ROG completes gaming lineup with Strix Scar 17 SE, Flow X16



ASUS ROG’s Strix Scar 17 Special Edition (SE) and Flow X16 gaming laptops are now finally available in the Philippines.

The two models complete ROG’s gaming laptop roster this year, and both can be bought starting September 2022 at official ASUS and ROG concept stores and select retailers nationwide.

Strix Scar 17 SE: Peerless performance

The Strix Scar 17 SE is all about powerful performance, as it runs on the latest Intel Core i9-12950HX processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080Ti graphics. It has up to a 16GB GDDR6 memory and 2TB PCIE4 SSD storage.

It has a 17-inch WQHD display with Dolby Vision, Adaptive Sync, and a refresh rate of 240Hz.

The Strix Scar 17 SE will retail for the following prices:

  • PhP 204,995 for the 8GB + 2TB
  • PhP 249,995 for the 16GB + 2TB

The following freebies will be included for every purchase:

  • ROG backpack
  • ROG Chakram Core gaming mouse
  • Type-C PD adapter
  • MS Office

Flow X16: Versatile and powerful

On the other hand, the touchscreen Flow X16 is powered by an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS processor with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics.

Its versatility comes from the 360-degree hinge, allowing users to switch from different modes such as tent and tablet modes, depending on how they’re using the device.

What’s unique about the Flow X16 is its ROG Nebula display, which is a feature available only to a few ROG gaming laptops for now. It is a 16-inch QHD Mini LED HDR display with up to a 165Hz refresh rate.

The laptop also supports XG Mobile external GPUs up to the latest AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT graphics.

The Flow X16 will retail for PhP 164,995 and will be bundled with the following giveaways:

  • ROG Impact gaming mouse
  • ASUS pen
  • Type-C PD Adapter
  • MS Office


PUBG: Battlegrounds, Mobile team up with KFC

KFC-themed rewards, meals




KFC has launched a collaboration with PUBG: Battlegrounds and PUBG: Mobile, allowing players to visit virtual KFC restaurants in-game featuring exclusive KFC items.

In-game visuals like the statue of Colonel Sanders, plane banner, electric billboards, and map decal are also available.

Starting October 2, PUBG: Mobile players may visit KFC Royale Restaurants across Erangel, Miramar, Nusa, and Livik maps.

These in-game restaurants offer players mouth-watering delicacies for health and energy boosts. KFC-themed items include the following:

  • KFC Royale Colonel Set
  • Chicken Cover and Set
  • Royale Delight Top and Parachute
  • Seasoned Squad Graffiti
  • Crispy Crunch Avatar Frame

The collaboration will last until November 6 for mobile users.

Meanwhile, PUBG: Battlegrounds players may acquire these similar items from KFC restaurants on the Erangel map:

  • KFC Chicken Box
  • KFC French Fries
  • KFC Energy Drink
  • Colonel’s Bucket Hat
  • Colonel’s Jacket
  • Colonel’s Shorts
  • Colonel’s Clogs
  • Colonel’s Parachute
  • “It’s Finger Lickin’ Good” Spray

This collaboration will last until November 7 on PC and November 15 on consoles.

As for the real world, customers can “Load up, Dive in” with PUBG-themed meals at participating KFC restaurants online or via its app in select regions to score a good loot straight from the Colonel’s kitchen.

Rewards include up to six battle cosmetics in KFC’s signature red and white colors.

KFC no stranger to gaming, tech

This isn’t KFC’s first brush with gaming or tech. The fried chicken specialists have collaborated with gaming and tech related brands over the years. This includes a similar execution with Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a KFC Phone in China, and even a KFConsole.

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Horizon Forbidden West will get a PC version next year

Complete Edition drops on the PS5 next week



Horizon Forbidden West

Patient gamers are about to see the fruits of their waiting. If you skipped Horizon Forbidden West on the PlayStation 5, you have a new chance to grab the title and its DLC on another platform. The game, along with the Burning Shores DLC, is coming to Steam and the Epic Games Store next year.

Though the announcement of the PC version is sudden, its existence is hardly a surprise. The game’s predecessor, Horizon Zero Dawn, also came out for PC. At the time, the game was part of Sony’s initial push to bring its formerly exclusive titles to other platforms. Next year, Forbidden West continues the run after enjoying an exclusive period with the PlayStation 5.

Horizon Forbidden West also continues the story of Aloy after the events of Horizon Zero Dawn. The title takes on newer, more extreme locales. It also features new mechanical beasts to hunt and tame.

Both the Steam and the Epic Games Store pages for the game do not reveal when exactly the version will drop. They only say “2024” as the release date.

However, if you want to play both the base game and the DLC in one package, Horizon Forbidden West Complete Edition is dropping on the PlayStation 5 next week on October 4. Besides the game, it will also have a digital art book and the soundtrack.

SEE ALSO: Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores sways both ways

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Honkai Impact 3rd Part 2: What you need to know

New chapter, new adventure



Honkai Impact 3rd Part 2

Honkai Impact 3rd Part 2 has officially unfolded. The refined new chapter sees the franchise going from earth and moon to the solar system, where players embark on an electrifying new adventure.

Taking off from the main story in Part 1 where the Valkyries leads humanity against the mysterious energy called Honkai, Part 2 will feature new main characters and NPCs with distinct looks and personalities.

Unlike in the real world, Mars, where Part 2 debuts, is inhabitable in the Honkai-verse. There, unique civilizations exist and nature develops, with people hanging out in bustling and lively commercial streets. Mysteries are likewise hidden behind the daily lives of residents to be discovered by players.

Here, players team up with new partners while assuming the role of a team supporter called the “Dreamseeker.”

Aside from the main story, the combat system has also been fully upgraded to enhance the battlefield experience. Three-dimensional combat shall be enhanced and all characters will be able to jump freely.

Astral Ring, a new combat mechanic, will also provide an unprecedented experience during fights. When unleashed, it enables simultaneous burst skills of multiple characters. It makes for an easier and more direct option to achieve burst damage. The combat mechanism of monsters will also be improved so they can react more intelligently.

Honkai Impact 3rd is available for both mobile and PC devices (via Epic Games) and supports cross-save, making the game even more accessible.

Watch the trailer. 

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