There has been some recent news about Google’s new Chromebook, Samsung Series 5 550. Being a game developer with a great interest in browser gaming, I think that the Chromebook is a pretty cool idea. We have been testing our work with the earlier models, the Series 5 500 and the test model, Cr-48, but many people, myself included, have found that the performance of these machines is less than desirable.
Testing our current builds of TinkerTech Derby on a Samsung Series 5 500, we have determined that the game is, in fact, playable. And when I say playable, what I really mean is that it functions, not that you would actually enjoy the experience. We have a lot of work to do before it’s at a point where people can expect to play the game with their friends on these machines.
According to a look at the new device on hexus.net, the 550 model is more than twice as fast as its predecessor in running the V8 benchmark. That is a pretty exciting jump! With a video review from The Verge including a very small snippet showing Bastion being played @3:10, gaming on these devices is starting to look exciting!