Steam for Chrome OS brings Valve’s software to Chromebooks

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Valve’s software is now in beta, which is a big step forward for the Chrome OS and Steam integration. Also, it already works with more Chromebooks and has significantly lowered the minimum hardware requirements.

Valve has been working on bringing Steam to Chrome OS for months, and in the last few hours, it took a very important step in that direction. After the alpha version came out in March, the video game platform is now in the beta stage. This means that, until the final, stable release, more Chromebooks will be able to run the software.

Also interesting is that the Steam beta now works on more Chromebooks and has lower minimum CPU requirements than before. Valve’s software can now be used on laptops with Intel Core i3 processors and AMD Ryzen 3 processors.

And the chips that work with Steam have grown. Now Chromebooks with AMD Ryzen 5000 C-Series or 12th Gen Intel Core chips can also use Steam. Up until now, it only worked on Chrome OS laptops with an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor from the 11th generation.

The minimum amount of RAM is still 8 GB. But 16 GB is still the recommended amount. Also, Google still recommends using a Ryzen 5 or Core i5 processor for better gaming.

Software-wise, Steam for Chrome OS adds DirectX 12 and Vulkan 1.3 support. On the other hand, the developers of the operating system have improved its graphics scaling technology so that games can be played on screens with resolutions of 1440p and Ultra HD.

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Which Steam games work best on Chrome OS

The people of Mountain View have added 50 more games to the list of recommended games, bringing the total to 200. These are the ones that work best on Steam for Chrome OS, though in some cases you may need to change the graphics settings or have high-performance hardware to make them work.

On the list are well-known games like DOOM or Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, as well as Steam classics like Half Life 2, Team Fortress 2, and Portal 2, among others. Here is where you can see the whole list.

There are now a few more Chromebooks that the Steam beta can work with. Add 13 more teams to the 7 that could run the alpha. One of these is the Framebook Laptop Chromebook Edition, which came out in September and is notable for its modular design.

The complete list of Chromebooks that work with the Steam beta is following:

Chromebook 514Chromebook CX9Framework Laptop Chromebook EditionElite c640 14-inch G3 ChromebookIdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Chromebook 515Chromebook Flip CX5 (CX5500)Elite c645 G2 Chromebook5i-14 Chromebook
Chromebook 516GEChromebook Flip CX5 (CX5601)Elite Dragonfly ChromebookFlex 5i Chromebook 14
Chromebook Spin 514Chromebook Vibe CX55 FlipPro c640 G2 ChromebookThinkPad C14
Chromebook Spin 713
Chromebook Spin 714
Chromebook Vero 514

Google wants more Chromebook models to be able to work with Steam for Chrome OS. It’s important to remember that if you have any of the above equipment, you’ll need to switch to the beta version of Mountain View’s operating system, specifically version 108.0.5359.24 or a later version, to test Valve’s software. They also have to have Borealis turned on.

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