Google Stadia has been out for a few days now, letting you stream high quality games via a solid internet connection. You don’t need a gaming console or anything fancy either, as you can stream titles on your TV via a Chromecast.
Unfortunately, it seems like several people on reddit have reported that their gaming sessions are being cut short due to overheating Chromecast Ultra devices.
“I was in the middle of a fight in Destiny 2 when suddenly my Chromecast died and lost connectivity to the network. I went to unplug it from the power and it was extremely hot,” read a post from user armadeon7479. Several other users chimed in to report that their streaming dongles were either hot or had shut down during a session.
This doesn’t seem to be a problem specifically related to Stadia though, as users noted that the Chromecast Ultra is prone to overheating in the first place. In fact, complaints about overheating Chromecasts date back to the very first device.
It’s also worth noting that the Chromecast Ultra is only streaming Stadia titles (at up to 4K/60fps) rather than doing any heavy lifting in these games. So it’s essentially no different than streaming a lengthy 4K/60fps video clip in theory.
Google’s Chromecast Ultra safety information notes that it’s “normal” for the device to get hot to the touch. It’s clearly not normal for the device to shut off though, as the users reported in the reddit thread.
Have you experienced these issues with your Chromecast Ultra (while playing Google Stadia or otherwise)? Let us know in the comments below.