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Sony has unveiled more games coming for the PS5

God of War 2!

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Last week, Microsoft unveiled the anticipated prices and launch dates of the upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series. This week, it’s Sony’s turn. In another online showcase event, Sony has unveiled more games coming for the PS5. The showcase also reveals more details about some of the bigger titles announced in the previous showcase.

Final Fantasy XVI

Four years after the last numbered sequel, 2016’s Final Fantasy XVI, Square Enix has announced the next installment coming exclusively for the PlayStation 5. During the event, Sony released an announcement trailer using PC hardware.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Whereas the previous showcase started with the game’s announcement, Sony has revealed gameplay footage about the upcoming Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The story picks up one year after the events of the original game. Miles Morales has to defend his home in Harlem against the hi-tech thugs of the Tinkerer.

Hogwarts Legacy

For the first time in quite a while, the Harry Potter franchise has announced a new video game. However, this latest entry doesn’t play around with any of the existing films and books. Instead, Hogwarts Legacy is set in the late 1800s. Developed by WB Games, it is coming to next-gen consoles in 2021.

Resident Evil: Village

Sony revealed more gameplay footage from the previously announced Resident Evil: Village (or Resident Evil VIII). Like the previous trailer, Chris Redfield once again makes an appearance — seemingly as an antagonist.

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach

Recently, Frictional Games announced a new Amnesia sequel coming this fall. Apparently, Amnesia isn’t the only classic horror game coming back. Five Nights at Freddy’s has resurrected with a new sequel, Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach. This time around, the game takes place in a more futuristic setting.

Demon’s Souls

We got a new glimpse into the gameplay of the upcoming Demon’s Souls remake. Instead of the former’s janky graphics, the remake fully utilizes the next-gen console for reimagined graphics. Though unmistakably the original, it looks remarkably modern for an early PlayStation 3 title.

PlayStation Plus Collection

Sony is bringing the best games from the PlayStation 4 era into the next generation. Right at launch, the PlayStation Plus Collection is available for download. The collection includes a numerous gallery of PlayStation 4 favorites including God of War, Fallout 4, Uncharted 4, Monster Hunter: World, Bloodborne, Resident Evil 7, and a barrage of other well-known titles.

God of War: Ragnarok

Sony knows how to tease its fans. Right after announcing the PlayStation 5’s launch date and price tags, the showcase ended with a teaser for the next title following the critically acclaimed God of War. God of War: Ragnarok continues where the story left off as Kratos and his son wait for the Black Winter. Though the announcement didn’t reveal much, the game is confirmed to launch sometime next year.

Besides the flurry of notable titles, Sony also unveiled more about other upcoming games including Deathloop, Oddworld: Soulstorm, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, and Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War.

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Razer introduces two new Ornata V3 keyboards

Slim, clicky, and ergonomic

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Ornata V3

Razer is releasing two new entry-level gaming keyboards in the Ornata V3 and Ornata V3 X, which will both have Razer’s Mecha-membrane switches.

The new keyboards come with all the basics expected of an affordable gaming accessory. That’s everything from their keycaps design, RGB backlight, and more.

The two low-profile gaming keyboards come with smaller footprint and slimline keycap designs. The ABS keycaps are UV-coated for scratch resistance, while the Ornata V3 X’s keycaps are spill-resistant.

The keyboards also feature Razer Chroma RGB with 10 lighting zones. The V3 X has four lighting effects: Breathing, Spectrum Cycling, Static, and Wave.

Aside from these, they have backlit dedicated media keys for more convenient controls such as playing and pausing, skipping, or adjusting brightness or volume.

Adding value to the Ornata V3 and V3 X is their magnetic soft-touch wrists rest. These are not often included for keyboards in their price range.

Pricing, availability

The Razer Ornata V3 and Ornata V3 X keyboards are now available on Razer’s official website, Shopee, Lazada, and through their authorized sellers.

