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Apple Arcade aims to make your iPhone a gaming phone

100+ exclusive gaming titles

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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 Arcade will work with Microsoft Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers, 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 arrive Sept. 19 with iOS 13. Apple Arcade will be available Sept. 30 on iPadOS and TVOS 13 devices and in October on MacOS Catalina.

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Lenovo Legion: The Empire Christmas Sale

Lotsa gaming treats

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Have you always wanted to be part of the Legion? Now’s your chance with The Empire Christmas Sale.

The massive promo is open to customers who will purchase qualifying products from October 31 to December 31, 2020.

To enter, gamers must sign up and upgrade their account in Legion’s The Empire websiteLenovo’s exclusive gaming community and rewards program. Members are granted special perks including access to Legion merchandise, VIP entry to Legion gaming events, and more.

Members earn corresponding Empire Points for every product purchase which they can use to redeem exclusive Legion merchandise or products. Points may also be obtained by joining weekly missions posted at The Empire website.

Participating models for The Empire Christmas Sale include:

For the full mechanics, ‘like’ the Legion official Facebook page.

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Lenovo Legion Slim 7i price and availability in the Philippines

Thin and light but powerful

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Lenovo’s latest and lightest gaming machine — the Legion Slim 7i — has now been priced in the Philippines as part of its massive holiday lineup.

It sports up to a 10th generation Intel Core i9 processor and an NVIDIA RTX 2060 Max-Q inside. These two alone can already give you great performance for work and play. Also, it comes with up to 2TB of NVMe SSD storage and 32GB of RAM for all your games.

As for the display, you have two options to choose from. If you’re on the more creative side, you can get the 4K resolution display with 100% Adobe RGB. If you’re more of a competitive gamer, there is a 15.6-inch FHD display with a 144Hz refresh rate.

 

Price and availability

The Lenovo Legion Slim 7i is priced at PhP 99,995 and comes with a Legion Recon Gaming Backpack. It will be available at Lenovo authorized retailers nationwide soon.

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ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 Creator’s Edition arrives in the Philippines

Only 10 units nationwide

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Talk about limited edition. The ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 Creator’s Edition has officially landed in the Philippines but only 10 units are available in the country.

It’s essentially the same ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 that you’ve seen before but this one has a 4K UHD Display that’s factory calibrated for accuracy across 100% of the Adobe RGB color space. That’s a key feature for any creator that deals heavily with multimedia content.

Elsewhere on this beastly machine is a Intel Core 19-10980HK processor with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super graphics card. It also has 32GB of RAM and M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 1TB + 1TB SSD with RAID 0 support. Only the absolute best for creators that will handle a lot of editing and rendering.

Naturally, you can game on this thing as it has all the gaming goodness you can expect from an ROG laptop.

Pricing and availability

We’ll say it again; only 10 of these are up for grabs. The ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 Creator’s Edition (GX550LXS-HC021TS) retails for PhP 254,995. It will come with over PhP 29,000 worth of bundled items:

  • ROG Delta Headset
  • ROG Eye External Web Camera
  • ROG Gladius II Gaming Mouse
  • ASUS 60W PD Adaptor
  • ROG Ranger Backpack

Successful pre-orders from October 25 to November 13 will be given bonus freebies of an ROG Warranty Extension Program and a rare collector’s item — the ROG Building Block. That puts the freebies to a total of PhP 31,000+ worth of bundles for the 10 lucky future owners.

To sign up for pre-order follow this link: Pre-Order_ZephyrusDuo15CE.

Claiming of the product may start on November 16, depending on the arrival of units per store location.

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