Google’s budget Chromecast HD arrives with a $30 price tag and 1080p resolution

Google has officially announced the Chromecast with Google TV (HD) – a new entry-level model in the company’s line of streaming devices.

Confirmation follows numerous leaks and rumors of the model’s existence, and, launching at $30 / £34.99, it’s significantly cheaper than Google’s Chromecast 4K equivalent, which costs $50 / £59 £.99.

Unlike the original Chromecast it replaces, this device launches with a remote and forgoes the need for a smartphone.

And, as the company’s name suggests, the only other really notable feature here is the 1080p HD resolution, which comes with HDR support.

Interestingly, this new HD model also looks pretty identical to the 4K model, with its pebble shape and attached USB-C. And, again, like its sibling, it supports just about every major streaming service, including Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Prime Video, YouTube, and more.

There’s also continued support for Google Stadia, as well as the ability to stream iOS or Android apps.

On the remote control itself there is now also a Google Assistant button, which unlocks the potential for smart home control. Chromecast HD can also be included in multi-room playback with other compatible speakers.

Overall, this is a pretty standard upgrade and addition to Google’s streaming family. However, while it fills a gap at the budget end of the scale, it doesn’t quench the thirst for a true flagship streaming device from Google.

We already know the devices will arrive at the Made by Google event on October 6, so stay tuned if you’re expecting a more advanced model.

Richard L. Militello