Aaron's kids play a lot of Fortnite on the Xbox, but it's only a one-player game and he has two kids. So he bought a refurbished Dell computer for $150 and added a graphics card to it. Is there a way to hook the Xbox controller to the computer? Leo says you can, even wirelessly. But recently, the Xbox controller has stopped working even though it works with Microsoft's Xbox app. It doesn't work with Fortnite. Leo says to try using Bluetooth, but it's possible that Anti-Cheating features are blocking it because desktops may have an advantage through tricks and hacks like Aimbots.
Wifi router setup: Change the password. Turn off WAN Administration (so bad guys can't log into your router). Turn off UPnP (an Xbox technology that is less useful on most routers). Turn On WPA2 encryption (or WPA3 if present) for a password requirement. Turn on automatic firmware updates, or check up monthly for the latest firmware. A security flaw in your router would be a big problem!
Jeff wants to know why his Xbox gets better WiFi reception than his Vizio TV. Leo says it's simply the quality of components. The Xbox offers a computer grade WiFi antenna, while the Vizio likely has a much cheaper part. TV Wifi is terrible as a result, and Scott says if he can hardwire the TV, it's always better, especially for streaming.
If you want to give a holiday surprise to a technology geek in your life, consider giving a simple gift card. It may seem lazy or low-effort, but they will undoubtedly find use in it via stores like Newegg or Amazon. Just be careful with gift cards for specific music services (like iTunes) or gaming gift cards for platforms they don't play on (get a Playstation gift card if they use a PS4).
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.
Carole wants to get her grandson a new laptop, because the iPad is too fragile. Leo says they can break because of that large glass screen. Leo recommends a Chromebook. If she would rather get him a desktop, there are Chrome Boxes as well. The Acer Chromebase is the one to get. Nice and secure, and easy to use.
Kevin wants to know if he can turn his Xbox into a DVR. Leo says that he'd need to get a TV connection and a program that could do it, and the Xbox Store only allows for recording video game moments. Plex is in the Microsoft store and may work. But Leo isn't sure what the recording capability is. Microsoft was going to do it back in 2015, but cancelled the feature.
Kim is a gamer and is tired of buying new computers to keep up. Would a console allow her to play the massive multi player online games? Leo says that some MMORPGs are on Xbox and PS4 consoles. It depends on if the games she plays are available, and chances are, they will be. But even then, it comes down to what console she likes best. PlayStation is more popular, and that means it's more likely to have the titles she likes to play. They also have an active community. On the other hand, an Xbox would allow her to stream the games and play them from her Windows 10 PC.
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.
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.