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HP OMEN gaming laptops hit the Philippines

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As mobile gadgets rise in shipments each year, traditional laptops and desktop computers continue to slump. HP, who’s been such a strong player for Windows-powered machines, is fully aware of the situation, and has turned its attention to the one market that values conventional computing: Gamers.

Earlier today, HP made its case in the Philippines’ gaming scene with the launch of its OMEN series of laptops. If you’re familiar with dominantly red-and-black lineup, you’d know how it’s marketed to the gaming community.

Available in 17.3- and 15.6-inch display sizes, the OMEN notebooks focus more on mobile practicality and established components, like the Pavilion convertible we featured last month.

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This means they aren’t as sleek as the Spectre series, but they do offer the full range of connectivity ports and a solid keyboard to play with. You’ll have access to full-sized USB 3.0, HDMI, and Ethernet ports, as well as a Mini DisplayPort if you’re into high-quality outputs. There’s also a set of Bang & Olufsen speakers, so you don’t have to rely on external hardware.

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This isn’t to say the OMEN gaming laptops skimp on performance, though. They can be outfitted with processors as powerful as a sixth-generation Intel Core i7, RAM totaling 16GB, and built-in storage reaching as much as 2TB. Of course, like any other gamer rig, a dedicated NVIDIA graphics card would always be available to push the Full HD or 4K resolution you choose.

When it comes down to it, putting the words gaming and laptop beside each other is tough to stomach for some hardcore gamers, but there’s certainly a market for them. They essentially replace desktop setups, especially for consumers who can’t stay put or don’t have the time to build their own customized PC.

Prices begin at $900 in international markets, while the Philippines is limited to configurations starting at PhP 55,000. That puts the OMEN series squarely in between its rivals in the mobile gaming segment.

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Meta.us introduces exclusively-local DOTA 2 tournament

Paving the way for the future DOTA 2 legends in the Philippines

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Esports in the Philippines has been on a steady rise, with almost no end in sight. Filipino teams and players strive to compete at the highest level, proving their worth against international foes. From TNC Predator’s consistent participation in The International to the country’s DOTA 2 gold medal finish in the 2019 SEA Games, there’s nowhere to go but up!

Meta.us, an online Esports platform, is offering an opportunity for more people to take part in its rise. With over 13,000 registered Filipino players, it has continuosly provided avenues for amateurs to hone their skills such as tournaments. This time around, they’ve began scouting for more players seeking to be the best in the country in their new DOTA 2 Leagues.

The idea is simple: form a team, register and compete with others, earn your ranking, and win the prize pool. In partnership with JBL, the Meta.us DOTA 2 Leagues offer a tier-system style tournament. For aspiring teams, they will begin their quest for supremacy in the Open Series, a set of weekly tournaments.

Through these tournaments, team earn Meta Rank points which will factor in with their promotion into the Junior and Senior Divisions. A prize pool of over Php 255,000 awaits the winners, along with a chance to receive coaching sessions with players from TNC Predator.

Interested teams can still register until August 5, 2020 through the Meta.us website. The Open Series kicks off on August 6, and will run for six months.

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PS4 controllers will still work with the PS5

But not really

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Second only to the PlayStation itself, the DualShock controller is the most iconic part of the current generation system. While discussions will always swirl around performance ratings and gaming varieties, the controller defines the user’s seamless experience with the console. Naturally, when the next generation debuted, another spotlight shone on the upcoming DualSense controller. That said, what will become of our old DualShock 4 controllers? Revealed today, the PS4 controllers will still work with the PS5, but not really.

In an official PlayStation blog, Sony answered a few lingering questions surrounding peripherals and accessories for the next generation. As mentioned, yes, the DualShock 4 controller will still work with the PlayStation 5. However, it will only work with PlayStation 4 games. As noted in the initial announcement, the PlayStation 5 is backwards compatible with the PlayStation 4. Meaning, you can still play PlayStation 4 games on the new console.

That said, the DualShock controller will not work with the upcoming PlayStation 5 exclusives. “We believe that PS5 games should take advantage of the new capabilities and features we’re bringing to the platform, including the features of DualSense wireless controller,” Sony said.

However, Sony’s more specialized controllers are getting a free pass. Old official racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks will still work with PlayStation 5 games. A few headsets, the PlayStation Camera, the PS Move, and the PSVR Aim Controller will likewise work.

The new console and supporting peripherals will reportedly launch sometime during the holidays. Currently, we are still missing a few details for the system’s launch, including price and any promoted bundles.

SEE ALSO: Will PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X games be more expensive?

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 Soundtrack adds 37 new tracks

Get hyped for the remaster as you listen to this diverse set of tracks

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Activision has an exciting addition to its anticipated remaster of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 for new and longtime fans. Even though just a simple release trailer would’ve been great, they decided to take it one step further. In a 14-minute YouTube virtual concert, the developers showcased what is essentially the music behind the remastered classic.

The Noisey YouTube channel hosted this virtual concert, which featured a stellar list of rap, punk, and indie artists. These artists are behind a whopping 37 new tracks added to the remaster’s official soundtrack. Coupled with some of the classic tunes from the original, this soundtrack echoes the sounds of skateboarding. During the concert, artists like CHAII, Merkules, and Machine Gun Kelly even gave us a taste of the new music.

Apart from these, the concert also showcased previews of gameplay from the remaster itself. In between performances, you will just see clips of players doing all sorts of skateboarding tricks across the park. Also, some of the footage even features real-life skaters — or, at least character models of them.

If you want to watch the whole concert, you can watch it here.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 arrives on September 4, 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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