Gaming

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

How will higher screen resolutions affect gaming in the future?

Anthony from Houston, TX

Episode 1047

Anthony is wondering what will happen for gaming with screens that are surpassing even the retina display resolutions. Leo says that the more resolution there is, the more power it will need to process it. So it makes sense that if there's four times more work, the computer will need more power to push it. Leo says that for gaming, from the perspective of the user, higher resolutions won't necessarily look any better. So it's likely that gaming will stay at 1080p for awhile.

How can I limit my child's internet usage?

Harry from Long Beach, CA

Episode 1045

Harry wants to know Leo's thoughts on parental controls on the Internet. Does he know about TimeBoss by Nice Kit? Leo says that TimeBoss is a great piece of software but he's stunned it's still around. It basically allows kids to earn time. But does it really help kids manage their time? As adults, we have to understand our kids are growing up in a different culture than we did. The internet is how they socialize, and how they learn. Minecraft is light years better than getting hooked on Candy Crush.

How can I keep my son from gaming on his laptop?

John from Newport Beach, CA

Episode 1042

John got his son a new laptop for Christmas and wants to know how he can restrict his game play on it. Leo says he wouldn't take that approach, and instead he would team him balance and moderation. There are ways to prevent applications from being installed, but then he could just find web-based games to play instead. Also, if he blocks it, it'll just make him want to do it more. There's also no perfect way to block these things, since anything can be bypassed. Kids are great at finding ways around these things as well.

Can I run my XBox 360 through my XBox One?

Episode 1035

Jason from Tampa, FL
Xbox 360

Jason wants to know if he can hook up an old Xbox 360 to his XBox One and play older games while daisy chained to the TV. Leo says that the XBox One has a "pass through" feature to watch TV from the cable box, and there's no reason why he couldn't pass the video signal from the XBox 360 to it.

Kotaku has an article about it. The only issue may be lag or latency. But he could also just hook them up directly as most HDTVs have multiple HDMI connections.

What's a good gaming PC?

Paula from Temecula, CA

Episode 1035

Paula's son wants a PC to play Minecraft on for Christmas. Leo says that for Minecraft, any PC will do because it's not very demanding. As her child's tastes in games matures, though, he may require a more powerful computer that can handle the graphics. There's a lot of choices for her budget of $600. Leo likes Acer for entry level computers. For gaming, PCs are generally better and she'll likely want a desktop over a laptop. Asus and Dell are good options as well. Avoid going to a "big box" store because they usually are selling older models.

Can my XBox One play old games?

Tommy from New Orleans, LA

Episode 1035

Tommy's wife just bought him an XBox One, but he's wondering if he can he play older games on it. Leo says no, he can't. So should he keep his old 360 then? Leo says he should. He won't have issues getting online either. The fact is, though, that the XBox 360 is almost as good as the XBox One, he just won't have the media options that the new model provides. Moving forward, the hot games will only be on the XBox One.

The Xbox One Is More Than Just Gaming

Episode 1034

Xbox One

Leo got the XBox One and he says that gaming has gotten so sophisticated that you need the reflexes of a teenager all the time to play it. But one thing he thought was really interesting is that you can see what your friends are doing if you follow them. You can follow Leo at "Chief Twit Leo".

Other great features include voice commands, and since the Xbox is always listening, you can just turn it on with a word. Through Kinect, it recognizes you and logs you in, which is making people a bit nervous because it's always on, always listening. Very 1984.