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NVIDIA has launched the RTX 30 series

Built for 8K gaming

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The new era of gaming is dawning on us. With the impending launches of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X, PC gaming is pushing the envelope even further. Today, NVIDIA has launched the RTX 30 series, including the first GPU to play at 60fps in glorious 8K resolution. According to NVIDIA’s website, the new GeForce RTX 3090, 3080, and 3070 GPUs can perform up to twice as fast as the last generation. Let’s break them down.

GeForce RTX 3090

Leading the trio, the GeForce RTX 3090 is also known as the BFGPU or the Big Ferocious GPU. Touting up to 50 percent more performance than the industry-leading TITAN RTX, the new GPU is the world’s first driver capable of playing AAA games in 60fps and 8K resolution. Under the hood, the GPU has 24GB of GDDR6x video memory, allowing for smoother performance for both gamers and content creators.

Further, the GeForce RTX 3090 comes with a new three-slot, dual-axial silencer. The feature keeps the GPU 30 degrees Celsius cooler and ten times quieter than the TITAN RTX.

GeForce RTX 3080

For PC gamers, the midrange GeForce RTX 3080 delivers up to twice as much performance as the previous RTX 2080. Inside, the GPU sports 10GB of GDDR6X video memory. More realistically, the GeForce RTX 3080 plays at 60fps in 4K resolution.

GeForce RTX 3070

Rounding out the pack, the GeForce RTX 3070 comes with 8GB of GDDR6 video memory, delivering great performance for 4K and 1440p resolutions. It performs up to 60 percent faster than the previous RTX 2070.

Price and availability

Because of its titanic performance, the GeForce RTX 3090 retails for US$ 1,499. It will ship starting September 24.

The GeForce RTX 3080 sells for US$ 699. It ships starting September 17.

Finally, the GeForce RTX 3070 sells for US$ 499. It will ship sometime in October.

Further, any new RTX 3070 customers will receive a free digital download of Watch Dogs: Legion and a free one-year subscription to NVIDIA GeForce NOW.

SEE ALSO: NVIDIA opens official online store on Shopee

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Globe, AcadArena launch Esports merit scholarship

Who knew playing video games has its benefits to your education?

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By this time, some students are already having online classes as a result of the pandemic. Even so, the younger generation still finds time to play video games to their hearts content. For others, while school hasn’t started yet, they use this time to hone their skills in otherwise competitive titles. Now, Globe and AcadArena have something very special planned that will provide more opportunities to college students.

As part of their student organization support system Alliance, Esports AcadArena is launching its first Esports merit scholarship. In partnership with Globe, this scholarship hopes to provide financial assistance through active participation in Esports activities. Essentially, student organizations from member universities may avail of this scholarship for select students.

The scholarships offers three types of merit depending on the student’s activities within their organization. There is the Family Good Game Grant which offers financial assistance to the student’s family provided he qualifies in AcadArena’s tournaments. Also, there are Competitve and Leadership Merits granted onto individuals with good chararcter and performance.

To know more about the Alliance Program or if your organization is interested in applying, visit AcadArena’s webiste.

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Microsoft is acquiring Bethesda parent ZeniMax for $7.5 billion

Gearing up for the console war

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Microsoft has announced it’ll be acquiring ZeniMax Media for US$ 7.5 billion. The gaming company is behind many high-profile titles like Doom and Fallout. Furthermore, the gaming company owns Bethesda Softworks, which owns top-sellers like The Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein, and Dishonored.

To be more precise, the deal includes multiple divisions like Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios.

The announcement comes just a week after Microsoft’s failed bid for the short-video app, TikTok. Instead, Oracle and Walmart won the race and officially became technology partners of the game. However, the gaming acquisition will immensely help the Redmond based giant sell its Xbox console.

“All of their great work will of course continue and grow and we look forward to empowering them with the resources and support of Microsoft to scale their creative visions to more players in new ways for you,” Xbox head Phil Spencer said in a blog post announcing the news.

The new Xbox and PlayStation are scheduled to come later this year and this deal gives Microsoft an edge in terms of game exclusivity. With the Coronavirus outbreak, gaming has picked up radically in 2020 and the future looks bright in the short term.

Microsoft will be seeking to bring all of the new studios’ upcoming titles to Xbox Game Pass on day one across Xbox consoles and PC.

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Buying a PS5? You might not have to wait long for a discount

This is according to a report by iPrice Group

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The pricing and availability of the PlayStation 5 was revealed in a recent showcase.It also showed off the various games coming to the next-gen console. However, not everyone may be rushing to get their hands on the PS5. If you’re one of the few who are holding off, here’s how long you should wait.

According to a report by e-commerce aggregator iPrice Group, pricing for the new console might see a price drop as early as May 2021.

They came to this conclusion after studying the price history of the PlayStation 4 Pro — the console that precedes the PS5. They collected and compared selling prices of the console throughout the years on over 150 online shopping websites.

The average online selling price for Sony consoles tends to drop by six percent (6%), six months after the release and up to eight percent (8%) after a year.

The discounts also tend to come with game promotions where the consoles come bundled with certain early releases. The pricing discounts come from partner retailers. Sony itself doesn’t slash prices right away.

Following this analysis, the company predicts the following pricing by May 2021:

  • PlayStation 5 Standard Edition — SG$ 685
  • PlayStation 5 Digital Edition — SG$ 564

By November 2021, the consoles could be had for these prices:

  • PlayStation 5 Standard Edition — SG$ 634
  • PlayStation 5 Digital Edition — SG$ 521

While you can always be hopeful, we advise to take these numbers with a grain of salt. We don’t know for sure if the prices will actually drop.

However, be on the lookout from your local retailers no matter what market you’re in. You might just snag a great deal!

 

 

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