Chromecast Ultra supports 4K streaming for $69, coming in November

Chromecast Ultra
Chromecast Ultra (Image credit: Android Central)

At Google's Pixel event in San Francisco, the company announced a new Chromecast, called Chromecast Ultra, that will debut in November for $69.

The main differences between the regular Chromecast, a puck that was introduced this time last year, and the Chromecast Ultra is speed and connectivity: Ultra supports 4K streaming, through a processor that is 1.8x faster than the previous version.

It also has integrated ethernet through the connector itself, allowing it to connect directly to a router or switch to avoid wireless signals altogether.

The new 4K feature will also work with a rollout of 4K streaming content set to hit Google Play Movies & TV in November. At launch, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube will support 4K at well, which is great to see.

The Chromecast will be available for $69, and will be sold alongside the existing HD Chromecast. The company says that it has sold over 30 million to date, and this update will sure to spur a few million more.

Daniel Bader

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central.