If you got a new Google Chromecast for the holidays, you know you can use it to enjoy all sorts of video and music from the web on your TV. But one of the overlooked features is that you can use it to play games, too.
Gaming on the New Chromecast
When you launch a game, the method of beaming it to your Chromecast will vary. For example, in the shots below the cast button for Monopoly is clearly evident, but for a poker game I installed, the button is in the game’s Setting menu. Of course, its location will vary if you’re using an iPhone or iPad, too.
After you select the Cast button, choose the Chromecast on your network you want to beam the game to and start playing.
Don’t expect to be playing any complex games like Call of Duty, though. It focuses on the more casual-style games like Monopoly, Angry Birds, and others. In fact, in time for the holiday season, Google added more family-friendly titles including board games like Scrabble Blitz, Risk, and Yahtzee Blitz.
Having gaming on set-top boxes like the Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV is currently a trend. While the set-top boxes are more serious about gaming, including having separate game controllers, whether gaming on the Chromecast will continue to evolve remains to be seen. But for just $35, it offers quite a bit of entertainment and fun.
Speaking of the set-top boxes, it’s worth mentioning that Google does have one, the Nexus Player. It also has a controller you can purchase separately, and you can play more diverse game titles on it.