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ROG Zephyrus G15: Price, availability in the Philippines

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One of ASUS ROG’s standout gaming laptops back in CES 2020 is in the Philippines — the ROG Zephyrus G15.

As its name suggests, this laptop carries the thin-and-light form-factor of the Zephyrus line. Inside is the AMD Ryzen 4th Generation R7 processor along with up to GeForce RTX™ 2060 GPU, 16 GB of RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage.

The new Zephyrus G15 promises over 10 hours of active battery life (15 hours in idle mode), has Type-C Power Delivery Charging option, and the latest Wi-Fi 6 Connectivity for uninterrupted gaming hours.

It also has a 15-inch narrow-bezel IPS display that comes with a 240Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time. It also has 100 percent sRGB panel color coverage capability, Adaptive Sync, and a Pantone Validated panel ensuring crisp details with accurate color.

Pricing and availability

The ROG Zephyrus G15 will come in Brushed Black with two models available:

  • The GA502IU-AZ077T with a GTX 1660Ti GPU will be available for only PhP 79,995
  • The GA502IV-AZ023T that’s equipped with an RTX 2060 GPU is priced at PhP 94,995

Both units will come complete with an ROG 15” Backpack and ROG Strix Impact Mouse bundled.

Pre-order period is from May 1, 2020, to 11:59 PM of May 15, 2020. Both models pre-order will come with extra freebies for a limited time only. These are an extended ROG Premium Care warranty for 1 year as well as a limited-edition ROG Bomber Jacket with a total value of more than PhP 10,000.

For more information check out this detailed pre-order mechanics. If you want to jump in, you can pre-order here.

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ICYMI: The World University Cyber League 2020 has begun

The best gamers from the brightest in the region duke it out for gaming supremacy

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Tencent Sports wanted to up the competition a little bit more in Southeast Asia, following Esports’ rapid rise in the region. Obviously, the best option for that is to hold a tournament to bring in the best of the best for some healthy competition. With the help of Mineski Global, they’ve done exactly just that, and are now on their final stages of the entire tournament.

The World University Cyber League 2020 started last June 28, and featured players from four markets in Southeast Asia. This time around, these players don’t come from established teams and franchises from their home countries. Instead, they are university-sponsored students, as they compete for a prize pool of over US$ 5,000. The Philippines host the SEA qualifiers, through Mineski Global’s Philippine division and its Youth Esports Program.

Students from the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand are competing across three different games. The roster of games Tencent prepared include popular mobile games like Clash Royale and PUBG Mobile, and an Esports classic in League of Legends.

Qualifiers will end on July 9, with the best teams moving to the WUCL Finals from July 10-15. To know more about the WUCL, you may visit their official website.

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KFC announces its own gaming console with a built-in chicken cooker

Might be a gag

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It’s fair to say that the console wars have begun. Over the past few months, Sony and Microsoft have launched amazing, hype-inducing tidbits at the adoring audience of gamers. With both consoles finally getting their individual chances at the spotlight, are you getting the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X?

Strangely enough, a surprise contender wants to join the next-generation conversation. Earlier last month, KFC Gaming (yes, it’s real) released a teaser video for an upcoming branded console, the KFConsole.

The console is shaped like a KFC chicken bucket, complete with red and white underlights. Sitting close to the bottom, it has the standard disc slot and a power button. Inside, the console sports a “Zinger processor chip clocked at 11GHz.” It has cross platform compatibility and 4K/120fps support.

However, the console’s biggest feature goes beyond gaming. Most of the console’s front is a “chicken chamber,” obviously for cooking chicken. It gives another meaning to an overheating gaming machine.

The short teaser video ends with a probably launch date: November 12, 2020.

Now, if you’re hoping to grab your own gaming bucket, the console is likely an elaborate gag. Though the company has not confirmed the console’s legitimacy, it’s unlikely that a modern gaming console can have a huge “chicken chamber.” Next-generation consoles are already huge without an oven in them.

That said, KFC has released very-real gaming-related campaigns in the past. Very recently, the company launched an official island on the popular island simulator, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Who knows? They might actually launch something on November 12.

If they do, they are in good company. In the past, Razer has also done a similar off-brand prank to promote a toaster. However, because of universal demand, the gaming company eventually made a real toaster. KFC might fall into the same trend. We definitely wouldn’t say no to our very own chicken chamber.

SEE ALSO: Sony announces huge list of games for the PS5

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Microsoft to hold a big Xbox event on July 23

Time to showcase the console’s new games

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Last month, Sony hosted the most eventful games showcase for the PlayStation 5. Besides a game for everyone, the event finally unveiled the mysterious console in all its glory. Naturally, all the hype is on the PlayStation 5. To those intently following the console wars, the inherent question is what Microsoft has up its sleeve for the Xbox Series X.

Now, Microsoft has confirmed that it is taking the same route as the PlayStation 5. Specifically, the company will hold a similar games showcase on July 23. The event will likely feature all the current projects from the Xbox Games Studios. This includes the new Halo Infinity, a potential return to Fable, Psychonauts 2, and Gears of War.

Of course, as with the PlayStation event, we weren’t really expecting anything. However, the event probably has a few tricks up its sleeve. If anything, it will also showcase the console itself. Though we already know what it looks like, Microsoft can still reveal a few more details about the upcoming console, especially if it hopes to upend the hype generated by the PlayStation 5.

Recently, a leak hinted at a more affordable console in the series. Given that the PlayStation 5 will also have a Digital Edition, the Xbox Series X might go the same route.

The series will likely launch sometime during the holiday season.

SEE ALSO: Will PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X games be more expensive?

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