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Predator Triton 700 is Acer’s next great gaming laptop

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As mind-blowing as the Predator 21 X is, it’s not something you’d actually buy — heck, only a single unit is being sold in certain countries and it comes with a hard case on wheels. That’s why it’s such a relief to see Acer launch the Predator Triton 700, which is oh-so slim yet terribly fast.

With a clear end goal of making something powerful and portable at the same time, the Triton 700 is built with a 18.9mm-thin aluminum chassis that weighs only 2.6kg and makes use of the same Dual AeroBlade 3D Fan design found in the simultaneously launched Predator Helios 300 series.

What separates this from the midrange Helios 300, however, is the price. Starting at $2,999 in North America and EUR 3,399 in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), this is by no means an easy purchase, but the pricing makes more sense once you know the specifications.

Clearly, it’s going to have the latest and best Intel Core processor, as much as 32GB of memory, and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 10-series graphics card in it; but the real deal-maker is its two NVMe PCIe SSDs working in RAID 0 configuration. If you’re familiar with that setup, you know what you’re in for. If not, rest assured it’s possibly the fastest storage setup you could have.

Further justifying the tough-to-swallow price is a built-in mechanical keyboard with programmable RGB backlighting (no confirmation of switch types, though). There’s mention of NVIDIA’s G-Sync support, but it’s only for external monitors, apparently.

Right above the keyboard, you’ll find a clear Gorilla Glass touchpad showing off the guts, consisting of the cooling system with its five heatpipes. It’s a nice touch to an otherwise mostly minimalist design.

Having used it for a short time, I must say the Triton 700 is quite the stunner in person; the size and weight really make a difference, and the mechanical keyboard, despite its shallow depth, is still an upgrade over any standard keyboard. The awkward placement of the glass touchpad is the only potential negative here.

As expected of a premium gaming notebook, connectivity options are abundant, from Killer DoubleShot Pro networking and Thunderbolt 3, to a DisplayPort connector and Ethernet port for the fastest possible network connection.

Availability will begin in August for all regions. Acer mentions pricing, exact specs, and stocks will depend on where you buy it.

SEE ALSO: Acer Predator 21 X first look

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Buy AMD’s Ryzen 7000 series-Star Wars Jedi: Survivor bundle

Cal Kestis’ adventure continues

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AMD Ryzen Jedi Survivor

AMD has an early offer for those anticipating the release of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

Until April 1, 2023, customers may avail of the AMD Ryzen Game Bundle which includes select 7000 series processors and access to Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

Powered by the new Zen 4 architecture, Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors offer incredible performance for gamers — up to 15% faster than the Zen 3 generation.

When purchased, gamers will receive a redemption code and will have until May 6, 2023 to redeem their copy of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

The action adventure game is set to release on March 17 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows.

The sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order stars now Jedi Knight Cal Kestis, whose story continues with adventures that will push him further than ever as he fights to protect the galaxy from descending into darkness.

Players will discover new planets and visit familiar frontiers in the Star Wars galaxy in the game, each with unique biomes, challenges, and enemies.

Watch the Star Wars Jedi: Survivor trailer. 

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Cult classic GoldenEye 007 is coming to Xbox, Switch

Through Game Pass or Switch Online

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Before the stark rise of Call of Duty and Halo, there was 1993’s DOOM. The still-popular title revolutionized the playing field for first-person shooters on the PC. A few years after that iconic game released, another title quietly reinvented the genre for consoles: GoldenEye 007. Whereas DOOM defined the FPS genre for the PC, GoldenEye 007 did the same for consoles. Now, gamers today will officially get a way to play the game on modern hardware without the use of emulators.

Announced today, Rare is releasing the original game on Xbox and Nintendo Switch. Between the two, the focus is on the Xbox version. Both the Xbox One and the Xbox Series X/S will have access to a 4K remaster of the original GoldenEye 007, featuring higher framerates, dual analog sticks support, and local multiplayer. The HD title will come through either the Xbox Game Pass or the Rare Replay collection.

On the other hand, the Nintendo Switch version is as classic as it gets. Released almost in its original form, the Switch version will come as part of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack package of games for the N64. Additionally, unlike the Xbox version, the Switch is advertising an online multiplayer mode.

Both versions will unlock on January 27.

As it says in the title, GoldenEye 007 is an adaptation of the James Bond film of the same name. Outside of the title’s legacy in the video game world, the film kickstarted the modern era of the James Bond film franchise with Pierce Brosnan’s first outing as the iconic British spy.

SEE ALSO: Original Pokémon Snap is coming to Nintendo Switch Online

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Blizzard shuts down almost all games in China

Including Warcraft and Overwatch

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Blizzard’s games are about to become a lot less crowded. After failing to pen another agreement, Blizzard and NetEase have (mostly) parted ways. The breakup means that the former is now forced to close down almost all of its games in China.

Because of the different policies in China, Blizzard has to reply on a local partner to distribute their games in the country. For almost a decade and a half, the developer’s partner has always been NetEase, one of the biggest names in Chinese gaming. Initially, the two companies’ deal ended in December; however, Blizzard sought a six-month extension to seek for a more long-term deal with either NetEase or another client.

While Blizzard on Weibo expressed regrets for the lack of a deal, NetEase is less than happy at being painted a villain amid the commotion. In a separate Weibo post (translated via Wowhead), the Chinese company opened about Blizzard’s persistent search for another client while maintaining a shorter relationship with NetEase. The company likens it to “riding a mule while looking for a horse” or a “divorce while still [trying] to live together.”

In a more brutal fashion, NetEase showed more emotion about the separation by physically shattering Blizzard’s orc statue in NetEase’s offices and streaming them doing so. The company also released a new drink called Blizzard Green Tea in its shop. (The term refers to a modern insult which refers to someone who acts innocently but has more lascivious motivations deep inside.)

As a result of the catastrophic separation, Blizzard has shut down its major games in the country including World of Warcraft, Overwatch 2, and Diablo. Of note, Diablo Immortal remains untouched because of a separate deal with NetEase.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft is being prevented from buying Activision Blizzard

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