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Google announces cloud gaming Chromebooks in the wake of Stadia shutdown

Games-centre laptops will have Nvidia's GeForce Now pre-installed, as well as support for Xbox Cloud Gaming and Amazon Luna

Google has unveiled a range of Chromebooks "built for cloud gaming," despite only recently announcing the upcoming shutdown of its own cloud gaming service Stadia.

Eurogamer reports the firm released details of the Ideapad Gaming Chromebook, the Asus Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip and the Acer Chromebook 516 GE, all of which have been built to specifications that enable games streaming.

All three will have 120Hz+ high resolution screens, and have been tested by GameBench to run titles at 120 frames per second with input latency of less than 85ms. Models will either have WiFi 6 or 6E connections, and some will feature RGB gaming keyboards.

Each device will come with Nvidia's cloud gaming service GeForce Now pre-installed, as well as supporting Xbox Cloud Gaming and Google Play. Users in mainland USA will also have access to Amazon Luna.

The announcement comes less than a fortnight after Google announced it would be shutting Stadia down on January 18, 2023.

The company's games streaming service will have been operating for a little over three years. Google has promised to refund every purchased made from the Stadia store.

Last week, we explored the full story behind the rise and fall of Stadia.