The Chromecast Ultra is an integral part of ultra high definition Smart TV gaming with Google Stadia. And, considering the success of the first Chromecast Ultra, a second gen version was almost invariable. This second gen Chromecast Ultra is likely to go be met with a lot of excitement if it should come to pass—so, what do we know so far?
What is the Chromecast Ultra?
The Chromecast is a device that was released as part of the Stadia Pro package, and is arguably one of the best streaming devices. It works by simply plugging into the side of your Smart TV, in the standard HDMI port. Once plugged in, the user can then use their own smartphone or computer to control the screen. This allows users to view Netflix, YouTube, and—you guessed it—Stadia on their TV screens. And, after all, what better way to enjoy 4k gaming than on the biggest screen(s) in your home?
What’s Expected from the Second Gen?
If the rumors are true about the second gen Chromecast Ultra—and it seems likely that they will be, as the source for the info was a reliable individual who had information regarding Google’s plans for the future—then the second gen Chromecast Ultra could be great. But what can we expect to see?
The second gen Chromecast Ultra, which is being referred to at present as codename “Sabrina”, will offer many of the same great features as the existing Chromecast Ultra. You’ll still be able to game in ultra high 4k definition, and the second gen Sabrina will also feature bluetooth and wifi connectivity.
So, where’s the difference? After all, why would Google release a second generation without any changes from the original model?
One of the big changes that is likely to be introduced for the Sabrina Chromecast Ultra will be that of a unique controller. At present, the content on your TV is controlled from either your mobile or laptop device. However, the introduction of a Chromecast Ultra controller could change that.
This new remote will look somewhat similar to a standard Apple TV remote, it has been reported. However, the new controller will also have influences from the Daydream View remote as well (the remote used for Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform). Of course, this remote will have its own microphone, as well as a button to allow Google Assistant to be called upon for support as well.
In terms of aesthetics, we can expect the Sabrina Chromecast Ultra to look similar to the 3rd generation basic Chromecast. This model has been available for sale since 2018, and gives a soft and rounded finish that many people like the look of. The design is more similar to Google’s current designs and products, so it makes sense as to why the team would choose this.
Why the Need for a New Controller?
According to the source, the Sabrina Chromecast Ultra will actually fill a key gap in the existing market. This gap is for a mass-consumer device that will allow users to use Android TV software. The Chromecast Ultra second gen will give users access to many other products which are usually only available online, including Netflix, YouTube, Disney+, Hulu, and even more!
When Will the Sabrina Chromecast Ultra be Available?
The Chromecast Ultra, second generation, is not even officially announced yet, so naturally, we don’t have any idea as to an official release date. On a similar note, we are also unaware about potential pricing for the model, although we hope that it might be around the same price as the current Chromecast Ultra.
Of course, it would have made sense for the Sabrina Chromecast Ultra to be announced at the Google I/O 2020, alongside the anticipated announcement of the Pixel 4a phone; now that the outbreak of Coronavirus has put stop to that, though, we can hopefully anticipate more information by digital means at around the same time. However, nothing is definite at the minute.
We’re not that surprised to learn about this development, in fairness. After the release of functionally similar kits by Google, it seemed more a matter of “when” than “if” the team would be releasing a second generation of their existing Chromecast Ultra—complete with an external remote. Of course, Google are not willing to comment on the matter—but we are positive that the source for the information is accurate, and so we are eagerly awaiting more news on this topic.
What are you most looking forward to learning about? Pricing? Features? Launch date? Let us know in the comments section below, and keep an eye out for future updates on this hot topic as well!
And remember—Coronavirus is no joke. Stay safe (and maybe take the opportunity to explore some of the many Google Stadia games and features)?