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ASUS unveils VivoBook S14, ROG Laptops powered by AMD

Providing all the power for any type of consumer

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ASUS plans to go big with its newest offering to all of its consumers. Whether you’re looking for your first laptop or you need a portable gaming machine, they’ve prepared something for everybody. What makes it more special is that they’re the first to release a full lineup powered by the new AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Mobile processors.

For the first timer

Introducing the ASUS VivoBook S14, now powered with the latest AMD Ryzen 7 4700U processor. Their only consumer laptop on the lineup now comes with the power and portability suited for those looking for an everyday device.

Apart from the AMD chip, this device also comes with 512 GB PCIe SSD storage and Radeon Vega 8 graphics. Not only is this a powerful device, but it’s also versatile in terms of the work you can do on it.

For the all-around gamer

For those who are looking for a powerful gaming device, ASUS ROG brings three laptops to the table. First up is the ASUS TUF Gaming A15 & A17, gaming laptops fit for the all-around gamer. These two devices also come with the latest AMD Ryzen 7 processors, with an option for an AMD Ryzen 9 for the A15.

The ASUS TUF Gaming A15 comes with up to an NVIDIA RTX 2060 graphics card. Along with an AMD Ryzen 9 processor inside, expect non-stop gaming action wherever you go. This goes along with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage.

For the all-day creator

Finally, if you want full gaming performance with a hint of individuality on the side, they’ve added AMD chips to the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14. This device made waves during CES 2020 thanks to its nifty AniMe Matrix design on the lid. Now, it’s making waves thanks to the AMD Renoir Ryzen 9 processor it comes with.

This VR-ready device also comes with the NVIDIA RTX 2060 inside, making this a nice fit for content creators and gamers. Also, the 120Hz FHD display supports AMD new Adaptive Sync technology that promises to deliver a smoother gaming experience.

Local pricing and availability for these incredible laptops have yet to be announced. The company mentioned that they will sharing more details hopefully by May 2020.

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Trials of Mana now available on mobile

Mobile gamers might want to try this!

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Since its release in 1995, the Trials of Mana has come a long way. From the 16-bit era to the mobile gaming platform, this game is rich in history spanning 26 years. Now, the 3D remake of the JRPG classic Trials of Mana is now available on mobile.

The mobile version of the game includes many features, including new touch controls,  adjustable graphics settings and cloud save capabilities. Players can also receive two pieces of starting gear to help jumpstart their quest. The starting items are the Rabite Adornment and Silktail Adornment. 

Originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3 in 1995, Trials of Mana is a remake of the third entry in the classic Mana series. The game features a selectable main cast  with upgradable classes and over 300 different abilities to learn as they discover a world of secrets and mysteries. The series’ action battle system will put players to the test as they encounter enemies. The game was received well by its release on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam platforms.

Price and Availability

Trials of Mana is available on iOS and Android devices via the App Store or Google Play Store. The game is priced at US$ 23.99. 

SEE ALSO: Trials of Mana review: A nice glow up

 

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Horizon Zero Dawn’s Aloy is coming to Genshin Impact

Will be available for all players… eventually

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Aloy

Turns out the PlayStation and Genshin Impact collaboration goes beyond PlayStation 5 specific updates. Aloy from the PlayStation game Horizon Zero Dawn will be a playable character on Genshin Impact.

Aloy — a five-star character — will be playable for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 players via in-game mail when Version 2.1 drops. The character can then be played on any platform thanks to the cross-save feature after being claimed from the PS5 or PS4.

Not a PlayStation player? Fret not. Aloy, will arrive to all players who have reached Adventure Rank 20 on Version 2.2. Her weapon, unfortunately, is a PlayStation exclusive.

Version 2.1 and Version 2.2 will also bring other updates that MiHoyo promised to release in detail shortly. Version 2.1 is coming on October 13, 2021 while version 2.2 will arrive on November 24, 2021. Could these also be clues on when the Horizon Zero Dawn sequel will release? We’ll have to wait and see.

Genshin Impact is a free-to-play open-world action RPG that brings players to the world of Teyvat. The player takes on the role of the mysterious “Traveler,” who sets off on a journey to discover the fate of their lost sibling.

Horizon Zero Dawn was a PlayStation exclusive game that launched in 2017. It received plenty of critical and commercial success. Its sequel — Horizon Forbidden West — is set to arrive in late 2021.

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Steelseries unveils new Prime lineup of gaming peripherals

Get your head, and hands, in the game

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Steelseries Prime

Steelseries has a knack for creating some of the best peripherals in Esports. This time around, they’re looking to expand their growing library of Esports peripherals with some “pro” help. After collaborating with over 100 competitive professional players, the company unveils its new Steelseries Prime lineup of gaming peripherals.

Within the Prime lineup, Steelseries introduces three new gaming mice: the Steelseries Prime, Steelseries Prime+, and Steelseries Prime Wireless. For the company, these three gaming mice bring their own set of features and customization depending on the user’s style of play. Although, all three mice come with a TrueMove sensor that provides proper tracking performance fit for competition.

Along with these, Steelseries also introduces the Steelseries Arctis Prime gaming headset. Built on the heritage of the Arctis franchise, this headset provides great sound quality in a comfortable and lightweight package. Also, the Arctis Prime comes with new noise-isolating ear cushions to eliminate background noise during playback.

The Steelseries Prime lineup is currently available in Steelseries’ official stores on Shopee and Lazada and select authorized dealers. For the SRPs, the gaming mice are priced at SG$ 119 (Prime Gaming Mouse), SG$ 149 (Prime+ Gaming Mouse), and SG$ 299 (Prime Wireless Gaming Mouse). Meanwhile, the Steelseries Arctis Pro retails for SG$ 179.

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