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Best gaming monitors for the PS5 and Xbox Series X

Play at 120 FPS while having mercy on your wallet

File photo: Legion Y27gq-25 Gaming Monitor

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A new chapter is unfolding for the console wars of the next generation. In one to two weeks time, people will decide on whether they like the boxy Xbox Series X, or a massive PlayStation 5. Both consoles give you a relative game changer in playing games at 120 FPS in full 4K resolution! It’s just that, well there’s a catch to achieving that.

See, in order to achieve 120 FPS in 4K, both consoles come with an HDMI cable with HDMI 2.1 support. HDMI 2.1 is the latest version of high-definition display technology that supports high refresh rates for higher resolutions. You mostly find these in the latest TVs, but they’re just too expensive. So, the next best thing on the list are gaming monitors but you’re out of luck there.

As of writing, only two monitors currently have HDMI ports with HDMI 2.1, but still in production. One of them is by ASUS ROG, with a 43-inch gaming monitor that has no name, no price, and no release date. The other is the Eve Spectrum, a crowdfunded gaming monitor that comes in at US$ 689 (roughly PhP 33,000) for the 4K, 120Hz option.

In the meantime, which gaming monitors can you roll with that can give you that 120 FPS, but won’t break your wallet any further? Here are some monitors we have in mind:

Lenovo Legion Y27q-20 Gaming Monitor

Recently, Lenovo Legion launched gaming monitors with refresh rates greater than 120Hz. Essentially, this is a great thing to feature with the next-gen consoles coming up because most of them are capable of giving you 120 FPS gameplay. However, keep in mind that these don’t support 4K at 120 FPS. If you just want the 120 FPS, they have one monitor in mind.

The Lenovo Legion Y27q-20 is a gaming monitor with a 165Hz refresh rate, and equipped with a 1ms response rate. For most competitive PC gamers, this would be a great pickup if they want smoother gameplay at higher frame rates. This monitor comes with HDMI 2.0, which in theory supports 120 FPS gameplay at 1440p.

However, this monitor supports NVIDIA’s G-SYNC Technology which is incompatible with the next-gen consoles. If you still want to get it, you can get your hands on the Lenovo Legion Y27q-20 through your local resellers or Lazada PH.

27” ASUS TUF Gaming Monitor VG279QL1A

Apart from the ROG line, ASUS also leans on their much more affordable TUF Gaming lineup of peripherals. Some of their TUF Gaming monitors serve up the same level of performance on paper, but at a more affordable price than most ROG monitors in the market. When sifting through the monitors they’re offering, one particularly stands out suited for next-gen consoles.

ASUS’ 27” VG279QML1A TUF Gaming Monitor also comes with a 165Hz refresh rate, and comes with FreeSync support. With Adaptive Sync, it promises to bring smooth gameplay for AMD GPUs, which the next-gen consoles bring. Like the Legion Y27q-20, this monitor also comes with HDMI 2.0 ports.

For this monitor, it comes natively in FHD resolution, with support for a 120Hz refresh rate. With next-gen consoles, it’s very possible that you will achieve close to 120 FPS gameplay with this monitor. To get this monitor, you can visit your local ASUS outlet or on Datablitz PH.

MSI Optix MAG274R Esports Gaming Monitor

When you first hear MSI, the first things you think of are usually laptops and gaming peripherals. The gaming brand also has a great list of gaming monitors, mostly focused on competitive Esports players and teams. Another great thing about these monitors is that they’re relatively affordable, as well.

One of such options is the MSI Optix MAG274R Esports Gaming Monitor. Compared to the others, this only comes with a 144Hz refresh rate but with FreeSync support. Still, what stands out for this particular monitor is its support for a HDMI 2.0b port. Although it’s the same HDMI 2.0 port, it provides HDR support, which next-gen consoles accommodate.

You can purchase this monitor through MSI’s concept and affiliate stores. They also sell the monitor through Datablitz PH.

