Google’s new $ 50 “Chromecast with Google TV” has supplanted the Chromecast Ultra in pretty much every way, so you probably won’t be surprised to hear that Google is getting rid of its original 4K streaming device. Chromecast Ultra is now out of stock at all major US retailers, including the Google Store, where its product page redirects to the new Chromecast.
It’s not formally “out of production,” mind you: Google says it will still be available at “select retailers,” although we don’t see stock on Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, The Home Depot, Staples, etc. and even though B&H Photo actually lists it as “out of production”
But there is still a way to buy one, because when Google announced its Chromecast 2020, the new product apparently left a couple of holes.
As we reported today, the new Chromecast won’t support Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service until the first half of next year. What should those buyers do? They can still buy the $ 99.99 Stadia Premiere Edition, which Google confirms will still come with a Chromecast Ultra along with its Stadia controller.
For some families (and for the best performance with Stadia), the fact that the new Chromecast doesn’t come with an Ethernet adapter like the Chromecast Ultra might seem like an oversight, but even for them Google has an answer: an adapter has been silently launched. $ 20 Ethernet plus power for the new Chromecast today.
At $ 50 for the Chromecast and $ 20 for the new adapter, you’d pay the same $ 70 you would have paid for the Ultra previously. (You may also be able to use a USB-C to Ethernet hub for your new Chromecast; we’ve found at least one that worked.)
It’s not that Stadia buyers would want a Chromecast Ultra without a Stadia controller anyway. The original Ultra didn’t have Bluetooth, and Google’s proprietary Wi-Fi-based controller is the only way to connect. That’s not a problem with the new Chromecast, as we found out when we played side-loading Stadia with an Xbox gamepad.
9to5Google relationships The $ 30 2018 Chromecast will stay next to the new $ 50 Chromecast, by the way. You won’t get a bundled remote or 4K streaming with that, however, just 1080p content you throw from your phone.