As part of our testing we try to accomodate as many devices as possible. Our primary focus beyond the desktop has to be the popular iOS and Android handsets. iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy etc.
Recently however we picked up a couple of Chromebooks.
As a hardware choice we’ve not always been convinced by Chromebook. For roughly the same price it was always possible to pick up a reasonably handy laptop. But lately we’ve looked to seeing how much of a game experience can be had on a broader range of hardware.
The Chromebook experience obviously has the Chrome web browser at the heart of its experience. Almost everything that you do involves launching it.
Chrome has always been a fantastic web browser for playing HTML5 games. It’s lightning fast and supports the HTML5 Audio API beautifully. If everybody could play our games in Chrome we would be very happy!
So just what is the Playstar experience like on a Chromebook?
Well we’re pleased to report it’s fantastic.
It is of course much like playing on your laptop with a Chrome browser. But that really is the point. There’s nothing to distinguish playing HTML5 games on a Chromebook from a regular PC.
You’re not likely to buy a Chromebook for gaming but it’s great to know that should you own one you can comfortably embrace the rapidly developing world of browser based arcade gaming.
From our point of you it’s given us much more motivation to enable keyboard input in our games.
A number of games already support the keyboard such as Jumpin’ Jasper, Desert Rescue and Galactians 2. More to come…