Google’s decision to shut down its Stadia cloud gaming service next year is quite surprising. However, it seems that Google has another strategy to welcome the cloud gaming era. The step taken is to introduce Chromebook Gaming .

Cooperate with ASUS, Acer and Lenovo

ASUS, Acer and Lenovo are the first three manufacturers ready to release Chromebook Gaming products. The first three Chromebook Gaming include the ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip, the Acer Chromebook 516GE and the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook.

The specifications of the Chromebook Gaming are also tempting. The standards set are quite high. Among these, it is mandatory to use a high-resolution screen panel with a minimum refresh rate of 120 Hz or above. Then, it must support WiFi 6 or 6E, qualified audio and bring an RGB keyboard with anti-ghosting features.

The good news, to reach all users Chromebook Gaming will be sold at prices ranging from US $ 399 to US $ 799. Its performance is entrusted to Intel Core processors from Intel Core i3 to Intel Core i7. Here’s a quick look at the Chromebook Gaming specs:

ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip Specifications:

Screen15.6-inch FullHD (1920 x 1080) IPS touchscreen with 144Hz refresh rate
Processor11th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7
RAM8GB/16GB RAM
Storage space128GB/256GB/512GB SSD
Audio2x Harman/Kardon certified speakers
Wireless2×2 Wi-Fi 6; Bluetooth 5
Connectivity ports2 x USB 3.2 gen 2 type C; 1 x USB 3.2 gen 1 type A; 1 x HDMI 2.0; 1x audio combo jack; 1 x microSD card reader
Battery57 Wh

Specifications of Acer Chromebook 516GE:

Screen16-inch WQXGA screen (2560 x 1500) with 120Hz refresh rate
Processor12th Gen Intel Core i5
RAM8GB RAM
Storage space256GB SSD
AudioDTS audio; quad force vibration cancellation stereo
Wireless2×2 Intel Wi-Fi 6E; Bluetooth 5.2
Connectivity ports2 x USB 3.2 gen 2type C; 1 x USB 3.2 gen 2 type A; 1 x HDMI 2.1; 1x audio combo jack; 1 x Ethernet RJ-45 port
Battery65 Wh

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook Specifications:

Screen16-inch WQXGA screen (2560 x 1500) with 120Hz refresh rate
Processor12th Gen Intel Core i3/i5
RAM8GB RAM
Storage space256GB/512GB SSD; 128GB eMMC
Audio4 x 2W speakers with Waves Audio
Wireless2×2 Intel Wi-Fi 6E; Bluetooth 5
Connectivity ports2 x USB 3.2 gen 2 type C; 1 x USB 3.2 gen 1 type A; 1 x HDMI 2.0; 1x audio combo jack; 1 x microSD card reader
Battery71 Wh

Supported by various Cloud Gaming services

Keep in mind that to play games on Chromebook Gaming, gamers must subscribe to a cloud gaming service first. That’s why Google partnered with several popular cloud gaming services such as Nvidia GeForce Now, Microsoft Xbox Cloud Gaming and Amazon Luna.

Another surprise Chromebook Gaming will be supported by a series of gaming accessories. A special “Works with Chromebook” certification has been prepared for a range of accessories such as mice, keyboards and headsets optimized for Chromebook Gaming. Manufacturers that are ready to launch special accessories for Chromebook Gaming are Acer, Corsair, HyperX, Lenovo and SteelSeries.

Price and availability

These three Chromebook Gaming products will be available in October 2022. The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip starts at US$699, the Acer Chromebook 516GE starts at US$649.99 and the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook starts at US$599.

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