Console gaming (XBOX, Playstation, Nintendo, etc) or PC gaming.
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 $1200-2000? Leo says to not get a laptop. Get a desktop. You'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) G20 CI desktop. A GTX 1060 or better graphics card is a good place to start. Remember to save a little money for a monitor. Asus sells a good monitor as well, but he may want another model. Leo also recommends buying online.
Toy manufacturer Tastemakers was showing their newest 'old tech' Arcade machines. Five different scaled down Arcade1Up machines are set to be released fall 2018. Most contain four popular old-time games from the arcade era. Unlike bigger, like 6' tall machines, these Arcade1Up cabinets are 4 feet tall and weigh a lot less, about 60 pounds or so. Tastemakers says that the machines will offer “the same game play as the originals, with same sounds, joysticks and buttons.” The arcades use a 17-inch LED screen for play and some assembly is required.
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.
Jeff streams gameplay videos on Twitch, but he can't get viewers to get advertising. Leo says that Let's Play videos are all the rage these days and he'll have to have a hook to get viewers to stick around. Promoting outside of Twitch would also help. Social media could benefit him, too.
Shell's son makes music with his computer and he wants to get him some good speakers. Should he go wireless? Leo recommends wired to avoid signal interference, and Audio Engine makes some great speakers. Plus, since he makes music, bass is important and getting a sub woofer is vital. A pair of Audio Engine A2 speakers plus their S8 subwoofer would be great.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is coming to Xbox at the end of December and has been very popular on the PC with Steam for a while now. This is a "Battle Royal" game, which is kind of like Hunger Games. You're dropped into a very realistic, large and vivid world with 99 other people. The goal is to get as many weapons as you can, kill as many other people as you can, and be the last player standing. This is interesting because this is an independent game, not from a big game company, and it's hugely successful.
Zachary wants to play games and he's connected his desktop to his TV. When he tries to adjust the screen settings, however, none of the settings work. Leo says to try and change the settings before he connects the TV. The TV has a native resolution that is actually lower than the resolution on his desktop. He should check what his TV's native resolution is and then choose that setting that is as close as possible to it. He may also be in mirror mode instead of extended mode. So he should try and change that if he can.
Taylor wants to stream let's play videos on multiple streaming platforms simultaneously. Leo says that TWiT does this to live stream. We use an expensive hardware box called the Elemental. The chatroom suggests restream.io, which claims you can stream to 30+ platforms at once. Another server-based solution is called Wowza.
Rob has a 9 year old grandson and he got him an iPad. He loves technology. Leo says to put Swift Playgrounds on it. It's an app that teaches kids how to program an app. It uses game play to do it and it's fun. Rob could do it with him too!
Chris wants to know what Leo thinks of the new Max-Q design for Nvidia powered laptops. Leo says it's for hardcore gamers. But it is thin and light, and uses less power to save battery life. It's still about 10-15% slower than the desktop GTX1080. But for laptop performance, it's impressive. And at $1,000, it had better be.