Hey so I was just able to install Steam on my Pixelbook, and not only did it work with no errors or weirdness, I was also able to install and play Civ Beyond Earth (I’m probably the only person on earth who played that in the first place, and I’m almost certainly the only person playing it right now lmao.)
(taskbar shown on the right to demonstrate this is a real screenshot from Chrome OS.)
I didn’t need to flip any developer switches or change channels or anything. Linux gaming is here today for Intel Chromebooks, which is pretty great. All the investment Gaben has been putting into Steam on Linux (and now Chrome OS) is paying off. Civ runs pretty well!
Chromebooks with access to Google Play also have like a billion Android apps you can install too but very few games are optimized for the form factor… That said, console-like ports (like the Phoenix Wright games, etc.) are just cool to have on a laptop instead of a phone (IMO.)
Anyways I’ll be posting about my adventures in Chromebook gaming here, feel free to join the wild ride.
PS- Chrome OS now supports games written for the web, Android, and Linux… It’s not gaming, but Windows 10 support is on the way too, but only for enterprises (for now.)
PPS- RIP macOS gaming. Your support has been in question ever since you snubbed Vulkan for Metal anyways.