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MSI launches gaming laptops running eighth-gen Intel CPU

Took cues from a sports car for its design

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MSI has officially made its gaming lineup powered by eighth-generation Intel processors available in the Philippines. Headlining the series are two models — the GS65 Stealth Thin and GE Raider RGB Edition.

The GS65 Stealth Thin is the first gaming laptop to be equipped with a 144Hz IPS display with 7ms response time. This translates to super fluid movement while playing and could make or break a gaming match. The company also boasts an 82 percent screen-to-body ratio.

The gaming notebook has a new golden accent and trim that makes it look more premium. Inside, it’s equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor. MSI Philippines’ William Villanueva reiterates that in order to experience the most out of your gaming machine, the processor should be able to churn out tasks with efficiency. With that in mind, they are confident the 8750H chipset installed on the Stealth Thin would get the job done.

The rig is also armed with 16GB of RAM (up to 32GB), and up to a 512GB SSD.

It wouldn’t be a complete gaming platform without keys that light up. If you’re a fan of personalizing your color schemes, then you’d be glad to know the GS65 has a new per-key RGB keyboard designed by SteelSeries. Users can customize each key in addition to receiving real-time game status through the lighting of the keyboard.

Pricing for the two variants are as follows:

GS65 Stealth Thin (GTX 1060 GPU, 256GB SSD) — PhP 134,995

GS65 Stealth Thin (GTX 1070 GPU, 512GB SSD) — PhP 169,995

On the other hand, the GE Raider RGB Edition was first seen during its announcement at CES. Being patterned after the design of a sports car, you can see the craftsmanship poured into making the laptop sleek yet functional.

It has a pair of RGB lights on its lid that consist of 24 separate zones of illumination with more than 16.8 million colors available. It even has lights to illuminate its USB ports. It’s definitely a looker from afar and up close. The display comes in Full HD resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and a wide view orientation.

The GE Raider RGB Edition is configurable with up to the latest eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8750H processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. It also supports up to 32GB of RAM and a combo of 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD for storage. To keep things running smoothly, cooling the rig is the MSI Cooler Boost 5 that utilizes dual fans and seven copper heat pipes.

There are two variants, namely the GE63 and GE73. Below are their price points:

GE63 Raider RGB Edition (15.6-inch display, 8GB RAM) – PhP 124,995 (DOS) PhP 131,995 (Windows 10)

GE73 Raider RGB Edition (17.3-inch display, 16GB RAM) – PhP 144,995

Both the GS65 Stealth Thin and the GE Raider RGB Edition will be available in stores soon, but pre-ordering will be available on April 4 to May 6.

SEE ALSO: Razer Phone Review: Best smartphone for gaming?

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Sony postpones PlayStation 5 event amidst US protests

Letting more important voices be heard

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Last week, we finally heard some news about the upcoming but strangely silent PlayStation 5. Since the pandemic, the next generation of gaming kept out of the limelight, allowing the current generation to flourish amongst the locked-in gamers. Breaking the silence, Sony was scheduled to hold a showcase of PlayStation 5 launch titles this week for the upcoming console. Unfortunately, because of current events, the company has decidedly shelved the digital event.

Through their official Twitter account, PlayStation announced the postponement, allowing other issues to resolve in the meantime. “We have the decided to postpone the PlayStation 5 event scheduled for June 4,” the company said.

“While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard,” the post continues.

Naturally, the announcement is timed perfectly for the currently ongoing protests happening across America. Recently, George Floyd, an African American man, was murdered under the custody of a white police officer. The incident, followed by the subsequent lack of justice, sparked a wave of outrage throughout the country.

Since then, other companies and personalities have shown their support towards the cause. Notably, Google postponed Android 11’s launch previously, starting a wave of similar postponements. Though none of the postponing companies have named the George Floyd case specifically, one can easily assume the announcement’s relevance to the current political climate in America.

In any case, it looks like gamers will have to wait a little bit longer before more details about the PlayStation 5 will inevitably surface.

SEE ALSO: Nintendo and Sony are in a heated battle during lockdown

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Nintendo and Sony are in a heated battle during lockdown

Study also reveals which consoles were the most searched as lockdowns continue in SEA

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Photos by Alvaro Reyes and Mélanie THESE on Unsplash

It’s been roughly two and a half months since Southeast Asian countries have gone on lockdown due to COVID-19. As people were kept off the streets, video game companies found a way to reach these audiences through their consoles and game libraries. We watched as people spent most of their days learning new skills, staying healthy, and playing video games.

Little did we know, video game companies maximized this opportunity to sell more consoles, as well. A study by the iPrice Group revealed interesting data about the mini-console war that’s currently happening in Southeast Asia (SEA). In most countries, the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4 are leading the charge towards greater heights.

It made perfect sense that Nintendo’s handheld console is seeing its staggering sales increase during this period. Searches on online shopping platforms related to the Nintendo Switch skyrocketed by 245% within SEA alone, thanks in part to the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons back in March.

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Apart from that, the Nintendo Switch dominates 5 out of 7 markets in SEA in terms of search volume. This, of course takes into account searches and purchases from people between mid-March to mid-April.

For most markets, the big 3 of gaming consoles (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation4, and Xbox One) dominated the charts. Apart from the Switch, the PlayStation 4 saw significant increase in interest between mid-March and mid-April by 135%.

The releases of the remastered versions of Resident Evil 3 and Final Fantasy VII contributed heavily to that increase. Surprisingly, in three countries (Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines), the PlayStation 3 makes an appearances as a widely-searched console.

Looks like people really love their video games! If you want to know more about this trend, you can find the full report here.

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#PlayApartTogether: Embracing lockdowns and social distancing
Tinder users are going on Animal Crossing for their first dates
Just Dance 2020 helps with your workout-from-home

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Razer announces inaugural SEA Invitational 2020

Brought about by esports’ successful stint in the 2019 SEA Games

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Esports is seeing a steady rise in viewership as the COVID-19 pandemic kept everyone indoors. Gaming companies started rolling out their own versions of esports tournaments open to all players, whether amateur or professional. And after its successful stint in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, Razer wants to take esports to even greater heights.

As such, the company announced its inaugural Southeast Asia Invitational 2020, an esports tournament for the best of the best. The tournament organizers hope to gather the best esports athletes across Southeast Asia to prepare them for the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam. It will feature a unique tournament format, and will kick festivities off on June 22, 2020.

The invitational will feature three popular esports titles, two of which were in the 2019 SEA Games lineup. Expect intense and hotly contested action as players take the field in games like PUBG Mobile, DOTA 2, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. All of these will be available for streaming on Team Razer’s social media platforms: Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.

This tournament is also in partnership with Tier One Entertainment, supported by esports federations across the region. Those who wish to participate in the invitational should talk to their respective federations.

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