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ASUS brings RTX-powered Strix II gaming laptops to the Philippines

The first batch of RTX-powered laptops in the country

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ASUS‘ line of gaming laptops under the Republic of Gamers brand or more popularly known as ROG is introducing the next-generation NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics to the Philippine market. Following the announcement at CES 2019, the local arm of ASUS ROG is bringing the first wave of RTX-powered gaming laptops.

ROG fans and gamers won’t have to wait much longer. On January 29, the first batch of RTX-powered ROG laptops will hit store shelves. To be specific, the models are the refreshed line of ROG Strix Scar II and ROG Strix Hero II.

The ROG Strix Scar II will come in 15.6- and 17.3-inch variants with displays capable of a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. Both sport a shooter-inspired motif with splashes of camouflage. Since this one is made for FPS gaming, it has highlighted WASD keys.

All available models are equipped with an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 16GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM, and 256GB NVMe PCIe SSD + 1TB SSHD for storage.

The laptops with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM graphics are priced at PhP 119,995 for the 15-inch version, while the bigger 17-inch variant will cost PhP 124,995.

For the models sporting a more powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 with 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM graphics, pricing starts at PhP 144,995 and goes up to PhP 149,995 if you wish to have a bigger display.

ASUS ROG Strix Hero II | Image credit: ASUS Republic of Gamers

The MOBA-optimized ROG Strix Hero II has a subtler styling compared to the Scar. Instead of camouflage prints, it has contrasting textures and cyber-text patterns which are more restrained.

This variant will come with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics only, but the rest of the specs are similar to its 15.6-inch Scar II sibling. It’s priced at PhP 119,995.

As a treat for early buyers of RTX-powered ROG laptops, all notebooks will come bundled with an ROG Eye Metallic Sculpture.

The gaming laptops will be available at ROG Districts and authorized retailers nationwide, including the ASUS ROG Strongholds on Lazada and Shopee.

SEE ALSO: ASUS’ new ROG Zephyrus S is more compact and powerful than ever

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Nintendo reveals upcoming games for the Switch

Featuring some old favorites!

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Throughout the year, the world’s biggest tech companies host the most lavish events to promote new launches and announcements. Most of the time, these massive events have redefined their respective industries. Alternatively, some companies rely on subtler means for their launches. Regardless, the industry-defining effects remain the same.

Nintendo typifies this strategy to perfection, boasting their chops through online-only Nintendo Direct events. Today, in the first Nintendo Direct of the year, the company unveiled its slew of strong contenders going into 2019. Here’s a taste of Nintendo’s upcoming heavy-hitters:

Super Mario Maker 2

In 2015, Nintendo released its most revolutionary retooling of the Mario formula — Super Mario Maker. Exclusive to the 3DS and the Wii U, the highly customizable Mario game was a beloved hit. This June, Nintendo finally releases a follow-up featuring new tools, elements, and a lot more playability on the Switch.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

By no means a new game, Link’s Awakening brings the Game Boy classic to the Switch. This time, Nintendo has remastered the game in a top-down, 3D engine. Further, the remastered game features similar side-scrolling segments from the old game.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

The current Marvel fever has also infected the gaming world. The Black Order brings a four-player co-op brawler experience to the Switch. Featuring a wide array of characters from the universe, the game features an original story, pitting your favorite heroes against Thanos and the Black Order.

Tetris 99

Out today, Tetris 99 is the most shocking iteration of the time-honored series. Why? It’s a battle royale. The free online block-building game pits you against 98 other players in a race to become the last man standing.

Besides these four, Nintendo will also launch a flurry of updates and ports. In the coming months, the company will release substantial updates to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. It will also launch Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.

SEE ALSO: Pokémon: Let’s Go gets its own Nintendo Switch bundles

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EA is looking into making a mobile version of Apex Legends

To battle with Fortnite

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EA‘s battle royale game is a certified hit. Apex Legends, which was developed by Titanfall makers Respawn, has no fewer than 25 million registered players in just one week. The game is playable for free on multiple platforms (PC, PS4, and Xbox One), but why not make it available on mobile as well?

Early reports don’t indicate mobile plans for the game, although during the Electronic Arts Q3 2019 earnings call, EA Games CEO said that they are looking into bringing Apex Legends to mobile devices.

Fortnite‘s userbase ballooned when it became available on Android and iOS, so it’s a no brainer than EA also wants mobile gamers to join the fun.

“We are looking at how to take the game to mobile and cross-play over time, and I also expect that this game will have tremendous value in Asia, and we’re in conversations about that,” EA Games CEO Andrew Wilson said during the conference call.

There’s no definite timeline for the release of Apex Legends on mobile, but it’s certainly on the drawing board. For now, EA plans to introduce direct purchase options for players to buy items and new legends or heroes. They will also offer the so-called Apex Packs or simply loot boxes for more random items.

Apex Legends is not a pay-to-win game, so these items are purely cosmetic and can be used to customize your hero’s looks in the game.

SEE ALSO: Apex Legends hits 25 million players after one week

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Lenovo offers the most affordable GTX 1050-equipped laptop

Good for gaming and editing

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If you’re looking for a new laptop that can handle demanding tasks, you might want to take advantage of Lenovo‘s offer for the IdeaPad 330. For just under forty thousand pesos, you could have your own 15-inch laptop with discrete graphics and fast processor.

Lenovo is marketing the decently specced IdeaPad 330 for casual gamers or individuals looking for a powerful laptop that can do video and photo editing with ease. The laptop mainly features an Intel Core i5-8300H processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. Basically, Lenovo’s notebook has more than enough power than a conventional notebook in its price range.

Completing the specs sheet are the 15.6-inch Full HD display, 4GB DDR4 memory, and 1TB of storage. The laptop is also equipped with a plethora of ports including HDMI, full-size USB, and SD card reader.

You may get the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 for PhP 39,995 exclusively at the Legion Concept Store in SM North EDSA. Keep in mind that this is a limited offer until March 31, 2019. The laptop retails for PhP 47,495 in other stores, so you’re getting a pretty good discount during the promo period.

To make the deal even better, Lenovo is throwing in PhP 9,000 worth of freebies. This includes a JBL Clip 2, a Lenovo backpack, and Lenovo Accidental Daming Protection (ADP) on top of the 2-year warranty.

We already got our hands on one late last year. You may read our thoughts on the IdeaPad 330 here.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo Legion is sticking to PC gaming for now

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