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ASUS ROG launches new ROG Strix pre-built AMD-powered desktops

Rounding up ROG’s immense lineup of AMD-powered devices

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ASUS ROG is joining the fray for world-class gaming desktop builds these days. To complete their ROG Renoir lineup of devices, the company has released its latest gaming desktop PCs fit for a more competitive environment. These new systems will sport the latest AMD processors to ensure game-ready performance for competitive gamers and Esports athletes alike. Also, these systems will bring content-creation capable hardware, as well.

One of these devices is the ASUS ROG Strix G35DX, the desktop system geared for competition. This system comes with up to an AMD Ryzen 9 3950X CPU, complete with 16 cores for all the raw power you need. Along with this, the system comes with up to an NVIDIA RTX 2080Ti inside for an enhanced gaming experience. These two alone will give you the performance you need to run competitive titles at stunning rates. Also, the RTX 2080Ti supports 4K resolution gaming so even your gaming experience is visually amazing.

The other powerful desktop system on deck is the ASUS ROG Strix G15DH, more suited for content creators and casual gamers. Unlike the ROG Strix G35DX, the G15DH comes with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 3800X processor and an NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER GPU. In theory, it’s not as powerful as the G35DX but can still deliver excellent performance for work and play.

These two machines will be available starting August 21 in ASUS and ROG accredited stores nationwide, starting at the following prices:

MODEL NAME CPU RAM GPU STORAGE SRP HARD BUNDLE
G35DX-PH005T R9-3950X 32G RTX 2080 Ti 11GD6 2TB + 1TB SSD ₱219,995 ROG Strix Flare Keyboard + ROG Gladius II Mouse
G35DX-PH002T R9-3900X 16G RTX 2070 SUPER 8GD6 2TB + 1TB SSD ₱134,995 Gaming Keyboard + Mouse
G35DX-PH011T R7-3700X 8G X 2 RTX 2060 SUPER 8GD6 1TB + 512G SSD ₱109,995 Gaming Keyboard + Mouse
G15DH-PH014T R5-3600X 8G X 2 RTX 2070 SUPER 8GD6 1TB + 512G SSD ₱79,995 Gaming Keyboard + Mouse
G15DH-PH003T R7-3800X 8G RTX 2060 SUPER 8GD6 1TB + 512G SSD ₱79,995 Gaming Keyboard + Mouse
G15DH-PH002T R7-3700X 8G GTX 1660 Ti 6GD6 1TB + 512G SSD ₱69,995 Gaming Keyboard + Mouse
G15DH-PH005T R5-3600X 8G GTX 1650 4GD5 1TB + 256G SSD ₱49,995 Gaming Keyboard + Mouse

ASUS is also offering a special promo when you order the ROG Strix G15DH between August 21 to September 20. Along with the desktop PC, you can also get a set of peripherals — including the ASUS TUF VG279QM Gaming Monitor. All of these can be yours for PhP 99,995, more than PhP 13,000 off the original price.

SEE ALSO: ASUS unveils VivoBook S14, ROG Laptops powered by AMD

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Globe, AcadArena launch Esports merit scholarship

Who knew playing video games has its benefits to your education?

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By this time, some students are already having online classes as a result of the pandemic. Even so, the younger generation still finds time to play video games to their hearts content. For others, while school hasn’t started yet, they use this time to hone their skills in otherwise competitive titles. Now, Globe and AcadArena have something very special planned that will provide more opportunities to college students.

As part of their student organization support system Alliance, Esports AcadArena is launching its first Esports merit scholarship. In partnership with Globe, this scholarship hopes to provide financial assistance through active participation in Esports activities. Essentially, student organizations from member universities may avail of this scholarship for select students.

The scholarships offers three types of merit depending on the student’s activities within their organization. There is the Family Good Game Grant which offers financial assistance to the student’s family provided he qualifies in AcadArena’s tournaments. Also, there are Competitve and Leadership Merits granted onto individuals with good chararcter and performance.

To know more about the Alliance Program or if your organization is interested in applying, visit AcadArena’s webiste.

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Microsoft is acquiring Bethesda parent ZeniMax for $7.5 billion

Gearing up for the console war

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Microsoft has announced it’ll be acquiring ZeniMax Media for US$ 7.5 billion. The gaming company is behind many high-profile titles like Doom and Fallout. Furthermore, the gaming company owns Bethesda Softworks, which owns top-sellers like The Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein, and Dishonored.

To be more precise, the deal includes multiple divisions like Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios.

The announcement comes just a week after Microsoft’s failed bid for the short-video app, TikTok. Instead, Oracle and Walmart won the race and officially became technology partners of the game. However, the gaming acquisition will immensely help the Redmond based giant sell its Xbox console.

“All of their great work will of course continue and grow and we look forward to empowering them with the resources and support of Microsoft to scale their creative visions to more players in new ways for you,” Xbox head Phil Spencer said in a blog post announcing the news.

The new Xbox and PlayStation are scheduled to come later this year and this deal gives Microsoft an edge in terms of game exclusivity. With the Coronavirus outbreak, gaming has picked up radically in 2020 and the future looks bright in the short term.

Microsoft will be seeking to bring all of the new studios’ upcoming titles to Xbox Game Pass on day one across Xbox consoles and PC.

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Buying a PS5? You might not have to wait long for a discount

This is according to a report by iPrice Group

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The pricing and availability of the PlayStation 5 was revealed in a recent showcase.It also showed off the various games coming to the next-gen console. However, not everyone may be rushing to get their hands on the PS5. If you’re one of the few who are holding off, here’s how long you should wait.

According to a report by e-commerce aggregator iPrice Group, pricing for the new console might see a price drop as early as May 2021.

They came to this conclusion after studying the price history of the PlayStation 4 Pro — the console that precedes the PS5. They collected and compared selling prices of the console throughout the years on over 150 online shopping websites.

The average online selling price for Sony consoles tends to drop by six percent (6%), six months after the release and up to eight percent (8%) after a year.

The discounts also tend to come with game promotions where the consoles come bundled with certain early releases. The pricing discounts come from partner retailers. Sony itself doesn’t slash prices right away.

Following this analysis, the company predicts the following pricing by May 2021:

  • PlayStation 5 Standard Edition — SG$ 685
  • PlayStation 5 Digital Edition — SG$ 564

By November 2021, the consoles could be had for these prices:

  • PlayStation 5 Standard Edition — SG$ 634
  • PlayStation 5 Digital Edition — SG$ 521

While you can always be hopeful, we advise to take these numbers with a grain of salt. We don’t know for sure if the prices will actually drop.

However, be on the lookout from your local retailers no matter what market you’re in. You might just snag a great deal!

 

 

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