Google launches Chromecast Ultra with 4K support

Google launched the Chromecast Ultra at the company's hardware event in San Francisco today. The new device supports 4K and HDR video streams in both HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats. Google says the Ultra can start 1080p video streams 1.8 times faster than the regular Chromecast, too. The majority of that speed boost comes by way of 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Chromecast Ultra sports an Ethernet port in its power brick. That physical connection should be useful for people whose Wi-Fi network lacks the necessary bandwidth for 4K video streaming. Much like the standard Chromecast, the Ultra is a 2.29" (58-mm) round disc with a short integrated HDMI cable.

Google says the Ultra will be able to stream content from Netflix, Vudu, and Youtube at launch. The company expects to add support for Google Play Movies in November. The Chromecast Ultra goes on sale in November for $69, roughly twice the price of the regular model.

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