Google is getting ready to make some pretty big changes for Chrome browsers, with version 89 to require a chip with SSE3 on desktop platforms.

The change will only happen on x86 systems, and Google says it’s likely that only a small number of users would actually be impacted because the number of computers still using SSE2 is pretty small right now.

“Chrome will no longer be usable on computers with x86 processors that support SSE2 but do not support SSE3. This is expected to reduce Chrome usage on Windows by a very small amount. Our analysis indicates that there is a very small number of Windows devices running Chrome with x86 processors that do not support SSE3,” Google explains.

Google Chrome 87 will begin to display a notification if SSE3 is not detected in an attempt to prepare the userbase for the change happening in version 89.

Small impact

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