Should that be the case, gamer-focused laptops are the most likely scenario by far, given RGB keyboards are almost exclusively found on gaming hardware. The keyboards in question would supposedly support red, green and blue lighting effects, which are expected to be customisable by the end user.
ChromeOS is typically found on low-cost, easy-to-use devices, but Google appears to be shifting its focus to specialised gaming laptops in the near future. Anyron Copeman, Senior Staff Writer. After more than a decade of focusing on low-cost hardware, the next generation of Chromebooks appears to be aimed towards gamers. That’s according to a new report from 9to5Google, which cites code found in Chrome OS. A single feature flag for RGB keyboard support may easily refer to external accessories, but the site believes it’s part of Google’s plans to establish a new Chromebook category.
What’s more, it looks like three new gaming Chromebooks are in the works. These only have codenames so far, but 9to5Google suggests devices from HP and Quanta are being developed. The latter makes hardware for many different Chromebook brands, while HP’s offering could be an addition to its Omen range. Both are expected to be powered by Intel’s 12th-gen processors, but little else is known.
A third device, known only as Ripple so far, is thought to be an addition to Lenovo’s Legion line of gaming hardware. It will take the form of a tablet with detachable keyboard, similar to the ROG Flow Z13, which Asus unveiled at CES 2022. These new devices suggest Steam could be added to ChromeOS soon, more than two years after Google said it was working on support. It also paves the way for RTX GPU support, after Nvidia showed its graphics cards running on an ARM-based devices last year.
It’s not clear how much any of these devices will cost, or when they might come to market. But hopefully it’s not long before they’re competing with some of the best gaming laptops you can buy. Note: We may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site, at no extra cost to you. This doesn’t affect our editorial independence. Learn more. As the resident expert on Windows, Anyron’s main focus is PCs and laptops. Much of the rest of his time is split between smartphones, tablets and audio, with a particular focus on Android devices.
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