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ASUS ROG Philippines launches Zephyrus Duo 15 & refreshed gaming laptops

Redefining the boundaries of gaming laptops and ASUS’ own innovative technologies

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To set some balance in the universe, ASUS ROG brings out another studded gaming laptop lineup. This time around, these devices come with the latest Intel chips designed for impecable gaming performance, on top of impressive gaming hardware. Apart from these, they’ll even go as far as integrating new technologies to expand your horizons on a gaming machine.

This lineup brings the most anticipated gaming machine with it, in the ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15. Apart from the powerful gaming hardware inside, what makes this stand out is the inclusion of the ScreenPad Plus. This additional display allows you to multitask effectively, especially when you’re streaming your content to YouTube, Facebook, or Twitch. Of course, you can also expect seamless gaming thanks to the 300Hz refresh rate FHD display and the NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER inside.

Meanwhile, the curent lineup of ROG Zephyrus laptops get a much needed refresh, specifically the ROG Zephyrus S15, M15, and S17. These refreshed models now come with higher refresh rate displays and RTX SUPER GPUs. These also improve on storage calibration, with up to 1TB of SSD storage in RAID 0 for faster read times. Furthermore, these laptops now come with Thermal Grizzly Liquid Metal cooling, ideally reducing temperatures during stressful situations.

Finally, we have the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 15/17 and the ASUS ROG Strix G series of laptops. The Strix SCAR laptops now come with up to the latest Core i9 HK-series processors and up to an RTX 2080 SUPER. These also come with a 300Hz refresh rate display with a 3ms response time for smoother gameplay. Meanwhile, the ROG Strix G series comes with upgraded internals and a new colorway in Electro Punk. Whatever color you get it in, it still boasts impressive gaming hardware — up to an RTX 2060 inside.

All of these will be available some time in July 2020. Below are the starting prices for the following laptops:

  • ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 – starting at PhP 219,995
  • ASUS ROG Zephyrus S15 – starting at PhP 164,995
  • ASUS ROG Zephyrus M15 – starting at PhP 114,995
  • ASUS ROG Zephyrus S17 – starting at PhP 149,995
  • ASUS ROG Strix SCAR – starting at PhP 64,995
  • ASUS ROG Strix G series – starting at PhP 124,995

Full pricing for all variants are below:

ROG Zephyrus Duo 15

PRODUCT MODEL SPECIFICATIONS PRICE (PHP) BUNDLE
ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550LXS-HF130TS 15″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i9-10980HK / 32GB RAM   1TB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2080S 8GD6 249,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Ranger BP2500 Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550LWS-HF075TS 15″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 32GB RAM   1TB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2070S 8GD6 219,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Ranger BP2500 Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019

ROG Zephyrus S17

PRODUCT MODEL SPECIFICATIONS PRICE (PHP) BUNDLE
ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS-HG054TS 17″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 32GB RAM 1TB PCIE Hyperdrive / RTX 2080S 8GD6 209,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502LXS-HF053TS 15″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 32GB RAM 1TB PCIE Hyperdrive / RTX 2080S 8GD6 199,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LWS-HG088TS 17″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 1TB PCIE Hyperdrive / RTX 2070S 8GD6 174,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502LWS-HF123TS 15″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 1TB PCIE Hyperdrive / RTX 2070S 8GD6 164,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LV-HG040TS 17″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 1TB PCIE Hyperdrive / RTX 2060 8GD6 149,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502LW-AZ171TS 15″ FHD IPS 240HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 512GB x2 PCIE SSD / RTX 2070 8GD6 134,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Backpack, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502LU-AZ107TS 15″ FHD IPS 240HZ / i7-10750H / 16GB RAM 512GB x2 PCIE SSD / GTX 1660ti 8GD6 114,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Backpack, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019

