Google is attempting to develop Chromebooks designed specifically for cloud gaming
Stadia, a cloud gaming service from Google, is expected to be terminated in a few months. However, the ChromeOS team has launched a fresh attempt to combat the myth that “you can’t game on a Chromebook.” Google, together with a few hardware and software partners, announced today the “world’s first laptops engineered for cloud gaming.”
What, after the hyperbole, does this imply in practice? After all, the entire purpose of cloud gaming is that you don’t need superpowered gear to play high-quality games – many ordinary Chromebooks are perfectly capable of running cloud gaming services. That being said, the new computers revealed today are not your typical Chromebook.
To distinguish these laptops, Google claims it concentrated on a few hardware characteristics, such as huge panels with high refresh rates, keyboards with anti-ghosting technology (including RBG keyboards in certain instances), WiFi 6/6E cards, and overall high specifications.
ASUS, Acer, and Lenovo have all released new laptops.
As part of this drive, ASUS, Acer, and Lenovo all revealed new PCs today. To begin, the Acer Chromebook 516 GE has a 16-inch IPS screen with a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution and a refresh rate of 120Hz, as well as an RBG anti-ghosting keyboard and 12th-generation Intel CPUs (up to a Core i7). It also has a gigabit ethernet port, two USB-C connectors, one USB-A port, and HDMI. Finally, it offers DTS audio via two upward-facing speakers and two additional downward-facing speakers on the laptop’s underbelly. Acer will offer many configurations, the first of which will be available this month at Best Buy for $650 and will have a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage through its NVMe SSD.