Google Stadia is reportedly burning out some Chromecast Ultras

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Oh, Google Stadia. I’d really feel dangerous for the factor, if it wasn’t a fully naff idea from a data-hungry megacorp. In the newest in a protracted line of launch blunders, some customers at the moment are reporting that taking part in games on the dang factor is burning up their Chromecast Ultras, working the plug-in gadgets sizzling sufficient to close down throughout play. Finding and conserving a secure connection doesn’t matter a lot if the factor you’re streaming on can’t hold it cool underneath stress.

One concerned Redditor stories being booted from a Destiny 2 firefight, discovering their Chromecast Ultra sizzling to the contact. Other Stadia customers look like experiencing related points additional down the thread, with one suggesting they’ve “not successfully run a game on the chromecast longer than 10 minutes”. Another claims to have solely lasted three.

Speaking to CNN, Google insist that there are not any identified overheating points on Chromecast Ultra gadgets. “We can confirm there is no thermal overheating issue with Chromecast Ultra. During normal usage (like watching cat videos on YouTube), the surface of the device may get warm to the touch, but this is working as designed.”

That line was echoed by Stadia workers within the above Reddit thread. Rather frustratingly to folks who could also be experiencing these sudden shutdowns, they don’t counsel doable various causes. It’s arduous to inform how widespread this drawback could also be, although Google have advised CNN that they’ll “happily work with users to understand their particular experience better.”

Stadia Founders editions shipped with a Chromecast Ultra, a tool designed to stream telly and films and such. They’re tiny wee issues, with little or no in the way in which of apparent air flow or cooling. Streaming games means funnelling way more information by the machine than it could possibly deal with, and it’s doable the {hardware} merely won’t be as much as snuff.

Even so, Stadia was already burning early adopters by missing key features at launch, together with 4K resolutions, HDR, and 5.1 encompass sound. It additionally wouldn’t work on any previous Chromecast Ultra at launch, solely these shipped with the Stadia Founder’s Edition. It was additionally lacking a ton of deliberate launch games, and even the last-minute filling out of the release lineup lacked actual weight.

For some early adopters, “doesn’t melt” would possibly quickly be added to that listing of issues lacking from Stadia’s launch.


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