Google is working on bringing the Pixel Game Dashboard feature to Chromebooks. And we just looked at the beginning of what it could be.
- Google is working on bringing the Android Game Dashboard feature to Chromebook devices, allowing users to access devices while gaming.
- The Game Dashboard in ChromeOS is similar to how it works on Pixel phones, with features such as screenshots, control keys, and a widget on the left side of the screen.
- However, the Game Dashboard in ChromeOS currently lacks other features such as the ability to record games.
Google has been trying to improve Android gaming on Chromebooks by introducing features like keyboard controls for the first Android games, and more. Now, in another important step in this direction, the Mountain View tech giant is working to bring the Android Game Dashboard feature to Chromebook devices to allow users to access useful tools while gaming.
Google has been known to be working since February this year, but until today, all we knew was the Game Dashboard flag in the Chromium Repositories. However, we now have a better idea of how it will work and what the UI looks like, thanks to X (former Twitter user) @cr_c2cvwho first saw the Gaming Dashboard feature in ChromeOS Canary 119.0.60008.
The basic concept of the Game Dashboard in ChromeOS is the same as in Android. The Dashboard can be accessed whenever you’re playing a game on your Chromebook, giving you access to recording tools, making a tool in the Game Dashboard appear on the left side of the screen while you’re playing a game, and changing keys in-game. According to a video posted by user X, the Game Dashboard also has a Screen size feature and a Settings button, although they don’t do anything other than being there.
The Game Dashboard was initially established as a Pixel feature only with the release of Android 12. Later, Google promised to bring more Android phones in the future, but we did not know that it would also go to ChromeOS. That said, the first look at the Game Dashboard in Chromebooks shows that Google has a lot to work on to make the device more like its Android counterpart. The Dashboard in ChromeOS seems to be missing features such as the ability to record and share your game, see the available frames per second (FPS) of the title you are playing, and turn on or off Do Not Disturb Mode, all available Pixel phones.
Google will take time to make the Game Dashboard in ChromeOS as reliable and feature-rich as Android. Unfortunately, there is no time frame on how long the company will take before pushing it out to regular ChromeOS users.