Google says Steam for Chromebooks is coming to alpha

The long-awaited availability of Steam on Chromebooks was just more or less announced (in alpha) during the Google for Games Developer Summit 2022. That said, Google is light on availability details for now.

Google specifically stated that “Steam Alpha has just launched, making this long-running PC game store available on select Chromebooks for users to try out.” That said, no other details appear to be live this morning, but we revealed the list of devices last month. As we noted at the time:

At a minimum, your Chromebook should have an Intel Core i5 or i7 (11th Gen) processor and at least 7GB of RAM. This rules out almost all Chromebooks except those in the upper-middle and high-end range.

This effort to allow users to play Steam games on Chromebooks is codenamed Borealis. The plan was revealed by a Googler in January 2020, but the company has been relatively quiet about it ever since.

Google said today “you can check this out on the Chromebook Community Forum.” This message is not yet live and we have contacted the company for more details.

Meanwhile, Google also said Chrome OS will get a new “game overlay” on “select” Android titles to make them “playable with user-driven keyboard and mouse layouts on Chromebooks without changes to the developer”. It will launch later this year in a public beta.

This news was announced alongside a recap of Chrome OS games. In 2021, Android app usage on the platform grew 50% year-over-year, driven primarily by games, including those that have been optimized for Chromebooks.

Other news from the Developer Summit includes:


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