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Predator’s midrange Helios 300 gaming laptops allow overclocking

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Overclocking has been around for a while on gaming laptops, but usually only on the higher-end models like the ludicrous Predator 21 X. Acer is making the feature a little more accessible this time by letting its new Predator Helios 300 midrange line handle the extra hardware boosting.

Technically, overclocking — the process of pushing a gadget’s processor past its factory settings — can be done on any device, from smartphones to desktop computers. But there are several reasons why overclocking hasn’t become mainstream on gaming laptops until now.

For one, cooling technology hasn’t reached a point where it’s both efficient and portable enough to fit in a non-behemoth-sized notebook. Another reason is the practicality of it all; why risk pushing a midrange graphics card when you can buy a gaming laptop with a better setup in the first place?

Thanks to NVIDIA’s latest crop graphics cards and Acer’s recent laptop advancements, the Predator Helios 300 series introduces fairly priced gaming notebooks that you can effortlessly overclock without having to deal with additional peripherals.

This is made possible using a dual-fan system with an AeroBlade 3D Fan design and PredatorSense software to safely push the system while keeping the temperatures in check.

Compared to the simultaneously launched Triton 700, there’s nothing out of the ordinary with the Helios 300 looks-wise. I found it to be on the thick side, and the non-mechanical keyboard was unimpressive.

The two primary models come in 15.6- and 17.3-inch display sizes, with processor options being Intel’s Core i7 (7700HQ) or i5 processor (7300HQ) and either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050 Ti graphics card. Both cards, as mentioned earlier, can be overclocked using bundled apps.

Memory can go as high as 32GB, and storage includes the best of both worlds: a high-speed SSD and a large 1TB HDD. There’s nothing out of the ordinary for I/O (input and output) ports, but you do get the newest USB 3.1 Type-C port.

North America is getting first dibs on the Helios 300 starting July 2017. The 15.6-inch models start at $1,299, while the 17.3-inch units will go for $1,399.

Pricing is a little different for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), wherein both sizes will start at EUR 1,199 beginning in August. China will follow the North American July timeline, but retail for CNY 9,999 for both models, as well.

SEE ALSO: Acer Predator 21 X first look

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ACC is official game for 2022 FIA Motorsport Games

New DLC also released

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505 Games and KUNOS Simulazioni’s Assetto Corsa Competizione (ACC) has just been chosen as the official game of the 2022 FIA Motorsport Games’ esports competition.

The competition will take place from October 26 to 30, 2022, allowing GT fans to experience a whole new level of esports racing across 17 disciplines in ACC’s roster of GT3 vehicles.

The FIA Motorsport Games challenges esports competitors around the world in GT, GT Sprint, and Endurance disciplines to become the annual champion of the simulation racing world.

It will be the first time that ACC will headline the event. Fittingly, the American Track Pack DLC has just released on PC via Steam, featuring renowned US speedways for the first time.

Among those scanned and rendered for absolute accuracy are the Watkins Glen, Indianapolis, and Circuit of the Americas (COTA) race tracks.

The DLC is available now on PC for the following rates:

  • SG$ 25.90
  • VND 245,000
  • PhP 539.99
  • IDR 229,000
  • MYR 80
  • THB 599
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Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher: Raise your own Kaiju

Coming to the Nintendo Switch

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Players will soon be able to raise their own Ultra Kaiju and take them to battle as Bandai Namco has announced Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher for Nintendo Switch with a release date set later in 2022.

The title is a collaboration between Ultra Kaiju, the villain monster in Ultraman action programs, and the monster-breeding simulation game Monster Rancher which is fittingly celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Generate your Partner Kaiju

Just like Monster Rancher 1 and 2, the new title is a breeding simulation game, but this time, you’ll be raising Ultra Kaiju — like Alien Baltan, Zetton, or Gomora.

To generate your Partner Kaiju from the platform, simply follow these steps:

  1. Use the Song Search function to play songs that will generate a new Ultra Kaiju
  2. The Ultra Kaiju can also be generated using NFC-enabled devices or items such as transport ID cards
  3. The game reads your ID and card data using NFC and generates a Kaiju
  4. Different data produces different Kaiju, so you will never know what you’re going to get from over 200 choices

Raise your Ultra Kaiju for battles

Once generated, players will select from a range of actions like feeding them, training them, or sending them on an Errantry with rival Kaiju to raise them.

Your own Ultra Kaiju will be raised on a ranch. Once it has reached its potential, it will be time for tournaments where it will face off against rivals in powerful battles.

As the game is still based mainly on Monster Rancher, attacks will be available depending on the distance of the Kaiju and its opponent.

Using combinations and learning new moves via the Errantry will help your Kaiju dominate the arena.

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NieR: Automata is coming to Nintendo Switch

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Post-apocalyptic RPG NieR: Automata The End of YoRHa Edition is coming to the Asia region on October 6, headlining a series of title announcements from video game giant Square Enix at Nintendo Direct Mini.

Players from the region will soon enjoy the action RPG, which has 6.5 million units shipped worldwide since its 2017 release, on Nintendo Switch.

Assuming the role of androids 2B, 9S and A2, players will have to reclaim the world from machine life-forms and uncover truths about humanity. Free DLCs with additional content and challenges will also be available for free download.

NieR: Automata

Aside from NieR: Automata, three more Square Enix games are going to be released later in the year.

LIVE A LIVE

LIVE A LIVE, a classic RPG game, is reborn into HD-2D and scheduled for release on July 22. 

A demo version has already been made available for Chapters 1 to 3, and players may be able to carry over their saved data into the full game.

The game features seven time periods, seven protagonists, and seven gameplay variations which players may choose to play in whatever.

Each has unique elements and engaging battles along with interesting narratives. Completing all seven will unlock an eighth — the Middle Ages — where more adventures await.

Harvestella

Brand-new farming life simulation RPG with a dark twist Harvestella will follow on November 4, with a PC edition (Steam) to be released on November 5.

Harvestella is set in a vibrant and colorful world where giant crystals, Seaslight, create a smooth transition from season to season.

Players will grow crops, use ingredients to cook and craft items, visit different towns, interact with townsfolk, go fishing, and more.

However, abnormalities suddenly appear and a fifth season, the Quietus or “season of death” wreak havoc wherein crops cannot grow and people cannot go outside.

This is where the challenge begins, and players can from various Jobs, such as Fighter, Shadow Walker, and Mage, and venture into dungeons to uncover the truth behind the calamity.

Dragon Quest Treasures

Lastly, another new RPG, treasure-hunting adventure game Dragon Quest Treasures will launch worldwide on December 9.

It will be a completely new spin off from the Dragon Quest series, and will explore the childhood escapades of Erik and Mia, who first appeared in Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age.

Players will take control of Erik and Mia, as they explore a treasure hunter’s paradise. Players may recruit monsters which shall aid them in hiding loot strategically and even battling other treasure hunters.

Collecting treasure will allow players to increase their vault value, expand their home base, and add to their brigade of friendly monsters.

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