Everyone wants a 4k display, TV or monitor the higher resolution the better right? Well yes, but frame rates/FPS is just as important, especially if you like games or high speed sports. Google seems to have had the same thought process, given its latest “video smoothness” feature addition to the 4K-capable Chromecast Ultra with firmware version 90308.
Video smoothness was added to the CC Ultra in the latest firmware update, and comes activated by default. The idea is actually pretty simple – whenever Ultra detects that it can’t stream stutter-free 4K60 content, it will downgrade it to 1080p at 60fps. 1080p is still good as we’ve had to for many years.
You can find the option in the Google Home app. If you’d like to turn it off, Google warns that the Chromecast Ultra will play content at 4K30 if 60Hz is not supported by the TV, that content may be jerky, and that streaming services may still force a higher frame rate. But hey, it’s your choice.
- Source: Google Support