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Dell G series gaming laptops start at only $749

Come with the latest graphics cards and processors!

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Dell’s Alienware lineup of gaming laptops rock the best specs inside the biggest bodies around, but what does that leave folks who simply want the best bang for their bucks?

That’s where Dell’s new G series comes in. It replaces the older Inspiron gaming lineup and infuses the latest tech from both Intel and NVIDIA.


The series is divided into three segments: G3, G5, and G7. The G3 starts at only US$ 749, while the G5 can be bought for as low as US$ 799 and the G7 goes for a starting price of US$ 849, depending on which configuration you choose.

Dell G3

Let’s begin with the G3. It’s clearly the entry-level option of the bunch, yet it offers competitive specs. You can fit it with either an 8th-generation Core i5 or i7 processor with an GTX 1050, 1050 Ti, or 1060 graphics chip and up to 16GB of memory. There’s a variety of SSD and HDD storage configurations and you can opt for a 15- or 17-inch screen size — both 1080p in resolution.

Dell G5

The G5 provides nearly the same setup with 8th-gen Intel CPUs and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 chip, but ups the ante with the choice of upgrading to a 4K display and adding a fingerprint reader for quicker logins. It also has Killer Networking for faster streaming and powerful stereo speakers.

Dell G7

Finally, the G7 delivers the best you can ask for with Intel’s 8th-generation Core i9 processor and up to GTX 1060 graphics. You can once again have a 15-inch 4K display and lots of SSD and HDD storage options. It comes in either white or black.

Availability depends per model and region, but all should be generally available beginning mid-April.

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Playdate is a handheld gaming system with a crank

Yes, an actual crank

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If you’re bored of the current gaming console landscape or are simply waiting for the next-gen PlayStation to come out, there’s this new handheld system that might keep you a little busy.

From a company named Panic, which is known for developing the popular game Firewatch, comes the Playdate. It may seem like a simple gaming system at first, but look to its right and you’ll see its defining feature: a crank.


The developer says that some titles will use this analog controller exclusively, while some won’t at all (which, to me, sorta defeats the purpose of placing that game on this console). Everything will be played on its monochrome screen with no backlighting.

You can see it in action here:

The spin here is that the Playdate will come with a subscription of 12 games — delivered to you once a week for 12 weeks. It’s part of the initial cost of US$ 149, but there’s no word yet if there’ll be subscriptions after that and how much they’ll cost.

Each game will be a surprise, which may or not be a good thing. Spending this much on an unproven console — and possibly more for succeeding subscriptions — could end up becoming a costly risk.

Orders will be accepted later this year, while actual shipping will happen in early 2020. For now, you can sign up through the official website to receive updates on its progress.

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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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