Chromecast with Google TV works just fine with Xbox Game Pass Streaming

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What you need to know

  • One early owner of the new Chromecast with Google TV has sideloaded the Xbox Game Pass app and successfully streamed Xbox Game Pass games to the TV.
  • Google TV is a newer version of Android TV, which has already been successful in streaming Xbox games during the beta phase.
  • At $50 the new Chromecast with Google TV is an extremely attractive living room product.

Google has just officially revealed its fall hardware lineup, which initially at least felt like an anti-climax since the whole lot had essentially leaked out in full before hand. But there's always some surprises in store, and this time it's from an old friend.

Former Windows Central writer, Jon Dollison, is one of the first people to have their hands on the new Chromecast with Google TV and would you believe it, streaming Xbox Game Pass games to the TV works like a charm.

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Is this that surprising? Yes and no. I've previously played around with this on the NVIDIA Shield and Amazon Fire TV Stick with varying levels of success, with the NVIDIA Android TV box working so well it was almost like being an actual Xbox console. But it's never worked with a Chromecast before, and given how bad it was in the past on the cheap Fire TV Stick it's certainly a pleasant surprise.

The new Chromecast isn't like any other Chromecast, though. It runs Google TV, a newer, sleeker version of Android TV, and since it's based on Android and has some internal storage that means you can put apps on there. Paired with an Xbox controller, and what you have is a $50 Xbox streamer.

There's a big caveat with this, of course. This is entirely unsupported and there's always a chance it'll stop working. Microsoft officially only supports Android phones and tablets, ruling out Amazon Fire devices, Chromebooks and TV boxes. But if it works, it works. Just don't buy one specifically for this because if it does break in the future you're out 50 bucks.

If you're looking for a cheap media streamer for your living room though, right now this is probably the best you're going to get. I've got one ordered and will definitely be giving this a shot when it arrives, albeit in a couple of weeks since U.S. availability comes first.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

  • It's always worked fine on my Vizio TV and axon m z999. Excited to try with the duo today. The new android TV interface looks exactly like Vizio smart cast. And sma
    Smart cast has been streaming the whole os for 2 years. It's also chrome cast based. It gets a lot of flac because it's not a built on os. And it's sluggish on slow connections but iv never had any performance issues. I would suspect this is the vichele for a future stadia release as well.
  • Just curious, how are you streaming xcloud to your Vizio Tv?
  • Crazy that it can stream with game pass but not stadia.
  • Yes and no. Since it's a Chromecast at heart you'd assume that it should work fine, but Google must have done something behind the scenes to limit it to just the Chromecast Ultra. This new one is actually running Android/Google TV, and I'm not smart enough to know what the problem is but considering they just discontinued the only other way to play Stadia on a TV it's a big yikes.
  • It can run Stadia same it can run Xcloud. If you sideload the Stadia APK, it works fine. It's even got a dedicated TV icon.