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Dell G-series gets 10th Gen treatment

Featuring Dell G3, G5, and G5 SE

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Dell’s gaming laptops are getting the inevitable 10th-gen upgrade in 2020. The G-series getting the upgrade are the Dell G3 and Dell G5. There’s also an AMD version of the G5 called the Dell G5 SE.

In terms of design and overall configuration, all three are pretty similar. Dell is sticking to the thinner design it introduced in the G-series a couple of years back so these three will look nearly indistinguishable.

All three will come with a 15-inch screen with various display, memory, and storage options. Here’s a quick look:

Dell G3 Dell G5 Dell G5 SE
Display Options
  • FHD (1920 x 1080) 300 nits Anti-Glare LED Backlit Display (non-touch) with 60Hz refresh rate
  • FHD (1920 x 1080) 300 nits Anti-Glare LED Backlit Display (non-touch) with 144Hz refresh rate
  • FHD (1920 x 1080) 300 nits WVA Anti-Glare LED Backlit Display (non-touch) with 300Hz refresh rate
Graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, 4GB GDDR6
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti, 4GB GDDR6
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 6GB GDDR6
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 6GB GDDR6
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti, 4GB GDDR6
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 6GB GDDR6
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 6GB GDDR6
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q Design, 8GB GDDR6
AMD RadeonTM RX 5600M
Memory 8 – 16GB, 2933 MHz, DDR4 8 – 16GB, 2933 MHz, DDR4; up to 32GB (additional memory sold separately) 8 – 16GB, 3200 MHz, DDR4; up to 32GB (additional memory sold separately)
Storage Single storage:

128GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35) 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35/40) 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35/40) 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 40)

Dual storage:

128GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35) + 1TB 5400 RPM HDD

256GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35) + 1TB 5400 RPM HDD

512GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35) + 1TB 5400 RPM HDD

512GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35) + 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 40)

Single storage:

128GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35) 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35/40) 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35/40) 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 40)

Dual storage:

512GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35) + 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 40)

Color Options Eclipse Black or Alpine White Interstellar Dark with iridescent accents Supernova Silver with iridescent accents

10th Gen beasts

Both the G3 and G5 will start at 10th Gen Intel CoreTM i5-10300H Quad Core Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.5 GHz) and can go up to 10th Gen Intel CoreTM i7-10750H Hex Core Processor (12M Cache, up to 5.0 GHz).

Meanwhile the G5 SE has three processor options: AMD RyzenTM 5 4600H, AMD RyzenTM 7 4800H, and AMD RyzenTM 9 4900H.

All three will also carry the Alienware Command Center which is the gaming hub that controls the RGB keyboard and other customizations for all Dell gaming laptops.

They will also get a similar array of ports. On the base level, all three will have (1) HDMI 2.0, (1) SuperSpeed USB 3.2 Gen 1, (2) SuperSpeed USB 2.0, (1) Standard SD Card slot, wedge lock slot, and Headphone/Mic. Different GTX versions will have additional USB-C and Thunderbolt ports.

Pricing and availability

The Dell G3 will start at US$ 779.99 while the Dell G5 will start at US$ 829.99. Both will be available on May 21, 2020. Pricing and availability for the Dell G15 SE has yet to be released.

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Practically no one is playing Netflix’s games, report says

Despite being free to play

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Recently, Netflix gambled big on the future of its platform. Besides cutting a plethora of titles in production, the platform introduced a gallery of mobile games for all of its subscribers. As the gaming library grew, it acquired impressive titles from the best of the mobile gaming world. However, despite Netflix’s efforts, only less than one percent of the platform’s subscribers are playing the games.

In a new app study (via CNBC), Netflix’s games average only 1.7 million users daily. Overall, the games have been downloaded 23.3 million times.

Though not an insignificant number, the figure is a tiny, tiny portion of Netflix’s main user base. For reference, Netflix currently has around 221 million subscribers. That’s less than one percent of Netflix subscribers playing their games.

Netflix’s gaming strategy is an ongoing experiment. While the company has eyed the industry for a while now, Netflix is facing deeper gravitas with making sure every endeavor succeeds. As of late, the platform has bled for subscribers, new and old.

For the first time in a while, Netflix has lost subscribers, marking the rise in popularity of other streaming platforms. It isn’t the only shark in the lake. Hulu, Disney+, and HBO Max are creating compelling cases for a switch.

That said, if you still pay for a Netflix subscribers, the gaming library comes with the price of admission. Besides inspired titles from its properties like Stranger Things, the library also comes with heavy hitters like Spiritfarer.

SEE ALSO: Netflix’s The Gray Man is getting its own cinematic universe

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Razer releases giant-sized gaming mouse mats in the Philippines

The Strider Chroma and Goliathus 3XL

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Strider Chroma

What’s better than a regular-sized gaming mouse pad? Giant-sized gaming mouse mats! In fact, two new ultra-sized gaming mouse mats from Razer, the Strider Chroma and Goliathus Chroma 3XL, are now both available in the Philippines.

The warp-and-water resistant Strider Chroma measures 900mm by 370mm and is 4mm thick. It is the world’s first hybrid soft/hard gaming mouse which come with 19 customizable lighting zones.

For an even larger mat that can cover an entire desk, the Goliathus Chroma 3XL measures a massive 1200mm by 550mm and is 3.5mm thick.

This soft mat is ideal for gamers who use lower DPI, or need to cover more ground while moving their mouse.

The two new accessories come with non-slip bases and are powered by Razer Chroma RGB to provide dynamic lighting effects while in-game.

The Strider Chroma is priced at PhP 8,490 while the Goliathus Chroma 3XL is available for PhP 6,990 via the Razer official website, Shopee, Lazada, and their authorized sellers nationwide.

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Steam will support Joy-Cons soon

Plus other Nintendo controllers

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For how much they cost, the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons could certainly see more use outside of console exclusivity. Thankfully, developers are finding new ways to use controllers for other applications. If you want to get more use out of your Joy-Cons, Steam is working on compatibility for the Switch controllers.

In a new Steam beta test, Valve released support for Joy-Cons and other Nintendo controllers. As you can do with a Switch, players will soon be able to use either just one Joy-Con or both as a pair. However, since it’s in beta, individual games have not announced support specifically for the Joy-Con.

If anything, connecting the Joy-Con through Steam should be relatively easy. The gaming hub already offers plug-and-play support for most controllers available in the market. Of course, better support means that developers (and fans) can tailor settings depending on controller.

With the number of third-party games on the Switch, it’s believable that there are Switch players who are making first-time transitions to PC gaming. In that case, allowing Joy-Cons into PC gaming — albeit not the best controller for such — will prove a necessary jumping point.

Besides Steam, Apple is also working on support for the Switch controllers, adding new life to the tiny pair. As for Steam, however, Joy-Con support should officially come soon after the beta test.

SEE ALSO: iOS 16 will support Nintendo Joy-Cons

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