My Tech Setup

 My Point of View sitting at my desk. (Sorry about the wires)

My Point of View sitting at my desk. (Sorry about the wires)

Video Games are a huge part of my life. After all, I named the site "Backpacks + Controllers." Gaming is half of who I am as a person.

So how do I play my games when I am moving all the time?

There is a slight compromise.

I currently own all current gen consoles (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch) but I currently only have 2 with me right now.

 From Left to Right: Asus 27in Monitor, Drobo behind monitor, Razercore, Portable hard drive on top of Razercore, GoPro in front of the Razercore, Razer Blade Stealth.

From Left to Right: Asus 27in Monitor, Drobo behind monitor, Razercore, Portable hard drive on top of Razercore, GoPro in front of the Razercore, Razer Blade Stealth.

 From Left to Right: RazerCore, Razer Blade Stealth, HORI Universal HD Portable Monitor on top of storage container.

From Left to Right: RazerCore, Razer Blade Stealth, HORI Universal HD Portable Monitor on top of storage container.

Tech with me:

  • Two PlayStation 4s - One is mine and the other Deanna's
  • Three PlayStation Dualshock 4
  • Nintendo Switch - We share it
  • Razer Blade Stealth 2016 with a Razer Core running an NVidia GTX 1070
  • One Xbox Elite Controller
  • Focusrite Scarlette 2i2
  • Audiotechnica AT2020
  • HORI Universal HD Gaming Monitor
  • ASUS 27in Monitor
  • Elgato HD 60s Game Capture
  • Drobo for photos and video
  • OWC Portable SSD
  • GoPro Hero4 Silver with Karma Grip
  • Sony NEX5
  • Nikon D5000

All my Games are digital so I don't have to carry anything other than the consoles themselves, but I did do a hard drive switch on my launch PlayStation 4.

I am currently using one box to move all of the equipment except for my cameras and laptop. The container can be seen in the picture above on the right-hand side of my computer. Since I am currently traveling by car, the weight and size of the box don't concern me.

Deanna and I have been finding places to live on a monthly basis using Airbnb and Craigslist. Most, if not all of these places, have an internet connection. I don't ever expect the most excellent internet service in these places, but I've played a few hours of Destiny PVP on many of them. Don't worry, no red bar warrior over here.

Every new place we go to is another time I get to make a new setup, and that is my favorite part of moving. I know there is a bunch of you who like to watch setup videos for the same reason. 

My laptop is almost always centered in the setup because I use it for work as well as some gaming. Right now the PlayStation is under the desk because my space in the loft is kind of restricted. My ASUS monitor is here because Deanna and I use it as a TV when we go to bed. TV or a comic helps me to relax. The HORI monitor is on the right side because I use it as extra workspace.

 From Left to Right: Red Dualshock 4, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch.

From Left to Right: Red Dualshock 4, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch.

This Works for Me

I am pleased with how I have this setup because it works well for what I do. Sometimes I disconnect the laptop from everything so I can write at a coffee shop or other low-intensity work. That is why I bought the Razer Blade Stealth specifically. The computer is still small enough for my backpack but just powerful enough to work.

Setups are always fun for me to talk about. A great desk setup can make or break a lot of people's workflow. My setup changes a lot, but I have found that this one is working pretty well for me right now, but it will probably change in another three months or less.