Tom's son is building a gaming PC with a Ryzen processor. Does that need to be liquid cooled? Leo says that while Intel is still the king of the hill, the Ryzen Threadripper gives you a ton of bang for your buck. You can use air cooling for it, but water cooling is very effective and liquid cooling cases aren't that expensive and completely sealed. What about WiFi? Leo says most motherboards come with WiFi. But if yours doesn't, you can add one with a USB thumb drive. But being wired is best because it avoids latency and network congestion.
Max wants to know what Leo thinks of the Xbox One S All-Digital, which has no optical drive. Leo says that these days, more people are just buying online and downloading, and even then, the Disc is usually only to unlock the game and you still have to download a multi GB update. Leo also says that if there's no disc to buy, then there's no used game market.
This week, Google joins Sony and Microsoft is creating a streaming gaming service. The service, called Stadia, is similar to the defunct Onlive streaming game service but will enable gamers to play from any platform anywhere, with all the heavy graphics lifting being done in the cloud. There is also no announced price or launch date. Leo says that your ISP will likely jump on the gravy train by charging extra for the privilege. Leo says that there will be latency issues to overcome.
Google announced STADIA, a new streaming gaming service that will enable gamers to play games using even the simplest of devices. The cloud is your platform. Leo says though, that while interesting, Google didn't announce a price or a date the service will launch. But when it does launch, it could be quite tempting to the casual gamer who doesn't want to invest in a lot of hardware to play games. But it'll really impact data caps and will be a non-starter for people living in rural areas. And if your internet connection has a lot of lag (latency), you'll hate it.
Larry is a gamer and got a new video card that supports RayTracing. He put it in his computer but it's lagging terribly. On top of that, he's now getting "green sparkles" everywhere. Is his machine too old? Leo says it shouldn't be too old at all, it's likely just a bad card. Green artifacts are usually an indication of a bad video card, so Larry should send it back for a refund or replacement. The GTX 1070 is better matched to his computer anyway.
With the huge suggest of Pokemon Go, the game's creator, Niantic, is set to release a new version set in the world of Harry Potter. Leo says you think it's bad now, wait until you can go after Dementors with your virtual wand. And Niantic has it's hands full right now, as home owners have sued the company over people trespassing on their private property looking for Pokemon monsters.
Jeff has a ten year old Dell XPS computer and it still works great. However, the newer games are only DirectX11 compatible and Dell says he has to get a new computer. Is there a card for him out there? The power cables are 6 slot and the new ones require 8 slot. Leo says he can get an adapter, but that age computer means it will be PCI, whereas the latest video cards are PCIExpress. Modern games use both CPU and GPUs in concert. And Jeff's power supply is probably underpowered.
Michael's son has just finished 8th grade and he wants to reward him with a decent gaming computer. What should he get for between $1,200 and $2,000? Leo says to not get a laptop. He should get a desktop. He'll pay more for a gaming laptop, and they won't be as fast because of limitations in graphics processors. Leo recently got his 15 year old an Asus Republic of Gaming (ROG) G20CI desktop PC.
Becoming mostly a preview of what's on the horizon for gamers, the annual E3 convention was this week, and it was open to the public. Leo says that mobile is really where it's at for gaming.