ROG Strix G

PRODUCT MODEL SPECIFICATIONS PRICE (PHP) BUNDLE
ROG Strix G17 G712LV-EV013T 17″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i7-10750H / 16GB RAM/ 512GB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2060 6GD6/
GLACIER BLUE
104,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G15 G512LV-AZ042T 15″ FHD IPS 240HZ / i7-10750H / 16GB RAM/ 512GB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2060 8GD6/
GLACIER BLUE
99,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G15 G512LV-AZ026T 15″ FHD IPS 240HZ / i7-10750H / 16GB RAM/ 512GB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2060 8GD6/
ORIGINAL BLACK
99,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G17 G712LU-EV068T 17″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i7-10750H / 16GB RAM/ 512GB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / GTX 1660ti 6GD6/
ORIGINAL BLACK
95,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G15 G512LU-HN171T 15″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i7-10750H / 16GB RAM/ 512GB x2 PCIE SSD / GTX 1660ti 6GD6/
ORIGINAL BLACK
89,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G17 G712LU-H7070T 17″ FHD IPS 120HZ / i7-10750H / 8GB RAM / 512GB PCIE SSD / GTX 1660ti 6GD6/
ORIGINAL BLACK
84,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G15 G512LI-AL017T 15″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i7-10750H / 8GB RAM/ 512GB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / GTX 1650ti 4GD6/
ORIGINAL BLACK
79,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G15 G512LI-HN135T 15″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i5-10300H / 4G x 2 / 512GB PCIE SSD / GTX 1650ti 4GD6/
ELECTRO PUNK
66,995 ROG Strix Impact 2 Electro Punk Mouse, ROG Sheath Electro Punk Mousepad, ROG Ranger Electro Punk Backpack
ROG Strix G15 G512LI-HN047T 15″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i5-10300H / 4G x 2 / 512GB PCIE SSD / GTX 1650ti 4GD6/
ORIGINAL BLACK
64,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack

ROG Strix SCAR

PRODUCT MODEL SPECIFICATIONS PRICE (PHP) BUNDLE
ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS-HG086TS 17″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i9-10980HK / 32GB RAM 1TB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2080S 8GD6 219,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS-HF109TS 15″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i9-10980HK / 16GB RAM 1TB x 2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2070S 8GD6 169,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LWS-HG032TS 17″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 1TB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2070S 8GD6 159,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LW-HG065TS 17″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 1TB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2070 8GD6 144,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LW-AZ071TS 15″ FHD IPS 240HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 2TB PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2070 8GD6 139,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LV-AZ059TS 15″ FHD IPS 240HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 1TB PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2060 8GD6 124,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LV-EV042TS 17″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 512GB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2060 8GD6 124,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019

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Will PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X games be more expensive?

Signs point to yes

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Throughout the entire console versus PC debate, console gamers always had one thing going for them: the considerably cheaper price of hardware. Whereas PC gamers pay through the nose for a modern gaming rig, PS4 and Xbox One gamers pay only a fraction of that price for a console. However, amidst the price of hardware, console games are much more expensive. Current AAA games usually sell for US$ 59.99 or thereabouts.

Now, with the release of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X imminent, everyone is waiting for the fate of their wallets. How much will the consoles retail for? How much will the games cost?

Currently, we already have an idea of how much the PlayStation 5 series will sell for, thanks to an accidental Amazon leak. If the leaks are true, the consoles won’t vary much from previous generations.

However, the price of PS5 games will likely bump up. As you might have heard, 2K Games finally announced the upcoming entry in the popular NBA 2K series, NBA 2K21. The new game will be the first one in the series to play on the next generation of consoles. As always, it comes in different packages, varying in in-game loot.

The standard edition (with Damian Lillard on the cover) will still retail for US$59.99 and will play on the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Stadia. However, the next-generation edition (with Zion Williamson) will retail for US$ 69.99 and will play exclusively on the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. Both Mamba Forever editions will cost US$ 99.99. For a more in-depth look at what the different packages include, check out our breakdown here.

Plagued as it is with microtransactions, the NBA 2K series can definitely obscure how much a game really costs. We wouldn’t put it past them to bump up a price for themselves. However, the regular edition historically hovers around the industry’s current standard. There is no reason to discredit NBA 2K21‘s price as a potential standard. That said, are we looking at the price of the next generation?

