What hardware are you using for Hangouts gaming?
This is not strictly gaming-related, but that’s my primary use for this tech, so I’m putting it in this collection.
I’m still pretty new to Hangouts, but after one session of using my earbuds and inline mic I knew that I needed more suitable gear.
First, I got a Logitech H650e headset; it’s intended for conference calls, but I figured it would be my speed. While it worked okay, it was lacking something. It was light enough to be comfortable, but I still felt like I was straining to hear others, or at least like I had to seriously concentrate.
Digging deeper, I recently bought a Sennheiser GAME ONE PC Gaming Headset. It’s pricy, but HOLY WOW is it an improvement. Despite being larger, it’s more comfortable than the H650e, and it uses a standard audio jack instead of a USB port. Bonus, it’s also a really nice pair of open-back headphones; I’ve used it with a Fiio DAC/amp to listen to music and they sound great. Audio sounds ambient instead of buried deep in your head. (I am now totally sold on open-back headphones.)
As for video, currently I’m using the built-in camera in my MacBook Pro. It works fine, but the angle — having to look down, hunched over my laptop — and how it handles the light in my study makes me a look a little weird. Ergo, I’m considering adding a Logitech C920.
Part of me wonders if this is overkill for playing RPGs via hangouts, but given than I’m sitting for 2-3 hours at a clip trying to communicate clearly with other people it seems like a worthy investment. Hangouts gaming is the most compatible with my married-with-a-kid status, so making that experience as delightful as possible seems worth it.