Google has announced that Steam, the digital game store of valve, is available for testing on “Selected Chromebooks”. Who broke the news was Google Product Director for Games Greg Hartell at the Google for Games Developer Summit event.
In a brief mention, the exec said that “Steam alpha [versão em testes iniciais, anteriores à fase beta] just released” for ChromeOS. Watch it in full below at 2:00 p.m. (in English):
He urged interested parties to keep an eye on the official community forum, but no further details were released. The official page says the following:
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“Hello Chromebook community,
As you may have heard, our team is working with Valve to bring Steam to Chrome OS. We are excited to announce that we will soon be releasing a first version of Steam on Chrome OS, in alpha quality, to the Dev channel for a small number of Chromebooks. Don’t hesitate to come back to the forum for more information!”
The company hasn’t revealed which models will be able to run Steam, but the 9to5Google site found that some devices were digging into the system’s source code. most are Acer and Asus brands. Check out the full list of computers, with their respective codenames:
- Back – Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-1H)
- Pane – Acer Chromebook 515
- Voxel – Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (CP713-3W)
- Delbin – ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5 (CX5500)
- Drobit – ASUS Chromebook CX9 (CX9400)
- Elemi – Chromebook HP Pro c640 G2
- Lindar – Unidentified Lenovo Chromebook
Additionally, the site found out what technical specifications will be needed to run the gaming rig. At a minimum, the Chromebook needs an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and 7GB of RAM – fairly high settings for Chromebooks in general.
This list, however, may change over time; after all, it’s still an alpha-stage program. 9to5Google claims to have found evidence that Google is “testing Steam on older 10th Gen Intel Core processors as well as AMD chips”. There are also indications that Nvidia is directly involved in the development of Steam for ChromeOS.
The first time the company said the store would be coming to the system was in early 2020, and there hasn’t been any news since then. We still don’t know what games will run on ChromeOS, or how developers will work with the platform.