Following the failure of Stadia, which will be retired in a few months, Google has announced the launch of new Chromebooks designed specifically for cloud gaming.
Google has partnered with Asus, Lenovo, and Acer, three manufacturers with expertise in gaming hardware, as well as Microsoft, Nvidia, and Amazon as cloud service providers to back “the world’s first laptops built for cloud gaming“.
The three new Chromebooks can not only be used for cloud gaming, and the function is not exclusively reserved for them, but Google and its partners only ensure that their hardware is particularly suitable for cloud gaming.
Among other things, this requires a display with a speed of at least 120 Hz with a resolution of up to 1600p and Wi-Fi 6 or even Wi-Fi 6E and can also be expressed in an anti-ghosting RGB keyboard, although the lighting is optional.
For its part, Google is also adapting Chrome OS to make games faster and easier to access on Chromebooks, such as including them in the launcher’s search and offering Settings apps for gaming peripherals from SteelSeries, Corsair, and Lenovo.
Cloud Gaming Chromebooks:
Acer Chromebook 516 GE
- 16-inch 1600p (2560 x 1600 pixels) display with 120H panel
- Processor options up to an Intel Core i7-1260P
- RGB anti-ghosting keyboard
- Wi-Fi 6E and Ethernet port
- DTS sound support
Asus Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip
- 15.6-inch Full HD display with 144 Hz panel
- Processor options up to an Intel Core i7-1164G7 at 2.8 GHz
- ErgoLift 360-degree hinge to adjust the screen at any angle
- Anti-ghosting keyboard with a special finish on WASD keys
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook
- 16-inch 1600p (2560 x 1600 pixels) display with 120Hz panel
- Processor options up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i5
- Wi-Fi 6E connectivity
- 4-zone RGB keyboard with anti-ghosting technology and 1-way scrolling 5mm
The Acer Chromebook 516 GE, the Asus Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip and the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook all have one thing in common — they are lighter and smaller than many classic gaming laptops. More than 1,000 games are available on Chromebooks with GeForce Now, Xbox Cloud Gaming and Amazon Luna.
The new cloud gaming Chromebooks from Acer, Asus and Lenovo are scheduled to go on sale worldwide in October, with prices ranging from $399 to $799.