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Acer launches eight ‘new’ gaming laptops

A wide range of options to choose from

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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.

Helios 300

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.

Predator Triton 900

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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The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is now available

The first laptop with a whopping 300Hz refresh rate

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ASUS ROG continues to roll out more premium gaming devices, with the latest one coming from the Zephyrus lineup. The two new Zephyrus laptops now come with the highest refresh rate on any device along with powerful hardware.

Starting today, you can get your hands on the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701. The new  Zephyrus S comes with a 17.3-inch IPS FHD display with a whopping 300Hz refresh rate. To complement this high of a refresh rate, ASUS ROG even slapped in either an NVIDIA RTX 2070 or NVIDIA RTX 2080 inside. Along with the latest Intel Core i7 processor inside, the ROG Zephyrus S GX701 looks to be the ideal gaming laptop for the pros.

Depending on the unit you get, you also get up to 32 GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. All of these contribute to unparalleled performance for any task you throw at it, or any game you throw at it. Both units also come with Gigabit WiFi adapters for better wireless connectivity and Bluetooth 5.0. When you purchase the whole package, you also get a free ROG Backpack, Cerberus Gaming Headset, teh ROG Gladius II, and an ROG Eye webcam.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is available in all ASUS and ASUS ROG Concept Stores. The 32GB RAM, RTX 2080 unit is priced at PhP 209,995, while the 16GB RAM, RTX 2070 unit comes in at PhP 169,995.

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FFVII remake teasers now comes with behind the scenes footage

A look into the iconic theme song and squad

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A delay in release did not stop Square Enix from teasing Final Fantasy fans even more. This time, however, the company is  just giving us two things to prepare our minds and hearts for the remake.

The first one, as you’ve seen from the header image, an HD recreation of Cloud Strife and his trusty motorcycle. An entire cast literally joins him in the picture, including Aerith, Tifa, Barret, and even Red XIII. Looks like this is just feeding more details on character art, more than anything else.

The second one is actually a behind-the-scenes look into the end theme of the whole remake. Nobuo Uematsu guides us through the creative process behind the end theme, including the recording sessions for it. To see more of it, here’s the entire behind-the-scenes footage:

Square Enix’ remake of Final Fantasy VII will be released on April 10, 2020. It will only be available for the PlayStation 4, and pre-orders are still being accepted.

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NVIDIA’s GeForce Now is ready for gamers

Another cloud gaming competitor

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NVIDIA’s game streaming service, GeForce NOW, is ready for gamers looking for alternatives to Google’s Stadia and Microsoft XCloud. NVIDIA is looking at its support for more devices and compatibility with existing game stores as its edge against competitors.

Luring in gamers

NVIDIA GeForce NOW is now available for general audience after it entered beta last year. Starting today, gamers can opt for either of the two tiers: Free and Founders.

Gamers on Free tier have to contend with a one-hour gameplay limit. Plus, they maybe put on a wait list for a certain game if there is too much demand. Meanwhile, gamers on Founders tier have priority access to games, a six-hour gameplay limit, and support for RTX.

Unlike its competitors, NVIDIA’s game streaming service supports more devices. It is available now in Windows, macOS, Android and SHIELD TV platform, with Chromebook support coming in the future.

This game streaming service also works differently than Google’s Stadia and Microsoft’s XCloud. It streams supported games from the Steam library, Epic Games Store, Battle.net, and Uplay.

There is no need to purchase a game as gamers can simply stream it if the service supports it. Smooth gameplay is guaranteed with support of up to 1080 at 60FPS.

Pricing and availability

GeForce NOW is available on all 30 countries across North America and Europe. Beta users are migrated automatically. For those planning to pay for the Founders tier, they will only have to shell out US$ 4.99 per month.

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