If you don’t want to read a long blog post filled with technical details you can move to the TLDR section down below.
As some of you know, but most of you probably don’t, I recently started a BrawnBeard a Youtube channel. It focuses on “Blind Let’s Play’s” of video games. The “Let’s Plays” means that I am commentating a video game, and the “Blind” part means that I am playing them for the first time. Getting started was something that I should have done a long time ago. I just never realized that people other than my wife would enjoy my crazy commentary, but I realize now that my assumption was naïve.
A Full list of the Gear that I choose can be found in the TLDR/Hardware section below. This includes many of the specifications not listed in detail in this blog post.
My “Let’s Plays” started out with a slew of research, as most of my projects do. I always want to find the very best gear for the money, or the best way to do something. Usually my research opens my mind to other possibilities and I follow all of them to their conclusions until I have a more complete picture of the problem. I have also been called “Frugal” more than once in my life, and this project would be no exception.
First we will start with the gear that I already deemed suitable for use. I already had a Playstation Eye which was gifted to me some time ago for the PS3. As you can imagine I never did anything with it until now. The Playstation Eye was basically worthless and still would be today. For my project I felt that it would be suitable to use as it offered decent quality for no money. Hell, even if I was to buy it new on Amazon it would only cost about five dollars. The only snag with the PlayStation Eye was that it was not natively supported on any version of Windows. Luckily a company called Code Labratories created drivers for just such an occasion, and the price tag of 2.99 can’t be beat.