I spent most of last night running around hanging out with my friend Grace and doing low rank hunts with weapons I have never used before. The revelation from the night is… I really like hammer. The only problem there is I need to get better at timing my uppercut to boop things in the snoot. However I did notice I can break a leg nice and fast as well in a pinch. All in all I dig the weapon and want to play with it more and have upgraded through to currently the rarity 5 ore hammer, and am just a little bit of farming in Elder’s Recess away from the Rarity 6 version that is in parity with some of my other weapons.
I did make a solo attempted at Nergigante and got frustratingly close. I had the monster limping and with a skull icon hovering over its head… but that last phase had some brand new tricks up is sleeve that I struggled dealing with. Namely a combination of knocking shards down from the ceiling and the prolific use of dive bombing. I feel like I was pretty damned close to finishing… when he managed to pin me against a wall and get my final faint. After 36 minutes of fighting that asshole… I simply didn’t have another attempt in me so the rest of the night was fun low rank nonsense with friends.
I’ve had a few people ask me about my gaming set up, namely the fact that I am piping all of the audio for all of my systems through my PC. The primary reason for doing is for comfort while shifting between PC based voice chat like Discord and console specific offerings like Playstation Network party chat. It allows me to comfortably have one set of headphones that I like wearing and flip back and forth between platforms without much hassle. Since I had talked a little bit in the past about what I did to accomplish that, I thought I would just diagram out my entire setup this time. Yes I did do this in visio… mostly because I thought it would illustrate it the most clearly.
I like the concept of having all of my systems “on tap” and easily accessible. Namely I started down this path because I wanted to at least in theory be able to capture video and images from any console that I chose without having to swap a bunch of cables. The earliest version of this set up revolved around a 5 port HDMI switch which was relatively cheap on Amazon. As I added in a few other systems that I wanted to capture from… I had to eventually seek out a bigger option and finally landed on an 8 port HDMI switch option from Monoprice. It was more expensive than I would have preferred but the options for something with that many ports were super limited.
This 8 port switch feeds into the business end of my Elgato Game Capture HD, that I picked up for I think $30 on Craigslist. At some point I would love to upgrade to one of the more modern models, but for the time being it does what I want it to do and was nowhere close to the $150-200 price tag of an upgrade. Next up we need to defeat the HDCP lockout, or at least I wanted to… because I hate the concept of PS4 arbitrarily telling me when I can or cannot record something. This is done using a cheaply constructed HDMI splitter… so cheap that it unintentionally strips out the HDCP signal coming from the console and turns it into a open signal that the Elgato is capable of recording.
This splitter also serves the purpose of providing me a latency free copy of my video feed that goes directly into the television, as well as the leg that finally connects up to the Elgato and winds its way into my PC through USB. The first time I streamed with my new arrangement after getting the 4k television… I realized I had a problem. I had been relying entirely on the television speakers to give me access to game audio. The problem there is that while broadcasting my voice through my Yeti setup… I would end up picking up a fair amount of background audio from the game leading to a questionable feedback experience.
So the problem at hand was figuring out a way to feed the audio from the gaming systems into my headset so that I could comfortably chat away with an open mic… without causing all sorts of auditory dissonance for anyone listening in. The only audio out from the television was an optical out port which meant that I would need some sort of a digital to analog converter to step it down into something I could feed into the line in port of my PC. I eventually settled on this device from amazon, and in the grand scheme of things it has been working excellent.
I had to do some fiddling in the television but I now have the audio being broadcast over the built in speakers and out over the optical cable. This allows me to wear a headset if I choose to or just turn back up the volume on the television and listen to the playback there. This also has the weird quirk of allowing me to pick up all of PSN voice chat and bypass their default state of not recording any of the voices. All in all I am pretty happy with the way things are set up apart from one minor thing.
Right now I have a second monitor hooked to my gaming PC and it feels awkward to cram everything that I want to interact with while playing a game over onto that monitor. At some point I am contemplating re-engineering this entire set up to be able to include a second machine to game capture. That unfortunately would result in a top down rethink of the way I have everything set up because all audio would be piping through a second setup. I think at that point I would have to upgrade to the Elgato Game Capture HD60 pro to give me more options. So all of this is why I generally just say “I am doing some nonsense” when people ask me how I have things set up.