Google announces new cloud-powered Chromebook after killing off Stadia


Google has announced a new line of Chromebooks.

All three devices, developed in partnership with several third-party manufacturers, use the power of the cloud for gaming. The product news comes just days after Google pulled the plug on Stadia.

Google’s new selection of Chromebooks includes the Acer Chromebook 516 GE, the Asus Vibe CX55 Flip Chromebook, and the Lenovo Ideapad Gaming Chromebook. Every laptop boasts high frame rates and RGB keyboards. More importantly, the new Chromebooks are designed for cloud gaming.

We’ve compiled a quick overview of each device. The Acer Chromebook 516 GE offers a 120Hz WQXGA display, RGB anti-ghosting keyboard, and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. The device is also built on an Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM.

Meanwhile, the ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip supports a 144Hz FHD display and is a 2-in-1 convertible laptop. Again, this device features an RGB anti-ghosting keyboard and an Intel Core i5 processor with 8 GB of RAM. It is paired with dual Harmon Kardon certified speakers with WiFi 6 connectivity enabled.

Finally, the Lenovo Ideapad Gaming Chromebook supports a 120Hz WQXGA display, RGB anti-ghosting keyboard, and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. Additionally, it features a 4-speaker system with Wave audio tuning plus an Intel Core i3 processor with 8GB of RAM.

While each device offers modest specs, Google’s focus on cloud gaming makes these devices stand out. Even it is blog post, Google highlights the respectable number of games available on the cloud via the video above. Google is teaming up with Nvidia to bring its GeForce Now cloud-based gaming feature to Chromebooks. Each device is designed to support Nvidia’s highest performance RTX 3080 tier. RTX 3080 tier members can play AAA titles like Cyberpunk 2077, Fortnite and Crysis 3 remastered up to 1600p at 120fps.

Additionally, Google is partnering with Xbox to bring Xbox Cloud Gaming to Chromebook via an installable web app to provide even more flexibility for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. Xbox Cloud Gaming supports a wide range of first-party titles and third-party games available on Xbox Game Pass.

The timing of this announcement is quite unfortunate. The performance of each Chromebook is positioned as a workhorse of cloud gaming. However, Google recently shut down Stadia, its own cloud gaming service. If not, the narrative surrounding these new Stadia-powered Chromebooks writes itself. However, starting January 18, 2023, Stadia and its servers will be taken offline. For members of the Google ecosystem, refunds on hardware and software will be offered through the Google Play Store.

As for the new Chromebooks, each device will be available this month.

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