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Google announces Steam for ChromeOS Chromebooks in 'Alpha'

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It's finally here in Alpha, Google and Valve have brought Steam to ChromeOS giving even more platforms using Linux a chance to get their gaming on.

This is another huge step for Linux gaming. Even though ChromeOS isn't exactly a traditional Linux distribution, the Steam client on it is still pretty much the same as the one available for Linux desktops and runs inside Google's special "borealis" Linux container.

Announced during the Google for Games Developer Summit 2022 Keynote, they said it's available for "select" Chromebooks for users to try.

They said to check out info on their community forum, which actually has nothing posted on it right now. Will update when it does with what info they provide. More to come…

Update — their post on the Chromebook community forum is now live, but it still doesn't actually give any info:

As you may have already heard, our team is working with Valve to bring Steam to Chrome OS. We are very excited to share that we’ll be landing an early, alpha-quality version of Steam on Chrome OS in the Dev channel for a small set of Chromebooks coming soon. Please come back to the forum for more information!
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Quoting: pbNext up, streaming Steam games using Stadia's technology.
One can hope...


Do not limit yourself to Steam , do not be a slave to just one store , Stadia is independent from other stores and in the short term it looks bad , but in the long term it will allow a better service , more profitable and with that a better investment in hardware , and more optimized and scalable, a 100% cloud platform is a better implementation than adaptations
And best of all, all running Linux.
Believe in the power of Linux on servers.


Last edited by henriquecarioca on 16 March 2022 at 3:13 am UTC
Quoting: henriquecarioca
Quoting: pbNext up, streaming Steam games using Stadia's technology.
One can hope...


Do not limit yourself to Steam , do not be a slave to just one store , Stadia is independent from other stores and in the short term it looks bad , but in the long term it will allow a better service , more profitable and with that a better investment in hardware , and more optimized and scalable, a 100% cloud platform is a better implementation than adaptations
And best of all, all running Linux.
Believe in the power of Linux on servers.
To be honest, I think you are overoptimistic about Stadia. At this point, I think their new project to do a Wine-like thing for games is too little, too late. In theory, they could decide to put plenty of muscle behind it, use the new compatibility layer to do a massive push for way more games on the platform because that way it's far easier for the developers, put in a stack of marketing and do a big re-launch with better and better communicated terms of service, and maybe put this thing over the top.
But I don't think they are likely to have the internal political will to do that.
Will this help Steam run on other ARM distros and hardware such as a RockPro64 on Manjaro ARM ? Would be my only interest here.
pb 16 Mar
Quoting: henriquecariocaDo not limit yourself to Steam , do not be a slave to just one store, Stadia is independent from other stores and in the short term it looks bad , but in the long term it will allow a better service , more profitable and with that a better investment in hardware , and more optimized and scalable, a 100% cloud platform is a better implementation than adaptations
And best of all, all running Linux.
Believe in the power of Linux on servers.

I already have a great streaming experience on Stadia, now I would like a Stadia-like experience on Steam, where I have some 80% of my games. I don't want a store-agnostic streaming service because I already have GFN and it's worse than Stadia on so many levels. I want a tightly-integrated Steam streaming experience; whether they use Stadia's tech or develop their own is secondary to me. I think it's a logical next step for SteamDeck, because not all AAA games, especially going forward, are going to run great - streaming could patch that hole.
ghiuma 16 Mar
Quoting: henriquecarioca
Quoting: pbNext up, streaming Steam games using Stadia's technology.
One can hope...


Do not limit yourself to Steam , do not be a slave to just one store , Stadia is independent from other stores and in the short term it looks bad , but in the long term it will allow a better service , more profitable and with that a better investment in hardware , and more optimized and scalable, a 100% cloud platform is a better implementation than adaptations
And best of all, all running Linux.
Believe in the power of Linux on servers.

For real? You understand well that to use Stadia you must necessarily have a decent Internet connection, which not everyone has, and you would be a slave to Stadia and the internet connection, I hope that the future of Linux is not this. I don't see any freedom in streaming ... that's my opinion of course ...


Last edited by ghiuma on 16 March 2022 at 11:10 am UTC
Koopacabras 16 Mar
No chance I would buy a chromebook, but hey! it helps linux gaming became "mainstream".
3zekiel 16 Mar
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Quoting: PublicNuisanceWill this help Steam run on other ARM distros and hardware such as a RockPro64 on Manjaro ARM ? Would be my only interest here.

Chromebooks are x86, at least for latest generations. So no, this is purely some container work by Google, on x86 for x86. Might still help Linux though, especially with students using that a lot.

IMHO, Steam on ARM seem to still be very far to me, apple's MX chips excepted perhaps, but that's a very specific case.
slaapliedje 16 Mar
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Now we need Atari to announce Steam for the VCS! Steam on all the things!!!
udekmp69 17 Mar
My old Chromebook is running Fedora right now lol, and it's a lot better IMO, but this is neat I guess.
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