Acer announces new Predator Helios gaming laptops with next-gen power

It’s so new, the exact specs are unknown



It’s raining gaming machines at Acer’s launch event. Aside from a powerful desktop tower, the company also announced two new Predator gaming laptops: the updated Helios 300 and Helios 700.

Starting off with the refresh of the Helios 300, Acer gives its two-year-old model a much-needed facelift. From bold red accents, the new Helios 300 now has teal blue and an RGB backlit keyboard. Like any laptop today, the Helios 300 now sports narrow bezels which reduce the weight and size of the laptop, plus it features a 144Hz Full HD panel.

Inside, the Helios 300 will be powered by a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics with up to 32GB DDR4 memory and up to three storage bays.

The laptop will come in both 15.6- and 17.3-inch form factors with a starting price of US$ 1,200.

The Helios 700, on the other hand, is a completely new gaming machine. It’s a 17.3-inch laptop with a chunky body, but it’s got some distinctive features.

The most striking is its HyperDrift keyboard. Manufacturers have been trying to “reinvent” the keyboard on laptops, and this is Acer’s latest take. The entire keyboard, trackpad, and palm rests slide forward.

The goal here is to increase the airflow directly through the top of the notebook, which will keep the internals cool. It’s a unique and unusual design, but it’s pretty close to the forward keyboard positioning of the Triton series.

Specs-wise, the Helios 700 can be configured with up to a 9th-gen Intel Core i9 processor and GeForce RTX 2080 graphics. It may also have up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, a 144Hz display, 5.1 speaker setup, and Killer Wi-Fi 6.

The Helios 700 is expected to go on sale starting at US$ 2,700. It’ll be available for purchase in select regions later this month.

SEE ALSO: Acer’s new Predator Orion 5000 goes up to 9th-gen Core i9, RTX graphics


ICYMI: The World University Cyber League 2020 has begun

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



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



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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Microsoft to hold a big Xbox event on July 23

Time to showcase the console’s new games



Last month, Sony hosted the most eventful games showcase for the PlayStation 5. Besides a game for everyone, the event finally unveiled the mysterious console in all its glory. Naturally, all the hype is on the PlayStation 5. To those intently following the console wars, the inherent question is what Microsoft has up its sleeve for the Xbox Series X.

Now, Microsoft has confirmed that it is taking the same route as the PlayStation 5. Specifically, the company will hold a similar games showcase on July 23. The event will likely feature all the current projects from the Xbox Games Studios. This includes the new Halo Infinity, a potential return to Fable, Psychonauts 2, and Gears of War.

Of course, as with the PlayStation event, we weren’t really expecting anything. However, the event probably has a few tricks up its sleeve. If anything, it will also showcase the console itself. Though we already know what it looks like, Microsoft can still reveal a few more details about the upcoming console, especially if it hopes to upend the hype generated by the PlayStation 5.

Recently, a leak hinted at a more affordable console in the series. Given that the PlayStation 5 will also have a Digital Edition, the Xbox Series X might go the same route.

The series will likely launch sometime during the holiday season.

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

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