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Photo: Arto Tahvanainen (Shutterstock) PC gaming is rightly considered a “high-end” computer task. While plenty of games will run on weak or outdated PCs and laptops , the biggest, newest games require powerful hardware and gaming-friendly operating systems like Windows or SteamOS—features that tiny productivity machines like Chromebooks lack. Yet despite their meager hardware specs and ChromeOS’ threadbare game support, Chromebooks can actually be viable gaming devices…if you have the right setup. Use cloud gaming services Cloud streaming is the key to gaming within ChromeOS. Chromebooks can’t play Halo Infinite or Elden Ring natively, but they can play such games via cloud streaming, which connects you remotely to the powerful hardware actually doing the heavy lifting. You control the action with the controller or keyboard attached to your Chromebook, and the gameplay is streamed over the internet, right to your ChromeOS device’s screen. (This is the same way Android and iOS devices can be used to play the latest PC and console games .) Several cloud streaming services are available on ChromeOS devices, either via the Chrome web browser or a dedicated ChromeOS app. These include Amazon Luna, Google Stadia, Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Shadow, PlayStation Plus Premium (previously PlayStation Now), and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It’s important to note that all of the cloud gaming options are paid services with varying features and game libraries. In some cases you have to buy or rent the games you want to play (in addition to the monthly subscription fee); in others, […]