The Philippines will be hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) next year, featuring 56 sports in total. The Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PSGOC) gave the go-signal for the list of sports that southeast Asian countries will participate in. Across the more popular sports such as basketball and volleyball, one sport will be making its debut coming off its stint in the 2018 Asian Games.
As confirmed by numerous media outlets, esports will be an official sport for the SEA Games next year. The sport belongs under Category 3, which is dedicated mostly to regional sports or sports making their first appearance in the event. It’s in the same category as sports like arnis and jiu-jitsu, and the PSGOC will be awarding medals.
Esports made a mark in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia as a demonstration sport. Its success became one of the primary reasons for its inclusion in this year’s lineup for the SEA Games. To further strengthen the efforts, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan recently visited Manila to meet up with PSGOC Chairman Emeritus Alan Cayetano. Both the PSGOC and Razer hope to elevate the status of competitive esports in lieu of its inclusion in the 2022 Asian Games in Huangzou, China.
The PSGOC recently finished an ocular inspection of the competition venues in Clark, Pampanga. On Friday, the group will host the 11 participating countries, through their chefs de mission for the One Year Countdown Celebration. The celebration will kick off a series of activities and gatherings leading up to the opening of the 30th SEA Games in November 2019.
PlayStation gift ideas for 2022: The best of the best
God of War: Ragnarök tops the list
Gamers, rejoice! The Christmas season is finally here. That means it’s also the perfect time to secure PlayStation titles and peripherals to boost the gaming experience. Here are some of the best gift ideas for gamers on both PS4 and PS5:
This collection retails for PhP 2,490 and includes both critically acclaimed single player adventures, UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End and UNCHARTED: The Lost Legacy.
Dive into complex history from the point of view of thieves Nathan Drake and Chloe Frazer. Its PlayStation 5 option is remastered with improved visuals and framerate.
Already widely considered as the game of the year, Santa Monica Studio’s sequel to the 2018 God of War features Kratos and Atreus going on a mythic journey across nine realms together before Ragnarök arrives.
Kratos will use his weapons like the Leviathan Axe and Blades of Chaos as he puts everything on the line to fight for family while facing fearsome enemies from Norse gods to wild beasts.
God of War: Ragnarök is priced at PhP 3,490 for PS5 and PhP 2,990 for PS4.
From Sony comes an action RPG wherein Aloy braves the Forbidden West, a frontier that conceals mysterious threats.
The adventure will take gamers to a far-future, post-apocalyptic world of Horizon where land is dying and vicious storms keep ravaging what’s left of humanity.
That said, it will be up to Aloy to uncover the secrets, forge alliances, and defeat the enemy to prevail.
Horizon Forbidden West is available at PhP 3,490 for PS5 and PhP 2,990 for PS4.
For those into racing, Gran Turismo 7 brings together the very best of the Real Driving Simulator.
The game reintroduces GT Simulation Mode, on top of the head-to-head GT Sport Mode, GT Campaign, Arcade, and Driving School.
With over 420 cars available at Brand Central and the Used Car Dealership from day one and over 90 track routes including classics, Gran Turismo 7 promises both unparalleled detail and experience.
You can purchase the game for PhP 3,490 for PS5 and PhP 2,990 for PS4.
The multi-awarded game gets a PlayStation 5 treatment. Protagonist Joel smuggles 14-year-old Ellie out of a military quarantine zone, which jumpstarts a brutal cross-country journey.
This package includes The Last of Us single-player story and celebrated prequel chapter, Left Behind, which explores the events that changed the lives of Ellie and her best friend Riley forever.
The Last of Us Part I costs PhP 3,490 as well.
As for accessories, you should get your hands on the DualSense Wireless Controller for PS5 which now comes in new colors. The controllers are now available in Midnight Black, Cosmic Red, Starlight Blue, Galactic Purple, and Nova Pink, as well as Gray Camouflage.
It is available in all PlayStation authorized dealers starting at PhP 3,990.
Speaking of those colors, one can now customize their console itself with the PS5 Console Covers which are priced at PhP 3,090.
To complete the immersive gaming experience, the PULSE 3D Wireless Headset delivers with PS5 system’s Tempest 3D AudioTech and comes with dual noise-cancelling microphones.
It is available for PhP 5,590 in Midnight Black and Gray Camouflage.
Xbox will raise prices of new titles next year
Will soon cost US$ 69.99
New video games are expensive. Since the launch of the PlayStation 5, stores have been charging US$ 69.99 for every new release. On the flip side, Microsoft has kept its own slate of titles at the usual US$ 59.99 price point. However, that’s about to change next year. The company is raising the prices of first-party Xbox titles to US$ 69.99 next year.
In a recent statement (via The Verge), Microsoft has announced that new next-gen titles coming from Xbox Game Studios next year will face a price hike to reflect their “the content, scale, and technical complexity.” The announcement specifically names Forza Motorsport, Redfall, and Starfield (incidentally, one of the most anticipated titles next year) as part of this starting slate.
Prior to today’s status quo, new titles always sold for US$ 59.99. By itself, the old price tag is already hefty. However, it was one that was eventually accepted, especially after increasingly longer playthrough times.
Now, however, players are once again in a renewed state of justifying the expensive prices of new games. Titles are US$ 10 more expensive these days. Plus, special editions, which are becoming more common, have even higher price points.
If anything, Microsoft has waited until after the holidays before hiking prices up. If you were looking at a new title for your Xbox Series X/S, the holidays might be the best time to grab it. Or, as always, you can pay the monthly price of an Xbox Game Pass to access a trove of titles including new ones.
ROG Phone 6 gets limited-edition Diablo Immortal design
Available by mid-December
ASUS ROG is officially capping 2022 on a great note as it introduces the ROG Phone 6 Diablo Immortal Edition.
This limited-edition iteration of the gaming smartphone dubbed as the “King of Gaming Smartphones” was done in collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment, and is a surefire must-have for gamers.
The phone features a Hellfire Red colorway wherein a unique flame effect design is embellished onto the phone. This finish also changes luminance at different viewing angles.
The Diablo Immortal theme also extends to the user interface which comes with an exclusive animated theme pack that includes a live Diablo wallpaper and redesigned app icon frame.
When the phone is charging, an exclusive sound and animation containing Diablo-themed elements will also be experienced.
Complementing the device is a set of accessories that is part of the package. It starts with the box itself, whose design is inspired by the in-game Horadric Cube, while the phone is also stored in a box modeled after the Worldstone.
A special protective Shield Blessing Aero case and Map of Sanctuary scroll that reveal hidden marks for those playing the game are also included.
Even the phone’s SIM ejector pin gets a Diablo treatment, coming with a Diablo emblem design.
Demon-slaying ready smartphone
More than its appearance, the ROG Phone 6 boasts of the best specs that deliver extreme mobile gaming performance.
It is powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor. The phone has 16GB of DDR5 RAM, 512 of UFS3.1 storage, and a 6,000mAh battery.
The display is a 6.78-inch 165Hz AMOLED screen that supports HDR10+ visuals.
And with GameCool 6 cooling system and AirTrigger 6 technology, one’s gaming experience will definitely be seamless.
The ROG Phone 6 Diablo Immortal Edition will retail for PhP 68,995 by mid-December in all ASUS and ROG concept stores and multi-brand dealers.
For more details, click here for the product’s page on ASUS-ROG’s official website.
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