Category Archives: Gaming

Call of Duty Warzone on a Mac

Recently I got into Call of Duty Warzone and was playing on the PS4. On my previous post I decided I needed to get back to the Keyboard & Mouse route so glued some foam to a plank of wood and called it a Sofa Desk.

You can’t natively run Warzone on the Mac, at the time of writing this blog post, it’s available on PC, Xbox or PS4. But you can bootcamp a Mac!

After testing, for a few hours, COD Warzone runs absolutely fine on the mac. I’m using Windows 10 on bootcamp. I didn’t want to lose too much space so made the Windows partition 70GB and installed Warzone onto a 128GB USB3 flash drive.

I’ve found the USB performance much better using a single usb-c to usb3 adaptor, over a multi-hub.

Spec wise the Mac is a 2019 MacBook Pro 16″ with the i7 6-core processor. This model comes with IRIS graphics but also with a Radeon Pro 5300m, which has 4GB of dedicated graphics memory. So it’s By no means a gaming laptop, but it’s beefy enough to run the game alright.

The USB memory stick that COD runs off transfers at about 200MBPS so it runs nice and smooth, even though it’s not on internal storage.

I’m not seeing any lag or slow downs, obviously it’s a 4K screen and you’re not going to run on 100% scale but I’m running at around 50-55% with anti aliasing turned on and it looks decent.

Integral 128GB USB3 memory stick is big enough and fast enough to house MW4, whilst the bootcamp Windows 10 OS sits on a partition on the internal Mac drive.

SOFA Desk

I started playing Call of Duty: Warzone the other day on the PS4 but I kinda miss playing games on a PC with keyboard & mouse.

I’m by no means a pro with a keyboard & mouse but I used to be quite handy on CS:GO and I can’t get on with fps with controllers.

But I can’t really go and lock myself in the bedroom and play COD in the evening (kids) so what’s the solution?

Well I have a MacBook Pro 16″ and I didn’t realise but it’s got an alright graphics card. So I’ve bootcamped, made a tiny partition for OS and running COD off of a 128gb USB3 thumbdrive!

How about a mouse though…. on your lap?

Behold… “The Sofa Desk” or “Couch Table”, padded underneath for hours of comfortable ‘working’ and foam side supports, so work doesn’t have to be a ‘balancing act’

(The boxes are weights to help the glue stick)

STAR WARS Battlefront

I’ve built a budget i5 PC which was just going to be our media PC plugged into the living room TV.

Then I decided I wanted to do a bit of PC gaming, like the olden days. I needed a reasonable graphics card but luckily Xmas was round the corner so that happened.

TV is a 4K Samsung 50″ JU6800 and I’m sat on the Sofa with a wooden toy box lid across my legs and a wireless keyboard and mouse. TV’s big enough and “desk” is stable enough to do gaming in comfort.

Donor PC was £50 from work and had an i5, 8GB RAM and a DVDRW. I already had a nice case in the studio so I bought a cheapo one to replace the studio one with as that’s not on show. Bought a new socket 1150 motherboard and CPU cooler then did some shuffling of disks from my Studio PC, server and wife’s MacBook.

Coupled with the new graphics card it’s performing well.

Completed PC Spec is:

Intel Core i5 4460S 2.9GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) CPU

8GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM

MSI B81M-P33 Motherboard

Corsair Carbide SPEC-01 Case

EVGA 500W PSU

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler

Gigabyte Radeon RX 460 WINDFORCE OC 4GB Graphics

Samsung 128GB SSD for OS

Crucial 240GB SSD for Main (Origin) Games

WD Green 2TB HDD for Media and Steam Library

Logitech MX Master Mouse

Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard with Integrated Multi-Touch

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Operating System

I was spoilt so got STAR WARS Battlefront and Battlefield 1 for Xmas for PC too.

On STAR WARS Battlefront this PC handles 2560×1440 on Medium Graphics averaging 60fps but I perfer the look and feel (and higher frame rates) of running @ 1920×1080 with graphics set to high.

Latest Radeon driver includes Radeon ReLive which lets you record gameplay to video with very minimal impact on Frame-rate. I recorded a clip, below, of me killing someone and being killed. (I could put up load of footage of me being killed)

Although the Logitech MX Master isn’t a gaming mouse, it’s extremely accurate and Wireless was must (whilst retaining a decent polling rate). I wasn’t interested in DPI as that means nothing. Using 50% sensitivity in windows and about 30% in game and that’s more than enough – so plenty left on tap.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

I bought Assassin’s Creed Syndicate yesterday, for some reason it was on offer in HMV for £25 so I snapped it up.

I have not previously been a fan of the AC games, I like the idea of the free running but I couldn’t engage with the story lines. Being a mild gamer who usually just plays Forza or Far Cry I struggle to find other games I like. I got Black Flag from Xbox Gold as it was free to members but that was crap, I couldn’t figure out what to do with the boat and I just kept going round in circles being shot at a lot.

I think I’ve had a few hours on it today though as unusually Oliver has accepted that he can ammuse himself with his toys. I’m only 3 levels in but I’m enjoying it and will keep playing it… Until I’m stuck, then I’ll say it’s crap.

It’s worth noting I’m useless on console games and always have been. If I can’t do a game I call it rubish. If I die in a game I get extremely stressed and will not play the game again for fear of dieing.  It’s then resigned to a drawer and I kid myself I might play it again one day, so I don’t trade it in and get a decent payout. Instead I wait about 3 years and get 50p for it.

We shall see.

Post Xbox One DVR Videos to YouTube

I’ve had an the xbox one now since launch weekend and I’ve mainly just played Forza on it and the odd bit of Ryse.

I noticed it had recorded some clips from Ryse but today I thought I’d record a few clips in Forza. I trimmed them and uploaded them to “Upload Studio” which is fair enough but I thought then, wouldn’t it be better if I could do something decent with those clips, e.g. put them on youtube and share with non Xbox One owning friends?

It’s easy enough to do, you just save the clip to skydive, of which you’ll have a free one already activated on your Microsoft Live Account (I still call it .NET passport from the olden days) and it’ll then save the videos to that. You can then go to www.skydrive.com on your PC or Mobile and download the videos, they are compressed 720p MP4 so it’s like 22MB for a 45s video which isn’t too bad at all.

Here’s a Test Clip:

http://youtu.be/3Pjet7pVreM