Google has been working to bring Valve’s Steam gaming client to Chromebooks for a few years, and it looks like the effort is, um… gaining momentum. A recent code pledge suggested we could see Chromebooks with the RGB keyboards often found in gaming laptops. And now the folks at 9to5Google have spotted a list of supported Chromebooks and minimum specs.
Suffice to say, you’re not going to be running Steam games on $109 Chromebooks anytime soon.
In other recent tech news, GOG has confirmed that its GOG Galaxy gaming client won’t officially support the Steam Deck’s upcoming Linux-based portable gaming PC Steam OS, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that. you cannot run games from GOG. on a Steam Deck. Amazon has rolled out an update for Fire TV devices that prevents users from installing third-party home screens. And Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch a bunch of new hardware powered by Apple Silicon chips this year, possibly starting with new entry-level MacBook Pro and Mac Mini models.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from across the web.
Steam for Chrome OS is coming, here’s which Chromebooks will be supported first [9to5Google]
Valve’s Steam game client is coming to Chromebooks, but not all Chromebooks. The code commits say you’ll need a recent model with an 11th Gen or better Intel Core i5 processor and more than 7GB of RAM, including some recent models from Acer, Asus, HP, and Lenovo.
Don’t expect GOG to support the Steam Deck [GamingOnLinux]
GOG will not officially support the Steam Deck, which comes bundled with Linux. But since it’s a full-fledged PC, users who want to run games from their library that rely on the GOG Galaxy client can install Windows or use Wine or third-party apps.
There is no official GOG support for SteamDeck. But as the device has an open architecture, as we understand, you can install Windows and as such also run GOG games.
—GOG.COM (@GOGcom) February 21, 2022
Amazon blocks custom Home Launchers with latest Fire TV software update [AFTVNews]
After rolling out a software update that prevents Amazon Fire tablet users from using third-party launchers as their default home screens, Amazon is taking the same approach with Fire TV devices.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 2 360 Full Renders Leaked [GizNext]
It’s rumored to be Samsung’s next-gen Galaxy Book Pro 360 convertible laptop with three USB-C ports, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card reader, 15-inch 16:9 display and sleek design. convertible tablet style.
Apple is preparing the new MacBooks and iMacs for the third part of the revision [Bloomberg]
Apple will likely unveil a 5G iPhone SE and a new iPad Air on March 8, but there could also be at least one new Mac powered by Apple Silicon, possibly a new 13″ MacBook Pro with an M2 chip or a new Mac Mini. with M1 Pro.
AYA NEO vs ONEXPLAYER vs GxPD Benchmarks Comparison [DroiX / YouTube]
UK-based DroiX has put together one of the most comprehensive benchmark comparisons to date between current generation portable gaming PCs from AYA, GPD and One Netbook. Obviously absent? Valve’s Steam Bridge.