Gaming

Console gaming (XBOX, Playstation, Nintendo, etc) or PC gaming.

What do you think about the Occulus Rift?

Yoshi from San Diego, CA

Episode 1028

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.

What's the best HDTV for gaming?

Episode 1010

Andrew from Rochester, MI
HDTV

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.

Should I dual boot Windows with Linux for gaming?

Grant from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1003

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.

How can I connect my WiiU to my home theater?

Episode 1002

Eric from Reno, NV

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.

What laptop should I get for gaming and school?

Episode 990

Matthew from Carlsbad, CA
Lenovo laptop

Matt is 13 years old and now that school is out, he wants to get a good laptop for gaming and for school. His dad has given him a budget of under $1,000. Leo says that's a great budget and there's plenty of options. Gaming is challenging for laptops because of heat, performance, etc. There are gaming laptops, but they're often overpriced, heavy, and have poor battery life. Games like Half Life or Team Fortress are pretty demanding, so he'll want to get a laptop with a good graphics processing unit.