Christian has a budget of $1000 for a gaming laptop. Leo says that's a good budget. Alienware is good, as is MSI. Leo recommends also taking a look at the ASUS ROG gaming laptops. There's a pretty broad range of price points. They're running Windows 10 with DirectX12. That is Leo's first choice, and Christian can customize them based on his budget.
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.
Jimmy is a gamer and wants to know if he should upgrade to Windows 10 yet. Leo says that the biggest reason for a gamer to upgrade to Windows 10 is DirectX 12. But the fact is that a lot of existing hardware won't support DirectX 12 right out of the box. And users have a year to upgrade for free, so there's really no hurry.
It's probably best to play wait and see, at least for a few weeks, just to see if there's any major league problems for others. Meanwhile, Jimmy should be on the lookout for new drivers for DirectX 12 support.
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.
Reed wants a gaming computer and he wants to know if he should buy one or build one. Leo says that it used to save a lot of money to build one. That's not true as much now, as there's no overall warranty or tech support that can help if the computer doesn't work. Reed would be his own tech support. And with various part manufacturers, nobody takes responsibility for issues.
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.
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.