Google announces three Chromebooks purpose-built for cloud gaming
What happened now? On Tuesday, Google unveiled a trio of Chromebooks designed with cloud gaming in mind. All systems from Acer, Asus and Lenovo come with decent hardware and high refresh rate displays.
When Google announced it was phasing out Stadia last month, it looked like the end of the search giant’s push for cloud gaming. As it turns out, the Mountain View tech titan is still very interested in cloud gaming, albeit in a different way.
The Acer Chromebook 516 GE retails for $649 and features a 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1240P processor, 8GB of RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics, a 256GB SSD, and a 16-inch display with 2560 x 1600 resolution and refresh rate 120 Hz. . Other perks include an RGB anti-ghosting keyboard, Wi-Fi 6E and Ethernet connectivity, three USB ports, and up to nine hours of battery life.
The Asus Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip, meanwhile, ships with an 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor paired with 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, Intel UHD Graphics 630, a 256GB SSD, and a 15.6-inch touchscreen display with 1920 x 1080. up to 144 Hz. The 2-in-1 device additionally includes Wi-Fi connectivity, Harmon Kardon certified speakers and an anti-ghosting keyboard. The price starts at $699 with a one-year warranty.
Lenovo Ideapad Gaming Chromebook starts at $599 and is offered in several different configurations. The base model includes an Intel Core i3-1215U processor, 8 GB of RAM, a 128 GB eMMC SSD, and a 16-inch WZXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS display with a 120 Hz refresh rate that covers 100 percent of the sRGB color space. Lenovo’s latest development promises up to 11 hours of battery life and includes additional amenities such as a microSD card slot, dual 2W speakers with Waves Audio and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity.
All three compatible with various cloud gaming services from Nvidia, Microsoft and Amazon and can play games such as Cyberpunk 2077, Crysis 3 Remastered and Fortnite without any problems. Availability varies, but they should all be out by the end of the month.