Google Chrome Now Has Built-In Cast Support

By Tom Pritchard on at

Google's Chrome browser has always had the option of casting what's on your screen over to Chromecast, but you needed a browser extension to make it happen. Google has now revealed that Chrome version 51 (rolling out now on desktops) will have the feature built-in.

The new version is rolling out, so not everyone will have the latest version just yet. But don't fret, it's on its way. That means you can ditch one of those pesky browser extensions that takes up space in the top right-hand corner of your screen. Once you've updated, you'll find Cast in a brand new home - inside the Chrome Tools Menu.

You can also cast by right clicking one of your tabs. If you're set in your ways and prefer to use the Cast extension's icon, you don't need to worry about the new way of doing things. The extension will continue to work the same way it always has done.

If you are transitioning to the built-in cast feature, be aware that you don't have the option of setting things like resolution, quality, and bitrate. Instead Cast will automatically optimise those settings to give you the best experience possible.

In a slightly less life-changing piece of news, you now have the option of casting into Google Hangouts. [Google via Slashgear]