For now, only 7 Chrome OS devices are eligible for the alpha-quality update. However, you can always rest assured that the stable version.
I’m certain you’ll agree with me that Chromebooks don’t have the mass-market appeal that both Macs and Windows devices possess. But do you know that Chrome OS devices are great alternatives for Windows and Macs machines? Chromebooks made it into the industry in 2011 and ever since then, they’ve been doing well. These devices get regular updates that keep them in competition with other brands.
Two years ago, Google revealed its collaboration with Valve. But since then, no update came regarding whether or not the partnership worked out. However, the latest reports reveal that Chromebooks now receive steam support, which will allow users to try their favorite games.
What’s the new steam support for Chromebooks like? How can you get the steam update for your Chrome device? What games are currently supported by the new update? These and more are the burning questions this article will address.
The wait is over, and Chrome books are finally getting steam support. Google announced it was collaborating with verve a couple of years back but nothing came up after the update. However, recent reports reveal that the Chrome OS devices will now offer steam support. What exactly does that mean for Chromebook users?
The release of Steam on Chrome OS is a good thing for users, especially gamers. The update brings expansion to the experiences available to players on Chrome OS devices. The first release, which is now available for some select devices (check below), is described as alpha-quality.
For now, the update is only perfect for generally “not-super-stable Dev channel v14583.0.0.” If your Chromebook needs to be stable for work or personal use, I won’t advise you to get this new update yet. That said, let’s have a quick look at the supported Chrome OS devices for the new steam update:
- Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-1W) – currently available on Amazon for $779
- Lenovo 5i-14 Chromebook – currently available on Amazon for $329
- Acer Chromebook 515 (CB515-1W) – currently unavailable on Amazon
- ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5 (CX5500) – currently available at Insight for $871
- Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (CP713-3W) – available on Amazon for $549
- ASUS Chromebook CX9 (CX9400)
- HP Pro c640 G2 Chromebook – currently available at HP for $489
For now, the 7 Chrome OS devices listed above are the only supported models for the new steam updates. These devices all come with Intel Iris Xe Graphics, a minimum of 8GB of RAM, and 11th gen Core i5 or i7 processors. Don’t get it twisted, I’m not saying that these are the final requirements for receiving the steam update. Instead, the alpha-quality developers picked these devices as minimum requirements for testing the new update.
As you already know, the new steam update for Chromebooks is still in its testing stage. As such, only a few selected devices, such as the Lenovo 5i-14 Chromebook and Acer Chromebook 515 (CB515-1W), are eligible to receive it. To install the update, ensure you have one of the supported models listed in the previous section of this post.
- If you already meet these requirements for the steam update, the first thing you need is to visit g.co/SteamonChromeOS. From there, you’ll get updated instructions on how to install steam for your Chromebook.
- Next, switch your Chromebook over to the Dev channel.
- After that, you need to enable the chrome://flags#borealis-enabled flag.
- Now, turn off your system and let it restart.
- Upon restarting the computer, open a Crosh Terminal. You can do that by pressing ctrl+alt+t.
- Next, enter this command – “insert_coin volteer-JOlkth573FBLGa“. This command will allow you to launch the Steam Installer.
By launching the steam installer, you’ll be able to install the new steam update for your eligible Chromebook, such as Lenovo 5i-14.
For now, Google has only been able to list 48 games that work perfectly well with the new steam update on Chromebooks. Interestingly, a few of these games come with footnotes regarding the perfect GPU settings and compatible versions. Google only listed these games because its team has already tested them.
There are several games on steam that you can as well test out on your Chrome OS device. After testing, you can give Google feedback regarding working and non-working games. That said, here is the list of steam games that are currently working on Chrome OS devices.
- A Short Hike
- Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition
- Baba Is You
- Bloons TD 6
- Darkest Dungeon
- Dead Cells
- Disco Elysium
- Divinity: Original Sin 2
- Don’t Starve Together
- Euro Truck Simulator 2
- Fallout 4
- Farm Together
- Fishing Planet
- Geometry Dash
- Grim Dawn
- Half-Life 2
- Hollow Knight
- Human: Fall Flat
- Kerbal Space Program
- Left 4 Dead 2
- Loop Hero
- Overcooked! 2
- PAYDAY 2
- Portal 2
- Project Zomboid
- Return of the Obra Dinn
- RISK: Global Domination
- Sid Meier’s Civilization V
- Slay the Spire
- Stardew Valley
- Tabletop Simulator
- Team Fortress 2
- TEKKEN 7
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
- The Jackbox Party Pack 8 (and others)
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Untitled Goose Game
- Vampire Survivors
- World of Tanks Blitz
To update your Chromebook device with the latest software, you need a strong Wi-Fi or ethernet connection.
- First, connect your Chrome OS device over Wi-Fi or ethernet.
- Locate and click on the settings tray. You’ll find it at the lower-right corner of the screen.
- Click settings and then About Chrome OS.
- After that, choose “Check for updates”.
- Once there’s an available update, you’ll see it on your screen. Just click on the update to begin the installation process and then restart your computer.
Here’s a burning question: will the steam update be available for more devices?
For now, only 7 Chrome OS devices are eligible for the alpha-quality update. However, you can always rest assured that the stable version of the steam update will be available for more Chromebooks in the coming months.