Google’s new $ 50 Chromecast with Google TV has replaced the Chromecast Ultra in virtually every way – so you probably won’t be surprised to hear that Google is getting rid of its original 4K streaming device. The Chromecast Ultra is no longer available at every major U.S. retailer, including the Google Store, where its product page redirects to the new Chromecast.
Formally not “discontinued”, keep in mind: Google says it will continue to be available at “selected retailers”, although we do not see stocks at Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, The Home Depot, Staples, etc. , and although B&H Photo actually lists it as “discontinued”
But there’s still one way to buy one – because when Google announced its Chromecast for 2020, the new product seemed to leave a few gaping holes.
As we announced earlier today, the new Chromecast will not support Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service until the first half of next year. What should these buyers do? They can still purchase the $ 99.99 Stadia Premiere Edition, which Google confirms will still come with the Chromecast Ultra along with its Stadia controller.
For some households (and for the best performance with Stadia), the fact that the new Chromecast doesn’t come with an Ethernet adapter like the Chromecast Ultra may also seem like a flaw, but Google has an answer for them: it quietly launches Ethernet plus a power adapter today. for $ 20 for the new Chromecast.
At $ 50 for Chromecast and $ 20 for the new adapter, you would pay the same $ 70 as you would have paid for Ultra before. (You may also be able to use USB-C to an Ethernet hub for your new Chromecast; we’ve found at least one that works.)
It’s not like Stadia buyers want a Chromecast Ultra without a Stadia controller anyway. The original Ultra didn’t have Bluetooth, and Google’s own Wi-Fi-based controller is the only way to connect. This isn’t a problem with the new Chromecast, as we found out when we played some side-loaded Stadia with an Xbox gamepad.
9to5Google reports Chromecast for $ 30 2018 will stay alongside the new, $ 50, by the way. You won’t get a bundled remote control or 4K streaming with this, but only 1080p content that you carry from your phone.