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Xiaomi’s Black Shark 2 Pro is one beefy gaming phone

A much desired upgrade than its predecessor

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In today’s world, you can play your video games from practically any device. Through the years, companies develop better and more efficient versions of these devices to keep up with the needs of gamers on all platforms. At some point, these companies looked to bring those technologies to a mobile platform. Since 2018, Xiaomi has been leading the pack with its Black Shark gaming phone, introducing innovation and unrivaled performance.

Now, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer officially announced the arrival of its new Black Shark 2 Pro. The latest flagship gaming device is the first in the market that comes with the latest Snapdragon 855 Plus processor. The new chip promises an overall boost to the phone’s GPU by 15 percent, which will improve overall mobile gameplay.


Fantastic cooling for a device that looks hot

To supplement the beefy processor, the Black Shark 2 Pro comes with an improved liquid cooling system. Xiaomi dubs this as the first and only direct touch multi-layer liquid cooling system that promises to reduce temperatures significantly. The hard figure is that it reduces overall CPU temperature by 14 degrees, so that the Snapdragon 855 Plus performs at an optimal rate.

The device also comes with an AMOLED display with a 240Hz touch report rate. The caveat to that, however, is that the display still retains a 60Hz refresh rate that lags behind its competitors. However, the display’s response speed was reduced to 34.7 ms, promising faster response times during high pressure gameplay.

Pricing and availability

The new Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro comes in two variations: Shadow Black and Icicle Gray. Both variations are available with a 128GB + 12GB RAM or 256GB + 12GB RAM configuration.

The 128GB + 12GB RAM option goes for RMB 2,999 or roughly PhP 22,000, while the 256GB + 12GB RAM option goes for RMB 3,499 or PhP 26,000.

In Malaysia, pricing are as follows: The 8GB + 128GB configuration will retail for MYR 2,499 while the 12GB + 256GB variant will retail for MYR 2,999.

Editor’s note: This article was updated following the BlackShark 2 Pro event held at Kuala, Lumpur Malaysia on September 2, 2019.

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You may soon be able to resell games bought on Steam

Valve isn’t giving up though

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Marketplaces like Steam offer much more than just a place to buy games. It’s a community that lets you enjoy multiplayer modes, explore DLCs, and constantly keep in touch with your fellow gamers. This combination has made Steam the most popular destination for gamers as well as game developers.

Steam users from France could soon have a new option though. A new ruling by the French court has the potential to radically alter the way people buy, sell, and play video games. It ruled that European Union law allows Steam users to resell their digital games, similar to any other physical product.


According to French site Numerama, users are free to resell digital games bought on Steam and this precedent could further apply to other digital content as well.

UFC Que Choisir (Federal Union of Consumers) filed a suit against Steam four years ago against a number of clauses in the Steam Subscriber Agreement. Essentially, the agreement says that consumers don’t actually buy products on Steam, instead, get subscriptions to access and use content and services.

The court also took Valve to task for other practices, such as holding onto Steam Wallet funds when players leave the platform and unclear moderation policies.

Though, no changes to Steam will be made until an appeal is settled. On the other hand, UFC Que Choisir has said they plan to directly challenge other digital products and platforms.

The case is crucial for the online distribution industry and could bring about a massive change in France as well as the European Union. For digital companies, that’ll be a nightmare since they’ve never expected their virtual offerings to be resellable.

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Apple Arcade games you should play

They all seem super fun!

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When you think about gaming, Apple isn’t the first company that comes to mind. They’re probably not even in the top five. But that could soon change with the introduction of Apple Arcade.

Apple Arcade is the company’s new gaming service and it’s now available in Singapore. There’s a 30-day trial and after that it’s just SG$ 6.98 per month and you can use it across multiple Apple devices. Well, that is when the devices finally get iOS 13 which is soon!


With Apple Arcade you gain access to over 100 new and exclusive games for a small monthly fee. It’s a welcome change of pace from the mobile gaming scene that’s plagued with micro transactions.

If you’re overwhelmed by THAT many games, Apple helped us out by sharing their recommendations. Here they are. Also, fun fact: the first two games here are made in Singapore.

Cat Quest 2

Cat Quest 2 s a 2D open-world action role playing game set in a fantasy realm of cats and dogs. Under threat from a continuing war between the cats of Felingard and the advancing dogs of the Lupus empire, experience the journey of two kings on a journey of paw-some discovery to reclaim their throne.

BattleSky Brigade Harpooner

BattleSKy Brigade Harpooner is a shoot em up and “fishing” game. Shoot open barrels and enemies and avoid obstacles on the way up, like a classic vertical shoot em up. Reel yourself back in when you run out of rope and collect what you shot open. Set in an adorable world, help Pim become the best scavenger in all the Wyldes.

Sayonara Wild Hearts (Annapurna)

Sayonara Wild Hearts sets players on a music adventure where every level is a song, and every collectible is captured by being awesome, riding motorcycles, skateboarding, dance battling, shooting lasers, wielding swords, and breaking hearts at 200 mph.

Skate City (Snowman)

Skate City is where players can capture the heart and soul of street skating in a personalized style and enjoy the feeling of cruising the city streets that soon become the ultimate playground.

Where Cards Fall (Snowman)

Where Cards Fall is a slice-of-life story where you build houses of cards to bring formative memories to life by creating pathways through dreamlike puzzles to navigate the insecurities and emotions of high school and beyond.

Cardpocalypse (Versus Evil)

Make friends, play cards, twist the rules, become a Mega Mutant Power Pets master, and try to save the world in Cardpocalypse, a single-player role-playing game about being a 90’s kid.

Hot Lava (Klei)

Hot Lava transports you back to your childhood imagination requiring you to use your skills to conquer treacherous obstacles in nostalgia-packed environments flooded with hot molten lava.

More from Apple: iPhone 11 | iPhone 11 Pro | Apple Watch Series 5 | iPad 7th Gen

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will be out early 2020

Epic fights and interesting side quests to come!

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If Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball FighterZ wasn’t hyped up enough for you, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot might be what your missing.

This isn’t just about epic fights that Dragon Ball FighterZ blew up and is now know for. If you haven’t known, this time, you get to try exploring what used to just be a backdrop. The game allows you to play through most of Goku’s life. It’s an action role-playing game that lets you immerse yourself in Goku’s story as you progress further into the plot.


If you don’t find the appeal in playing out Goku’s life, you might want to reconsider. The game looks pretty cool and the views can be stunning when you’re flying in third-person perspective. When fights break out, it’s a whole different story.

The perspective shifts to an over-the-shoulder fighting game. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot looks to be an interesting addition, drifting away from just letting us play hyped up fighting scenes. The game also lets you roam, mine, fish, and complete side quests.  

The game is going to be based off the anime. If you’re a huge fan of the anime, this is your shot to play it out in whole new immersive perspective.

When the heck is this game getting released? Luckily, it isn’t too far from being released. Bandai Namco just announced that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is coming out on the 17th of January 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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