Right now, the most popular PS4 games are already pricey, often much more expensive than PC variants. With a potential price bump on the horizon, becoming a console gamer might be much more painful for a budget. Though the console itself is affordable, the price of each game makes next-generation gaming more difficult to follow after each big release.

SEE ALSO: Sony announces huge list of games for the PS5

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Kobe is the cover of NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition

For both current and next gen

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Give us a quick second as we wipe the tears off our faces. The third and final cover athlete for NBA 2K21 is Kobe Bryant. Instead of being called the Legend Edition, it will be aptly named Mamba Forever Edition.

The Mamba Forever Edition will be available in both current gen and next gen consoles. On the current gen cover, Kobe is shown wearing the No. 8 jersey displaying the peak of his athleticism. On the next gen cover, he’s seen wearing the No. 24 jersey in a scene during his final game where he scored 60 points.

2K says the covers are a celebration of the late athlete’s lifetime achievement and basketball excellence. He passed away in a tragic accident earlier in 2020 with his daughter Gigi Bryant and seven others.

Kobe was the cover athlete for NBA 2K10, the Legend Edition of NBA 2K17.

Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson were revealed as the covers for the current gen and next-gen standard editions respectively.

NBA 2K21 will feature MyTEAM Cross-Progression and a Shared VC Wallet within the same console family (PS4 to PS5, Xbox One to Xbox Series X).

MyTEAM Cross-Progression enables all MyTEAM Points, Tokens, cards and progress to be shared on both current and next-generation versions of NBA 2K21 in the same console family. Similarly, the Shared VC Wallet means any earned or purchased VC is accessible across both current and next-generation versions of NBA 2K21 in the same console family.

Pricing and availability

NBA 2K21 will be available on current-generation platforms on September 4, 2020 and is available for pre-order today. NBA 2K21 will be available for PhP 3,190 (US$59.99) on current-generation platforms.

It will also be available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X as a launch title this holiday. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X version of NBA 2K21 will be available for PhP 3,690 (US$ 69.99).

The NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition will be available for PhP 5,390 (US$ 99.99) for both current and next-generation platforms.

It includes dual-access where purchasing Mamba Forever Edition on either current or next-generation platforms provides a copy of the standard edition game on the other generation at no additional cost, within the same console family.

A full breakdown of pre-order details is available at NBA 2K’s website.

NBA 2K will release additional announcements and news about NBA 2K21 including the soundtrack reveal, first looks at gameplay and features for both current and next-generation versions of NBA 2K21, 2K Day celebration and much more.

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Pokémon launched Pikachu-themed wedding rings, but there’s something nasty about them

How big is your love?

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As of late, The Pokémon Company has increased its reach to a lot of other industries outside of gaming, including lifestyle apps and wireless earbuds. Now, the ubiquitous brand has expanded to the most precious catch of them all: wedding rings.

Partnered with Japanese jewelry company Ginza Tanaka, The Pokémon Company has officially launched Pikachu-themed engagement rings and wedding bands. The list of products includes simple platinum and gold wedding bands that come in a PokéBall-style box. Couples can also get their rings engraved with their own personal customizations. (However, the company rightly suggests a variation of “I choose you, [insert name here].”)

Meanwhile, the engagement rings are a bit more ostentatious. One design is a simple silhouette of Pikachu’s face, but the face’s center holds a diamond. Another design has two Pikachu tails holding the diamond in place. Like the wedding bands, they can come in either gold or platinum.

Cute as they are, there’s something awfully weird about them, as The Verge points out. In particular, the ears of the Pikachu rings look particularly nasty. Call us skeptical, but we don’t think Pikachu had *those* for ears. And yes, while they are part of the marriage process, we don’t know if you’d want them wrapped around your finger forever.

However, if you’re not bothered by them and think they’re perfectly innocent and fluffy Pikachu ears, they retail for JPY 346,500 (approximately US$ 3,225). Meanwhile, the wedding bands range between JPY 115,550 (approximately US$ 1,076) to JPY 121,000 (approximately US$ 1,126). The collection also has a keepsake photo frame selling for JPY 13,200 (approximately US$ 123).

SEE ALSO: Pokémon Unite is the very first Pokémon MOBA game

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