvidia chips. How all of this will eventually play out is something we are likely to learn in the coming weeks and months.