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The ROG GX800 sets new bar for gaming laptops

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Remember the days when gaming laptops were these huge and heavy machines?

Well, they still are, but for good reason. ASUS just recently unveiled its top-of-the-line gaming laptop, the Republic of Gamers (ROG) GX800.


At 18.4 inches in screen size and 30mm in thickness, this is in no way a slim and portable laptop, and like the Predator 21 X gaming laptop from Acer, it comes with it’s own suitcase.

With size comes power, lots of it. The laptop is powered by an Intel Core i7-7820HK processor and two GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards running in SLI mode, which really just means that this thing is rocking two of the most powerful commercial graphics processing units (GPUs) to date at the same time.

And while most people would think that’s overkill, ASUS certainly doesn’t think so. It claims this setup is necessary to run the most demanding games on Ultra settings at 4K Ultra HD resolution.

While this isn’t the first dual GTX 1080 setup in the gaming laptop market, it’s the first to come with its very own liquid cooling system as a separate docking attachment.

The liquid cooling allows you to overclock the processor and GPUs to a higher frequency to get more performance out of them, without encountering the problem of overheating. Luckily, the only time you ever need to dock the laptop is when you need even more power. Five games at the same time, anyone?

All that hardware doesn’t come cheap, at a whopping price tag of $6,000 (PhP 369,995 in the Philippines), this laptop is clearly targeted at hardcore enthusiasts, but the price is modest when compared to Acer’s $9000 Predator 21 X.

While the Predator offers a mechanical keyboard more akin to the more traditional desktop-class mechanical keyboards, Tobii eye tracking, and a 21-inch curved display, it’s arguably less portable.

But, to be frank, neither of the two actually are. The Predator, however, doesn’t have the liquid cooling necessary to overclock as much as the GX800, and ASUS is quick to note that the GX800 outperforms other gaming laptops in its class in benchmark tests.

If you’re curious or serious about owning this beast of a machine, here are the specs — otherwise, skip ahead.

Operating system: Windows 10
Processor: Intel Core i7-7820HK processor, 2.7 GHz (8M Cache, up to 3.6 GHz)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI with 16GB GDDR5X VRAM
Memory: 64GB DDR4 RAM
Storage: 3x 512GB PCIE Gen3 x4 SSD
Display: 18.4″ UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) resolution

For the more casual gamer, ASUS also announced a slew of new products across the ROG line this year, the GX being its top tier, followed by the G, and the most recent addition, the Strix. All are capable gaming machines, sharing the same design philosophy which ASUS claims was driven by feedback from its users.

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We’ve been calling PlayStation’s X button wrong all this time

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Regardless of which gaming console you have, the X button unites us all. Every console available today — the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch — has some form of the same button. That said, what do you call it? Both the Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch use other letters — Y, A, and B — for their other buttons. Naturally, majority vote calls for pronouncing it as the “ex” button.

However, Sony doesn’t use the same letter scheme. Instead of letters, the PlayStation’s DualShock controller uses shapes: Triangle, Circle, Square… and X? Do we still call it the “ex” button? According to the official PlayStation Twitter accounts, absolutely not.


In a now-infamous series of tweets, Sony has laid down the verdict in an argument we’ve probably never even thought about. Apparently, PlayStation users should pronounce each button according to their respective shapes. According to that logic, the X button should be called the Cross button.

As you might expect, the revelation didn’t go well with the gaming community. Twitter users have outrageously and creatively expressed their dismay.

In response to the outrage, the PlayStation account posted a three-option poll asking what gamers call the controversial button. The more traditional X button won by a landslide: 81 percent. Meanwhile, a joke answer — “+ rotated 45°” — got 11 percent of the votes. The “correct” answer — “Cross” — got only 8 percent.

That didn’t stop the memes. Twitter user @TheDrencom posted a more hilarious compromise. PlayStation even retweeted and allowed the weird alternative. Should we call it the “no pizza” button?

The Cross button’s supporters also had a few things to say in their defense. Based on the actual geometry of the icon, it’s more accurate to say “Cross,” rather than X.

Of course, Sony owns the PlayStation. They can call it whatever they want. Still, the console already has a massive following calling it by a more ubiquitous name. Are you going to call it the Cross button now?

SEE ALSO: Sony PlayStation 5: Everything we know so far

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Apple Arcade aims to make your iPhone a gaming phone

100+ exclusive gaming titles

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Apple is known for its hardware lineup, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. The iPhone accounts for a huge chunk of the company’s revenue and has been the sole product to propel the brand towards a trillion-dollar valuation.

But with changing times, it’s essential for every business to slowly evolve. And, we’re witnessing this change with technology companies around the world. Instead of relying on first-hand hardware sales, brands are now monetizing virtual data.


Arcade, which was demonstrated during the unveiling of Apple’s latest iPhones on Tuesday, is an attempt to turn the mobile gaming industry on its head and add an extensive new revenue stream to the company’s books.

It boasts over 100 unique titles, including Beyond a Steel Sky, a sequel to the classic adventure game Beneath a Steel Sky, with art by Watchman comic book legend Neil Gibbons.

Apple said games will be exclusive to Arcade and not available on other services. The subscription service will be available across Apple devices, and Arcade will work with Microsoft Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers, which should make for more varied gameplay.

The gaming subscription service will release on September 19 and costs just $4.99 / £4.99 / INR 99 a month. This is automatically a Family Sharing plan, allowing for up to six family members to share the same subscription for just one monthly fee.

For iOS devices, Apple Arcade will arrive Sept. 19 with iOS 13. Apple Arcade will be available Sept. 30 on iPadOS and TVOS 13 devices and in October on MacOS Catalina.

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From Jedi to Avenger, Lenovo announces AR game Marvel: Dimension of Heroes

Your turn to save the world

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dLenovo made us live our Jedi dreams in 2017, now they want us to be an Avenger. Announced at IFA 2019 is the company’s follow-up to fan favorite AR game Star Wars: Jedi Challenges — they’re taking us to another universe with Marvel: Dimension of Heroes.

The hardware you’ll need

Much like Jedi Challenges, you’ll need nearly the same hardware to make Dimension of Heroes work. There’s the Lenovo Mirage AR headset, the Tracking Beacon, and instead of a Light Saber replica, you get a pair of Universal Controllers.


Of course you’ll also need a compatible smartphone to run the game. Basic requirements are as follows: Has to be larger than 4.3 inches to align with phone tray display cutout. For iOS devices, it has to have at least a 1.4 GHz Dual Core chip along with 1GB RAM. For Android phones, it needs at least a 2.0 GHz Quad Core chip with 2GB RAM. You can check the full list of compatible devices at lenovo.com/miragear.

Play as your favorite Marvel Superhero

There aren’t a lot of details available as to how the game will play out. The only clue so far is that you have to “defend your reality” as any of the six superheroes headlining the game. The six are original Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Avengers Captain America and Thor, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Fans of the MCU should easily recognize the mentioned superheroes as they prominently feature in the last two Avengers films — Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

In early 2018, I had the chance to speak with some Lenovo Executives and they did mention working on a Marvel AR game. More popular characters like Iron Man and Spider-Man were mentioned but they’re noticeably missing in this lineup.

While Spider-Man’s future in the MCU is looking bleak, I personally am still hoping we get an AR game featuring the wall-crawler.

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