Acer released eight new laptops in India across all possible price segments. These series have been available in the country for quite some time, but the new laptops come with updated features and the latest processor.
The Nitro 5 is an entry-level gaming option and comes with a starting price of INR 59,999. It’s available in two sizes: 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch. The processor has been bumped to 9th generation Intel and depending on your variant, it supports up to 32GB RAM.
The Nitro 7 is built for users who are looking for casual gaming as well as mobility. Its 15.6-inch display can refresh at 144Hz and has two slots for PCIe SSDs, along with support for 32GB RAM. The base variant starts at INR 84,999.
Coming to the Predator lineup, the Helios 300 comes in two sizes: 15-inch and 17-inch. Unique to them is Acer’s AeroBlade cooling technology that minimizes noise and improves efficiency. Also, it comes with a metal chassis and narrow bezels for a modern look. The midrange gaming laptop can accommodate up to 32GB memory, 9th generation Intel processor, and NVIDIA RTX 2070 GPU. The base variant costs INR 99,999 for 15-inches and INR 1,14,999 for 17-inches.
The Helios 700 features a unique slide-out keyboard which Acer calls HyperDrift, which exposes two additional cooling fans to tame the heat generated from extended gaming sessions. It has a 17-inch Full HD display with a 144Hz refresh rate. The laptop is available with different CPU and GPU configurations, which include up to a 9th generation Intel Core i9 CPU and options of either an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 or RTX 2070 GPU. The price starts at INR 2,49,999.
The Predator Triton 900 features a CNC-machined Ezel Aero Hinge that flips, extends, or reclines the 17-inch display. Users can switch between four usage modes: Display mode for sharing the screen with friends during sessions, Ezel mode for playing games on the touch screen, notebook mode for traditional gaming scenarios, and stand mode for using creative tools.
It features NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU and a 4K IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. It’s powered by a 9th generation Intel processor, NVMe PCIe RAID 0 SSDs, and up to 32GB memory.
On the other hand, the Predator Triton 500 sports a 15.6-inch Full HD display and is just 17.9 mm thick. It comes equipped with up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPUs 9th generation Intel Core i7 processors, NVMe PCIe RAID 0 SSDs, and 32GB memory. They come with a starting price of INR 1,65,999.
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We’ve been calling PlayStation’s X button wrong all this time
Regardless of which gaming console you have, the X button unites us all. Every console available today — the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch — has some form of the same button. That said, what do you call it? Both the Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch use other letters — Y, A, and B — for their other buttons. Naturally, majority vote calls for pronouncing it as the “ex” button.
However, Sony doesn’t use the same letter scheme. Instead of letters, the PlayStation’s DualShock controller uses shapes: Triangle, Circle, Square… and X? Do we still call it the “ex” button? According to the official PlayStation Twitter accounts, absolutely not.
In a now-infamous series of tweets, Sony has laid down the verdict in an argument we’ve probably never even thought about. Apparently, PlayStation users should pronounce each button according to their respective shapes. According to that logic, the X button should be called the Cross button.
As you might expect, the revelation didn’t go well with the gaming community. Twitter users have outrageously and creatively expressed their dismay.
What do you call it?
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 7, 2019
In response to the outrage, the PlayStation account posted a three-option poll asking what gamers call the controversial button. The more traditional X button won by a landslide: 81 percent. Meanwhile, a joke answer — “+ rotated 45°” — got 11 percent of the votes. The “correct” answer — “Cross” — got only 8 percent.
That didn’t stop the memes. Twitter user @TheDrencom posted a more hilarious compromise. PlayStation even retweeted and allowed the weird alternative. Should we call it the “no pizza” button?
The actual names of the PS buttons pic.twitter.com/pCK0RK3cPB
— Drencrom (@TheDrencrom) September 5, 2019
The Cross button’s supporters also had a few things to say in their defense. Based on the actual geometry of the icon, it’s more accurate to say “Cross,” rather than X.
Because this debate grinds my gears, I'll finish it once and for all:
– Crosses have the same distance between each stick.
– Crosses form a square.
– Exes don't have the same distance between each stick.
– Exes form a rectangle.
Basic geometry. pic.twitter.com/gz8jCJd3Bn
— nєrσ αgєnt crímsσn (@SIECrimson) September 5, 2019
Of course, Sony owns the PlayStation. They can call it whatever they want. Still, the console already has a massive following calling it by a more ubiquitous name. Are you going to call it the Cross button now?
Apple Arcade aims to make your iPhone a gaming phone
100+ exclusive gaming titles
Apple is known for its hardware lineup, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. The iPhone accounts for a huge chunk of the company’s revenue and has been the sole product to propel the brand towards a trillion-dollar valuation.
But with changing times, it’s essential for every business to slowly evolve. And, we’re witnessing this change with technology companies around the world. Instead of relying on first-hand hardware sales, brands are now monetizing virtual data.
Arcade, which was demonstrated during the unveiling of Apple’s latest iPhones on Tuesday, is an attempt to turn the mobile gaming industry on its head and add an extensive new revenue stream to the company’s books.
It boasts over 100 unique titles, including Beyond a Steel Sky, a sequel to the classic adventure game Beneath a Steel Sky, with art by Watchman comic book legend Neil Gibbons.
Apple said games will be exclusive to Arcade and not available on other services. The subscription service will be available across Apple devices, and, which should make for more varied gameplay.
The gaming subscription service will release on September 19 and costs just $4.99 / £4.99 / INR 99 a month. This is automatically a Family Sharing plan, allowing for up to six family members to share the same subscription for just one monthly fee.
For iOS devices,. Apple Arcade will be available Sept. 30 on and and in October on .
From Jedi to Avenger, Lenovo announces AR game Marvel: Dimension of Heroes
Your turn to save the world
dLenovo made us live our Jedi dreams in 2017, now they want us to be an Avenger. Announced at IFA 2019 is the company’s follow-up to fan favorite AR game Star Wars: Jedi Challenges — they’re taking us to another universe with Marvel: Dimension of Heroes.
The hardware you’ll need
Much like Jedi Challenges, you’ll need nearly the same hardware to make Dimension of Heroes work. There’s the Lenovo Mirage AR headset, the Tracking Beacon, and instead of a Light Saber replica, you get a pair of Universal Controllers.
Of course you’ll also need a compatible smartphone to run the game. Basic requirements are as follows: Has to be larger than 4.3 inches to align with phone tray display cutout. For iOS devices, it has to have at least a 1.4 GHz Dual Core chip along with 1GB RAM. For Android phones, it needs at least a 2.0 GHz Quad Core chip with 2GB RAM. You can check the full list of compatible devices at lenovo.com/miragear.
Play as your favorite Marvel Superhero
There aren’t a lot of details available as to how the game will play out. The only clue so far is that you have to “defend your reality” as any of the six superheroes headlining the game. The six are original Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Avengers Captain America and Thor, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy.
Fans of the MCU should easily recognize the mentioned superheroes as they prominently feature in the last two Avengers films — Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
In early 2018, I had the chance to speak with some Lenovo Executives and they did mention working on a Marvel AR game. More popular characters like Iron Man and Spider-Man were mentioned but they’re noticeably missing in this lineup.
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