Console gaming (XBOX, Playstation, Nintendo, etc) or PC gaming.
Leo got the new XBox One yesterday and hasn't stopped playing it. This isn't a cheap game console, though. It's $500, plus extra controllers, plus games, plus a required XBox Gold subscription. Since Microsoft has decided to build in non XBox gaming content, it's really a media center more than a game platform.
This week, the Sony PS4 will launch with the XBox One launching 12 days later, just in time for the Holiday shopping season. Target kind of blew it by accidentally sending out a few XBox One's with preorder, rather than waiting. When you do get the XBox One, you'll need to download over 500MB of system updates. Then there's the massive downloads of games.
Yoshi wants to know what Leo thinks about the Occulus Rift, a virtual reality helmet that was started on Kickstarter. Leo says we've seen virtual reality head gear for 20 years. But as computers have gotten faster and more affordable, the technology has improved. The Occulus has great response time, but the bad thing is that the graphics resolution isn't really that great, and there aren't many games that support it. So while it's cool, it's also mostly useless. It's a great idea, but we're not there yet.
Asher is moving to Toronto, but he won't be able to use the same ISP where he's going. He's wondering what ISP he should choose. Leo says he's not a fan of Rogers. Too expensive and terrible service. If he can get an ISP with fiber, that would be ideal. The Chatroom says that Bell Canada is available in Toronto.
Karl is looking to do some streaming on Twitch of his gameplay. Leo says that Twitch is neat because he can do just that, stream his gameplay. It's fun to watch, especially for a gamer. Users can create a community and do gameplay commentary as well.
Todd just got a new AlienWare laptop and he's looking now to build his own desktop. Leo says these days he doesn't see any advantage to building your own desktop because you have to support it. And they're not cheaper to build anymore.
Roger wants an HDTV that he can use for gaming, and he needs it to have low latency. Leo says that the key feature is response time. Old style TV sets had a response time of virtually zero, which is why they're still the best option. LCDs are about 4 milleseconds, which isn't bad, but it does give some motion blur. Latency has to do with connectivity. If he can turn off processing, he'll get better performance.
The second edition of Plants Vs Zombies from PopCap, a very popular iOS game, is now out. The premise of the game is to fight the zombies that are marching toward your house with various types of zombie-killing plants. It originally was a Flash game online, but when the iPad came out, it was a natural fit for it.
Grant is 10 and he likes using Linux on his computer. He's thinking of also adding Windows and wants to know if it's worth it to pay $100 for the OS. He wants to play games. Leo says that for Grant, it may be the best reason to buy Windows. Then he can download and play games on Steam.
Although, Steam will be putting out a new SteamBox which will likely be run on Linux, and that means developers will want to make games that run on Linux.
Eric bought a Nintendo WiiU and says that it's amazing. He wants to connect his home theater to it, but it only has an HDMI port. Leo says in order for the surround sound to work, something has to decode it and tell it where to send those sounds. Having his TV do it is possible if it supports Surround sound. Leo says getting the undecoded audio from the WiiU into the TV is key. He could try optical out from the TV to the home theater. The best way to do this is by getting an A/V receiver. Let it do all the heavy lifting. Denon or Onkyo make affordable models.