- Well, I managed to make it an entire year without seeing an NFL or college football game and survived to tell the tale.
To be honest, I haven’t missed watching football to this point. I’ve gotten so much more interested in soccer that it has completely filled that sporting void in my life.
Also, based on what I heard, the game last night wouldn’t have been worth the time to watch anyway, so there is that.
- I didn’t mention it in the podcast, but I got into the Steam in home streaming beta last week and I have to say that I’m pretty amazed with the performance and general lack of latency issues. As I’m in the process of starting to put together a new gaming system, my “big gaming rig” is an old Intel i7 with a GTX 570, and I was able to stream quite a few different games (over a 1GB network) from that PC to my “old” desktop system which is 6 years old and has a NVIDIA Geforce 9800 series card. The Steam setup was able to stream games at 720P that would never have stood a chance of running on that system normally. (Some of the games that I have tested so far were Batman: Arkham Asylum, Lord of the Rings: War in the North, and Borderlands 2.)
Another one of the other benefits, of the beta client, is that you can be signed into Steam on multiple computers at the same time (an annoyance that I’m happy to not deal with any further.)
I’m certain that the streaming capabilities will improve as development continues for it, as this will have to be a big part of the Steam Machine process in order to get Windows games running on Linux hardware. Based on my early time with it, it’s going to be something that everyone with multiple PC’s at home will enjoy (especially those of you that are looking to pick up a Steam Machine.)
- Lastly, I started to play Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for the PS4 over the weekend and I have been incredibly impressed with the game thus far. I have no idea why I didn’t give the game a look before, but I have to say that it is graphically stunning in the early stages.
Also, while I’m sure it is be easily accessible with a button press, it is rather nice that the Playstation camera responds very well to commands such as “Open Map” and “Close.” Probably the first time, outside of playing some of the Playroom with my youngest, that the Playstation camera has actually come in useful for gaming.