The Chromecast with Google TV HD is official and it’s cheaper than anticipated – within the US you possibly can decide one up for simply $30. This replaces the essential Chromecast from 2018 that launched at $35 and was a lot much less succesful (it lacked the Google TV half).
We must always notice that whereas this machine has “HD” in its title, it really outputs 1080p. Certain, that’s much less decision the 4K mannequin provides – that one is $50 – nevertheless it nonetheless helps HDR output. On a smaller TV the distinction between 1080p and 4K might not be all that seen.
For those who’re , you possibly can decide one up from the Google on-line retailer, Greatest Purchase and (quickly) from Amazon. In Germany the HD model is €40, the 4K one is €70. The HD Chromecast comes solely in “Snow” white.
You should utilize this Chromecast with the favored streaming providers, for stay TV in case you subscribe to YouTube TV in addition to streaming video games with Stadia (you’ll want a controller, although, because the included distant received’t minimize it).
The Chromecast with Google TV HD is powered by an Amlogic S805X2 chipset with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. This can be utilized to put in a few of the 1000’s of Android TV apps that this helps (this runs Android 12).
This one (not like the 4K mannequin) helps AV1, which is gaining traction with video streaming websites (YouTube included), however is just not effectively supported on smartphone chipsets (Qualcomm and Apple being the principle culprits).
By the way in which, in case you have a Chromecast with Google TV 4K or plan to purchase one, you must know that the Android 12 replace is sort of prepared, although actual timing of the discharge continues to be to be decided.