Google Stadia won't run on existing Chromecast Ultras at launch

Stadia controller
Stadia controller (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Google Stadia is a game streaming service that utilizes the cloud.
  • The Founder's Edition launches on November 19th.
  • During an AMA, a Google employee revealed that existing Chromecast Ultras won't work with Stadia at launch.

Google's Stadia situation keeps going from bad to worse. First there were complaints that people who ordered it wouldn't be getting their Founder's Editions until a few days after it launched, and now an AMA on Reddit has revealed that people won't even be able to use their existing Chromecast Ultras with Stadia upon release. They'll need to wait for a firmware update.

Reddit user livenetwork asked whether or not current Chromecast Ultra devices would receive the firmware update to play Stadia on November 19th or if they'd need to use the Chromecast Ultra shipped with the Founder's Edition, and the reply was concerning.

Andrey Doronichev, Director of Product for Stadia, said, "On Day 1 you should use the Chromecast Ultra that came in your bundle. It has the latest firmware. We will be updating the existing CC Ultra's over the air soon after launch."

That's... not instilling any confidence in the service for anyone on the fence.

"Soon after launch" could mean any number of things. We don't know whether this will mean a few hours or a few days, but given that some people won't even receive their package for a few days until after launch and Doronichev is encouraging that Reddit user to use the Chromecast Ultra that comes with Stadia, it doesn't sound promising.

Jennifer Locke
Games Editor - PlayStation, Android, VR

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life. You can find her posting pictures of her dog and obsessing over PlayStation and Xbox, Star Wars, and other geeky things.

  • I am really happy I cancelled my pre-order.
  • Unreal, Google should be paying people to Beta test this stuff. People shelling out money to be a Google beta tester seems rediculous to me.