I would really like to play my Steam games on my Chromebook, but I cannot figure out how to get Steam and play my games on said glorified web browser. Is there any good way to play Steam on a Chromebook?

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    In-home streaming /joke – Nolonar Dec 5 '16 at 14:14
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    get a real bike mate – sysfiend Dec 5 '16 at 16:19
  • +1 Please come back and let us know if you get this working. – Lumberjack Dec 5 '16 at 20:51

As mentioned in the other answer, you could install Linux on your Chromebook. However, this may not be of use because most of the games are processor-specific and will likely require Intel/AMD processors (x64 or x86 instruction set) instead of a Chromebook's ARM processor (completely different instruction set).

Although Steam offers multi-platform gaming, the binaries that are downloaded from Steam are specific to the platforms that Steam offers - Windows, macOS and Linux, and all of those (as far as I know) are Intel-only.

For example, you cannot install Steam on macOS on a PowerPC. Yes Mac OS is supported but ancient Mac OSX is not, and PowerPC is not even though it falls under the "Mac OS" umbrella.

The same is true of your Chromebook. You might be able to get it to run Linux but it won't be the CPU-specific version of Linux (Linux under i686) that Steam supports.

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    There are both ARM and Intel Chromebooks – Joseph Young Dec 5 '16 at 19:52

The only way to nattily install steam on the laptop and run it, by first installing linux

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  • Is there enough space on a Chromebook? or do I need an external something or other? – Parzival Dec 5 '16 at 14:17
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    @Parzival Depends on your Chromebook. What is the hard drive size of it (do they even have hard disks)? – Timmy Jim Dec 5 '16 at 14:18
  • I think it's very very small. – Parzival Dec 5 '16 at 14:21
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    @Parzival There's no way to provide more accurate advice without having more information. Just saying "a Chromebook" isn't narrow enough, seeing as there are 18 different Chromebooks made by Acer alone. – Strongo Dec 5 '16 at 15:54
  • You might need to do something with the hardware to enable the UEFI to be flashed, so that something other than Chromebook can install. (Chromebooks take "Web PC" to a new level... they're useless for everything!) – wizzwizz4 Dec 5 '16 at 20:50

There are always "ways". But one of the "best" is going to utilize In home Streaming.

First you get steam up and running on a powerful computer, then you install something like crouton, and then steam on the chrome book.

Finally, login to steam on both the powerful machine, and the chrome book, and you can play the game "from" your chromebook, but it's the powerful computer that's doing all the work.

If you don't have a x86 chrome book (most aren't) then you can try stuff like twerk and android streaming apps. They will work but's it's cludgy. See https://www.reddit.com/r/chromeos/comments/3kf73b/psa_you_can_stream_your_gaming_pc_to_your/ for an example.

Finally, though you may not want to hear it, you may be better of with something more dedicated. If you really want to stream to a portable then getting a cheap laptop around $200 and sticking XFCE on it with steam in home streaming is pretty awesome. Your not gonna get CS:GO to be fast enough to be competitive, but Civ 6 will do just fine.

Keep in mind, in all these options, it's the powerful computer that does all the work, not the portable.

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I own an Acer 15 chromebook. in the download page of steam you should hit the tiny steam icon under the blue button. After installing linux to the chromebook open files app and click your new .deb file. hit the blue button that shows. it will install. once it installs you will launch steam and it will install itself. don't shut it during this.


(only one problem, you barely have space for games b/c Steam is hogging it all. they will also lag a lot at first but later it should be fine if you have the right settings in the game. I got Nuclear Throne to work just fine like this, so that's cool.)

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