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ASUS ROG Zephyrus S is the slimmest gaming laptop available today

But doesn’t compromise performance

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Alongside the 17-inch ROG Scar II, ASUS has announced a new ROG device that they claim to be world’s slimmest gaming laptop. The ROG Zephyrus from last year was already thin by gaming laptop standards, but the new ROG Zephyrus S is 12 percent thinner with updated specs.

The ROG Zephyrus S (GX531) still has the look and feel of the original Zephyrus but it’s now only 14.95 to 15.75mm thick. Those numbers might not sound as sexy as other super-slim notebooks, but the Zephyrus S has desktop-grade gaming performance with either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q or GTX 1060 GPU inside its chassis.

Powering the Zephyrus S is a six-core Intel Core i7-8750H processor with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and storage option of up to a 512GB NVMe SSD.

The laptop’s display is a 15.6-inch 1080p panel with a 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time, and 100 percent sRGB coverage. It’s definitely not the sharpest laptop display, but it’s one of the fastest for smooth gameplay. The display has a thin-bezel design as well, so the footprint of the laptop is just a bit bigger than your typical 14-inch notebook.

ASUS uses their Active Aerodynamic System (same as with other Zephyrus laptops) which opens a vent at the bottom of the laptop when the lid is lifted, and the vent stretches across the entire back of the body. This improves airflow by 22 percent over a conventional design as per ASUS.

Another distinct trait of the Zephyrus S is the keyboard. It’s still on the front of the device, which helps with cooling, but it might not be everybody’s cup of tea. The keys have 1.2mm of travel, N-key rollover, and RGB lighting via Aura Sync over four zones.

As for I/O, it has two USB-C ports (Gen1 and Gen2), two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, HDMI 2.0 at the back, and a headphone jack.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX531) will become available starting September in the US and in October for the UK and Asia. Pricing starts at US$ 2,099 for the GTX 1060 model, while the higher-end GTX 1070 is priced at US$ 2,199.

SEE ALSO: ASUS’ new ROG Strix Scar II is world’s most compact 17-inch gaming laptop

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Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 [Game Bulletin]

News and updates on Sniper Ghost Warrior Contacts 2 by CI Games

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Welcome to Kuamar: Setting for Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2
4/16/2021

CI Games is excited to share a closer look at the highly anticipated sequel’s setting: Kuamar. The trailer gives players a look at the variety of sandboxes they’ll complete their contracts in as they snipe, sneak, and firefight with adversaries in the best looking Sniper Ghost Warrior game thus far. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 launches on June 4th, 2021 for PS5, PS4, Xbox SeriesX/S, Xbox One and PC.

 

Kuamar is an original setting in the modern day Middle East, nestled between the Lebanese and Syrian borders. A brutal dictatorship, led by President Omar Al-Bakr and his wife, Bibi Rashida, has controlled the region for over 20 years… and their reign must now be stopped.

With intel from Control, players take on the role of Raven, executing contracts across all-new locations in an attempt to topple this insidious criminal organization and bring them to justice.

Kuamar will provide players with a variety of sniper paradises, evolving the sandbox level and objective design fans loved in the first Contracts release. In Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2,  there are five distinct maps that can be approached however a player wishes.

Realistic weapons and gadgets are unlocked throughout the campaign, whilst upgrade points can be used to obtain and upgrade skills to create a custom playstyle. As players expand their arsenals and improve their skills, they can revisit each contract with different approaches to collect more rewards.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2, CI is expanding the rewards to the digital edition, which can be pre-ordered now on Steam. Everyone who pre-orders SGWC 2 will receive:

  • Marcus Tactical: A light sniper rifle with great stability
  • FFF-45 ACP Luring Pistol: A side arm with special luring ammo
  • Rock AS100: A punishing magazine-fed shotgun, that fires buckshot or slugs
  • Blue Servers Skin
  • Warning Stripes Skin

Pre-orders for physical editions on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One are available now from select retailers, while PC players can pre-order SGWC 2 on Steam right nowAll pre-orders include an exclusive weapons and skins bonus pack.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 will launch on June 4 at SG$ 39.99.

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Days Gone is coming to PC

On May 18, 2021

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If our dystopian-like reality has you feeling like smashing zombie-esque creatures then you’ll be happy to know that the game Days Gone is now making it’s way to PC.

The game will be available on the Epic Games Store and Steam on May 18, 2021. It features improved graphics, support for 21:9 ultra-wide monitors, mouse and keyboard controls, and all post-launch content from the PlayStation 4; Days Gone is an exciting new title for PC gamers.

Days Gone is an open-world game mixed with the elements of a zombie apocalypse due to a great pandemic. You play Deacon St. John, a bounty hunter who, at the start of the pandemic, left his wife Sarah in the hands of NERO.

NERO is a scientific research lab dedicated to solve the Freaker pandemic. Two years later, Deacon becomes an outlaw with Boozer by his side, confronting a world ravaged by Freakers left and right.

The main premise of Days Gone is survival; you are placed in a world ravaged by creatures known as Freakers that come in many forms. As the main character, you will encounter these creatures (whether as former humans or animals) at any point of the day, along with human enemies from rival gangs/groups.

Read our Days Gone full review for more.

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Call of Duty: Mobile World Championship 2021 is happening

With over US$ 2 million up for grabs

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Activision today announced the return of the Call of Duty: Mobile World Championship. Presented by Sony, eligible players in Call of Duty: MobileGarena can compete for a share of the more than US$2 million total prize pool. The Qualifiers will start from July, 2021.

“Picking up from last year’s competition, we’ve increased the prize money up for grabs and the number of teams that can qualify, so there are even more reasons for fans to prove they’ve got what it takes to be the best, ”said Matt Lewis, vice president, mobile at Activision

The Call of Duty: Mobile World Championship 2021 Presented by Sony is open to eligible entrants across the world and will be conducted regionally in multiple stages. Sony’s newest flagship smartphone the — Xperia 1 III — will be the official mobile device of the World Championship and will provide a 120 FPS gaming experience.

Eligible players can compete for a spot at the World Championship Finals via Call of Duty: Mobile World Championship Garena Qualifiers. More details coming soon.

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