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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 planning to launch more affordable Switch this year

Coming sooner than expected

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A report by Nikkei claims that a smaller and more affordable Nintendo Switch is indeed coming this year — during fall to be exact.

This backs up The Wall Street Journal‘s source that says two models are on the way: a pro model and a lite variant. While the former is expected to push better graphics and offer a larger screen, the latter looks to be more compact at the expense of losing the vibration feature.


Fortunately, both should still have TV compatibility for a larger screen to play on. The bigger takeaway, however, is that this lite version might not launch at the same time as the higher-end model, which might be saved for another event this year or next.

It’s possible that Nintendo is discretely making noise for its next batch of handheld consoles after the slew of info we received about Sony’s next-gen PS5 a couple of days ago. Microsoft also made its disc-less Xbox One S official the other day.

These announcements seem timely, with the three major players possibly feeling some heat from Google and Apple, both of which have announced their own push into the gaming realm with cloud gaming solutions and an exclusive app store, respectively.

Via: The Verge

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Sony PlayStation 5: Everything we know so far

It’s more than just a mere upgrade

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After months of speculation, the time has come for Sony to drop its plans on its latest console. In an exclusive interview with Wired, Sony’s lead system architect Mark Cerny revealed initial details on the upcoming PlayStation 5. Here’s what we know so far:

The new PlayStation console will house a better CPU and GPU to meet the demands of long-time gamers on the system. The CPU will be based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line, with eight cores of its new Zen 2 architecture. It promises to bring better performance and 3D audio capabilities, as well.


Meanwhile, the GPU will be a custom variant of AMD’s Radeon Navi, and will come with ray tracing! Apart from better overall visuals, the GPU now opens support for 8K graphics. To date, no gaming console has ventured into including ray-tracing technologies into their GPUs so it will be interesting to see how Sony will do it.

With games requiring more space to run smoothly and flawlessly, the new PlayStation provides a solution with an upgrade. This time, the PlayStation 5 will come with a solid state drive (SSD) that promises better and faster loading times. Cerny demonstrated the power of the SSD by playing Spider-Man through a PlayStation 4 against a developer’s kit-version for the new console. The results: web-slinging across New York City in under a second for the SSD.

Unfortunately, the PlayStation 5 won’t be available this year and Sony has yet to confirm a release date. The company isn’t expected to make that announcement any time soon since they pulled out of E3 2019. For now, all we can do is simply wait for new details to surface.

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Microsoft’s next Xbox does not have a disc slot

All digital!

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For the past two to three decades, video gaming has always been associated with compact discs. From then to now, video game stores are lined with cases and cases of discs. Sadly, times are changing. For quite a while now, PC gaming has almost completely moved to digital distribution. Now, video game discs belong exclusively to console gaming. However, the compact disc’s last sanctuary is slowly coming to an end.

Recently, a leak has revealed Microsoft’s latest project — a disc-less Xbox One. Supplemented by detailed renders, the Xbox One S All Digital does not include a tray for discs. Instead, the upcoming console will rely solely on digital downloads and subscriptions. Unfortunately, the leak does not include any other hardware specifications. However, the leaked box art indicates the inclusion of pre-installed games like Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 3. The leak also hints at 4K support and 1TB of internal storage.


Finally, the leak included the device’s release details. The Xbox One S All Digital will retail for EUR 229.99 starting May 7 in Europe.

Albeit strongly supported, the leak still carries a slight bit of uncertainty. Microsoft has not officially announced the device. However, given the industry’s current trajectory, an all-digital console sounds like a logical choice. Google has even announced streaming service Stadia. Unfortunately, the industry’s trajectory does not bode well for the traditional compact discs of old. Say goodbye to scratched disc problems; say hello to more slow internet woes.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft built prototypes of Xbox controllers for mobile

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