Google co-manufactured to launch cloud gaming Chromebook

Google just announced the closure of its cloud gaming service Stadia at the end of last month, and now the company has announced the launch of Chromebooks made by different manufacturers for cloud gaming.

Google said it has teamed up with Acer, Asus, and Lenovo to launch the first Chromebooks designed for cloud gaming, specifically the Acer Chromebook 516 GE, Asus Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip, and Lenovo Ideapad Gaming Chromebook. These notebooks have a lot of gaming-related hardware, including high-resolution displays with refresh rates of 120Hz and above, support for Wi-Fi 6 or 6E, support for high-quality audio, and RGB keyboards with anti-ghosting.

Google has also partnered with cloud gaming services such as Nvidia GeForce Now, Microsoft's Xbox cloud gaming, and Amazon's Luna to bring some well-known games to users. Additionally, the company has partnered with accessory makers such as Acer, Corsair, HyperX, Lenovo, and SteelSeries to make certified peripherals that "work with Chromebooks" for these devices.

Google says all cloud gaming Chromebooks are independently tested and verified by GameBench, a gaming performance testing platform, to ensure they have a consistent and smooth gaming experience: 120 frames per second and less than 85 milliseconds of latency.

"We've teamed up with Nvidia to bring support for GeForce NOW's highest-performance RTX 3080 class to cloud gaming Chromebooks, so you can stream Fortnite at up to 1600p at 120 frames per second," Google said. ”, “Cyberpunk 2077”, “Crysis 3 Remake” and more.” GeForce Now will be pre-installed on the above devices, and buyers will receive a free three-month RTX 3080-level subscription service. Xbox Cloud Gaming works on these devices through an installable web app that lets you play games like Horizon 5, Reaper, Flight Simulator, and more, accessible through an Xbox Game Pass subscription. Buyers in the US will also get a three-month subscription to Amazon's Luna gaming service, which includes titles like Devil May Cry 5, Resident Evil 2 and 3, and more.

The Chrome OS team has also introduced a new feature for these new Chromebooks that lets users find GeForce Now and Google Play games directly from the search bar, which can be accessed via a button in the lower left corner, which the company is aiming for in the future Add more services to the search function. These laptops also feature a quick jump to Slack to answer important information and pin cloud gaming services to the taskbar for quick access.

Google says these Chromebooks are for those who can spare a few minutes to a few hours a day for gaming, while also serving as day-to-day work machines. Google also acknowledges that Chromebooks are largely seen as cheap machines for work and education, not really for gaming. Google is trying to bring some kind of gaming experience to all Chromebooks, supporting platforms like Steam and testing keyboard controls for Android games. However, Chromebooks are still far from the console experience.

Obviously, Google likes to be a platform for others to build on. In this plan, Google only acts as a distributor of Chrome OS, with laptop makers making hardware, third-party cloud services bringing games, and accessory makers making peripherals.

The price of these Chromebooks ranges from $399 (about 2857 yuan) to $799 (about 5721 yuan), equipped with Intel processors, ranging from Core i3 to Core i7, and will be available this month. Sales.

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