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

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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

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Doraemon farming game demo now up

Pre-order bonuses released

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Doraemon Story of Seasons

The free demo for Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom is now available across all platforms.

The upcoming Bandai Namco title which is the latest in the Story of Seasons series is slated for a November 2, 2022 release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 and Steam.

Details of the bonus content available for players of the demo have also been released. This will be a start-up set which will help players in their tasks in Illuma once the game releases officially. It includes:

  • Soft Wood x 20
  • Normal Wood x 20
  • Hard Wood x 20
  • Stone x 20

Friends of the Great Kingdom

In the latest chapter of the Story of Seasons series, players get an upgraded feel of the game’s world wherein natural light, wind, and environmental sound effects have been added.

In addition to the quests found in the previous games such as raising crops and caring for animals, Doraemon-themed activities using the character’s famed secret gadgets – such as Farm Restaurant and Gro-Quick Powder – have been made available to enjoy.

There will also be an inspiring new story for the title. For those who will pre-order the Digital Version and Deluxe Editions of the game, bonuses are in store.

 

The Digital-Exclusive Pre-Order bonuses include:

Doraemon Story of Seasons

  • Summer Wear set
  • Home Furniture set
  • Sweet Seeds set

The Deluxe Edition includes:

  • Main game
  • Season Pass (Costume and Furniture Sets 1, 2, and 3)
  • Season Pass purchase bonus (Premium Crops Seeds set)
  • Digital Soundtrack
  • Seasonal Vegetables Seeds set
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Cyberpunk 2077 is already getting a sequel

Codenamed Orion

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Without a doubt, Cyberpunk 2077 faced one of the world’s most controversial launches for a video game. Though CD Projekt Red released several updates to fix the game’s reputation, the developer is already moving on to bigger projects. In a new tweet, CD Projekt Red has already confirmed development for Cyberpunk 2077’s sequel.

Earlier today, CD Projekt Red announced that the next Cyberpunk 2077 game will have the codename Orion. Unfortunately, the announcement doesn’t reveal much else about the upcoming project, except that it will “take the Cyberpunk franchise further and continue harnessing the potential of this dark future universe.”

Following a smattering of bugs and glitches on launch, Cyberpunk 2077 further progressed through its redemption story through patches and an upcoming DLC. However, that’s as far as the story goes. With the sequel’s development underway, it’s hard to imagine much more coming for the first game. Unlike No Man’s Sky (which suffered a similarly controversial launch), Cyberpunk 2077 is calling it early.

Besides the cyberpunk title, the developer also announced more updates for the future of the Witcher universe. The next major entry in the series is codenamed Polaris and will precede two more entries to create a new trilogy. Outside of the main series, the franchise is also getting Canis Majoris (a spin-off from the main series and developed by an external studio) and Sirius (a multiplayer game with a single-player campaign).

Finally, CD Projekt Red also teased a new franchise called Hadar. Unlike Cyberpunk or Witcher, Hadar will be an original setting, marking the developer’s first following the success of the preceding two franchises based on past properties.

SEE ALSO: Cyberpunk 2077 soars to 1M daily players after Edgerunners

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Horizon Zero Dawn is likely getting a remaster

For the PlayStation 5

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How many remasters is too much? With newer hardware coming out, several developers have decided to update their old games to function more smoothly and gorgeously on modern consoles. However, there’s still an unresolved issue on where the industry should draw the line. Pending a resolution to that conundrum, here’s another remaster: Horizon Zero Dawn is likely getting a remastered edition.

According to sources in VGC and MP1ST, Sony is planning a PlayStation 5 remaster for Horizon Zero Dawn, the first game in the franchise. The upcoming edition will likely bring updated graphics and a few technical tweaks to the 2017 title.

For a while now, Sony has found a new obsession in remastering and remaking its old titles for the new console. The company has already released similar editions for the Spider-Man duology, for example. Besides remasters, PC ports are also making their way to Steam, creating a new market for Sony’s former exclusives.

Of course, one can argue whether Horizon Zero Dawn truly needs a remastered edition. For a 2017 title, the game still looks gorgeous even on newer hardware. Though there are graphical differences between the first title and its sequel, Horizon Forbidden West, Horizon Zero Dawn is still a beautiful game.

That said, the remastered edition is still likely coming, albeit at an unknown time. Also, the same source speculates that the franchise is getting a new multiplayer game sometime in the future. With the franchise’s success over the years, Sony is unsurprisingly going all-in on more Horizon titles, including a confirmed VR-exclusive game for the upcoming PSVR 2.

SEE ALSO: Sony confirms ‘Horizon’ and ‘God of War’ shows are coming

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