Google has recently announced the end of its cloud gaming service Stadia and took the game industry by surprise. Turns out Google had another surprise under its sleeve; the tech giant just announced its new cloud gaming Chromebook laptops.
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New Chromebooks, The Acer Chromebook 516 GE, Asus Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip, and Ideapad Gaming Chromebook, are fully optimized for cloud gaming. All models will have 120Hz+ displays that run games at 120 fps and will have RGB keyboards.
Chromebooks will come with GeForce Now preinstalled and will support Xbox Cloud Gaming, Amazon Luna, and Google Play and will have more than 1000 games available.
Google also partnered with Acer, HyperX, Corsair, Lenovo and SteelSeries for their accessories to be competible with the new Chromebooks.
Cloud gaming service Stadia will be closed forever in January 2023. Google will be refunding all Stadia hardware purchases completed via Google Store as well as game and add-on content purchases. Google believes most of the refunds will be done by mid-January, 2023.
2022 Global Cloud Gaming report by Newzoo predicts 32 million paying gamers in 2022 with $2.4 billion spent. These numbers are predicted to go up to 86.9 million gamers spending a total of $8.2 billion.