Google says Steam is already on Chromebooks, but now says it’s ‘coming soon’

Google announced that some ChromeOS users could finally begin testing Steam during the Google Game Developers Summit, but later revised that announcement to say that the alpha will ” coming soon”.

During the keynote, Google’s game product manager, Greg Hartell, announced that “Steam alpha just launched” for select Chromebooks, and direct viewers to the Chromebook Community Forum for more information. At the time, the promised post didn’t seem to be there yet, but it was then added with a slightly modified notice:

Hello Chromebook Community!

As you may have heard, our team is working with Valve to bring Steam to Chrome OS. We’re excited to share that we’ll be making an early alpha quality Steam version available on Chrome OS in the Dev channel for an upcoming set of small Chromebooks. Please return to the forum for more information!

Anyone holding their breath for Steam on ChromeOS is probably used to it, as it’s a long way from coming – Google announces that it’s working on supporting the software on Chromebooks in early 2020, and not much has been known since. However, there have been whispers that we will soon see it, as recent reports indicate that companies are working Chromebooks are focused on games.

Regardless of how long we’ve waited, Hartell’s announcement came as a bit of a surprise. Equal 9to5GoogleKyle Bradshaw tweetedpeople have been trying to learn more about Steam on ChromeOS for months, reviewing code and developer comments – only for Google to announce it with a casual mention in the developer keynote.

That keynote also went to Google revised plans for its Stadia service – TL; DR is that it plans to introduce free demos and trials, as well as make things easier for developers. You can see it thisor lower (mentioned on Steam is about 14 minutes in).

It’s understandable why Google wants to be relatively quiet about the launch; since it is expected to appear as alpha, it will probably be a bit rough around the edges. There are also limits. Google doesn’t mention which computers will have Steam available, but 9to5Google Yes a list it discovered last month. It includes x86 powered laptops like Acer Chromebook Spin 713 and Asus Flip CX5along with a few other models.

Update, 5:18 p.m. March 16 ET: Updated to reflect Google’s community post, which states that the Steam alpha isn’t available immediately and is “coming soon” instead. Google says Steam is already on Chromebooks, but now says it’s ‘coming soon’

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