E3 2021

Razer unveils its new Raptor 27 gaming monitor

Higher refresh rate, and more RGB to boot

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During Day 3 of E3 2021, Razer kept their announcements simple and straight to the point. Apart from the new laptop and portable charger, the company also unveiled a new iteration of their gaming monitor. If you’re a big fan of RGB setups, the new Razer Raptor 27 might just be the monitor for you.

The new Razer Raptor 27 comes in a similar form factor as its predecessor, with an RGB base at the bottom. Unlike its predecessor, it now comes with a 165Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response rate. For competitive gamers, this is a huge plus to capture higher frame rates without missing a beat. Also, with a 95 percent DCI-P3 color gamut, you can expect more vibrant colors suited for creatives, as well.

Another feature that creatives will also appreciate is that the Razer Raptor 27 is now THX-certified. This means that the 27-inch IPS display will project stunning picture quality according to how creators intended them to. Along with Razer’s Synapse 3 software, you will also be able to control its settings for your preferred viewing experience.

The Razer Raptor 27 will be available early Q3 2021 at US$ 799.99.

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E3 2021

Nintendo announces the arrival of Metroid Dread

After sixteen years of lingering, Samus Aran is back

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Metroid Dread

Nintendo kicked off the final day of E3 2021 with a ton of game releases on deck. Apart from a couple of games getting ports for the Nintendo Switch, there were a handful of new releases to watch out for. One of these is a return to the old days of 2D-style movement and the return of Samus herself in Metroid Dread.

The game serves as the mainline series’ fifth installment, following Metroid Fusion. Although, it suffered through sixteen years of “development hell” since its inception in 2005. Originally, Nintendo planned Metroid Dread for a Nintendo DS release but the technology had its limitations at the time. Now, under both Nintendo and MercurySteam, it will return for the Nintendo Switch nineteen years after Fusion‘s release.

In this game, Samus sets on a mission to uncover a mystery behind the supposedly surviving X Parasites from the events of Fusion. Initally, the Galactic Federation dispatched a unit of E.M.M.I. robots to investigate, but disappeared upon arrival. Samus’ adventure rages on as Metroid Dread will be available on October 8, 2021.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel trailer breakdown

The trailer has fans guessing

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Remember Breath of the Wild? I don’t know. Just the single most amazing open-world game Nintendo published? Yeah, well, we’re all collectively getting a sequel come 2022 with Nintendo tickling us with their The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Not the official title yet, by the way) trailer.

Nothing screams new and improved like a new hair-do. The trailer features Link’s sweet new hairdo, abilities, enemies, and corrupted arm. 

Familiar place, new arms

After a shot of ominous red and black goop and a foreboding shot of Zelda falling, Link sky-dives between clouds into floating islands that look just like the last game’s Skyward Sword Skyloft. The scene cuts to him gliding into the Slyloft-like structure at night and him running on a floating islet at sunset.

A sneak peek into Link’s right arm appears from this falling and gliding sequence. Whereby, the arm is reminiscent of the classic Fullmetal Alchemist mechanical arm but with Sheikah technology.

New skills for familiar targets

Link’s new abilities are closely tied to his corrupted arm. And, Nintendo shows these new abilities off by first showing new targets. In the next scene, Link glides by Bokoblins hanging out in a fort built on top of a Stone Talus. Which, effectively combines two enemies in the previous game, into a hellish moving enemy target.

Nintendo then decides to tease us with a quick look-see of Link’s green-glowing corrupted arm. The scene skips to Link mid-climb with a group of enemies sending a spiky ball his way. He quickly reaches out with his corrupted hand; freezes the ball; and rewinds it back up the hill. All while taking out some Bokoblins along the way.

Sheikah Slate, who’s she?

Link’s new abilities build upon his Breath of the Wild skills. From freezing objects (instead of time) to a quick shot of a flamethrower arm, to swimming through obstacles.

We get an allusion to his new abilities with a drop of water ripple back into a droplet. Whereby the shot is of Link swimming through a stone structure and out the other end. We’ll have to wait to see if the arm augments other powers like Magnet, Remote Bomb, and Cryonis. But, so far, Link looks to be bending objects if not through them.

Nintendo is looking to release the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild some time in 2022. 

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