The Nvidia Chromebook dream is not any extra

Final yr, all indicators indicated that 2023 can be an thrilling yr for ChromeOS gaming. Early on, 9to5Google reported that Chromebooks supporting Nvidia GPUs had been within the works. In October, a number of OEMs introduced gaming-focused fashions (with built-in graphics) in a snazzy joint announcement. It appeared like there was lots on the horizon for the Chromebook gaming fanatic.

These hopes, nevertheless, seem to have been dashed. The eagle-eyed people over at About Chromebooks have spotted language in Google’s code indicating that a number of Nvidia Chromebook tasks (together with the particular fashions that had been rumored final yr) have been canceled. Google has not but responded to a request for touch upon this language.

The Acer Chromebook 516 GE was one of many first gaming-specific Chromebooks introduced final yr.
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This can possible be a disappointment to ChromeOS followers who had been holding out for superpowered gaming merchandise. Even with the loss of life of Google Stadia (relaxation in peace), there was some enthusiasm among the many neighborhood for platforms like Steam and Nvidia’s GeForce Now, which got here preinstalled on the gaming fashions introduced in October.

However built-in graphics can solely get you up to now. They’ll ship a stable expertise on many video games, however if you wish to max out your settings and determination, working heavy AAA titles domestically is usually out of the query.

When you have been hoping to dive into ChromeOS gaming, you can discover merchandise that supply most of the similar advantages we’d count on from a gaming rig (aside from the discrete GPU). The Chromebook 516 GE has a QHD, 120Hz display screen with a really tactile keyboard, and it delivers a stable cloud gaming expertise (although you’ll be able to count on it to make use of a heck of a variety of knowledge).