VDI on Chromebooks using 3D apps

I am attempting to use Minecraft on a virtual desktop.  I can do it to a PC Laptop uising VMware View 6.1, an NVidia K1 Grid card and a wireless connection.  I can do this because I can enable relative Mouse which seems to provide better control and everything is happy.  I am trying to get it working using the Chromebook client from VMware.  The graphics and such appears good but it is impossible to control. VMware has told me relative mouse is not available in the Chromebook Client and has given no indication of if it could be.  So has anyone had any type of success with any Virtual 3D gaming to a Chromebook on any other platforms, given the shared 3D graphics cards or am I ahead of technology on this one?  For those that are curious as to why I want to do this, we are a school district using MinecraftEdu and we are going 1 to 1 with technology issuing our middle schoolers Chromebooks.  This would allow the Minecraft lab to be run on their own devices anywhere in the schools.
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Your issue is with the hardware Client, e.g. Chromebook/Linux.

At present the best Client for VMware View is the Windows Client.

Have you tried an Android, iOS, Surface Pro device ?

Although if you have Chromebooks, this will not help you.

At present Linux and Chromebooks are limited markets for Horizon View.

There are new nVidia Cloud Gaming cards we are about to evaluate, which are "designed" for gaming compared to K1 and K2, but ALL these nVidia cards are still generations behind, and based on Kepler technology.

Grid K340, and K520


look here Grid Gaming and Streaming


New standalone cards are based on Maxwell, so nVidia will be updating these shared GPU cards in the future.
GCISDEngineerAuthor Commented:
Thank you for commenting, Andrew.  I will look into those cards.  It is probably VERY much in VMWare's interest to look at Chromebooks as a market.  In education they have found quite a niche as they are cheap student devices and as we can run windows apps we are looking at them as staff devices as well.  The concept of virtual Labs accessible from a students device is very appealing but this first go was a bit of a failure due to the controls in the client.  A very sad day for us that were pushing the concept.

Do you feel our issues are hardware horse power or the limitations of the ChromeOS?  

I thought it was the software side of things (the View Chrome Client and possible limits of the OS to support it) as the graphics while standing still seemed OK.  It was loss of control when moving that killed me (I saw that as the relative move issue).
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It could be horse power of the devices, we work in an Education vertical market, and they have opted for iPads, Android devices, and Microsoft Surface Pro (these can be domain joined and managed!)

The Linux client was quite late to view, so it could also just be a feature not yet developed.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
GCISDEngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks again Andrew.  I will close this later today and award solution(s).
GCISDEngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andrew. You answered my question to the best it can be.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.