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Razer and miHoYo drop stunning Genshin Impact peripherals

Paimon is here to help!

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Razer recently announced their new partnership with miHoYo for its free-to-play, award-winning title, Genshin Impact. What came out of it, you ask? Well, they’re delivering on stunning licensed co-branded peripherals to enhance your immersive gameplay.

As our official guide in Teyvat, Paimon’s never left your side. From fiesty adventures to roaming city grounds, she’s been there for Genshin Impact players through thick and thin. So, it’s no surprose Razer and miHoYo dropped a lovely loot of Paimon inspired peripherals to keep you safe on your journey!

Plunge into the open world with Razer

Fans can look forward to stunning Genshin Impact themed designs on three of Razer’s products. Which ones? The DeathAdder V2 Pro gaming mouse, Razer Iskur X ergonomic gaming chair and the Razer Goliathus Speed gaming mouse mat! Plus, each item comes with its very own exclusive in-game rewards.

To top it all off, Razer has a custom-tuned THX Game Profile via the THX Spatial Audio app. The app is sure to deliver on quality surround sound and positional accuracy. It swears by its realistic acoustics of lifelike reflection of in-game surroundings. Giving you the best immersive gameplay you probably never had.

Here’s the full Genshin Impact drop:

  • Guiding your hand with the Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro (Genshin Impact Edition).
    Bonus In-game Reward​
    200 Primogems, Mora x80,000
  • Let control take flight with the Razer Goliathus Medium (Genshin Impact Edition)
    Bonus In-game Reward​
    30 Primogems, Adventurer’s Experience x5
  • She’s got your back with the Razer Iskur X (Genshin Impact Edition)
    Bonus In-game Reward​
    500 Primogems, Hero’s Wit x20, Mora x100,000

Update as of November 17, 2021

Pre-order of Genshin Impact X Razer Co-Branded Products starts now:

  • Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro Gaming Mouse
  • Razer Goliathus Speed Mouse Mat – Medium
  • Shipping will start from December 9
  • Check out more information here: http://rzr.to/genshin-impact

Meanwhile, Genshin Impact designs are now available for customization for Orochi V2 mice and Gigantus V2 mouse mats. Fans and players can now order their personalized Genshin Impact-themed peripherals. Please note that the Razer Customs service is only applicable to selected regions. For more details, please visit Razer Customs.

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Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard for nearly US$ 70B

Massive acquisition

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Here’s a move no one saw coming. Microsoft has just acquired gaming company Activision Blizzard for a whopping US$ 68.7 billion in an all-cash transaction.

This means every studio and every game under Activision Blizzard now belongs to Microsoft. These include the creators of popular franchises like Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Crash Bandicoot, and more.

The acquisition will make Microsoft the world’s third-largest gaming company by revenue, behind Tencent and Sony.

Bobby Kotick, who has been embroiled in several issues concerning company culture will remain as CEO of Activision Blizzard. Once the deal formally closes, he and his team will report to Phil Spencer, CEO, Microsoft Gaming.

Exclusives?

The initial statement release stated that the Microsfot will continue to be present in the platforms that Activision Blizzard has established communities in. This could have allayed fears that the acquired titles will now be exclusive to Microsoft and Xbox. However, this line is no longer present and has been replaced with statements from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Phil Spencer.

“Gaming is the most dynamic and exciting category in entertainment across all platforms today and will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms,” said Satya Nadella.

“Together we will build a future where people can play the games they want, virtually anywhere they want,” said Spencer.

Game Pass

The acquisition bodes well for Microsoft’s Game Pass. It already boasts of hundreds, if not thousands of gaming titles as well as over 25 million users.

The acquisition will add some parts of  Activision Blizzard’s nearly 400 million monthly active players in 190 countries. It will make Game Pass one of the most compelling and diverse lineups of gaming content in the industry.

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My Hero Academia is getting a battle royale game

In closed beta right now

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Image source: Gematsu

Just when you thought the battle royale craze was over, a new contender has approached. Capitalizing on one of the most popular anime series in modern history, Bandai Namco is launching a battle royale based on My Hero Academia. My Hero Academia: Ultra Rumble is currently undergoing a beta test now.

Officially teased by Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine (spotted by Gematsu), the upcoming battle royale game will come to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. Like other battle royales in the genre, the game will be free-to-play.

Image source: Gematsu

However, instead of an all-out brawl between dozens and dozens of players, the game will only feature 24 players in a single round. Though Bandai Namco has not announced a launch date for the battle royale, a closed beta announcement means things are rolling smoothly. It might not take long before an open beta and an eventual launch happens.

My Hero Academia: Ultra Rumble makes sense as a spin-off of the popular anime series. Put simply, My Hero Academia takes place in a world where superpowers are commonplace. It’s easy to see how a battle royale based on the anime can work especially with different powers acting as a way to eliminate opponents.

Curiously enough, the game is coming out in older console generations, rather than the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X/S.

SEE ALSO: FF7 series launches new PS5 update, mobile battle royale

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Microsoft has stopped making all Xbox One consoles

To focus on Xbox Series X/S

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Despite the global shortage, the gaming world is steadily moving towards next generation dominance. Both Sony and Microsoft want gamers to use either the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X/S exclusively. However, the ongoing problem is preventing gamers from switching. To help with the shortages, Microsoft is discontinuing all Xbox One consoles.

This has been a slow death for the previous Xbox generation. Back in 2020, Microsoft stopped producing the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition to pave the way for the then-launching Xbox Series X/S. That was only part of the equation. Gamers could still get other variants of the Xbox One series. Of course, that ends now.

Microsoft has stopped producing new units of all Xbox One consoles. If you want to purchase an older Xbox, you’ll have to rely on existing stock.

According to a statement sent to The Verge, the company pushed through with the decision to focus its production more on the still-scant Xbox Series X/S. With enough luck, the move might help the shortage. Both the new Xbox and the PlayStation 5 still notoriously sell out seconds after new stock is announced.

Ironically, Sony is trying the opposite strategy. Because of the ongoing shortages, the PlayStation maker is instead manufacturing more PlayStation 4 units this year, ideally to fill in the lacking PlayStation 5 stock.

Which strategy will prevail? At this point, no one is. Both consoles are still missing from stores despite overwhelming demand.

SEE ALSO: Xbox creates a SpongeBob-themed Xbox Series X

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