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ASUS brings the ROG Zephyrus S (GX701) with RTX graphics to the Philippines

The most compact 17-inch gaming laptop

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Shortly after the launch of AMD Ryzen-powered gaming laptops, the ASUS announced the Philippine arrival of the ROG Zephyrus S (GX701). The gaming laptop was first introduced at CES earlier this year and it brings 17-inch display goodness in the body of a typical 15-inch laptop.

The first generation Zephyrus with a 15-inch display is about the same size as this new 17-inch model, making it the most compact 17-inch gaming laptop available. Don’t let its size fool you, because it has the most powerful NVIDIA graphics available for laptops.

The new ROG Zephyrus S (GX701) sports a Full HD panel with 144Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-Sync support. It’s even Pantone Validated for color accuracy.

Inside is an Intel Core i7-8750H processor paired with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series graphics. Since it’s a gaming laptop, it’s not lacking in ports. It has two USB-C (one with Power Delivery and DisplayPort), three full-size USB 3.1, HDMI 2.0, and a headphone jack.

It has all the features we know and love about Zephyrus S laptops including individual RGB backlighting and the unique Active Aerodynamic System which now has anti-dust tunnels to keep the cooling system clean.

In the Philippines, the Zephyrus S (GX701) will come in three configurations. The cheapest one will have 16GB DDR4 memory, 512GB PCIe SSD, and RTX 2060 for PhP 139,995. The mid-tier RTX 2070-equipped variant is selling for PhP 169,995. If you really wish to have the top-dog variant with RTX 2080 Max-Q plus 24GB DDR4 memory and 1TB PCIe SSD, you’ll have to shell out PhP 209,995.

Considering that the similarly specced ROG Strix Scar II sells for less cash, the ROG Zephyrus S (GX701) is indeed quite pricey. Basically, you’re paying a premium for the slim design and a couple of extra features.

Pre-orders start March 1 until March 10 in ROG concept stores nationwide and Octagon in Glorietta. The laptop will be sold in select stores after the pre-order period.

SEE ALSO: ASUS launches new AMD Ryzen gaming laptops on a budget

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Here are the top 10 baby names inspired from video games

Mario is only number 3

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What’s in a name? For most people, choosing a baby name involves as much precision as surgery. Should you give a baby a normal name or a name with an inherent meaning? Some give names with archaic meanings. Some derive names from popular franchises they love. Of course, those popular franchises can also come from the gaming world. Here are the top ten baby names inspired by video game characters, according to FandomSpot.

Currently, Jacob heads the list. The name comes from Halo: Combat Evolved from way back in 2001. Since then, 412,214 babies have received the name in the United States. Jack, the second-most popular name, comes from Tekken and has graced 219,393 babies since 1994 when the game first came out.

Meanwhile, Mario — likely one of the most popular outside of the baby world — has the third spot. The incredibly popular franchise leader has 79,567 named after him since 1983. Daisy, Luigi’s partner, is on the fifth spot with 63,685 babies since her introduction in 1989.

The fourth name, Miles, comes from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992) and has 67,550 babies since the game’s launch.

Eva, from Devil May Cry (2001), has the sixth spot. Jade, from Beyond Good and Evil (2003) has the seventh spot. Chloe, from Life is Strange (2015), occupies the eight spot. Marcus, from Gears of War (2006), has the ninth spot. Finally, Ellie, from Last of Us (2013), has the final spot in the top ten list.

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Ubisoft offers Far Cry 5 for free this weekend

Experience the violence in Hope County for a limited time only

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Ubisoft has another weekend offering for everyone, focusing more on their popular franchises. In previous offerings, they gave players one whole weekend to play games such as Assassin’s Creed Origins for free. As such, any progress accumulated will carry over when you purchase the game. This time around, they’re offering the same mechanics to those who wish to play Far Cry 5 this weekend.

For those who are still unaware, Far Cry 5 is the fifth installment in one of Ubisoft’s most popular first-person shooter franchise. The game tackles socio-political and religious topics as you play a Deputy in Hope County, Montana attempting to detain Joseph Seed. Throughout the game, you will encounter members of Seed’s congregation, the Eden’s Gate, who will stop at nothing to see a prophecy fulfilled.

From August 5-9, 2021, Ubisoft is offering players for the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S access to Far Cry 5 for free. For each platform, here are the timings:

  • Ubisoft Store (PC) – August 5, 9 PM
  • Epic Games Store (PC) – August 6, 1 AM
  • PlayStation Store (PS4, PS5) – August 5, 3:01 PM
  • Microsoft Store (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One) – August 5, 3:01 PM

 

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Horizon Forbidden West reportedly delayed to 2022

Another delay this year

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Horizon Forbidden West

When the console was announced last year, the PlayStation 5 revealed an impressive lineup of games coming for the next generation. The list included highly anticipated sequels to popular PlayStation 4 titles likes Spider-Man: Miles Morales, God of War Ragnarok, and Horizon Forbidden West. However, because of some reason or another, the titles were delayed beyond the near future. Unfortunately, one of the titles, Horizon Forbidden West, is reportedly delayed once again.

According to Bloomberg, the title is now set for a release sometime in 2022, rather than its formerly projected timeframe for this year’s holiday season. The report does not reveal what the reason is for such a delay. If anything, it’s not the first delay for the gaming industry this year. The games’ respective developers have also reportedly delayed God of War Ragnarok and Gran Turismo 7.

Of note, however, the supposed delay hasn’t been officially announced yet. There’s still a chance that the game is coming this year.

Even if the game is truly delayed to next year, 2022 is looking like a great year for PlayStation gamers. Besides the aforementioned games, another title announced during the console’s launch event, Stray, is also coming next year. The delays, at least, compensate for the still-ongoing chip and console shortages plaguing the industry today.

SEE ALSO: Horizon Zero Dawn’s Aloy is coming to Genshin Impact

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