Google is said to have abandoned plans to introduce Chromebooks with integrated Nvidia graphics cards. The company incorporated gaming laptop-like features like swappable RGB keyboards and high refresh rate displays into some of their models last year. But all of these devices have integrated GPUs, so they’re designed for use with streaming services like Nvidia’s GeForce Now and Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming. Since then, reports have suggested that the Mountain-View-based tech giant is exploring the idea of launching a Chromebook with a dedicated GPU.
Earlier this year, a Chromebook card codenamed Hades was spotted by 9to5Google with a dedicated GeForce RTX 4050 GPU, similar to the one used in some Windows gaming laptops. This chip may have been used by some PC manufacturers as the basis for creating Chromebooks.
Now, as per developer feedback first spotted by About Chromebooks on Chromium Gerrit, the Hades card along with two other Nvidia-equipped cards, Agah and Herobrine, have been dropped, indicating that all Notebooks based on these cards will not be manufactured.
It is speculated that Google may release Chromebooks with dedicated GPUs in the future. A recent code fix revealed the existence of a map called Aurora. This card is supposed to be for internal Steam testing and not the actual device, but is marked with an RTX 3050 graphics card. As a result, work on making Steam on ChromeOS compatible with dedicated GPUs may still be in progress.
Google also reported that it has significantly canceled development of Chromebooks powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c + Gen 3 SoC, a project codenamed Herobrine, in addition to scrapping Nvidia-based Chromebook bundles. This suggests that no new ChromeOS tablets will be released in the near future.