Gaming on Chrome OS 03/2022 [E]

Introduction

Do you wonder if gaming is possible on Chrome OS?

There are a few ways to play computer games on Chrome OS.

You can do it in the browser, via Android, Linux, or game streaming.

I recommend game streaming because it already works excellently today.

It also depends a bit on your device type. Chromebook, Chromebox, or Chromebook Tablet.

You can read more about that here.

Image: Envato Elements
Image: Envato Elements

Important Notes

Notes for beginners: My posts usually contain some basics that you can understand how to proceed. I partly repeat the basics in other posts, so you don’t have to jump back and forth all the time.

Here is the meaning of the abbreviations after the headings: [E] Everyone [A] Advanced [B] Beginner [P] Professional

If you still miss something, feel free to comment. The community will try to help you! 🙂

Notes for professionals: My posts usually have the form of a knowledge base entry and should be equally suitable for beginners, advanced users, and professionals. Just pick out what you need immediately. You can also find content specifically targeted to professionals. These are marked accordingly with [P] and other finger points.

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Disclaimer of liability: As always on this blog, I warn you that all changes to your system mentioned in this post are at your own risk! It is theoretically possible that there are system or application errors that could lead to data loss and further problems!

Browser games

If you start Chrome OS and then Chrome, you can search for browser games directly via Google Search.

There is as much as the sand by the sea these days. However, not all of them run on Chrome OS. Some games require a download because they need more than just the browser. These games then usually require Windows or macOS. If they don’t, you often have to register, and then you’re good to go.

Be careful about subscription traps and scams. Especially with free-to-play titles!

Diablo 1 as a browser game on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com
Diablo 1 as a browser game on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com

Android games

You can find countless Android games via the Play Store, and the store will tell you if your device is supported.

I’d recommend a Chromebook tablet with an ARM chip for Android gaming, such as the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 10 tablet. It’s cheap, has a touchscreen that’s not too big, and has enough power for many games.

Chromebooks and Chromeboxes also run games well, but just not all. These are not optimized for display on a large screen or for keyboard, touchpad, or mouse operation, which can lead to problems!

Android Games on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com
Android Games on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com

Linux games

If you have activated the Linux mode of Chrome OS (my post about it: Link) and a graphical app store like the Gnome Software Center (my post about it: Link) or KDE Discover (my post about it: Link), you will already find some games in both. You can install them on your Chromebook with a few clicks and launch them from the Chrome OS Launcher.

On the internet, you can find many games via Google search, for which Debian installation packages, packed archives, AppImages, or Snap packages are provided. If these are all foreign words to you, you should first learn a few things about Linux. This is not a Linux blog, and I do not provide support for it. However, advanced and professional users can get their favorite games running in Linux mode on Chrome OS this way.

With the Gnome Software Center, you can install Steam, just like on Windows and macOS. Some Linux games are supported there.

In general, not that many games run well in Linux mode on Chrome OS yet. Moreover, not (yet) via Steam. Especially AAA titles are missing, and that should change in the future. The graphics interface Vulkan and a few other things promise a rosy future for the whole thing. More about that later, when it becomes concrete.

Linux Games on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com
Linux Games on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com

Games Streaming

Introduction

If you know Netflix, YouTube, or Spotify, you already know what it means to stream multimedia content. It’s also possible with games, where the image, sound, and control inputs are transferred.

There are a few providers. I’ll briefly introduce you to the biggest ones. You can read more about them on the blog or soon on my new YouTube channel.

Google Stadia

From my standpoint, Google Stadia is technically the best cloud streaming solution for Chrome OS. The range of games could still be a bit larger, which may change in the future.

Just follow the link, and you’re ready to go. If you prefer not to play with a keyboard, mouse, or touch, you can also order the Stadia Premiere Edition with controller and Chrome Cast Ultra. With this, you can also play on your TV. Or you can order just the controller and play on your Chromebook. You’re free to do whatever you want.

I haven’t had any problems gaming on any of my Chrome OS devices. It depends on your internet connection, of course.

Just give it a try. It runs great! 😉

Google Stadia games streaming on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com
Google Stadia game streaming on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com

Nvidia GeForce Now

An excellent alternative to Stadia is GeForce Now from Nvidia, the prominent graphics card manufacturer.

I have played the game Path of Exile on my Chromebook, and it worked perfectly for me. The link refers to a post of mine about it, where you can also learn more about GeForce Now.

The service is highly recommended and has many games available.

Nvidia Geforce Now game streaming on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com
Nvidia Geforce Now game streaming on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com

Shadow – Cloud Gaming PC

That’s a high-performance gaming PC provided by the Shadow-SAS service.

You can use Shadow with the corresponding Android app on Chrome OS.

Here is my post about it: Link.

Shadow PC game streaming on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com
Shadow PC game streaming on Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com

Updates

03/06/2022: Added screenshots.


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