Can you use a Chromebook for gaming?
A Chromebook usually isn’t the first thing you consider when you think of gaming. The hardware can’t compare to that of better equipped laptops. But a new service by Nvidia might make you reconsider the Chromebook as a more serious device for gaming.
GeForce Now is a new cloud based service that enables anyone to transform their Chromebook into a powerful gaming device! With GeForce, you can instantly play the most demanding PC games without having to worry about your hardware specs.
There are both a free and paid membership plan to access the GeForce gaming platform. Transforming your Chromebook into a powerful gaming rig is as easy as creating a new account, and downloading the GeForce app to link to your game library.
Chromebook requirements for gaming
To run GeForce Now on a Chrome book, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:
- Chromebook with Chrome browser version 77.x or later
- USB wired or Bluetooth connected keyboard and mouse
- Your choice of game pad. See recommended options below
- Internet requirements of at least 15Mbps for 720p at 60fps and 25Mbps for 1080p at 60fps
- Chromebook with 4GB of RAM or more
Best gamepads or game controllers for Chromebook
If you’re serious about a better gaming experience, then you would want to skip using your Chromebook’s trackpad to play games.
Many gamepads generally work with Chromebooks. You may need to pair them using the USB dongle to use wirelessly.
Here are a few suggested options to choose from:
Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller
With 2.4GHz high performance wireless technology, this XBox wireless controller allows you to play games on your Chromebook freely within a range of 30 feet.
Sony DualShock 4
This DualShock wireless controller has a built in speaker and stereo headset jack to help you feel like you’re in the action of the game.
Logitech Gamepad F710 (DirectInput Mode)
This Logitech gamepad comes with customizable controls, dual vibration motors, 2.4GHz wireless connectivity, and works with many systems. It looks and feels like the controllers of other consoles.
Best Chromebook laptop for gaming
Now that we know Chromebooks can be used for serious gaming, let’s take a look at a few good laptop options to see which is the best choice for you.
Google Pixelbook Go
Premium Chromebook Laptop by Google
This Chromebook comes equipped with 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and an Intel Core i5-8200Y Processor. The Pixelbook has a clean, sleek design with a 12.3 inch display and 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution.
Note that this model lacks any USB-A support, so you’ll need to use a USB-C adapter for your gamepad.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
Sleek Red Design
The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook laptop has good performance and a gorgeous design. It comes equipped with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and integrated Intel UHD graphics.
The vibrant 4K screen and snappy performance is great for playing games, but this Samsung Chromebook’s poor battery life might be a an issue.
Asus Chromebook Flip
Great battery life
The Asus Chromebook Flip laptop has an elegant aluminum design and lively 14 inch 1080p screen.
With 10 hours of battery life, this 2-in-1 laptop ensure you have hours of fun playing your favorite game.
This laptop is heavy at 3.1 pounds but you get a lot of screen! It’s hard to go wrong with this Chromebook for gaming.
Do you plan to use a Chromebook for your gaming needs?
While serious gaming was an issue for Chromebook users in the past, the introduction of GeForce Now by Nvidia has opened the door for gaming enthusiasts. There is nothing to hold you back now.