Google announced the launch of new "family-friendly" games for Chromecast as well as new support for Showtime and Starz, immediately upping the device's value to consumers.
"Unlike other streaming devices and gaming consoles, Chromecast games are unique because they use the phone (or tablet) in your hand as the game controller and the TV screen in front of you as the game board," a Google spokesperson said in an email. "Many of the new games are a twist on classic games like Monopoly and Scrabble, but we also have dance and trivia games too."
Games include Wheel of Fortune, Hasbro’s Monopoly Dash, Scrabble Blitz, Connect Four Quads, Simon Swipe, Just Dance Now, Big Web Quiz, and Emoji Party. Big Web Quiz is a trivia game, which actually uses Google's Knowledge Graph to create questions. Hopefully the answers are accurate.
As far as content goes, Showtime and Starz are welcome additions. It was just revealed, by the way, that Starz is getting an Evil Dead series.
In order to get more holiday sales, Chromecast currently comes with two free months of Hulu Plus and 90 days of Google Play All Access. You do need to be a new subscriber to these services, however, to take advantage of the deals.
Last month, Google revealed that users had tapped the cast button about 650 million times (up from 400 million three months prior). It also said a new version was on the way, and that over 6,000 developers are building over 10,000 apps for it.
Chromecast is gaining new app support all the time, and that means the $35 device automatically gets more useful and attractive as time goes on. More support means more entertainment options for users.
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