How to Play War Thunder on Chromebook

War Thunder is a comprehensive free-to-play, cross-platform, MMO military game dedicated to aviation, armoured vehicles, and naval craft, from the early 20th century to the most advanced modern combat units. Developed by Gaijin Entertainment you can take part in major battles on land, in the air, and at sea. So can you play War Thunder on a Chromebook? The answer is yes, and the easiest way is using NVIDIA GeForce NOW as we discuss in this article.

War Thunder on Chromebook – NVIDIA GeForce NOW

War Thunder Screenshot
War Thunder Screenshot

Gaming on a Chromebook gets easier every year. So how do you play War Thunder on Chromebook? Well, it’s actually quite easy and the best way is by using NVIDIA GeForce NOW, a cloud gaming platform.

All you need to do is head to the GeForce NOW website and register an account. Now, it’s well known that you cannot run .exe files on a Chromebook, but GeForce now can be run through your browser. This means you can easily access the extensive library of games from the comfort of your Chromebook wherever you are!

There are numerous pricing tiers to GeForce NOW. There is a free tier which offers limited gaming possibilities, a priority tier at $9.99 per month, and an ultimate tier at $19.99 per month. It’s so simple so if you can afford it, this is the best way to play War Thunder and other games on a Chromebook.

War Thunder on Chromebook – Xbox Game Pass Cloud Gaming

Xbox Game Pass Cloud Gaming is one of the most popular cloud gaming platforms on the market. Currently, War Thunder is not available using this platform. There are also no news articles on the developer’s website stating whether this will be an option in the future.

War Thunder on Chromebook Using Steam Link

The Steam Link app brings desktop gaming to your Chromebook. You do this by running the games through Steam on your laptop or PC and stream these to your Chromebook using Steam Link. Therefore this offers you another option to play War Thunder on your Chromebook.

So if you have the equipment, this can be a great alternative to a costly NVIDIA GeForce NOW subscription. However, you’d need all the devices up front capable of using this method, so not a solution for everyone.

War Thunder on Chromebook With Steam

There are ways to run a Steam client locally on your Chromebook. The main way to do this is by installing Steam as a Linux application. Be wary though, this guide is for advanced users only and is not guarenteed to work on every model of Chromebook.

Even if you get Steam running locally on your Chromebook, War Thunder will probably not run smoothly, if at all. This is due to the fact that the system requirements for War Thunder are on the higher end, surpassing the specification of most affordable Chromebooks.


What devices support War Thunder?

War Thunder is available on Windows PC, Linux, Mac OS, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Xbox One with Xbox Series X|S. In addition to being available on all these platforms, War Thunder offers seamless cross platform play with everyone playing on the same server.

Do you need a good computer to run War Thunder?

To play War Thunder the minimum specification is a dual core processor running at 2.2 GHz, 4 GB of RAM and a AMD Radeon 77XX / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660. The recommended specification is an Intel Core i5 or Ryzen 5 3600 or better, 16 GB RAM, and Nvidia GeForce 1060 and higher, Radeon RX 570 and higher. As you can see, the recommended specification is much higher than the lower. So yes, a good laptop or computer is required to play War Thunder in all its glory.