Is it even possible to play computer games on an unlit fire like a destructive Christmas tree? Yes of course. But why would you want to? The inclusion of code that supports RGB electronic keyboards in the latest review of Chrome OS indicates that the long-awaited Chromebook “gaming” laptops are on their way. It is possible. Whether. We will see.
The report Available from 9to5Google, which saw the new flagship feature facing everyone open source code repository for Chromium (project is one of the Chrome desktop and mobile browsers and Chrome operating system used by Chromebooks). The code is simple at the moment, without any obvious tools for customization or game integration, but there is no doubt there: someone at Google is thinking about the RGB keyboard application.
Surprisingly, this is the latest in a long list of indications that Google wants its Chrome OS platform to have more gaming capabilities in the near future. References have been made for the best part of the year that Valve is working on a version of the Steam store and distribution center for Chromebooks, running Linux-based games in a virtual machine. And as a result, that goes beyond pushing Google itself for both games on the Android Play Store (which Chrome OS has been able to access for years and is now expanding to Windows) and streaming PC games through Stadia. Competition streaming services, as GeForce Baby and Xbox Game Pass, also works on Chromebooks via browser- and Android-based apps.
9to5 says that both HP and Lenovo are preparing Chromebooks games, in their Omen and Legion lines, respectively. All the jokes aside, a “game” laptop needs more than a fan to stand apart from the person. A separate graphics card is essential for high-end 3D games, especially on Linux, and a high-resolution screen with high refresh rates and a beef battery to give it all the overall power is at least enough for a gaming computer affect. You can add extras such as custom wireless network, large cooling solutions, and high-speed storage, too. There is no real indication that these are coming to Chromebooks in the near future: while high-end Chromebooks are on the market, they seem to be more focused on the living rooms than the bedrooms.
However, a Chromebook “game” with its exclusive right to the RGB keyboard will not be difficult to be the first game to be sold to a real vanilla product. And with part of it still growing healthier, it is possible that retailers could fly around the world to give their models a little more flexibility.
Michael is a former graphic designer who has been writing and tweaking desktop computers for longer than he cared to get. His interests include folk music, soccer, science fiction, and salsa verde, in a specific process.