Variable refresh rate, Steam support on Chromebooks

Several recent reports indicate that Google is currently working on more powerful Chromebooks that may be capable of gaming.

These Chromebooks are expected to include features like variable refresh rate screens and may even support compatibility with the Steam gaming platform.

The variable refresh rate feature was first discovered by Kevin Tofel at About the Chromebook. The blogger discovered a new flag, “chrome://flags#enable-variable-refresh-rate”, in the Chrome OS 101 Dev Channel, which practically calls out the feature. However, as MSPowerUser noted, the code is currently stagnant with no compatible hardware to display variable refresh rates on.

Variable refresh rate support is a feature that allows displays to automatically adjust their refresh rate based on the capacity of the workload they are under. This feature has been widely marketed to gaming PCs, which typically feature high refresh rates for smoother movement across screens and less lag and tearing.

However, in recent years, we’ve even seen it appear on non-gaming devices, such as Surface Pro 8, MacBook Pro, and Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7.

This also coincides with Google’s announcement at its Games Developer Summit last week of its Steam alpha software for Chrome OS. Google has been hinting since early 2020 about a collaboration with Steam parent company Valve, which would bring the platform to its lightweight productivity devices.

While Google’s plans for the Steam rollout remain little known, the brand has also confirmed to its support community that it will “launch an early alpha-quality build of Steam on Chrome OS in the Dev channel for a small set of Chromebooks”. Coming soon.”

Additionally, 9to5Google reported that Acer, Asus, and HP are among the brands that will support Steam on their Chromebooks.

According to the publication, Google also has plans for gaming Chromebooks, with full RGB keyboards. If that’s correct, chances are they would release with Steam on board.

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