How Chromecast Helps Level Up In-home Entertainment



In this digital day and age, we’re surrounded by countless sources of entertainment all of the time. From movies to books, videogames to music, everything has moved towards the digital approach. There are a lot of devices you can use to access all of this stuff, but what if you could do it all from just one device.

That’s what the Google Chromecast hopes to accomplish. It’s a small USB dongle that plugs into your TV, and you can use your phone to control it. We’ll be showing you how you can use the Chromecast to its full extent and get some fun out of it.

Cut The Cord For Good

As we mentioned before, almost all content has moved towards a digital platform. That’s why you rarely see people watching cable TV these days. Ever since streaming services, like the giant Netflix, have taken over, people don’t buy physical media anymore.

With Chromecast, if you’re watching a movie or TV show on Netflix, you can stream it straight to your TV which has the Chromecast plugged in. This feature is known as “cast” and it is supported by a variety of apps.

This way, you don’t really need to buy a Smart TV at all. You can take any TV with an available HDMI port, plug in the Chromecast and stream all your movies straight from your phone.

Play Some Games With Friends

Now, the Chromecast is not by any means a gaming console. But as we mentioned before, you can mirror your phone’s display to your TV. This also surprisingly works well with most android games.

The Google Playstore has a lot of great casual games that you can enjoy with friends. Simple stuff such as Monopoly, Angry birds and even a few racing games are all supported. And if you are a mobile gamer, you’ll definitely appreciate the big screen.

Keep in mind, we don’t recommend this for competitive titles. As there can be a bit of a latency issue when casting games. It still works well enough if you want to play some stuff with friends.

Play Your Favorite Tunes With A Simple Voice Command

The same principle applies here as streaming video. If the music app of your choice has Chromecast support, you can cast audio to your Chromecast connected speakers. But that’s not all.

You can set up Google Assistant with the Chromecast, in the Google Home app. This way you can just ask Google to play a certain song or album, and it will start playing on your speakers.

If you have the Google Home speaker, you can pair that with your Chromecast as well. So you can have the Google Home speaker in your bedroom, and your other pair of speakers in the living room (connected with Chromecast), and they will both play the same music in sync. Multi-room audio has never been easier.

Cast From A VR Headset

Let’s say you just got a shiny new VR headset. We’re not talking about high-end stuff such as the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive. We’re talking about simple wireless VR headsets that work with your phone. If you got one of those on hand, and you want to show off what you’re seeing to other people, you can’t really do that.

But that’s where Chromecast comes in. You can pair certain VR headsets in the Google Home app, and start mirroring the video to the TV. This works especially well with Google’s own Daydream VR headset.

Final Thoughts

There’s definitely a lot of stuff the Chromecast can pull off. For just $35, it should be a no brainer to anyone who wants an easy way to stream to your TV. But there’s a lot of other stuff the Chromecast can do, even from your PC. If you want more tips and tricks, read this.

Speaking of PC, you can cast some games from your laptop or desktop to the Chromecast as well. Mind you we’re still talking android games, not from Steam. But what if you like playing games with a controller? Well there are a lot of options out there. If you can’t decide, check out this guide on the best controllers for PC gaming.

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