Lenovo launches Legion 7i, new Legion gaming laptops

A simpler name but a more powerful lineup ahead



Believe it or not, Lenovo Legion came prepared for the stay-at-home life. In an effort to keep everyone indoors during these uncertain times, they unveil their new set of gaming laptops for all gamers. These new laptops bring all the latest and powerful gaming hardware, suited for both casual and competitive gamers. And all of these are now under a much simpler name.

Lenovo decided to keep things simpler and easier to remember with their new Legion gaming laptops. Don’t let the simpler name fool you; all these laptops bring a little bit of everything for everyone. Spearheading the new wave of gaming laptops for Lenovo Legion is the Lenovo Legion 7i. This, along with the Lenovo Legion 5i were announced a little earlier than the rest of the current lineup. Since then, Lenovo launched three new models rocking all the latest hardware.

For those who are looking for a more competitive gaming laptop, look no further to the Lenovo Legion 5Pi. This device carries with it the latest 10th-generation Intel Core H-series processors for improved performance across the board. Also, the Lenovo Legion 5Pi comes with up to an NVIDIA RTX 2060 for a more powerful gaming experience. All of these go along with up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of NVMe SSD storage.

The Lenovo Legion 5Pi also comes with a 15-inch IPS HDR display with 240Hz refresh rate for more seamless gameplay. The display is 100% sRGB color accurate, perfect even for gamers who are also content creators themselves. You can expect to immerse yourself in your gameplay thanks to Dolby Vision and the thinner bezels.

If you’re looking for a more affordable option yet provides massive power, there is the AMD-powered Lenovo Legion 5. Unlike its brother, the Lenovo Legion 5i, this device comes with the new AMD Ryen 7 4000 series mobile processors. Not only will it bring the performance you need, but these chips are designed to aid in prolonging your laptop, as well. Much like the Legion 5i and 5Pi, the Legion 5 also comes with up to an NVIDIA RTX 2060 inside.

Finally, if you’re on a more casual side of gaming but still need powerful hardware to play well, the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i is definitely for you. Even if it’s not a Legion product, this gaming laptop still packs a punch for any type of gamer out there. With the latest 10th-generation Intel Core H-series processors and up to an NVIDIA GTX 1650Ti inside, expect high-level gaming performance. It also comes with a 120Hz refresh rate display, and in two colors: Chameleon Blue and Onyx Black.

All of these gaming laptops come with Lenovo’s new technologies such as Coldfront 2.0 and TrueStrike keyboards for cooler and more responsive devices. They are expected to be available by June 2020, and pricing for the entire Legion lineup is as follows:

  • Lenovo Legion 7i – PhP 119,995
  • Lenovo Legion 5 series – Legion 5Pi (PhP 74,995), Legion 5i (PhP 62,995), Legion 5 (PhP 56,995)
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i – PhP 52,995


Microsoft is being prevented from buying Activision Blizzard

Sued by the FTC



The year started off with a bang. Microsoft, already a respectable name in the gaming industry by itself, announced the impending acquisition of Activision Blizzard for US$ 68.7 billion. Perhaps it’s fitting that the year will end right back where it started. The FTC is officially suing Microsoft to block the monumental purchase from going through.

Announced today, the United States’ FTC (or Federal Trade Commission) has filed a legal claim against Microsoft, stating that the acquisition will allow the company to suppress competition between its rivals in the gaming industry. The commission believes that it has enough to effectively block the purchase. Allowing Microsoft to go through with the purchase will supposedly enable the company to prevent Activision Blizzard’s titles — including the Call of Duty franchise — from coming out easily on other platforms.

Since the announcement of the acquisition, Activision Blizzard has gone through a rocky year. The company had its dirty laundry aired out: a plethora of disagreeable practices from within the company. Exacerbated by the rocky launches of Diablo Immortal and Overwatch 2, it’s not exactly a stellar year for the company.

In fact, it’s not a good year for monopolistic practices either. Recently, Ticketmaster found itself under the microscope after a massive kerfuffle preventing Taylor Swift fans from purchasing tickets to the star’s upcoming concert.

While the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard is still up in the air, it seems company acquisitions aren’t as easy as this year has made them out to be.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft announces a modular Adaptive Mouse

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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:

UNCHARTED: Legacy of Thieves Collection

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.

God of War: Ragnarök

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.

Horizon Forbidden West

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.

Gran Turismo 7

Gran Turismo 7

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 Last of Us Part I

The Last of Us Part 1

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.

Gaming peripherals

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.

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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.

SEE ALSO: Xbox outsells the PlayStation for the first in 11 years

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