Console gaming (XBOX, Playstation, Nintendo, etc) or PC gaming.
Christopher streams videos of his gameplay on Twitch.tv and his computer is starting to bog down. Leo says those "Let's Play" videos are huge, but it really does tax the processor power when it's juggling both high performance gameplay and streaming. Most use two computers networked together so that one plays the game while the other broadcasts the videos, but Leo says that's not ideal, actually.
Brant has an issue that when he's gaming online, and someone else starts streaming Netflix, suddenly he gets a lot of latency. Leo says that's just because his bandwidth goes down because there's so much being used. One thing Brent can try is QOS (quality of service) where he can set his router to prioritize bandwidth traffic through the ports that gaming and streaming apps use.
AJ wants to know how the XBox One streaming to PC using Windows 10 works. Leo says that there could be some latency because of Wi-Fi, but according to Paul Thurrott, it's a great feature that works. Leo does recommend, however, connecting via Ethernet instead. Hardwired is always better.
Max bought one of the early Oculus Rift DK1 on eBay recently. Should he upgrade to the DK2 or wait for the consumer edition? Leo says it's best to wait. It's probably going to cost around $500 and chances are that there's going to be a better option available before then, such as the Vive from HTC.
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Ed downloaded the game "Middle Earth: Shadow of Modor," and then got a message that said "installed video does not support DirectX features." Leo says that this is one of the reasons why he prefers console games because they don't do things like this. But in Windows, the PC has to meet the games' specifications.
Matthew wants to start producing "lets play" videos on YouTube like PewtiePie. Leo says that's just about every kid's goal now. There's a ton of ways to do it with software like FRAPS on Windows. The XBox One has a built in recording/broadcaster feature. OBS (Open Broadcasting Software) is an open source live broadcasting app that is very popular on Twitch.tv. And Twitch is where everyone is going.
Evan has a YouTube channel and he does video blogs. But now he wants to do "Lets Play" videos of video games. How can he do that? He's using an iPad Mini to play the games, but can he record at the same time? Leo says no. "Let's Play" videos are very popular. Could he jailbreak and do it? Leo says not to jailbreak the iPad. It will make it less reliable. In order for Evan to be able to record gameplay on the iPad, iOS would have to let two different apps talk to each other and Apple doesn't like that from a security point of view.
Julien says that ESPN is going to start covering "eSports." Leo says that ESPN sees how popular Twitch is, with how many people watch video games being played, and they see the reason for it. But many of the sports casters say it isn't sports. Will ESPN have a mutiny on their hands?
Vincent's wife is blind and he's thinking of using a Harmony remote and the screen reading app on her iPhone to use it. How does that reader work? Leo says that's a great idea and some phones have free built-in infrared, making the phone a smart remote. The Harmony remote can talk to the phone via Bluetooth, though. The iPhone also has great accessibility features, if the app developers take advantage of them. But Leo says that the iPhone is the best option.
Jonathan is a gamer and he just discovered how much more powerful a PC is for gaming than consoles like the PS4 or XBox One. Leo says it's true. PCs can have more powerful processors in both CPU and graphics. There are better screens, and keyboards and mice are more accurate. If Jonathan is a hardcore gamer, PC is the way to go.