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ASUS launches new AMD Ryzen gaming laptops on a budget

Unleashing the power of Ryzen

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Not all gaming laptops have to be really expensive, while affordable notebooks don’t have to be inferior. That’s why ASUS introduced two new gaming laptops for consumers. Powered by AMD Ryzen processors, the two new machines will be able to deliver great performance without the high price tags.

First, we have the ASUS Gaming X570. It’s probably one of the cheapest gaming-specced laptops you can get today. It features a 15.6-inch Full HD display running Windows 10. Inside the laptop is the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor paired with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 discrete graphics. It’ll come with a 1TB HDD to store all your games, but you might want to upgrade its 4GB DDR4 memory.


Ports-wise, it has all the basics covered including full-size USB, HDMI, and even Ethernet for uninterrupted LAN or internet connectivity.

ASUS Gaming X570

The design of the X570 is understated unlike most gaming laptops in the market which some users prefer. It’s considered to be a budget gaming laptop after all, so it doesn’t have the bells and whistles of the more expensive ROG laptops.

If you want to have something in between, there’s the ASUS TUF Gaming FX505. It’s powered by the latest AMD Ryzen 5 3550H processor with Radeon RX 560X graphics. The laptop also comes with a 1TB HDD and 4GB DDR4 memory.

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505

The TUF gaming laptop sports a more streamlined design featuring a 15-inch display with slim bezels and military-grade toughness. It also sports a similar keyboard to the pricier ROG notebooks complete with RGB lighting. The selection of the ports here is pretty abundant including a speedy USB 3.1, HDMI, and Ethernet. It has no USB-C, but that’s not a deal breaker.

The ASUS Gaming X570 will retail in the Philippines for PhP 37,995, while the TUF Gaming FX505, with its upgraded body and specs, is priced slightly higher at PhP 39,995. Both notebooks are available in stores starting today, February 27.

SEE ALSO: ASUS brings RTX-powered Strix II gaming laptops to the Philippines

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Here’s an early look at the Sony PS5’s raw performance

Spoiler: It’s fast!

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Even though Sony dished out some early info on the upcoming PlayStation 5 (should they choose to stick to the numbered naming scheme) and revealed that it’s more than just a mere upgrade, we don’t have any tangible data on what exactly to expect.

Fortunately, Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki was present at Sony’s most recent gaming presentation and had this video to show us:


What you see here is a comparison between the loading times of the PS5 and PS4 Pro. Make no mistake here: The next-generation console is incredibly fast! A lot of credit must be given to the built-in SSD the PS5 will ship with.

This should be taken with a grain of salt, however. Tech demos are often fixed to make the newer (and more expensive) product seem superior. To the next-gen console’s credit, it’ll come with the latest eight-core Ryzen chip and a custom GPU from AMD’s Radeon Navi, which are capable of 8K gaming and ray tracing when put together.

Sadly, we still don’t have a release date and Sony won’t announce anything at E3 next month. For now, savor your PS4 and its growing library of classics.

Via: Kotaku

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Minecraft Earth is like Pokémon Go but with building blocks

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In a move that makes loads of sense, Minecraft is coming to mobile though an augmented reality app similar to Pokémon Go.

It’s called Minecraft Earth and it’s arriving later this year with a beta phase happening during summer. The developers offered this trailer, but it does little to explain how the system would work.


Check it out:

The official website’s FAQ section, however, delves into more of the info we actually care about.

For one, it’ll be free to play and will include several of Minecraft‘s traditional features including world building and discovering/fighting mobs.

Concerning regional availability, the developers aren’t confirming these details just yet. If it’s anything like the issues Niantic experienced with Pokémon Go before, chances are this rollout will be gradual, too.

Finally, for the “Will Minecraft Earth have loot boxes?” question, the website has a definite “No” to answer that.

Minecraft Earth will be available on both Android and iOS. Fingers crossed that there’ll be no delays. 🤞

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Finally! New trailer of Final Fantasy VII remake drops

We waited four years!

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It took four years but we now have a follow-up trailer to the Final Fantasy VII Remake. First announced during E3 2015, the much-anticipated remake has only shown up through rumors and disappointing news of delay.

However, at PlayStation’s State of Play, we now have some new footage of the game. The released footage features cinematic scenes with Cloud and Aerith, gameplay previews, and glimpses at the remake’s primary antagonist, Sephiroth.


Final Fantasy VII was first released for the original PlayStation. It’s the first game in the series to move away from 2D animation and make use of polygonal character design, taking advantage of the console’s capabilities.

The game’s director Tetsuya Nomura also said that “most of the plans are already in place in the run up to the launch.” He also promised more details in June. Here’s to hoping for no more delays and that we don’t have to wait another four years until the game actually comes out.

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