Sony

Why does my TV restart?

Episode 1366

Bill from Fullerton, CA
Sony XBR55X850D 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV

Bill has a Sony Smart TV, and it has to be rebooted pretty often due to the computer crashing. Leo says this is why the industry doesn't need a computer inside of everything. A TV shouldn't need to be rebooted, so that points to something being wrong with the TV. Sony may have a reboot procedure that can wipe it and reinstall the OS. Since it runs Android TV, there should be a way to do it, but the question is how. Only Sony can tell him that.

Which virtual reality headset should I buy?

Episode 1351

Rick from Hisperia, CA
PlayStation VR

Rick is wondering which virtual reality headset to buy, or if it would be best to wait until the next generation. Leo says that VR is very convincing and creates an amazing immersive illusion that you're somewhere else. The Oculus Rift has a demo where you're standing on the edge of a skyscraper that's very realistic. There are some shortcomings, however. You can't pick up things and touch things unless you use a game or hand controller. The negative on the Sony Playstation VR is that the move controllers weren't designed with VR, so they can lag a bit.

Which laptop should I buy?

Episode 1336

Justin from Oxnard, CA
HP Spectre

Justin is back and he's trying to decide which Windows computer to get. He's looking at the Dell XPS 13 and the Sony Vaio 13. Leo has several of the XPS 13s, they're very reliable, and have gorgeous bezel-less displays. The only downside is that the camera is placed on the bottom of the screen, not the top because of that design. If Justin does a lot of video conferencing, he'll have to keep that in mind.

Sony PlayStation VR Comes Out this Week

Episode 1330

Sony PlayStation VR

The Sony PlayStation VR comes out this week. If you have a PlayStation 4, all you'll need is the headset, Move controllers, and camera. It'll be the easiest way yet to get into virtual reality gaming. Leo has tried all of the virtual reality headsets, and so far he hasn't found any to be exciting for very long. He does think that as companies evolve the technology, we may see something miraculous years down the road.

What's a good affordable video editor for Windows?

Episode 1319

Rocko from Oregon
Sony Vegas Movie Studio

Rocko is looking to edit Let's Play Minecraft videos for YouTube and he wants a free or cheap video editor. He has a PC running Windows 10.

Windows Movie Maker is the best free PC video editor, but it isn't available for Windows 10. If he can find it, it will work. Leo's favorite is Sony Vegas Movie Studio, which is about $50. It also has a 30 day free trial.

What about the Playstation Vue for streaming?

Episode 1308

Rick from Indianapolis, IN
Playstation 4

Rick says that Leo should give Playstation Vue a try for streaming online. For $55, it has cable over the internet via the Playstation 3 or 4 console, Roku, etc. There are a ton more channels than Sling.

Leo says it looks interesting but you don't really save anything over paying for cable or satellite. So from a cost saving cord cutting perspective, there isn't much point to it. It is worth a try if you want to cut the cable, though.

What It's Like to Use the PlayStation VR Headset

Episode 1289

Sony PlayStation VR Headset

Leo got to try using the Sony PlayStation Virtual Reality Headset this past week. Two VR headsets are already available: The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. Google just announced its own virtual reality platform this past week as well, called Daydream.

While the Oculus and HTC Vive both require a high end PC, Sony's solution will make use of something that 40 million people already have -- the PlayStation 4 console. Leo tried one of the demo games for PlayStation, and he really felt like he was inside an action movie. It's a very vivid experience.

What's a good camera for low light video recording?

Episode 1287

John from Tustin, CA
Sony RX100

John needs a camera that will take better video in low light. Leo says that smartphones aren't really known for having good low light performance, but they are getting better. A camera will perform a lot better, especially if it has a larger chip. Full frame 35mm are the best in low light, but it's also a lens speed issue. The lower the f-stop rating, the faster the lens.

Is the Sony's Digital Paper worth the money?

Episode 1281

Jeff from Atlanta, GA
Sony Digital Paper

Jeff wants to know more about Sony Digital Paper. Leo says it uses e-ink, and while it has extremely long battery life, it has traditionally had a problem with latency. Sony has a video that shows it keeping up with handwriting, so maybe they've overcome the latency issues. At $800, though, it's a bit pricey. But if it does what Jeff needs, being a digital yellow pad, then perhaps it'll be worth it.