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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.

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Razer now has its own gaming finger sleeves

Keeping your thumbs dry

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Razer has somehow transformed into the ruler of gaming lifestyle accessories. After releasing treasure troves of peripherals and devices, the company has slowly branched off into stranger and stranger niches including toasters and SUVs. Razer is now blending peripheral with accessory in its latest product: Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves.

If you haven’t heard of finger sleeves before, think gloves but only for your fingers — or, in this case, finger. The Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves are meant to be worn on your thumbs. It’s specifically made for mobile gamers.

Made with a mixture of sliver fiber fabric, nylon, and spandex, the sleeves can keep your thumbs dry for serious gaming on your phone. Despite wrapping your thumbs, Razer says that the fabric is still breathable at 0.8 millimeters. They’re also a universal fit for any type of thumb.

Mobile gaming is one of the most popular forms of entertainment especially in Asian countries like the Philippines. Playing on your phone can easily whittle away the time spent in traffic or outdoors. However, since some countries are too warm and humid, sweat can just as easily accumulate and create an unsightly portrait on our otherwise pristine phone screens.

The Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves are out now and retails for US$ 9.99.

SEE ALSO: Razer unveils its Phantom Keycap Upgrade Set

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The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset now sports Midnight Black

Nicely paired with the DualSense controller and your “Midnight Black” PS5

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Pulse 3D Wireless

Back in June, Sony announced two additional colorways for its next-generation DualSense controller. Apart from the classic white, the PlayStation 5’s newest controller also received a Midnight Black and Cosmic Red. This time around, they’ve extended the invitation to another PS5 peripheral, the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset.

Much like the DualSense controller, the headset will also come in Midnight Black. Other than this, everything else is pretty much the same for the Pulse 3D Headset. In essence, it still gives you deeper, more immersive 3D sounds to games that fully take advantage of this. It’s just that now, you have other color options to choose from. Whether or not this also comes in Cosmic Red, Sony has yet to announce that.

It’s worth noting that included in the PS5’s second major update is an equalizer for the 3D Pulse. It adds another layer of control for players. This lets them enjoy the game precisely the way they want to. But if tweaking isn’t your thing, there are also three presets: Standard, Bass Boost, or Shooter.

The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset in Midnight Black will be available on October 29 for PhP 5,590/ SG$ 149 / MYR 469/ DR1,699,000 / THB3,490 / VND2,699,000.

SEE ALSO: How to use the DualSense controller with PC, Mac

 

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Nintendo Switch gets Bluetooth audio compatibility

Update rolling out today

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The Nintendo Switch is one of the most versatile consoles available today. Besides being a home console, commuters and travelers can easily take their favorite games with them. However, for all its bells and whistles, the console lacks a key feature present in today’s traveling tech: Bluetooth audio support. In a surprise move, Nintendo is finally bringing the Switch into the wireless fold.

Today, an official software update is rolling out to Switches everywhere. The update adds in support for Bluetooth audio output. Gamers can now play their favorite games through the wireless earbud of their choice. The system’s settings screen now has a Bluetooth Audio setting to pair the console with wireless audio devices.

There are some caveats, though. The new feature is a single-player one. Users can’t attach Bluetooth microphones using the update. Though some games thrive in multiplayer, Nintendo won’t allow the feature yet.

Further, only on audio device can be paired at a single time, adding more complications for local multiplayer. Likewise, pairing an audio device will limit the console’s wireless controller connections to just two at a time. There might be some latency issues as well, according to the official support page.

The update is already rolling out now. Switch users should have access to the feature as soon as they get it.

SEE ALSO: Is the Nintendo Switch (OLED) worth the upgrade?

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