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Google announces laptops for ‘cloud gaming’

The launch of these devices comes two weeks after Google shut down its Stadia cloud gaming platform.

This is a new range of Chromebooks, resulting from a collaboration with Acer, ASUS and Lenovo. Laptops have been designed with ‘cloud gaming’ in mind, allowing you to stream and play your games without having heavy hardware locally. While traditional gaming laptops pack a powerful graphics card and solid working memory, that’s less the case with these Chromebooks. However, they are equipped with large enough screens of 15-16 inches and RGB keyboards to appeal to gamers.

They will also come with three game streaming platforms pre-installed, namely Xbox Cloud Gaming, Geforce Now, and Amazon Luna. The latter is interesting insofar as Google had its own game streaming platform until a few weeks ago: Stadia. In the case of the three aforementioned platforms, it’s unclear what Google’s game streaming strategy will be. But users will therefore be able to use their laptop to play games on someone else’s streaming platform. It is currently unclear if and when these laptops will land with us. Lenovo’s laptop will retail for $599, and Acer’s for $650. As for the ASUS Chromebook, no price has yet been communicated.

This is a new range of Chromebooks, resulting from a collaboration with Acer, ASUS and Lenovo. Laptops have been designed with ‘cloud gaming’ in mind, allowing you to stream and play your games without having heavy hardware locally. While traditional gaming laptops pack a powerful graphics card and solid working memory, that’s less the case with these Chromebooks. They are, however, equipped with quite large screens of 15-16 inches and RGB keyboards to appeal to gamers. They will also come with three game streaming platforms pre-installed, namely Xbox Cloud Gaming, Geforce Now and Amazon Luna. The latter is interesting insofar as Google had its own game streaming platform until a few weeks ago: Stadia. In the case of the three aforementioned platforms, it’s unclear what Google’s game streaming strategy will be. But users will therefore be able to use their laptop to play games on someone else’s streaming platform. It is currently unclear if and when these laptops will land with us. Lenovo’s laptop will retail for $599, and Acer’s for $650. As for the ASUS Chromebook, no price has yet been communicated.