Gaming

Get ready for Dell’s most complete gaming setup

If you need to kickstart your gamer/streamer aspirations, here’s Dell’s suggestion

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Dell is not done dropping new and exciting gaming technologies for both casual and competitive gamers. However, instead of just  individual pieces, they’re now giving us an entire setup. Don’t worry, you don’t have to get everything listed here but if you want to start somewhere, here’s their suggestion.

Most gamers often start with a desktop build with all the powerful hardware for optimal gaming. This is what the Dell G5 Desktop provides, in essence: a pre-built desktop machine with game-ready and VR-ready hardware.

It comes with up to a 10th generation Intel Core i9 K processor inside, emphasizing on uninterrupted performance. It also comes with up to an NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER or an AMD Radeon RX5600 for your gaming needs.

All of these components, along with 64GB of RAM and a cooling system for maximum airflow, make for an ultimate gaming machine.

This desktop comes with a package of unique peripherals and accessories for the full gamer experience. First off are your choices for your gaming display in the Dell 27 Gaming QHD Monitor or the Dell 27 Curved Gaming FHD Monitor.

Apart from the curvature of the displays, the other difference between these two is the refresh rate that comes with it. For the Dell 27 Curved FHD, it only comes in its native 144Hz refresh rate. Meanwhile, for the Dell 27 gaming QHD, you can get it with either a 144Hz or a 165Hz refresh rate.

Next up is your choice for your game-ready keyboard and mouse. For your keyboard, Dell unveils the Alienware RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, which makes use of Cherry MX Brown switches. This gives a tactile yet relatively silent key presses for precision and no distractions during intense gaming sessions. You can pair this with the Alienware Wired Gaming Mouse with its programmable mouse buttons for quick actions.

All of these will be available starting in Q3 2020, with starting prices as follows:

  • Dell G5 Desktop (available starting July 9)  — US$ 749
  • Dell 27 Gaming QHD Monitor (available starting July 28) — US$ 569.99
  • Dell 27 Curved Gaming FHD Monitor (available starting August 21) — US$ 279.99
  • Alienware RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (available starting August 4) — US$ 129.99

Gaming

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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Accessories

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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