As Google Stadia sinks, Google Cloud Gaming laptops arise
A new line of Google Cloud gaming laptops were just announced by tech giant Google, which comes shortly after the shut down of their unsuccessful Google Stadia gaming platform. Although its hardware has been a tough sale in the gaming industry, cloud-based gaming has popularized over the last handful of years, and we expect this new line of hardware to perform much better than Stadia ever did.
The new Google Cloud gaming laptops will come in the form of Chromebooks, and developed in partnership with electronics manufacturers including Acer, ASUS, and Lenovo. With that said, Google officially announced three new gaming Chromebooks: Acer Chromebook 516 GE, ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip and Ideapad Gaming Chromebook from Lenovo.
These releases look very similar to what’s currently in store on the market for gaming laptops. High-res and high refresh rate displays, RGB illuminated keyboards, WiFi 6, and many more features have been implemented on the new product line.
As Google states, all Google Cloud gaming laptops have undergone independent testing and verification by GameBench to consistently offer a fluid, responsive gaming experience with 120 frames per second and input lag that is less than 85 milliseconds. All gaming Chromebooks are pre-installed with three distinct game streaming services, including Amazon Luna, GeForce NOW, and Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta).
They will also ship with promotions which include a three-month trial of Amazon Luna+ and the RTX3080 tier for NVIDIA GeForce NOW. Google claims to be in search of other cloud gaming platforms in the near future.
Although the performance of games running on the gaming Chromebook will largely depend on the speed of the user’s internet, we expect these products to be a huge hit for casual and entry-level gamers. On top of that, these Chromebooks are still Chromebooks, meaning you can also get some work done. They don’t look half bad either.