There was a time a protracted whereas in the past when Chromebooks had been simply netbooks. ChromeOS was simply the Chrome expertise and little else. However Google has sought methods to make Chromebooks extra helpful from including assist for Android apps to even Linux packages. The corporate’s new focus is on making its light-weight do-anything working system higher for gaming and whereas the primary thrust of it appears targeted on cloud gaming — as evidenced by some flashy new gaming Chromebooks — that does not imply you’ll be able to’t run a recreation regionally each on occasion. In that division, Chromebook customers are on the point of have fun an enormous win as Minecraft is now obtainable on their platform (restricted in gameplay as it could be for now).


That is as a result of Mojang has launched a brand new trial of the sport for Chromebooks (through Chrome Unboxed). The sport solely options the Survival mode with every session restricted to only 90 minutes per world. Gamers are welcome to start out a brand new world in the event that they’d wish to preserve taking part in. It is very onerous, however not inconceivable: some pace runners have managed to finish the sport in below 10 minutes, so you would attempt your luck and rush by means of to the Finish Poem.

In actuality, although, Mojang is de facto solely dipping its toes into new territory and is in search of suggestions and bugs from its adventurous Chromebook-toting followers. The corporate mentioned the trial’s goal is to “seize platform-specific knowledge for bug fixes and technical troubleshooting.”

That mentioned, if you happen to reside in the USA or Canada, you are out of luck for the second. Crafters in Mexico reside in one of many 17 eligible international locations and areas for the Chromebook trial — the checklist additionally consists of Australia, India, Denmark, France, Germany, and Turkey. A Microsoft account is not required to play the trial, however as soon as it advances right into a secure state, anticipate to should hop that hurdle.

When you reside in a supported nation, you’ll be able to obtain it now from the Google Play Retailer.