Console gaming (XBOX, Playstation, Nintendo, etc) or PC gaming.
Jonathan's son wants to graduate from a Nintendo Switch to a gaming desktop. He loves Fortnite. Leo recommends the Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) system. He bought that for his son not too long ago. Leo also likes the Lenovo Legion. You want to focus more on what your graphics GPU is over the computer CPU. That will do the heavy lifting. And the models they offer at Costco are likely last year's models, ideal for a budget gaming computer. But still doable. You'll want a 60fps system. But don't think that a 4K monitor will give you an edge. Stick with 1080p.
Apple declared victory this week as a judge ruled that the app store is not a monopoly, but it fell short in prohibiting Epic from offering sales outside of the app store. The judge ruled that while Apple technically won the argument, Epic has the right to direct their customers to their own website to sell digital assets, thereby avoiding paying Apple a 30% fee on any in-app purchases. But Apple can also ban Epic and Fortnite from the app store, so don't look for the app to return any time soon.
A judge ruled in favor of Apple in the Epic app store lawsuit, causing Cupertino to declare victory. In the lawsuit, Apple pulled Fortnite from the app store after the software company pointed mobile users to their own site to buy tokens to play the game. So Fortnite will not return to the app store. HOWEVER, the judge also said that Apple must allow for alternative forms to purchase outside of the App Store. So while Apple won, Epic got what it wanted anyway.
Mike B. wants to know if Cloud Gaming is going to spell doom for console gaming. Leo says that the purist thinks that it will never be quite as good as hardware, but Leo thinks that the latency continues to drop to the point that it will at least probably be the end of PC gaming. Especially considering that Microsoft is working towards Windows in the Cloud. Eventually, we may just have terminals that connect online, much like Chromebooks. And if they can do it with gaming, they'll be able to do it with anything.
A sealed copy of the first generation of Zelda sold recently at auction for $870,000. Leo says the story is that the game was never opened after being given as a Christmas present and represents the earliest known copy of the video game, in unopened pristine condition. The sale bypasses the previous record of a sale of Super Mario Brothers, which sold in March for $660,000. Could $1 million be far behind?
Andrew bought an HTC Vive virtual reality device and he says it's a blast to play games with it. But it's a few years old now and wants to know what's the new hot device for VR? Leo says that Facebook pretty much owns the VR space now with the Oculus Quest 2. But he will have to log into a Facebook account to use it, which Leo doesn't like. And if he uses a dummy account, they can cancel his Quest account and make the device useless. Outside of that, development in VR has really slowed down.
Larry is a pilot and flight instructor, and he bought X-Plane flight simulator for his computer. But it takes a long time to load and run. Leo says that X-Plane was created to run on computers that couldn't handle Microsoft's seminal Flight Simulator. Leo says the load time is due to all the textures. He could speed things up by putting an SSD into the computer. But if ready to get a new rig, then a gaming computer is the way to go. Could he get a server and have multiple terminals? Leo says that today's modern computing really is designed around one computer per desktop thinking.
Victor has a Lenovo ThinkPad E570 laptop that he thought would work for Flight Simulator 2020. But it's just not fast enough, even though it has an NVIDIA video card and a dual-core i7 processor. Leo says that Flight Simulator is notoriously heavy on requirements. The minimum is i5 4460 or a Ryzen 31200. RX 570 GPU. 8GB of RAM and 2GB of VRAM. So it sounds like the laptop could handle it. But it crashes? That may not mean the laptop is too slow. Leo has the same problem with his brand new laptop. It's just very challenging. Is there a workaround? Not really.
Jeremy is looking for a challenging gift for his 7-year-old kid, living in the UK, that he can play with him online. Leo says that there's a fun networking puzzle computer game that you can play with your kids, called Factorio. It requires cooperation, and you can communicate via Discord. That could be a fun but challenging game. Brilliant is another one, but that's a bit mature for a 7-year-old. Probably better for middle school ages. There are also Words with Friends and Animal Crossing.
Due partly to the Covid pandemic and partly due to a recent fire at a factory in Japan, there is a serious chip shortage now, causing car manufacturers to stop production and prices to rise on high-end tech like video cards and other devices. Coupled with how high the price is now on bitcoin that is prompting scalpers to buy up video cards for bitcoin mining, it's making it really hard for the rest of us to get Playstation 5s, video cards, and other devices.