The $35 Gaming PC

– Hey guys, this is Austin, and today we're taking a look at an incredible new gaming set up The $35 Raspberry Pi 4

But of course, before we get into it, huge shout out to LG for sponsoring this video This is the brand new LG Ultragear 27GLE50, which has the distinct honor of being the world's first nano IPS game monitor with a one millisecond response time This is really the best of both worlds, as you're getting the high-end picture quality, which is shared with their Nanocell TVs, but you're also getting the super fast response time with a 144 hertz refresh rate, HDR10, and it supports not only freesync but also NVIDIA's G-Sync And of course, to take advantage of the display, we are using a very high-end $3500 computer from the Pro vs Broke series, but that's not all you need for this guy

With a 1440p resolution and dedicated game modes for games such as first person shooters, as well as RTS If you are in need of a monitor upgrade, definitely be sure to go check out the Ultragear at the link in the description Now while I might have a very high-end set-up here, of course, today we're looking at something a little more on the budget end So if you guys are not familiar with the Raspberry Pi, it is an incredibly versatile little computer So not only are they dirt cheap, they're also one of the easiest ways to get into learning how to not only work on computers, but especially when you get into the Linux side, it can be frustrating, but you also do a lot of cool stuff with it

So one of the cool parts about the Raspberry Pi 4, is that well, it supports multiple displays Now this year's Raspberry Pi 4 is actually a pretty significant upgrade So for the same price as last year's model, you're getting a more powerful CPU, options for more RAM, as well as a ton of small but very nice improvements So at that $35 price, we're finally getting USB 30, which is awesome

We're also getting gigabit ethernet compared to 100 megabit internet from last year We still have AC wifi, you have Bluetooth 50, I mean this thing is properly specced On top of all that we also now have a USB-C port One of the really big upgrades here is on the CPU, the GPU, and the RAM

So, on the processor side, we're going from an older A53, which are very small, weak cores, up to a ARM Cortex-A72 Now with a quad-core configuration, they claim that it's up to three times more powerful, which might be a slight exaggeration But again, for a $35 computer, we're looking at a sort of level performance, which is not that far off of a lot of pretty decent smartphones On top of that, the graphics have also seen a major upgrade So not only does it now support 4K, but it actually supports a pair of 4K monitors at a full 60 hertz, and on top of that you can do things such as decode H265 at 4K60

I mean, it's actually properly powerful The cool thing is, even on such a low budget, you're still getting the full picture quality of these LG Ultragear displays Now is it powerful enough to say, run super powerful native games? No, because they don't exist for the Raspberry Pi What it does allow you to do is make this thing not only just a little streaming box, but you can actually do some proper work on it So with browsers such as Firefox and Chromium, this actually is a completely usable little desktop

Now one of the nice things about the Pi 4 is that in addition to the standard one gigabyte model, for $45 you can get two gigs of RAM, and for $55 you can get a full four gigs of RAM Especially once you bump that up, it actually becomes pretty usable In fact this entire video, all the notes were written up inside Google Docs using the Raspberry Pi Now it's not exactly fast, especially when it comes to things like YouTube playback, where it sometimes struggles to play a little bit of HD However, generally speaking, this is a very usable little box, especially considering just how tiny it is

And of course, it is a Raspberry Pi, so you have all the same headers from last time, so you customize it with cameras and all kinds of cool stuff You can get it so small It is really easy to build it into all kinds of enclosures, including things like emulation I've seen actually a lot of go into like little like, NES style boxes, or even like, a GameBoy There's a ton of functionality for, again, a computer which costs $35

In fact, actually, some of the stuff that you kinda have to deal with here is very much meant for the older Pi So things such as Windows, there actually is a Windows 10 version for Raspberry Pi, except it's for the 3 not the 4 yet, so unless you wanna be Matt and hack it together, you're stuck with Raspbian However, what is working is RetroPie What is not working is, it's on the wrong monitor I'm gonna (beep) So the cool things about this is that, with RetroPie, we have a huge variety of games which are playable

Now, previously we did a video on this, the Raspberry Pi Zero W, which at like $10 is one of the cheapest computers you can buy However, the issue here is that it is, well, not fast And a lot of games you actually can't run on this However with the added benefit of this newer processor, we should be able to play a fair few games So let's try Automobili Lamborghini for the Nintendo 64, a classic that I'm sure you're gonna love

I'm gonna say that the performance is actually pretty solid, but I think that part of this is just the fact that this game is really twitchy It's actually kind of fun though This track's actually pretty cool Oh, I'm gonna take the shortcut Shortcut, shortcut, shortcut, shortcut

– (Matt) I love that about all of the arcade games – (Austin) Yeah! – (Matt) They all have a shortcut teaching you it's okay to cheat – All right (Mario Kart theme) Excellent Yeah audio's definitely not perfect here, but that's fine, cause I'm in fourth, fifth, whatever that says Man, do I just suck this much at N64 games? This is embarrassing

I'm in seventh right now Oh, this is back when Mario Kart was actually hard Whoo! Ah, no! No! No! Get back here Donkey Kong Oh my god, what is wrong? How do I use this stupid? Excellent So we can also emulate DS games

I'm gonna turn down the volume Oh, Matt, am I starting from scratch? – (Matt) Yup – Matt, no – (Matt) You need to figure out how to use the touch – No, I know how to use a stylus (pokecenter theme) (clears throat) – (Ken) You all right there? – Sometimes

When I get into videos, I have what is called, a little bit too much fun Um, should we move on to something else? Wait (laughter) That's fine I walked around it's in (laughter) Shut up Ken – (Ken) All you did was dance, you didn't test anything

– I walked around, it's Pokemon, what do you expect? It, it works fine Spyro the Happy Dragon Oh, I just blew fire Oh Although I will say frame rate, not super smooth

But it is also a PS1 game, some of these games did run at like, 15 frames per second So something else which is very useful to use a Raspberry Pi for, is for Steam Link So, essentially if you have any other computer available, so right now we have a Windows PC down here We should connect it to this monitor and the Raspberry Pi here In theory, we can open up Steam Link and it will just work, and we can play all the games we want on our $35 Raspberry Pi

Look at this excellent connection speed 65, 70, whoo! All right, we can get 80 megabits per second, which, to be fair, right now the Raspberry Pi is over ethernet and the Gaming PC is over wifi, so, sure, I'll take that All right, we have our Xbox controller, fair connection Let's start playing Okay, so right now this monitor is running directly from our gaming PC, right? So this is as if we were not using Raspberry Pi or anything

We can natively go through here and it's all fine On this display, this is the output from our Raspberry Pi So essentially this should show you what the latency is So, I mean dude, that's like, that's pretty good Like, literally, that's almost seamless

Let's, uh, let's try to play a game – (Ken) CS:GO is probably not the most ideal game for this – (Austin) No, no, this is actually a good example though This is like the worst case scenario Like, if I can play CS:GO successfully on a Raspberry Pi

– (Ken) Well – Dude, this is actually playable Now, mind you, I don't know if we're getting a full 60p feed to the Raspberry Pi It's fine, I didn't get a kill It's fine

(thud) – (Ken) Don't throw the mouse, what the hell? – I was lining up the headshot man, I can't get knifed – (Ken) That's my mouse What the hell? – Kay What can we deduce from this? – (Ken) You destroyed my mouse – Steam Link works fine

– (Ken) You destroyed my mouse – My skill level could use some work

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