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Vans enters Roblox, brings a skatepark experience

Vans World, here we come!

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Roblox fans, time to spruce your characters up! Iconic brand Vans enters the Roblox Metaverse, bringing an interactive experience called “Vans World.”

In this space, you can dress up your style through a Vans shoe customizer. Currently, there are four Vans silhouettes that you can customize, purchase, and wear in the experience.

There’s also a full skate shop that lets you build your ideal skateboard. Moreover, you can practice your ollies and kickflips with your friends.

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The Vans World experience was the brand’s first venture into the Roblox metaverse. It was created in partnership with The Gang Stockholm, Roblox’s community developers, which used an augmented physics layer that helps deliver a true sensation of skating for Vans.

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A space for self-expression

Vans World was inspired by Vans’ signature locations such as House of Vans, the Vans Off The Wall Skatepark in California, owned retail shop environments, and other revered skate destinations from all over the globe.

The brand aims to empower creative expression in the digital world, bridging the gap between virtual and real-world fashion and sports in an accessible, inclusive way.

“Vans is a global icon and advocate for youth culture, and we’re thrilled to bring this authentic brand experience to the millions of Vans enthusiasts where they are — on Roblox,” said Nick Street, Vice President of Global Integrated Marketing for Vans.

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PlayStation launches ‘Our Sweetest Deal’ promo

Featuring the PS VR, DualShock, and select games

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Photo by: Marco Verch via Flickr and via Creative Commons

PlayStation seems eager for people to take PS VRs off the shelves as the device is once again on sale as part of their “Our Sweetest Deal” promo.

The promo runs from January 28 to February 13, 2022. Here are what’s on offer.

PS VR Standalone

PS VR with PlayStation®Camera will be available at a special price of PhP 15,190.

DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controllers

Customers who purchase DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controllers (designated colors) can enjoy the discounted prices as followed:

DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller Special Price Discount
Select colors PhP 1,990 PhP 1,000

Color variations of DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller and software available at each retail store may vary. 

PS5 and PS4 games (Blu-ray Disc version)

Selected PS5 and PS4 titles (Blu-ray Disc version) will be available at special prices as followed:

Platform Title Special Price
PS5 “Demon’s Souls” (English & Chinese version) PhP 2,190
PS5 Ghost of Tsushima DIRECTOR’S CUT PhP 2,490
PS4 Ghost of Tsushima DIRECTOR’S CUT PhP 2,190
PS4 The Last of Us Part II PhP 1,090
PS4 Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time PhP 1,090
PS4 FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE PhP 1,690

SEE ALSO: Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection review


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Lenovo Legion S7 review: Is it too slim for your liking?

A continuation of power, performance, and portability

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Is the Lenovo Legion S7 too slim?

Every gaming laptop out there just seems typical, complete with the RGB and the hefty design. Yes, there have been other laptops that are starting to break the mold. However, they did so while sacrificing some huge features in the process. Although, that hasn’t stopped most manufacturers like Lenovo from trying their hardest.

What we have here is the Lenovo Legion S7, with the “S” literally standing for “slim.” On paper and by design, it’s possibly one of the slimmest gaming laptops currently available. Just from the unboxing experience alone, it raises a few eyebrows design-wise and the hardware inside it. Beneath its slim chassis, there lies the beast, as they say.

But is this a gaming laptop worth considering given its potential sacrifices? Let’s find out.

Ticks all the boxes for general performance

 

Every gaming laptop brings impeccable performance for most day-to-day tasks, and the Lenovo Legion S7 is no exception. Of course, the biggest contributor to great performance lies within the hardware, and this machine certainly brings the firepower with an AMD Ryzen 9 CPU inside.

As advertised, the Legion S7 provides performance suitable for any task thrown at it. Whether you’re working on work documents or creating your next gameplay video, the laptop handles these things with relative ease. Also, you can effectively multitask on this device no problem with 32GB of RAM to support.

Now, the Legion S7 comes with Windows 10 pre-installed, which was alright. However, seeing how most people were hopping onto Windows 11 at the time, it made sense to upgrade the software first since it’s possible. In the three weeks that the laptop was tested, software issues didn’t occur so that’s a good start!

