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Acer unveils its refreshed Predator Helios, Triton, & Nitro gaming laptops

More powerful hardware in, still the same form factor with some additional tweaking

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Acer did not want to be left behind when it came to their gaming laptops. As such, at the Next At Acer livestream event, they did exactly that: reveal more gaming technologies for everyone. For now, let’s focus on their improved gaming laptops — with the improvement mostly coming from the hardware.

Hardware-enhanced yet still bulky: the Predator Helios

First up is the Acer Predator Helios 700, known for its iconic sliding HyperDrift keyboard and bulky frame. The bulk is a result of a ton of hardware and its cooling jammed into the machine.

This time around, however, the Predator Helios 700 will come with the latest Intel Core H-series processors and up to an NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER GPU inside. Compared to the previous generation, this device now boasts more gaming power fit for the competitive gamer.

Apart from these, the Predator Helios 700 maintains its 17.3-inch, 144Hz display with NVIDIA G-Sync support. It also comes with 64GB of DDR4 RAM, but is now using a much faster frequency at 2933 Hz, keeping applications running fast and smooth.

One of the bigger changes done is the addition of Acer’s new thermal solution called Predator PowerGem. This nifty new set of cooling hardware allows for greater efficiency when heat is released.

Next on this list is the Acer Predator Helios 300, which was one of their more affordably-priced gaming laptops.

This time, the Helios 300 also comes with the latest Intel Core H-series processors, but only up to an NVIDIA RTX 2070 Max-Q unlike the Helios 700. Also, the Helios 300 comes with a 240Hz refresh rate display and only 32GB of DDR4 RAM.

Gaming-on-the-go, with content creation too: the Predator Triton and Nitro 7

Much like its family members in the Predator laptop series, the Acer Predator Triton 300 also gets the improved hardware.

It will also come with the latest Intel Core H-series processors, up to an NVIDIA RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU, and a 15.6-inch FHD, 240Hz refresh rate display. The display goes up to 300 nits in brightness and supports a 100% sRGB color gamut, making this a great content-creating machine.

Acer also gave some improvements to its Acer Nitro 7, designed for the on-the-go gamer. The customary latest generation Intel H-series processors are there, along with an NVIDIA RTX 2060 inside. Apart from these, they’ve also managed to cram in up to three M.2 SSD slots for more storage and faster load times. Of course, it’s not complete without the 15.6-inch FHD display with a 144Hz refresh rate, and 32GB of DDR4 RAM.

All of these laptops will be available starting Q3 2020, leading into October 2020. Initial pricing for these machines are as follows:

  • Acer Predator Helios 700 – US$ 2,399.99
  • Acer Predator Helios 300 – US$ 1,199.99
  • Acer Predator Triton 300 – US$ 1,299.99
  • Acer Nitro 7 – US$ 999.99

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Sony unveils what the PS5 game boxes will look like

Lovely white rectangle

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Last month, Sony kicked off the PlayStation 5 hype with a bang. Starting off its massive games showcase, the PlayStation 5 announced one of the biggest titles for the next generation: Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The web-slinging action adventure game brings back New York City with an all-new hero, Miles Morales as Spider-Man.

However, the tease was just plainly… a tease. We don’t know much more about the game besides being a separate game from the original Spider-Man. Now, we know just a bit more.

Sony has officially revealed the look of the PlayStation 5’s physical game cases. In a blog post, the company used Spider-Man: Miles Morales as an example. Now, we know both the look of the next generation cases and the official box art of the game.

First, the game. The art doesn’t reveal much. However, Miles Morales is wielding what looks like a lightning punch. Now, we’re not up to speed with every aspect of the Marvel multiverse, but we’re fairly sure Spider-Man is known for lightning reflexes, not lightning punches. Could this hint at a larger part for Electro, a classic Spidey villain?

Secondly, the look of the case. You might remember that the PlayStation 4 cases are brilliantly blue: blue case, blue band on the top. Though the PlayStation 5 will still have blue cases, the band on top is now white, clearly delineating the new games on retail shelves. Of course, this might not mean much if you’re going for the Digital Edition. What do you think of the change?

The PlayStation 5 series is expected to launch later this year during the holiday season. With the amount of details piling up, the next generation of gaming is looking pretty spectacular.

SEE ALSO: Will PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X games be more expensive?

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ICYMI: The World University Cyber League 2020 has begun

The best gamers from the brightest in the region duke it out for gaming supremacy

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Tencent Sports wanted to up the competition a little bit more in Southeast Asia, following Esports’ rapid rise in the region. Obviously, the best option for that is to hold a tournament to bring in the best of the best for some healthy competition. With the help of Mineski Global, they’ve done exactly just that, and are now on their final stages of the entire tournament.

The World University Cyber League 2020 started last June 28, and featured players from four markets in Southeast Asia. This time around, these players don’t come from established teams and franchises from their home countries. Instead, they are university-sponsored students, as they compete for a prize pool of over US$ 5,000. The Philippines host the SEA qualifiers, through Mineski Global’s Philippine division and its Youth Esports Program.

Students from the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand are competing across three different games. The roster of games Tencent prepared include popular mobile games like Clash Royale and PUBG Mobile, and an Esports classic in League of Legends.

Qualifiers will end on July 9, with the best teams moving to the WUCL Finals from July 10-15. To know more about the WUCL, you may visit their official website.

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KFC announces its own gaming console with a built-in chicken cooker

Might be a gag

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It’s fair to say that the console wars have begun. Over the past few months, Sony and Microsoft have launched amazing, hype-inducing tidbits at the adoring audience of gamers. With both consoles finally getting their individual chances at the spotlight, are you getting the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X?

Strangely enough, a surprise contender wants to join the next-generation conversation. Earlier last month, KFC Gaming (yes, it’s real) released a teaser video for an upcoming branded console, the KFConsole.

The console is shaped like a KFC chicken bucket, complete with red and white underlights. Sitting close to the bottom, it has the standard disc slot and a power button. Inside, the console sports a “Zinger processor chip clocked at 11GHz.” It has cross platform compatibility and 4K/120fps support.

However, the console’s biggest feature goes beyond gaming. Most of the console’s front is a “chicken chamber,” obviously for cooking chicken. It gives another meaning to an overheating gaming machine.

The short teaser video ends with a probably launch date: November 12, 2020.

Now, if you’re hoping to grab your own gaming bucket, the console is likely an elaborate gag. Though the company has not confirmed the console’s legitimacy, it’s unlikely that a modern gaming console can have a huge “chicken chamber.” Next-generation consoles are already huge without an oven in them.

That said, KFC has released very-real gaming-related campaigns in the past. Very recently, the company launched an official island on the popular island simulator, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Who knows? They might actually launch something on November 12.

If they do, they are in good company. In the past, Razer has also done a similar off-brand prank to promote a toaster. However, because of universal demand, the gaming company eventually made a real toaster. KFC might fall into the same trend. We definitely wouldn’t say no to our very own chicken chamber.

SEE ALSO: Sony announces huge list of games for the PS5

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