Google Shares Plan to Make Steam Work on Chrome OS with Linux | #firefox | #chrome | #microsoftedge

Yes, Steam will be coming to Chrome OS soon.

Thanks to Linux for making that possible. But how? Let’s find out.

Google recently announced that they are working on Steam for Chrome OS Alpha.

Now, in a new blog post, Google revealed that they would be sharing more technical details on how they’re making it possible or its progress for developers and users.

It looks like we have some significant information on how Linux helps enable Steam for Chrome OS users. Let me briefly explain what it is all about.

Steam on ChromeOS Using a Virtual Machine

Fret not, you do not need to create a Linux virtual machine from within Chrome OS to access Steam and play games. However, that is the underlying technology being used.

Google utilizes a virtual machine based on a modified Arch Linux image code named “Borealis” to run Steam. In this way, users can enable Steam games without affecting the existing functionalities/features of Chrome OS.

This also ensures that if a game works on Linux, it will work well with Borealis. Developers do not have to put additional effort into making their games work on Chrome OS.

Hence, it should be a big win for developers, considering Chrome OS has a major share of the market when compared to Linux desktops and macOS (reference: Statista).

Here’s How It Works

Technically, with a VM, they get an additional layer of security while keeping things uncomplicated. Games do not have direct access to the host hardware/files, so you do not worry about extras when using Steam on Chrome OS.

By default, you do not get the VM installed. If a user chooses to install Steam, the VM image is downloaded using Chrome OS’s Downloadable Content (DLC) system.

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