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Samsung outs a gaming laptop with a hexa-core processor

Back to gaming for Samsung

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Just days after they announced a spirited return to the laptop biz, Samsung ups the stakes with a gaming laptop of their own. Taking off from last year’s Odyssey line, the Samsung Odyssey Z promises exemplary performance and worry-free cooling.

From the get-go, the Odyssey Z’s design philosophy screams gaming. As with other gaming notebooks today, Samsung pushed the keyboard way down in the laptop’s panel. In their case, it’s to make way for what it calls the Dynamic Spread Vapor Chamber.


The Chamber is Samsung’s variant of the vapor chamber cooling system. The Z AeroFlow Cooling Design aids this system by pushing cold air onto the processor and GPU. Further, it has Z Blade Blowers that expel the excessively hot air away from the laptop.

Under the hood, the 15-inch Odyssey Z’s silver chassis houses an eighth-generation, hexa-core Intel Core i7 Coffee Lake processor. It also rocks the first NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-P GPU. It carries up to 16GB DDR4 for RAM, and up to 1TB NVMe PCIe SSD for internal storage.

The keyboard sports a trackpad where the number pad should be. Above this pad, you’ll find recording keys, perfect for recording gameplay.

The Odyssey Z reboots the previous Odyssey 15 laptop launched last year. The old powerhouse received only lukewarm reception at best. The new notebook hopes to push through a segment where every major laptop maker already has its hands on.

At this time, price and availability are still pending. However, the notebook is expected to go on sale in China and Korea next month with a more global release sometime in Q3 2018.

SEE ALSO: Samsung unveils super-thin soundbars built for gamers

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Playdate is a handheld gaming system with a crank

Yes, an actual crank

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If you’re bored of the current gaming console landscape or are simply waiting for the next-gen PlayStation to come out, there’s this new handheld system that might keep you a little busy.

From a company named Panic, which is known for developing the popular game Firewatch, comes the Playdate. It may seem like a simple gaming system at first, but look to its right and you’ll see its defining feature: a crank.


The developer says that some titles will use this analog controller exclusively, while some won’t at all (which, to me, sorta defeats the purpose of placing that game on this console). Everything will be played on its monochrome screen with no backlighting.

You can see it in action here:

The spin here is that the Playdate will come with a subscription of 12 games — delivered to you once a week for 12 weeks. It’s part of the initial cost of US$ 149, but there’s no word yet if there’ll be subscriptions after that and how much they’ll cost.

Each game will be a surprise, which may or not be a good thing. Spending this much on an unproven console — and possibly more for succeeding subscriptions — could end up becoming a costly risk.

Orders will be accepted later this year, while actual shipping will happen in early 2020. For now, you can sign up through the official website to receive updates on its progress.

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Here’s an early look at the Sony PS5’s raw performance

Spoiler: It’s fast!

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Even though Sony dished out some early info on the upcoming PlayStation 5 (should they choose to stick to the numbered naming scheme) and revealed that it’s more than just a mere upgrade, we don’t have any tangible data on what exactly to expect.

Fortunately, Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki was present at Sony’s most recent gaming presentation and had this video to show us:


What you see here is a comparison between the loading times of the PS5 and PS4 Pro. Make no mistake here: The next-generation console is incredibly fast! A lot of credit must be given to the built-in SSD the PS5 will ship with.

This should be taken with a grain of salt, however. Tech demos are often fixed to make the newer (and more expensive) product seem superior. To the next-gen console’s credit, it’ll come with the latest eight-core Ryzen chip and a custom GPU from AMD’s Radeon Navi, which are capable of 8K gaming and ray tracing when put together.

Sadly, we still don’t have a release date and Sony won’t announce anything at E3 next month. For now, savor your PS4 and its growing library of classics.

Via: Kotaku

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Minecraft Earth is like Pokémon Go but with building blocks

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In a move that makes loads of sense, Minecraft is coming to mobile though an augmented reality app similar to Pokémon Go.

It’s called Minecraft Earth and it’s arriving later this year with a beta phase happening during summer. The developers offered this trailer, but it does little to explain how the system would work.


Check it out:

The official website’s FAQ section, however, delves into more of the info we actually care about.

For one, it’ll be free to play and will include several of Minecraft‘s traditional features including world building and discovering/fighting mobs.

Concerning regional availability, the developers aren’t confirming these details just yet. If it’s anything like the issues Niantic experienced with Pokémon Go before, chances are this rollout will be gradual, too.

Finally, for the “Will Minecraft Earth have loot boxes?” question, the website has a definite “No” to answer that.

Minecraft Earth will be available on both Android and iOS. Fingers crossed that there’ll be no delays. 🤞

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