Decent competitive gaming performance

Legion S7

When talking about gaming performance, there’s two things to factor in: the GPU, and the display. For the Lenovo Legion S7, an NVIDIA RTX 3060 with a 165Hz anti-glare FHD display seems like the ideal combo for a gaming device suitable for casual and competitive gamers out there. In reality, this lived up to expectations quite well.

For casual and competitive titles, the Legion S7 provides great performance and frame rates with a smoother feel to them. Sure, a FHD display limits the full dynamic color range compared to the 4K option for this device. But when playing competitively, that hardly ever matters. Games like VALORANT and Halo Infinite felt pretty smooth and looked vibrant when playing.

Legion S7

With RTX on, some games look pretty good but with the obvious frame rate sacrifice, especially with cranked up settings. Although, unlike other RTX mobile GPUs, the frame rate sacrifice isn’t as much, which was pretty good. For example, games like Fortnite and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy had about an 8 to 10 percent drop in FPS with RTX on vs. RTX off.

Battery life is just good enough for mini breaks

Legion S7

Much like every other gaming laptop out there, this device doesn’t last particularly long when used for casual or competitive play. On average, the Legion S7 lasts about 6-7 hours just on productivity and casual gaming on the side. When cranked up to perform at competitive levels, it cuts the lifespan to just 2-3 hours, which was expected.

To its credit, the Legion S7 comes with a 230W battery pack that will nest it back to full health in at most 3 hours. With Rapid Charge Pro turned on through Lenovo Vantage, it cuts the charge time by just an hour. Still, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s quite fast and would actually give you a short break after playing your heart out.

Some questionable design features

 

As much as the Lenovo Legion S7 boasts impressive gaming performance, there are a couple of things that hold it back from its true potential. For one, it’s quite slim and has the potential to get quite hot when playing too much. Sure, Coldfront 3.0 will do what it can to keep things cool, but it still gets warmer quite fast so it’s something worth noting.

Second is in port selection, particularly with what they gave up for this machine. Fortunately, they kept the charging port and two USB Type-A 3.0 ports at the back so nothing got in the way. However, for a gaming laptop to exclude an Ethernet port and an HDMI slot is quite alarming. 

Sure, it’s to highlight the WiFi 6 capabilities along with using the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports at the right side of the device. However, having a Gigabit Ethernet port significantly improves network performance especially for competitive play. Also, most external gaming displays still come with HDMI ports so it was a missed opportunity.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

For what it’s worth, the Lenovo Legion S7 is an ideal gaming device for both casual and competitive gamers. It’s slim form factor combined with powerful hardware provides the power and portability that the Legion brand consistently delivers. With a high refresh rate display and RTX-capable GPU, it even provides a solid boost to gaming performance.

Of course, even the Legion S7 has some hits and misses in there. From questionable exclusions to just decent battery life, it fails to maximize its potential to be truly something better than before. Still, with what it has going for it as presently constructed, it’s still a great gaming device on-the-go.

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The Steam Deck finally launches on February 25

Starts shipping out February 28

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The Nintendo Switch was one of the boldest experiments in gaming. Could a console successfully meld home-based gaming with mobile gaming? The answer is: It certainly could! The Switch, despite its flaws, is still one of the most successful consoles that Nintendo has ever released. Now, years after its launch, other brands are finally returning or introducing themselves to the mobile gaming market. Valve, after announcing the device last year, is finally launching its own take, the Steam Deck, on February 25.

Last year, Valve, the company behind Steam, announced the Switch-like gaming console for PC gamers. As what that implies, the Steam Deck can play your Steam library inside its lithe but powerful frame. Squeezed in by two controllers, the 7-inch device blasts through games with a quad-core Zen 2 CPU, an AMD APU, 16GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of SSD storage.

Naturally, the Steam Deck incited a lot of hype for gamers. It was finally possible to easily play PC games while on the road. However, despite the hype, the device went through an unsurprisingly rocky launch schedule. Initially pegged for a holiday launch, it was pushed back due to ongoing shortages.

Now, we finally have a date. On February 25, Valve will start sending out order emails to those who previously bought reservations, as stated in their latest blog post. Customers will then have three days to push through with their order. Shipments will start flying out on February 28.

Those who haven’t reserved yet can still do so for US$ 5, but the waiting time might take a while since Valve is so close to launch. The Steam Deck will start selling at US$ 399 and will go up to US$ 649 for the most premium model.

SEE ALSO: Steam launches first portable console, the Steam Deck

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