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ASUS ROG drops its Spring 2020 collection of laptops

Now with 10th generation processors and RTX SUPER support

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The ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) continuously provides the freshest gaming laptops in the market. This time around, the company looks to integrate the latest hardware in all new designs. They want to raise the bar for gamers and content creators alike with their Spring 2020 collection.

The headliner of the collection

Headlining the entire collection is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15.  The ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 comes with its own version of the ScreenPad Plus for all your multitasking needs. Apart from that, this laptop sports the latest 10th-generation Intel Core i9 processor and an NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER GPU.

This laptop personifies heavy-duty performance fit for any gamer or content creator. It also comes with 300Hz refresh rate display that supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology for a smoother gaming experience.

The improved Zephyrus & Strix Series

Apart from the new Zephyrus Duo 15, ASUS ROG also unveiled their refreshed ROG Zephyrus S and ROG Zephyrus M15 laptops. The refreshed ROG Zephyrus S15 and S17 both bring 300Hz refresh rate displays and the NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER to the table.

The ROG Zephyrus M15, on the other hand aims for a more professional look yet maintains the gaming power. The device comes with a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and an NVIDIA RTX 2070 inside. Although not as powerful, it still packs a punch at a more modest price than the Zephyrus S series.

Another addition to the laptop refresh are the ROG Strix SCAR 15 and ROG Strix G15/G17 laptops. The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 15 brings top-level gaming performance with the NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER inside and a 300Hz refresh rate display.

Meanwhile, the ASUS ROG Strix G15/G17 sport more modest hardware, including a display with a 144Hz refresh rate and an NVIDIA RTX 2060. There will also be a limited edition Electro Punk version of the ROG Strix G15, which comes with its own goodies!

E3 2021

Razer unveils its new Raptor 27 gaming monitor

Higher refresh rate, and more RGB to boot

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During Day 3 of E3 2021, Razer kept their announcements simple and straight to the point. Apart from the new laptop and portable charger, the company also unveiled a new iteration of their gaming monitor. If you’re a big fan of RGB setups, the new Razer Raptor 27 might just be the monitor for you.

The new Razer Raptor 27 comes in a similar form factor as its predecessor, with an RGB base at the bottom. Unlike its predecessor, it now comes with a 165Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response rate. For competitive gamers, this is a huge plus to capture higher frame rates without missing a beat. Also, with a 95 percent DCI-P3 color gamut, you can expect more vibrant colors suited for creatives, as well.

Another feature that creatives will also appreciate is that the Razer Raptor 27 is now THX-certified. This means that the 27-inch IPS display will project stunning picture quality according to how creators intended them to. Along with Razer’s Synapse 3 software, you will also be able to control its settings for your preferred viewing experience.

The Razer Raptor 27 will be available early Q3 2021 at US$ 799.99.

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E3 2021

Nintendo announces the arrival of Metroid Dread

After sixteen years of lingering, Samus Aran is back

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Metroid Dread

Nintendo kicked off the final day of E3 2021 with a ton of game releases on deck. Apart from a couple of games getting ports for the Nintendo Switch, there were a handful of new releases to watch out for. One of these is a return to the old days of 2D-style movement and the return of Samus herself in Metroid Dread.

The game serves as the mainline series’ fifth installment, following Metroid Fusion. Although, it suffered through sixteen years of “development hell” since its inception in 2005. Originally, Nintendo planned Metroid Dread for a Nintendo DS release but the technology had its limitations at the time. Now, under both Nintendo and MercurySteam, it will return for the Nintendo Switch nineteen years after Fusion‘s release.

In this game, Samus sets on a mission to uncover a mystery behind the supposedly surviving X Parasites from the events of Fusion. Initally, the Galactic Federation dispatched a unit of E.M.M.I. robots to investigate, but disappeared upon arrival. Samus’ adventure rages on as Metroid Dread will be available on October 8, 2021.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel trailer breakdown

The trailer has fans guessing

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Remember Breath of the Wild? I don’t know. Just the single most amazing open-world game Nintendo published? Yeah, well, we’re all collectively getting a sequel come 2022 with Nintendo tickling us with their The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Not the official title yet, by the way) trailer.

Nothing screams new and improved like a new hair-do. The trailer features Link’s sweet new hairdo, abilities, enemies, and corrupted arm. 

Familiar place, new arms

After a shot of ominous red and black goop and a foreboding shot of Zelda falling, Link sky-dives between clouds into floating islands that look just like the last game’s Skyward Sword Skyloft. The scene cuts to him gliding into the Slyloft-like structure at night and him running on a floating islet at sunset.

A sneak peek into Link’s right arm appears from this falling and gliding sequence. Whereby, the arm is reminiscent of the classic Fullmetal Alchemist mechanical arm but with Sheikah technology.

New skills for familiar targets

Link’s new abilities are closely tied to his corrupted arm. And, Nintendo shows these new abilities off by first showing new targets. In the next scene, Link glides by Bokoblins hanging out in a fort built on top of a Stone Talus. Which, effectively combines two enemies in the previous game, into a hellish moving enemy target.

Nintendo then decides to tease us with a quick look-see of Link’s green-glowing corrupted arm. The scene skips to Link mid-climb with a group of enemies sending a spiky ball his way. He quickly reaches out with his corrupted hand; freezes the ball; and rewinds it back up the hill. All while taking out some Bokoblins along the way.

Sheikah Slate, who’s she?

Link’s new abilities build upon his Breath of the Wild skills. From freezing objects (instead of time) to a quick shot of a flamethrower arm, to swimming through obstacles.

We get an allusion to his new abilities with a drop of water ripple back into a droplet. Whereby the shot is of Link swimming through a stone structure and out the other end. We’ll have to wait to see if the arm augments other powers like Magnet, Remote Bomb, and Cryonis. But, so far, Link looks to be bending objects if not through them.

Nintendo is looking to release the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild some time in 2022. 

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