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ROG Phone 6: Price and availability in the Philippines

Pre-order period is July 23 to Aug 22

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ROG Phone 6 Philippines

The latest iteration of the premiere gaming smartphone is in the Philippines. The ROG Phone 6 has been officially announced in the country at the CONquest Festival 2022.

The latest version of the ROG Phone maintains its distinctly gamery look and feel. The specs have obviously bumped up for 2022 standards.

Price and availability

Let’s get right to why you clicked here in the first place. Here are the pricing and availability details. Pre-orders begin July 23, and the phone starts at PhP 47,995.

Those who pre-order from July 23 until August 31, 2022 will get a special bundle with the new and improved Aero Cooler 6 worth Php 4,995.

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Full pricing details are as follows:

Availability Model Colors SKU SRP Pre-order Bundle Bundle Value
Mid-September ROG Phone 6 Pro Storm White SD8+Gen 1

18/512

PHP 64,995 Aero Active Cooler 6
July 23 – August 31 only
PHP 4,995
 

End-August

ROG Phone 6 Phantom Black SD8+Gen 1

16/512

PHP 54,995
Storm White
End-August ROG Phone 6 Phantom Black SD8+Gen 1

12/256

PHP 47,995
Storm White

ROG Phone 6

ROG Phones are specs monsters and the ROG Phone 6 series is no different. Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor. It’s supposed to be 30 percent more power efficient than the regular Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip.

You also get up to 18GB of RAM along with 512GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage. And like its predecessors, there’s an X Mode that boosts overall performance for gaming.

It still has the same 6,000mAh battery, but the new chip should contribute to better power efficiency. You still have support for wired fast charging.

The main camera now uses the Sony IMX 766 with a 40% bigger pixel size. Alongside the main shooter, you get the Ultrawide angle and macro lenses.

Game Cool 6

We all know things can heat up when we play. Having made many versions of a gaming phone over the years, ROG has come up with optimal cooling solutions depending on the duration of your gaming session.

They addressed this by revising the ROG Phone’s thermal structure. It all starts with the Enlarged Graphite Sheet all the way to adding the Aeroactive Cooler 6 accessory. They identified the gaming sessions as such:

  • Short-time – 1 to 15 minutes
  • Mid-time – 15 to 30 minutes
  • Long-time – Over 1 hour

At each segment, only a portion of the cooling system kicks in. And if you’re playing for a long-time, that’s when they recommend you to use the Aeroactive Cooler 6.

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Practically no one is playing Netflix’s games, report says

Despite being free to play

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Recently, Netflix gambled big on the future of its platform. Besides cutting a plethora of titles in production, the platform introduced a gallery of mobile games for all of its subscribers. As the gaming library grew, it acquired impressive titles from the best of the mobile gaming world. However, despite Netflix’s efforts, only less than one percent of the platform’s subscribers are playing the games.

In a new app study (via CNBC), Netflix’s games average only 1.7 million users daily. Overall, the games have been downloaded 23.3 million times.

Though not an insignificant number, the figure is a tiny, tiny portion of Netflix’s main user base. For reference, Netflix currently has around 221 million subscribers. That’s less than one percent of Netflix subscribers playing their games.

Netflix’s gaming strategy is an ongoing experiment. While the company has eyed the industry for a while now, Netflix is facing deeper gravitas with making sure every endeavor succeeds. As of late, the platform has bled for subscribers, new and old.

For the first time in a while, Netflix has lost subscribers, marking the rise in popularity of other streaming platforms. It isn’t the only shark in the lake. Hulu, Disney+, and HBO Max are creating compelling cases for a switch.

That said, if you still pay for a Netflix subscribers, the gaming library comes with the price of admission. Besides inspired titles from its properties like Stranger Things, the library also comes with heavy hitters like Spiritfarer.

SEE ALSO: Netflix’s The Gray Man is getting its own cinematic universe

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Razer releases giant-sized gaming mouse mats in the Philippines

The Strider Chroma and Goliathus 3XL

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Strider Chroma

What’s better than a regular-sized gaming mouse pad? Giant-sized gaming mouse mats! In fact, two new ultra-sized gaming mouse mats from Razer, the Strider Chroma and Goliathus Chroma 3XL, are now both available in the Philippines.

The warp-and-water resistant Strider Chroma measures 900mm by 370mm and is 4mm thick. It is the world’s first hybrid soft/hard gaming mouse which come with 19 customizable lighting zones.

For an even larger mat that can cover an entire desk, the Goliathus Chroma 3XL measures a massive 1200mm by 550mm and is 3.5mm thick.

This soft mat is ideal for gamers who use lower DPI, or need to cover more ground while moving their mouse.

The two new accessories come with non-slip bases and are powered by Razer Chroma RGB to provide dynamic lighting effects while in-game.

The Strider Chroma is priced at PhP 8,490 while the Goliathus Chroma 3XL is available for PhP 6,990 via the Razer official website, Shopee, Lazada, and their authorized sellers nationwide.

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Steam will support Joy-Cons soon

Plus other Nintendo controllers

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For how much they cost, the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons could certainly see more use outside of console exclusivity. Thankfully, developers are finding new ways to use controllers for other applications. If you want to get more use out of your Joy-Cons, Steam is working on compatibility for the Switch controllers.

In a new Steam beta test, Valve released support for Joy-Cons and other Nintendo controllers. As you can do with a Switch, players will soon be able to use either just one Joy-Con or both as a pair. However, since it’s in beta, individual games have not announced support specifically for the Joy-Con.

If anything, connecting the Joy-Con through Steam should be relatively easy. The gaming hub already offers plug-and-play support for most controllers available in the market. Of course, better support means that developers (and fans) can tailor settings depending on controller.

With the number of third-party games on the Switch, it’s believable that there are Switch players who are making first-time transitions to PC gaming. In that case, allowing Joy-Cons into PC gaming — albeit not the best controller for such — will prove a necessary jumping point.

Besides Steam, Apple is also working on support for the Switch controllers, adding new life to the tiny pair. As for Steam, however, Joy-Con support should officially come soon after the beta test.

SEE ALSO: iOS 16 will support Nintendo Joy-Cons

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