Console gaming (XBOX, Playstation, Nintendo, etc) or PC gaming.
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.
Jeanette bought an Asus ROG Laptop and it runs really, REALLY hot. Leo says that sounds like a defect. Although gaming laptops run a bit warm, they shouldn't run hot. Leo advises returning it and to have them check to see if there's a defective fan or a problem with cooling. Leo suspects the GPU is overheating, and that could mean poor thermal paste adhesion or a faulty fan. Also, make sure it's got free-flowing airflow. Maybe get a laptop stand to elevate it.
Fletcher is using an old copy of Xenix on a computer in Virtual Machine and it's asking him questions about his MFN hard drive he can't answer: like cylinders and such. Leo suspects 124 cylinders, 255 heads, also a scuzzy drive.
Nichole wants to know what's the best PC for gaming and live streaming via Twitch, as well as other video production. She has a budget of $2,000. If she wants to build a desktop, Leo says to go with an AMD Ryzen processor. She'll save money and they are screaming fast. She will also need a good graphics card and 32GB of RAM at least. The RTX 3060 is a good one that's available and affordable. Leo says to look at Razer Mice and Keyboards. She will also want a good high-resolution monitor. She can also check YouTube for how to build a good streaming rig.
Steven recently picked up an XBox X for gaming. He wants to play Fortnight in 4K at 120hz. What's a good TV for that? Leo says the TCL 6 Series is a good choice. Scott says that the HiSense H series will also give you a lot of bang for your buck. LG uses HDMI 2.1, which will future proof your gaming experience. So that may be a better choice. The downside is, most of LG's budget LCD TVs aren't that great. Get the OLED if you can afford it. The 65" LG OLED CX is around $1900 on Amazon. Nice TV.
Alex recently built a new PC with an AMD 8 core processor. But he can't connect a Bluetooth PS4 controller to it. It can detect his cell phone, but not his controller. Leo says that if he can pair it to other devices, then he should try reconnecting it to the PS4 and see if there's an update to the controller. If there is, update it. Then try again!
Paul was forced to update to Windows 10 2004, he is having issues playing games. Leo says 2004 has been messing up a lot of installs and he suspects it likely messed up the video card driver. Try rebooting into safe mode and see if the game will run. If you can see the video, then it's definitely the video driver. Leo also recommends manually changing the drivers itself. You can go to your video card manufacturer website and download and install the latest driver for that card. There's also a reference driver, and a Microsoft certified driver. Try all three.
Charles wants to run the new Microsoft Flight Sim on his computer, but it can't handle it. Can he upgrade the motherboard and CPU and will that be enough? Leo says that the new sim looks nearly as real as real life. Smooth and realistic. Flight Sims are really high end and even the minimum requirements that Microsoft suggests are probably not good enough.
Kyle is building a gaming computer and wants a decent budget system. Leo says the real key is the video performance. He'll want it to be smooth. So Frame Rate is key. Here's the thing. Building a computer doesn't give that much advantage anymore. He's not going to save money. The real benefit is learning how a computer works. But he'll be his own support because who does one call if there's a problem? Each part supplier will pass the buck.