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Dell brings its latest G7 and G3 gaming laptops to the Philippines

They have a gaming laptop under PhP 50,000!

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Dell has launched its newest line of gaming laptops in the Philippines featuring the latest eight-generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GTX 10-series graphics.

If you’re looking for a new gaming laptop but not digging the uber-gaming looks of other laptop manufacturers, Dell’s G-series gaming laptops are worth checking out.

Dell G3 (15-inch)

The Dell G3 comes with a 15-inch 1080p IPS display, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics, and either an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor. The G3 is Dell’s thinnest gaming laptop to date with a thickness of just 22.7mm — pretty slim for a game-ready laptop. It also boasts a 2×2 WiFi antenna with SmartByte software for network prioritization, dual fan design, and can support up to two hard drives.

Pricing starts at PhP 49,990 with three color options: Black, Recon Blue, and Alpine White.

Dell G7 (15-inch)

The Dell G7 is a step-up from the G3 but still with a 15-inch 1080p IPS display. It comes in a distinct-looking 25mm thick chassis and loaded with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics with Max-Q design technology. Like with the G3, it also comes with either an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor. The G7 supports up two hard drives and features Killer 1×1 (supports up to 2×2) networking optimization with SmartByte software, as well.

What makes the G7 special is its unique dual fans. The laptop is equipped with a front air intake and rear exhaust vents to keep the heat away from the user. Also, the rear vents give the G7 a recognizable design similar to Alienware.

Pricing starts at PhP 58,990 for the Core i5 configuration. Color options include Black and Alpine White.

Both Dell laptops come with one-year Premium Support Service which includes coverage for accidental damages, on-site service, and 24/7 phone support.

SEE ALSO: Dell’s new laptops offer a lot of customization for office work

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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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