Google's gaming-focused Chromebooks in the works

American tech giant Google's gaming-focused Chromebooks might soon become a reality.
Representative Image (Image Credit: ANI)
Representative Image (Image Credit: ANI)

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As per 9to5Google, at least three manufacturers might be working on Chromebooks with RGB-lit keyboards, an iconic feature on gaming laptops. This development comes after years of teasing Steam for Chrome OS and even Nvidia demoing support for DLSS and ray tracing on Arm-based Chromebooks. Google revealed two years ago that it was working on Steam support for Chromebooks, but we've heard very little ever since.
But now, three codenames for potential gaming Chromebooks have been spotted, all with RGB keyboards. It is being speculated that both HP and Lenovo could be testing gaming Chromebooks, based on employee contributions to Chrome OS code. A third mysterious device, codenamed Ripple, appears to be a tablet with a detachable keyboard. A new flag has also been discovered in Chrome OS that enables RGB keyboard support, something that's popular on gaming laptops from Razer and many other OEMs. 
While the flag could just be additional support for existing USB keyboards, 9to5Google believes this Chrome OS RGB support is being added specifically for these unreleased Chromebooks. In lieu of compelling alternatives, Valve went on to announce its Steam Deck, a handheld Linux-based gaming device that starts shipping in late February. 
Steam Deck could contribute to making gaming on Linux far more popular than it is today, thanks in large part to Valve's Proton tech. Proton is a compatibility layer that lets Steam run Windows games on Linux, and the list of supported games is growing. Proton also now supports two of the most popular anti-cheat systems, Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC) and BattlEye. 
Developers still need to test and confirm their games work with Proton anti-cheat support, but it could open up the Steam Deck and any potential gaming Chromebooks to popular titles like Fortnite, Apex Legends, Destiny 2, Halo Infinite, and PUBG.

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