Stadia causing Chromecast Ultra devices to overheat and shutdown claim users
There’s even more bad news for Google’s Stadia service, with reports that the device needed to make it work on a TV is overheating.
It’s not exactly been a smooth launch for Stadia so far, not so much because of any technical problems but simply a lack of interest and a lot of missing features.
But it seems there may be a serious issue after all, as a number of users on Reddit are beginning to complain about the Chromecast Ultra media player dongle – which is needed to make Stadia work on a TV – overheating.
In the worst cases this is allegedly leading to it shutting down, which apparently is a safety feature to ensure the Chromecast doesn’t burn out any internal components.
That’s all very well but it also means people are having their play time limited to a few hours, and in some cases no more than 10 minutes.
Although it could be a bad batch it’s not thought to be an intrinsic problem with the Chromecast Ultra, as they existed before Stadia and are often used as more general media players.
It also doesn’t seem to make much sense given the whole point of streaming is that no processing is going on locally, so it’s not like a console that might get noisy or hot during a high-end game.
Google have responded to the issue on Reddit but not only claim that the overheating isn’t a problem but deny that it’s causing shutdowns, which seems a bit pointless in a thread about shutdowns.
We can’t say we noticed anything while playing it, but then we’ve been using a smartphone most of the time.
It’s presumably to do with the high amount of data going backwards and forwards, which would be much more for a game than a movie, and it may mean Google have to redesign the Chromecast in the future.
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