Gaming

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 arrives in the Philippines

Powered by the latest AMD chip, in a sleek, personalized package

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ASUS Philippines is set to unveil the arrival of one of the most sought-after gaming laptops. Announced back in CES 2020, this version now comes with the latest AMD processors and gaming hardware suited for everybody. Also, it will come with one of ASUS’ most creative technologies in any gaming device out in the market.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is arriving in the Philippines, and looks to be the most powerful gaming laptop in the market. It sports the latest AMD Ryzen 4000 Series processors inside, with up to an NVIDIA RTX 2060 GPU. It also comes with up to 16GB of RAM, 1TB of SSD storage, and with a 14″ 120Hz FHD display for a smooth gaming experience. All of this packed together in a Moonlight White colorway for a more professional look.

The star of the show is the AniMe Matrix on the lid of the device. It is customizable to the point that you can put text, GIFs, and even your own logo on it. In essence, not only will you own a solid gaming device, but you can be creative with it, as well. The device also comes with WiFi 6 Connectivity with access to faster and longer internet connectivity, and USB-C Power Delivery.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 will be available on May 29, 2020 in two configurations. First is the configuration priced at PhP 99,995, which features the latest AMD Ryzen 4000 processor and an NVIDIA GTX 1660Ti inside. The second configuration follows the same processor except that it’s the one that comes with an NVIDIA RTX 2060, and is priced at PhP 109,995. If you purchase any of these models, you will also be given Sole Academy gift certificates worth PHP 5,000.

Here are the rest of the bundles available:

Series

MODEL

LCD

LCD TYPE

CPU

RAM

HDD

VGA

COLOR

REMARKS

BUNDLE

SRP

ARRIVAL DATE

ROG Zephyrus G14

GA401IV-HE247T

14″ FHD

IPS 120HZ

R9-4900HS

8Gx2

1TB PCIE2

RTX2060 6GD6

Moonlight White

AniME Matrix LED

ROG Sleeve, ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Eye Web Camera

PHP 5,000 Sole Academy Voucher (May 29-June 7, 2020 promo)

PHP 109,995

May 29, 2020

ROG Zephyrus G14

GA401IU-HE137T

14″ FHD

IPS 120HZ

R9-4900HS

8G

1TB PCIE2

GTX1660ti 6GD6

Moonlight White

AniME Matrix LED

ROG Sleeve, ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Eye Web Camera

PHP 5,000 Sole Academy Voucher (May 29-June 7, 2020 promo)

PHP 99,995

May 29, 2020

ROG Zephyrus G14

GA401IU-HE045T

14” FHD

IPS 120HZ

R9-4900HS

8G

1TB PCIE2

GTX1660ti 6GD6

Eclipse Gray

ROG Sleeve, ROG Strix Impact Mouse

PHP 89,995

June 2020

ROG Zephyrus G14

GA401II-HE058T

14” FHD

IPS 120HZ

R7-4800HS

8G

512G PCIE2

GTX 1650Ti 4GD6

Eclipse Gray

ROG Sleeve, ROG Strix Impact Mouse

PHP 74,995

June 2020

Gaming

Hyper Scape is now available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

Another exciting and unique battle royale game in the market

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Ubisoft wants to join in the fray with their own battle royale game. Much like already successful titles, this new battle royale is free-to-play and available across multiple devices. The combat formula is roughly the same, but this time anarchy is the name of the game. Time to enter the world of Hyper Scape!

Hyper Scape is a 100-person battle royale that adds a more modern twist. Instead of mountains, hills, small towns, and battered scenery, you will compete inside a technologically-advanced setting. With a vareity of weapons, Hacks, and Fusion techniques, you will outlast everyone in Neo Arcadia. The entire game will also feature innovate gameplay mechanics that will surely spice up all the fights.

Along with the new game, Ubisoft also announced its first Battle Pass with a ton of rewards to offer. It includes an unlockable new weapon in the Dragonfly, and a new Hack called Magnet. Apart from these, there will also be limited time modes for players to grind out the Battle Pass along with standard modes.

What the team is truly proud of is its integration to the streaming platform, Twitch. This is possible through the game’s Twitch extension called Kudos — an extension purchased through Twitch bits. Essentially, Kudos will allow players to support their favorite streamers and react to exciting gameplay. Furthermore, this feature even contributes to Battle Pass progression by watching Twitch streams.

Hyper Scape is available for the PC through UPlay, the PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Xbox Series X confirms a November launch date

Halo Infinite delayed to 2021

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Without a doubt, Microsoft and Sony are stuck in a game of chicken. Both companies are waiting for the other to reveal their upcoming console’s launch date and price. Once one reveals their cards, the other can change strategies and adapt for the coming console wars. Today, the Xbox Series X confirms a November launch date.

On the official Xbox Wire blog, Microsoft announced a delay for the upcoming Halo Infinite, the franchise’s entry for the next-generation console now coming out in 2021. In doing so, the blog also reveals that the console will launch this November right before the holiday season.

