Google's new $ 50 Chromecast with Google TV has replaced the Chromecast Ultra in virtually every way. So you probably won't be surprised if Google gets rid of their original 4K streaming device. The Chromecast Ultra is now out of stock at all major US retailers, including the Google Store where its product page redirects to the new Chromecast.
It's not officially "discontinued", mind you: Google says it will continue to be available at "select retailers" even though we don't see any stock on Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, The Home Depot, Staples, and so on. and although B&H Photo is actually currently listing it as "discontinued".
There's still a way to buy one, however – because when Google announced its Chromecast 2020, the new product apparently left a few gaps.
As we reported earlier today, the new Chromecast won't support Google's Stadia cloud gaming service until the first half of next year. What should these buyers do? You can still get the Stadia Premiere Edition for $ 99.99, which Google has confirmed will still include a Chromecast Ultra in addition to the Stadia controller.
The new "Ethernet adapter for Chromecast with Google TV".
For some households (and for the best performance with Stadia), the fact that the new Chromecast doesn't come with an Ethernet adapter like the Chromecast Ultra also seems like a mistake, but Google has an answer for them too: It did Quietly launched an Ethernet PSU for $ 20 plus for the new Chromecast today.
At $ 50 for the Chromecast and $ 20 for the new adapter, you'll pay the same $ 70 as you did for the Ultra. (You may also be able to use a USB-C to Ethernet hub with your new Chromecast. We found at least one that works.)
It's not that Stadia buyers would want a Chromecast Ultra without a Stadia controller anyway. The original Ultra didn't have Bluetooth, and Google's proprietary Wi-Fi-based controller is the only way to connect. This is not a problem with the new Chromecast as we discovered when we played some sideloader stages with an Xbox gamepad.
9to5Google reports that the $ 30 Chromecast will stay alongside the new $ 50 Chromecast in 2018. However, with this remote control or 4K streaming, you won't get any 1080p content streaming from your phone.