Gaming

Sony permanently slashes prices of PlayStation 4 favorites

Here’s your chance to grab Uncharted for cheap!

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Despite their abundance, video games continue to wow with their exorbitant prices. Currently, the most popular PS4 games out in the market still cost around US$ 60.

Thankfully, Sony is finally slashing the prices of its console’s bestsellers. As such, these fan favorites will reenter the market as “PlayStation Hits.”

The permanent rebranding will slash the affected games prices to just US$ 20 each. This, of course, doesn’t include any additional sales that Sony might implement in the future.

The lineup consists of both top-selling games and console exclusives. This includes the console’s poster children: Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Remastered and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and FromSoftware’s Bloodborne. With the promo, Sony offers gamers the opportunity to play this generation’s biggest games before they inevitably launch their next console within the next two years.

On retail shelves, the PlayStation Hits will ship in a red case (as opposed to the usual blue) to differentiate the series from Sony’s other offerings.

This isn’t the first time that Sony has repackaged their bestsellers more competitively. On previous console generations, Sony has reshipped these games under the “Greatest Hits” moniker.

Starting June 28, the entire 15-game lineup will relaunch under the new branding. Initially, Sony will start the run exclusively in the United States and Canada. Currently, the company hasn’t revealed when the promo will see other territories.

However, the hard exclusivity applies only to physical copies. Anyone with a US account on the PlayStation Network can still avail of the slashed prices through the Store.

The complete PlayStation Hits lineup includes Battlefield 4, Bloodborne (standard edition), Doom, DriveClub, Infamous: Second Son, Killzone: Shadow Fall, The Last of Us Remastered, LittleBigPlanet 3, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Definitive Experience, Project CARS, Ratchet & Clank, Street Fighter 5, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Yakuza 0, and Yakuza Kiwami.

Gaming

Elden Ring ousts Call of Duty for best-selling game

On pace to take the year

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Is it any surprise that the Call of Duty series is still a juggernaut today? Though not a barrier-breaking franchise, the first-person shooter series remains one of the most popular titles for gamers. However, once in a blue moon, a new title breaks through the ranks and unseats the gaming giant. Elden Ring, one of those rare titles, has done just that by snatching the top spot from Call of Duty.

Elden Ring’s popularity is undeniable. Initially starting as a must-have for Dark Souls aficionados, the FromSoftware title rapidly skyrocketed in popularity after its rage-inducing difficulty drummed up even more hype. The game is now the studio’s most popular title, eclipsing the cult following of Dark Souls.

Dark Souls isn’t the only thing it eclipsed, though. NPD’s Mat Piscatella recently tweeted that Elden Ring is now the top best-selling game in the past 12 months, beating Call of Duty: Vanguard. For reference, Vanguard was released in November 2021. Elden Ring, on the other hand, was released months later in February 2022. Despite having a significant head start, Vanguard lost, performing lower than expected.

Very technically, a game overtaking Call of Duty isn’t unheard of. Various games often take the spot from the franchise but only for a month. Call of Duty still grabs the top spot for the year overall. As for the yearly rankings, the shooter series has not lost a year since 2013, thanks to then-debuting Grand Theft Auto V.

Though the year isn’t done, Elden Ring certainly has the pace to beat the franchise, especially if a DLC is coming later this year. It’s already the 12-month leader after less than three months since release.

SEE ALSO: Elden Ring review: Should you play the hardest game of 2022?

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Lightweight king: Razer unveils Viper V2 Pro

20 percent lighter than the Viper Ultimate

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Viper V2 Pro

One of the world’s lightest gaming mice is now available in the Philippines. Razer has announced the release of the ultra-lightweight and wireless gaming mouse Viper V2 Pro.

The Razer V2 Pro sells for Php 8,990 via Razer’s official website, official Shopee and Lazada stores, and through its authorized sellers.

The package box will include additional grip tapes pre-cut to the mouse’s shape, a Razer Speedflex charging cable and 2.4GHz HyperSpeed USB dongle extender.

Peak performance at your fingertips

The Viper V2 Pro is 20 percent lighter than the Viper Ultimate, and comes with cutting-edge tech features, such as:

  • Razer Optical Mouse Switches Gen-3
  • better battery life
  • all-new Focus Pro 30K Optical Sensor

Determined to make the Viper V2 Pro the new standard for gaming mice, Razer designed it hand-in-hand with feedback from esports pros.

This includes 2022 VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) Grand Finals MVP Jimmy “Marved” Nguyen of OpTic Gaming.

For the pro

Viper V2 Pro

Razer’s new Focus Pro 30K Optical Sensor helps achieve a complete resolution accuracy of 99.8 percent.

The powerful new sensor is equipped with AI functionality such as Smart Tracking, Motion Sync and Asymmetric Cut-off for the ultimate performance at the highest levels of play.

The Viper V2 Pro also features the new Razer Optical Mouse Switches Gen-3 for absolutely zero double-clicking issues and no debounce delay.

These new switches are rated for a click lifecycle of up to 90 million clicks, an increase of 25 percent from the previous generation’s lifespan.

Other aspects that will benefit gamers include support for USB-C charging and DPI control button on the bottom of the mouse.

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This controller turns mobile gaming to a PC, console experience

Pair and play easily via GeForce NOW

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Stratus+

SteelSeries has partnered with Starhub to deliver the full PC and console experience to mobile gamers by releasing the Stratus+ wireless controller.

Stratus+ gives instant access to top gaming titles on nearly any device through the cloud and is coupled by GeForce NOW.

The wireless controller upgrades mobile gamers’ control system from a standard mobile touchscreen to highly-precise buttons and joysticks, as if playing with a PC or console.

Key features

Stratus+

The Stratus+ wireless controller makes mobile gaming fluid as users can easily pair and play all supported PC and Console games via GeForce NOW.

It can be connected to any Android or Chromebook device with Bluetooth LE, or to any windows PC with USB.

The controller comes with a built-in lithium-ion battery that lasts up to 90 hours. It also has fast-charging to supply 12 hours of gameplay on a 15-minute charge.

Other key features include:

  • A unique detachable slim phone mount to fit any phone easily
  • ALPS Analog Thumbtacks and clickable L3/R3 buttons for maximum control and precision
  • New Hall Effect magnetic sensors for button sensitivity and smoothness

Pricing and availability

Stratus+

The Stratus+ wireless controller will sell for SG$ 119 and is also available at:

What’s even better is that customers who will purchase the Stratus+ from StarHub starting from May 9, 2022 will get a one-month free GeForce NOW subscription worth SG$19.99.

New and existing GeForce NOW subscribers can also enjoy discounts of up to 10 percent on selected SteelSeries products when making a purchase through StarHub’s GameHub+ platform for gamers.

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