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Google unveils the world’s first laptops designed to play in the cloud

Google unveils the world's first laptops designed to play in the cloud

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Google is working with Acer, ASUS and Lenovo on “Chromebooks” specifically designed for gaming.

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11 October 2022 11.53

Well, it’s uncomfortable. Google The announcement of what he calls “the world’s first laptops built for cloud gaming,” less than two weeks after announcing the plans. close Stadiums, a cloud gaming service operated by the company. Work with Acer, ASUS and Lenovo on three Chromebooks game-oriented.

Google says the Acer Chromebook 516 GE, ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip and Lenovo Ideapad Gaming Chromebook have a refresh rate of at least 120Hz, displays up to 1600p, surround sound and what is crucial for cloud gaming. WiFi 6 or 6E connection. Some models also have RGB keyboards. Subject to availability, you can get a SteelSeries Rival 3 gaming mouse at no additional cost if you choose one of these Chromebooks.

GameBench compares the three laptops to make sure they’re capable of running games at 120 frames per second at 1080p. It should also get an input latency of less than 85ms. Google is the one that is the “console class” input delay.

Let’s take a look at the specs of each of the Chromebooks (or at least the details I get in advance).

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Chromebook Acer 516GE

  • 16-inch display, 120 Hz 1600p
  • RGB Anti-Ghost Keyboard
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • Ethernet port
  • Four DTS speakers and forced cancellation
  • 12 Intel Core i5 or i7 processors. Generation
  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics Adapter
  • Up to 16 GB RAM
  • Disk storage with a sliding state of up to 256 GB
  • two microphones
  • Audio combo jack
  • A 1080p webcam that captures video at up to 60 frames per second
  • DisplayPort support
  • Two USB-C, USB-A and HDMI ports
  • 65 Wh battery with up to 9 hours of battery life
  • 3.75 lbs (1.7 kg)
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The ACER Chromebook 516 GE starts at $650 and will be available on Best Buy this month in the US. In EMEA in December and will have a starting price of €999.

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ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip

  • Convertible 2-in-1 Chromebook that can be used in tablet mode
  • 144Hz Full HD display (1080p)
  • Anti-ghost keyboard
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Dual Harmon Kardon certified speakers
  • Up to 11 Intel Core i7 processors. Generation
  • Up to 16 GB RAM
  • Up to 512 GB memory
  • HDMI 2.0 output
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge
Lenovo Ideapad Gaming Chromebook
Lenovo Ideapad gaming Chromebook.

The price and availability of this model were not available at the time of publication, but it should also go on sale this month.

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Lenovo Ideapad Gaming Chromebook

  • 16- inch 120Hz WQXGA display
  • RGB Anti-Ghost Keyboard
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • Cudruple Speaker System
  • 12 Intel Core i3 or i5 processors. Generation
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Up to 512 GB ssd drives
  • 4 lbs (1.82 kg)
  • Battery life up to 11 hours

The Lenovo Ideapad Gaming Chromebook starts at $599 and should be available this month.

It is worth saying, for the sake of clarification, that these are all ChromeOS devices, not Windows machines. They’re decently priced, suggesting that the ASUS model is in the same range, and offer a whole new chromebook flavor.

However, it can be argued that for the same price, you can opt for a cost-effective Windows laptop and get access to cloud gaming services. You can also buy Xbox S-Series and get 20 months of access to Xbox Game Pass UltimGalstuk for $600, but you won’t be able to use it for work or other tasks. Alternatively, you can select Steam Deck and set up cloud gaming services on this device.

This year, these Chromebooks could be a decent entry point for those intrigued by the idea of cloud gaming, even if one of the main benefits of cloud gaming is that they run on just about any modern device. The screens look like slides and WiFi 6E should be especially as long as you have a compatible router.

Chromebooks from Acer, ASUS and Lenovo with game logos on them
Google is working with Acer, ASUS, and Lenovo on Chromebooks focused on cloud gaming.

Google brings some cloud gaming features to these Chromebooks. On the one hand, the devices will be compatible with Xbox Cloud Gaming, Amazon Luna and NVIDIA GeForce Now. In the latter case, Google is working with NVIDIA to ensure that these Chromebooks support the higher RTX 3080 GeForce Now level. This allows you to play in the cloud at 120 frames per second at 1600p resolution on these systems, which come with the GeForce Now app pre-installed.

You can also install Xbox Cloud Gaming as a web app on your Chromebook. In addition, these Chromebooks will come with three-month tests for both the GeForce Now RTX 3080 level and Amazon Luna.

At the same time, it can be quite easy to find and start playing games on these services via ChromeOS. If you’re looking for a game in a launcher (i.e. through the “All” button), see where it’s available. You can then download the game with a single click. For starters, this feature is compatible with GeForce Now and the Play Store.

It’s nice to see that Google hasn’t completely abandoned cloud gaming. And how, the moment of this announcement comes at a very strange time.

This Chromebook announcement was certainly in development long before Google said in late September that it was canceling its own cloud gaming service. Reportedly This news surprised most of the Stadia team as much as everyone else. This division is certainly separate from the ChromeOS team (I wouldn’t be surprised if these people are also surprised by the news).

I’m a fan of cloud gaming, and it’s a shame Google didn’t stick with Stadia. Despite the criticism of the business model from people, the lack of features and the lack of important exclusives, the core technology of streaming games works very well. You may have to imagine that, at least as recently as a couple of weeks ago, there were plans to offer months of access to Stadia Pro at no extra cost with these Chromebooks instead of GeForce Now or Luna.

*With information from Forbes USA.


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