Google’s Stadia game streaming platform launched this week — and it’s initially available exclusively to folks who’ve paid for a Stadia Premiere Edition bundle that includes a Chromecast Ultra and Stadia controller allowing them to play on a TV screen… for a while.

Some users are reporting that their Chromecast devices are overheating and shutting down during extended gaming sessions… and the only way to use them again is to wait a while for them to cool off before trying again.

Reddit user /u/armadeon7479 posted that their Chromecast Ultra shut down unexpectedly after streaming games for about 3-4 hours, and then several other users weighed in to confirm that their devices are getting hot and/or shutting down while using Stadia.

Apparently the Chromecast Ultra was already known for getting extremely hot while streaming 4K video… but Stadia may tax the tiny, fanless media streamer’s resources further since games are expected to not only stream at 4K resolution, but at up to 60 frames per second (unlike movies and TV shows which are often displayed at 24 or 30 frames per second).

It’s unclear how widespread the Stadia-Chromecast-overheating issue is or whether Google will be able to roll out any sort of software or hardware fix. In the meantime, some users have come up with DIY solutions… like adding a heat sink.

via MSPowerUser

Support Liliputing

Liliputing's primary sources of revenue are advertising and affiliate links (if you click the "Shop" button at the top of the page and buy something on Amazon, for example, we'll get a small commission).

But there are several ways you can support the site directly even if you're using an ad blocker* and hate online shopping.

Contribute to our Patreon campaign


Contribute via PayPal

* If you are using an ad blocker like uBlock Origin and seeing a pop-up message at the bottom of the screen, we have a guide that may help you disable it.

Subscribe to Liliputing via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 9,547 other subscribers

3 replies on “Google Stadia allegedly causing some Chromecast Ultras to overheat and shut down”

  1. When I was scrolling through the webpage, I initially just saw Google Stadia shut down and thought, wow, that’s a little too quick even for Google.

  2. On the bright side, it seems we don’t have to wait for Google to shut it down, it does it all by itself!

  3. If it is a fixed monthly service fee, Google should expect users to play for many hours at a time.

Comments are closed.