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Google Chromebooks could soon be surprising gaming laptops — here’s how

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Chromebooks may get a new “game mode” that will make Google-powered laptops a lot more useful for gaming — which would in turn play into long-rumored plans to bring Steam to Chrome OS.

According to Chrome Unboxed, a new entry in the Chromium Gerrit hints at the possibility of a game mode toggle for Borealis — an upcoming Ubuntu-based Linux container. Specifically it looks designed to automatically activate game mode when you open or close a game. 

(Image credit: Chromium Gerrit)

The entry described game mode working to “implement logic to track window state and toggles game mode when a Borealis window is focused and enters and exits full screen.” That naturally suggests autonomy, and possibly that users won’t have the option to turn it on or off manually.

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