Google Is planning to add support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) Chrome The OS feature has been seen in Chrome OS 101 Dave Channel about Chromebooks. According to reports, the feature is currently hidden under a flag and you can enable it by going to chrome: // flags # enable-variable-refresh-rate. Google says the feature can be used with “enabled display”.
What is the variable refresh rate
The variable refresh rate feature allows devices to change the display’s refresh rate according to the content played. For example, a static webpage does not require a high refresh rate because it has no speed. Such webpages can easily work with 10Hz refresh rate. However, activities like playing games, scrolling through your social media feed, or even watching an action movie may require higher refresh rates to offer better responsiveness and improved speed resolution.
Since the VRR feature automatically lowers the display’s refresh rate, it helps to give a significant boost to battery life. This feature is already available in several premium smartphones like Apple iPhone 13 series and Samsung Galaxy S22 series.
How VRR can be useful in Chrome OS
Last week, Google announced that “coming soon” to Steam Chrome OS. Now support for VRR suggests that we may see a gaming Chromebook in the near future. According to an earlier report from 9to5Google, Google has been preparing its operating system for gaming-specific PCs for some time now. The report suggests that Google is working on a project called “Borealis” aimed at ensuring that Steam and various Linux-compatible PC games run smoothly on Chromebooks.
According to the changes seen in Chrome OS, tech giant is working to get support for full color RGB keyboard on Chromebooks. A new feature flag that supports the plan has also recently been discovered.