Chromebooks are not best suited for playing games. However, with Linux support, you can install and play Steam games on your Chromebook as Steam officially supports Linux. So, you just need to enable Linux support on your Chromebook and you are good to go.
The best part is that you don’t even need to enable Developer Mode in your Chromebook. So, if you are a big fan of Steam games, you can play your favorite games on Chromebook without any problems. Plus, Steam installation is also quite easy which makes it even better.
Install and Play Steam Games on your Chromebook
In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to install and play steam games on Chromebook. We have tested several games on Chrome OS using Steam. Most of them worked perfectly without any problems but some failed to run. Let’s see the steps for Steam installation on Chrome OS.
Step 1: Set up Linux on your Chromebook
Step 2: Get Pre-requisites Ready for Steam on Chrome OS
After enabling Linux, it’s time to meet basic requirements for Steam. For doing that, open Linux terminal on your Chromebook and run following commands one by one.
echo 'deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ jessie main contrib non-free' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 sudo apt update
Step 3: Install Steam on Chromebook
After you are ready with all the basics, it’s time to install Steam on Chromebook. Run following command in Linux terminal.
sudo apt install steam
If installation via terminal doesn’t work, you can also download and install Steam Linux app from official website. Just download latest Steam Linux app from here and save it to a folder on your Chromebook.
After that, run downloaded
steam_latest.deb file from File Manager on Chromebook. You may need to press “Y” to continue installation.
After installation, Steam will update itself before launching. This may take some time depending upon the download size and your network speed.
Step 4: Login to your Steam Account and Enjoy
Finally, Steam Linux app will launch on your Chromebook. You will see a login page. Use your existing account to sign-in or create a new steam account.
After successful sign-in, you will see your Steam dashboard. Here, you can install and play all your favorite Steam games.
INFO: We have tested several games like Stardew Valley, Tank Force and Squad on our Chromebook and they all worked fine. However, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive failed to run. So, we recommend you to try your favorite games and let us know if they worked for you.
Play your Favorite Steam Games on a Chromebook via Linux
Above tutorial explained how you can install and play your favorite Steam games on Chrome OS. Though installation process is not very simple but it’s not very complicated either. You can easily follow above steps and enjoy Steam games on your Chromebook.