Microsoft has also listed down several games coming out for the console (and also past generations) including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Dirt 5, Gears Tactics, and Watch Dogs: Legion. Since the console is backwards compatible, popular video games from the current generation will also come out for the new console.

Of course, both companies have already hinted at a release date near this year’s holiday season. A previous leak has revealed the PlayStation 5’s launch date set for November 20. However, Microsoft’s latest blog post is the first confirmation from official sources. At least, Microsoft is still holding out on the exact date.

Now, the ball is in Sony’s court. Will they launch the PlayStation 5 around the same time? Additionally, how much will both consoles sell for? With the holiday season just around the corner, hype for both consoles are truly ramping up.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra may support Xbox games

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LG UltraGear 24” Gaming Monitor review: Enough to get you started

Comes with key features for your first gaming PC build

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I’ve seen a ton of people purchase full gaming PC setups since the pandemic took center stage in our lives. I’m pretty sure a lot of these people spent the past few months saving every peso they could for it. Of course, I also did it with all the money I saved up and planned every purchase very carefully.

In getting your gaming PC build, one of the more important peripherals to consider is your monitor. Most people will tell you that any monitor is okay, but experts will say that you shouldn’t just get any monitor. Apart from color accurate and bright displays, your monitor should have a high enough refresh rate to keep up.

It’s exactly what the LG UltraGear 24” Gaming Monitor brings to the table, at least on paper. But is this worth checking out, especially for first time PC setup builders? Here’s a rundown of the specs:

It has a 23.6-inch TN FHD panel, with a 144Hz refresh rate

It comes with two HDMI ports and one DisplayPort

The design, on its own, is nothing spectacular

The LG UltraGear 24” Gaming Monitor comes in a package you normally expect from most lightweight gaming monitors. A hardened-plastic enclosure covers the display, and the monitor even comes with a metal stand in gray and red accents. Upon unboxing, I found it relatively easy to set up and position alongside my PC setup.

Immediately, the first and only thing I noticed was the thick bezel surrounding the display. To be honest, it’s a relatively minor issue for me ever since other brands started reducing theirs. Although I would have appreciated a little more screen space, especially while playing games.

A display that meets expectations for the most part

Most gaming monitors come with high refresh rates to keep up during pressure situations. Fortunately, the LG UltraGear Gaming Monitor comes with a 144Hz panel which is more than enough. Also, it even sports a 1ms response rate so you’re able to stay at the top of your game. 

Most games I tried with this monitor performed with relative ease and no visible sign of image tearing. FPS games like CS:GO and Valorant, in my opinion, work best with this setup given that you can run these games on low-end setups.

Also, it’s quite bright and color accurate which is great for content creators. Although, in some cases, I felt that it didn’t handle dark color areas well. I tried to compensate by simply adjusting the brightness, but it didn’t do anything significantly different. At least it’s an anti-glare TN panel, so you don’t have to worry about the sun.

Comes with features that works depending on the other hardware

This monitor supports AMD’s FreeSync technology which further improves gameplay experience. Honestly, I felt this should be a standard for most gaming monitors — including those that support NVIDIA GSync. Also, there are other optimizations like Dynamic Action Sync (DAS) and motion blur reduction.

However, this monitor actually benefits you only if you’re currently rocking an AMD Radeon graphics card. Ideally, it would still work pretty well when you plug it to an NVIDIA card but expect some image tearing. It wasn’t a big issue for me since I could still apply the reduced motion blur and DAS.

Port selection for this monitor is more than enough for a normal PC setup. Two HDMI ports are available at your disposal, which is great if you want to use it for your consoles. The added DisplayPort provides more connectivity, especially since most graphics cards support it. Keep in mind though: if you plan to plug your console, don’t expect the 144Hz refresh rate.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

For PhP 12,599 (US$ 257), the LG UltraGear 24” Gaming Monitor ticks all the necessary boxes. What you have is a high refresh rate monitor with good color accuracy, and fully optimized for gaming. Combined with a great selection of ports, this monitor is a great option for your first PC build.

However, if you have strict preferences for your monitor, this might not be what you’re looking for. If you’re not a fan of thick bezels or you’re more conservative with your money, I wouldn’t practically recommend this. Also, you wouldn’t be able to fully maximize its potential if you don’t own an AMD graphics card.

All things considered, it’s enough to get you started on your gaming PC setup. Even with cheaper alternatives out there, I still recommend you give this a shot.

LG has other monitors you can check out. The UltraGear gaming monitor line on the other hand starts at PhP 12,599 for the 24”, PhP 22,199 for the 27”, and PhP 23,999 for the 32”.

Meanwhile, the UltraWide line of monitors start at PhP 12,699 for the 25”, PhP 14,799 for the 29”, PhP 29,499 for the 34”, and PhP 45,999 for the curved 34” version.

SEE ALSO: This 34” LG UltraWide monitor disrupted my workflow

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