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It looks like Google is hard at work on gaming Chromebooks, as there are quite a few signs that indicate that these devices are coming. Here’s why we think Google is making Chromebooks designed for PC gaming.

9To5Google spotted three new codenames for possible Chromebook models with RGB keyboards. And if there’s one thing we know PC gamers love, it’s brightly colored lights on their devices.

To go along with that, there’s a new flag in Chrome OS that enables RGB lights on a keyboard, which further lends credence to the idea that there will be some new gaming-focused Chromebook devices with support for RGB lighting. It would be an odd move for Google to put RGB lights on a computer without having gaming as a focus, but anything is possible.

However, just adding lights isn’t enough to convince us that Google is releasing gaming Chromebooks. Perhaps the company thinks Chromebook users like bright colors and pretty lights. However, back in April 2021, Nvidia and MediaTek announced that the firms are working together to bring RTX graphics to ARM, which would apply to Chromebooks.

Here’s what the companies said in the announcement:

MediaTek is the world’s largest supplier of Arm chips, used to power everything from smartphones, Chromebooks, and smart TVs. We look forward to using our technology and working with NVIDIA to bring the power of GPUs to the Arm PC platform for gaming, content creation, and much more. GPU acceleration will be a huge boost for the entire Arm ecosystem.

That’s some pretty compelling evidence that Chromebooks are on the verge of becoming gaming devices, but there’s another piece of evidence that games are coming. And this last bit indicates that it’ll be full PC games. Back in December, Android Police spotted two new flags in Chrome OS that reference Borealis, the codename for Steam support for on the OS. That means we should be able to play at least a subset of the Steam library on Chromebooks.

With the Steam Deck on its way and its support for Proton, it doesn’t seem like adapting Steam to Chrome OS would be too much of a challenge. We’ll have to wait and see, but all signs point to gaming on Chromebooks as a reality shortly, and that’s exciting.

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