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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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Meta.us introduces exclusively-local DOTA 2 tournament

Paving the way for the future DOTA 2 legends in the Philippines

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Esports in the Philippines has been on a steady rise, with almost no end in sight. Filipino teams and players strive to compete at the highest level, proving their worth against international foes. From TNC Predator’s consistent participation in The International to the country’s DOTA 2 gold medal finish in the 2019 SEA Games, there’s nowhere to go but up!

Meta.us, an online Esports platform, is offering an opportunity for more people to take part in its rise. With over 13,000 registered Filipino players, it has continuosly provided avenues for amateurs to hone their skills such as tournaments. This time around, they’ve began scouting for more players seeking to be the best in the country in their new DOTA 2 Leagues.

The idea is simple: form a team, register and compete with others, earn your ranking, and win the prize pool. In partnership with JBL, the Meta.us DOTA 2 Leagues offer a tier-system style tournament. For aspiring teams, they will begin their quest for supremacy in the Open Series, a set of weekly tournaments.

Through these tournaments, team earn Meta Rank points which will factor in with their promotion into the Junior and Senior Divisions. A prize pool of over Php 255,000 awaits the winners, along with a chance to receive coaching sessions with players from TNC Predator.

Interested teams can still register until August 5, 2020 through the Meta.us website. The Open Series kicks off on August 6, and will run for six months.

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PS4 controllers will still work with the PS5

But not really

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Second only to the PlayStation itself, the DualShock controller is the most iconic part of the current generation system. While discussions will always swirl around performance ratings and gaming varieties, the controller defines the user’s seamless experience with the console. Naturally, when the next generation debuted, another spotlight shone on the upcoming DualSense controller. That said, what will become of our old DualShock 4 controllers? Revealed today, the PS4 controllers will still work with the PS5, but not really.

In an official PlayStation blog, Sony answered a few lingering questions surrounding peripherals and accessories for the next generation. As mentioned, yes, the DualShock 4 controller will still work with the PlayStation 5. However, it will only work with PlayStation 4 games. As noted in the initial announcement, the PlayStation 5 is backwards compatible with the PlayStation 4. Meaning, you can still play PlayStation 4 games on the new console.

That said, the DualShock controller will not work with the upcoming PlayStation 5 exclusives. “We believe that PS5 games should take advantage of the new capabilities and features we’re bringing to the platform, including the features of DualSense wireless controller,” Sony said.

However, Sony’s more specialized controllers are getting a free pass. Old official racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks will still work with PlayStation 5 games. A few headsets, the PlayStation Camera, the PS Move, and the PSVR Aim Controller will likewise work.

The new console and supporting peripherals will reportedly launch sometime during the holidays. Currently, we are still missing a few details for the system’s launch, including price and any promoted bundles.

SEE ALSO: Will PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X games be more expensive?

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 Soundtrack adds 37 new tracks

Get hyped for the remaster as you listen to this diverse set of tracks

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Activision has an exciting addition to its anticipated remaster of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 for new and longtime fans. Even though just a simple release trailer would’ve been great, they decided to take it one step further. In a 14-minute YouTube virtual concert, the developers showcased what is essentially the music behind the remastered classic.

The Noisey YouTube channel hosted this virtual concert, which featured a stellar list of rap, punk, and indie artists. These artists are behind a whopping 37 new tracks added to the remaster’s official soundtrack. Coupled with some of the classic tunes from the original, this soundtrack echoes the sounds of skateboarding. During the concert, artists like CHAII, Merkules, and Machine Gun Kelly even gave us a taste of the new music.

Apart from these, the concert also showcased previews of gameplay from the remaster itself. In between performances, you will just see clips of players doing all sorts of skateboarding tricks across the park. Also, some of the footage even features real-life skaters — or, at least character models of them.

If you want to watch the whole concert, you can watch it here.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 arrives on September 4, 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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