Google and Valve have finally passed a major milestone in their months-long effort to bring a stable Steam build on Chromebooks.
Google today announced that the alpha version of Steam for Chromebooks has been successfully completed, marking the beginning of the beta phase of development. Its functionality has been much enhanced in this new edition, which also includes many other enhancements.
If you’re using the latest ChromeOS beta build, you can now access Steam and all of your games without having to be part of the ChromeOS dev channel. Devices equipped with Intel 12th Generation Core processors or AMD Ryzen 5000 C-series chips are also supported by the update.
Google claims that by lowering the CPU requirement to Intel i3 / AMD Ryzen 3, “more than treble” the number of compatible devices has been reached. Many of the latest Chromebooks aimed towards cloud gamers also include compatibility for Steam, albeit for the greatest local gaming experience, the firm suggests 16GB of RAM and an i5 / Ryzen 5 or higher CPU.
We’re merely scratching the surface of compatibility improvement. The ChromeOS Steam beta has a new scaling system that works better with QHD and UHD external screens, and it also adds support for important graphics libraries like DirectX 12 and Volkan 1.3.
Therefore, Google has added fifty more Steam games to the list of titles they recommend for playing on Chromebooks. These games join such luminaries as The Witcher 3, Hades, and Portal 2.