Google really wants you to think of your Chromebook as a sleek, mean cloud gaming machine

Choose a new title from all your different services


Some of Google’s latest Chrome OS updates aim to turn Chromebooks into gaming powerhouses, finally making headway with a move two years in the making. It’s not just Steam support either – we’ve seen code changes pointing to RGB support and the addition of variable refresh rate (VRR) support. The latest feature is aimed at online gamers as Google aims to provide a way to seamlessly browse cloud gaming services.

According to 9to5Google, a series of changes to the Chrome OS boot code and comments reveal the addition of a “game search” feature. One note explains that it will take the form of a list of cloud platforms – such as Nvidia GeForce Now, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and, of course, Stadia – on which a game can be played, displayed next to the search result for that game. You should see the list in Chrome OS launcher search results as if it were listing Android apps from the Play Store.


Appearance aside, it’s not entirely clear how these search results will behave or interact with users. For example, will they resemble Google TV, which already allows you to select certain subscription services to send you regular suggestions, or will they only show games from your subscribed services? And how do they handle services like Game Pass that require an active subscription to play or GeForce Now that requires you to purchase the offerings through a retailer? It will be interesting to see.

But why is Google working on such a thing? If you’re an avid gamer, you’re already aware of the central selling point of cloud gaming – there’s no need to buy expensive gaming hardware, making the experience plug-and-play. But with so many titles available to play in the cloud, it can be difficult to pick just one. Even if you have a game in mind, you have to go through a lengthy process of checking each service to know if it is on. With Google organizing your game streaming service libraries into one central, searchable point of sale, selecting a title should be easier.

The cloud gaming aggregator is currently being developed for Chrome OS. However, there is no indication that it could go beyond the operating system.

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