Google has released details for their Stadia Streaming gaming service, and Leo says it's like renting a game console in the cloud for $10 a month. That's only the service though, as you still need to pay for each game separately. But it also provides high quality 60fps HDR and Dolby Stereo. But Leo says he really doesn't get the advantage here. Serious gamers have a gaming PC or game console. So who is this aimed at? But for those who are just getting into gaming and don't want to invest just yet in hardware, Stadia may be ideal.
Caroline's son wants a gaming computer, but she doesn't have a lot of money and wants to know what Leo can recommend. Leo says that if you're on a budget, it's a good time to buy a gaming console. Microsoft's Xbox 1S is about $250 right now, where the Xbox 1S Fortnight Edition is $100 off as well. Then you can get him a regular computer for homework. Keep him on a console and leave it in the living room so that way you have control over how much he games.
John has a Radeon graphics card and he wants to know if he can use three monitors running it? Leo says that most modern video cards can handle four or more, so it's not too much a stretch to do three. Look it up in your manual and just try it in the end.
Dave upgraded his nephew's PC into a gaming PC, but he needs to upgrade the power supply with an 8 pin power cable. He bought one, but will he have issues? Leo says he will be OK if the PINOUTs on both connectors are power only. Don't plug it into a data plug if it's a 4 pin connector. Any issues with installing a new PCIe graphic's card before booting up? Leo says he may have to specify the external GPU in the BIOS, and then let Windows install the necessary drivers.
Dale wants to know if he can plug in a keyboard and mouse with his Xbox. Leo says he can, but the real question is, does the game support it? It's really going to be game-by-game to see what happens. But the hardware supports it.
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.