After months of waiting since its initial announcement, Google finally launched Stadia, its cloud gaming platform, which is compatible with a number of devices. One of the cheapest ways to play in 4K resolution is through the Chromecast Ultra streaming device. However, some of Stadia's first users report that their Chromecast overheats and abruptly shuts down during active gaming sessions.
The frustrated users, who shared their experiences through Reddit and other social platforms, say that when they tried to manually restart their Chromecast Ultra by disconnecting it and plugging it back in, they noticed that it was extremely hot to the touch.
It does not seem that this problem is serious, but most likely the device has suffered thermal problems and has overheated to the point that the only drawback is that it turns off completely. The worst in this case is that it does not give any prior warning or leave players any option to save their progress in the game.
I was in the middle of a fight in Destiny 2 when suddenly my Chromecast died and lost network connectivity. I went to disconnect it from the current and it was very hot, ?wrote the original author of the Reddit thread that initiated this series of complaints. Most people say they bought the special edition Founder?s Edition and are using a new Chromecast Ultra, which essentially means that Google has not made an additional optimization.
Although technically Stadia transmits the games it goes streaming, it requires a decent set of modern hardware to be able to run. Chromecast Ultra was launched three years ago and may never have been designed with a cloud gaming platform in mind.
Google Chromecast devices were already known for overheating in long video streaming sessions. Since playing 4K games on Stadia consumes 10 gigabytes of data every hour, Chromecast Ultra may simply not have enough power to withstand several hours of MMO (massively multiplayer online) title playback like Destiny 2 and others similar.