The Ornata V3 will retail for PhP 2,590 while the Ornata V3 X is priced at PhP 4,199.

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SteelSeries unveils Arctis Nova Pro series

The almighty future of audio

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Arctis Nova Pro

SteelSeries has released the Arctis Nova Pro series. It’s latest and most advanced gaming and esports headsets yet from the company.

The series has two variants — the Arctis Nova Pro and Arctis Nova Pro Wireless. The new series is enhanced by SteelSeries’ Sonar Audio Software Suite. It helps deliver the ultimate sound quality and clarity.

The software is the first in-gaming Pro-grade Parametric EQ which gives gamers even more control over sound across games, team chat, and the microphone and allows them to adjust individual frequencies on the fly seamlessly.

Both variants come with immersive 360° Spatial Audio which is fully compatible with Tempest 3D audio for PS5 or Microsoft Spatial Sound.

They also feature Multi-System Connect which allows users to switch between platforms easily. Complementing the next-level sound experience is an AI-powered noise cancelling and broadcast-quality bidirectional microphone.

Price and availability

The Arctis Nova Pro will retail for US$ 279.99 for both the PC/PlayStation and Xbox options, while the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is priced at US$ 379.99.

In Singapore, pricing are as follows:

  • Arctis Nova Pro – SG$ 439
  • Arctis Nova Pro (Xbox) – SG$ 449 (available in Sep 2022)
  • Arctis Nova Pro Wireless – SG$ 599 (available in Sep 2022)
  • Arctis Nova Pro Wireless (Xbox) – SG $620

There are also booster packs for users to be able to customize the headsets with headbands and metallic color speaker plates of their choice.

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Final Fantasy XVI producer reveals game details in interview

Things just got more exciting

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Final Fantasy XVI

Ever since the announcement of Final Fantasy XVI a few years back, enthusiasts have been on the edge of their seats in anticipation how exactly the latest installment in the popular video game franchise would look like.

Now, no less than producer Naoki Yoshida is teasing us all with even more details for what is there to expect before FFXVI releases officially in the summer of 2023 exclusively on PS5.

Here’s a quick rundown of the highlights of his latest interview regarding FFXVI.

FFXVI won’t be traditional open world

Unlike previous iterations of Final Fantasy, the upcoming video game is going in a different direction as it will not be open world, surprisingly.

Instead, it will be an “independent area-based game design”. Still, Yoshida did give away that it will take a lot of inspiration from “triple-A open world RPGs” to allow players to experience the game on a “global scale”.

Clive’s got company — making battles more interesting

Prior to Yoshida’s interviews, players have been expecting FFXVI’s protagonist, Clive, to be a solo fighter which meant that the game would have been a single-player type for the first time.

But apparently, Clive’s got company — other characters who will fight alongside him but will be AI-controlled, according to Yoshida.

Something that will also resonate uniquely with players will be the Eikon-versus-Eikon battles. Players will be able to control an Eikon in real-time and engage with another Eikon.

Yoshida recalled the original Final Fantasy in making XVI

Citing the importance of making each of Final Fantasy’s releases true to its essence, Yoshida mentioned that he went to as far as thinking about the original Final Fantasy and remembering how it felt like while playing the lead role.

He said that he “wanted to recapture that feeling in XVI”, plus the advancements in technology and modern game design.

This is something Yoshida hopes could turn into reality for people to look forward to.

The game is almost ready as of the moment

Yoshida also mentioned that in terms of progress, the game is “fully playable from start to finish” already. 

As it stands, it looks like voice-overs in different languages are currently the focus as of the moment, as well as finetuning to make sure there are no bugs or glitches.

Since FFXVI is full of action, it is only natural for the developers to have it undergo several tests to ensure smooth gameplay.

A third trailer will drop later in 2022

Lastly, a third trailer that will succeed the “Dominance” trailer released a month ago will drop this fall.

That will surely excite players even more as they get closer and closer to Final Fantasy XVI’s launch next year.

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