We first heard about Steam for Chrome OS in 2020, but here we are more than two years later and it’s still not ready. Google released the first alpha version of Steam on ChromeOS earlier this year, but now it looks like an official beta could be coming, allowing more players access.
Steam’s first Alpha build for ChromeOS came with strings attached. Most Chromebooks weren’t powerful enough to run it and needed to have at least 8GB of RAM, not to mention other hardware requirements. I also had to run the machine on the ChromeOS Dev channel, which isn’t always the best option.
According to 9to5Google, which spotted a big Chromium Gerrit code change, is about to start wider compatibility and beta testing. Google is set to finally move Steam from alpha to beta, allowing more gamers to enjoy it on their capable Chromebooks.
While it doesn’t look like the hardware requirements are going away anytime soon, letting Steam for ChromeOS work in the beta channel is a big deal, as the beta is much more stable than the Dev or Canary builds. Many more people use the beta channel and will soon have access to Steam.
Some comments on Gerrit suggest a brief delay in Steam’s release to beta, but it’s clear that Google is preparing to implement it. We’re not sure when it will officially arrive, so stay tuned for more details.