Wednesday, January 24, 2018

God of War Release Date Announced; Limited Editions Detailed!

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We’re not really sure if the release date is intentional. 4/20 my friends. Sony Santa Monica Studios is ready, and God of War is finally launching on April 20, 2018! That’s three months from today! Now, let’s keep things simple here and give you the lowdown on the different editions.

But before we do that, let’s start out with a new trailer!


Okay, then. Now that it's finished sinking in, time to marvel at the bounties from the different editions.

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If you pre-order any edition (which I’m assuming you’ve already done), you’ll get three legendary shield skins. Sure, they’re just skins, but customization is still cool, and it’s free.

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Moving forward, the Collector’s Edition will probably be your cup of tea, and probably what’s going to be available in your region if you’re outside US/Canada.  The $129 Collector’s Edition features a badass 9-inch statue crafted at Gentle Giant, there’s also a cloth map that you’ll make use of during murdering mythological creatures, a steel book case with the game, two Huldra Bros. carvings, and a lithograph. You’ll also get some sweet digital content such as Death Vow’s Armor Set, Exile Guardian’s Shield, God of War Digital Comic #0, God of War Digital Artbook, and a Dynamic Theme.

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The more expensive $149 Stone Mason Edition on the other hand basically features the very same content as the Collector’s Edition, but with a few additions like the Stone Mason’s Ring, Mimir’s Head Talking Keychain, 2-inch horse and troll carvings, and Defender of the Chosen Shield.

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Now, if you're going purely digital, the Digital Deluxe Edition will be the thing for you. For $69, you'll get the Death's Vow Armor Set, Exile's Guardian Shield, the Digital Artbook of the game, God of War Digital Comic Issue #0, and of course, the full game download.

Marked your calendars, have you? 

Source | PlayStation Blog

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

NVIDIA Sponsors Dota 2 Hotshots TNC Pro Team

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NVIDIA has announced its sponsorship of TNC Pro Team, a leading team of gamers in Defense of the Ancients 2, commonly known as Dota 2.

The sponsorship under the GeForce® eSports Preferred Partners Program includes the provision of award-winning NVIDIA GeForce 10 Series GPUs and other hardware, boot camp priority, technical and logistical support from NVIDIA globally.

Formed after winning a competition in December 2014, TNC Pro Team includes Theeban Siva, Timothy John Randrup, Sam Hidalgo, Marc Polo Luis Fausto and Carlo Palad.

The team stunned the world by winning the China Top 2017 in November and coming in second in the prestigious Mars Dota 2 League in Macau in December. It was also the first-ever Filipino team to win the World Electronic Sports Games Championships in March.

At the International 2017, it competed against the world’s perennial powerhouses and emerged the highest ranked in Southeast Asia by coming in the top 12.

TNC Pro Team is based in TheNet.Com, a NVIDIA GeForce-certified iCafe chain that is one of the fastest growing in the Philippines. The chain’s iCafes feature NVIDIA GPUs to give gamers a great gaming experience.

“Sponsoring TNC Pro Team is part of our effort to build relationships with, celebrate and grow the esports community in Southeast Asia. Our GeForce GTX and G-SYNC technologies are the team’s platform of choice, empowering the players to battle with the best in competitive
gaming,” said Simon Tan, director, consumer business, APAC South, NVIDIA.


AMD Quietly Updates Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G Product Pages

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AMD’s CES 2018 showcase brought in more hype for Ryzen all thanks to Radeon Vega graphics. But the company wasn’t going all out during its presentation. While the Ryzen 3 2200G and the Ryzen 5 2400G are indeed shaping up to be great offerings from the company, there wasn’t much to go with during the event. Lo and behold, AMD silently updates its product pages with new info about the new processors.

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The Ryzen 3 2200G is a four core CPU with four threads, and a base clock of 3.5GHz and a max boost of 3.7GHz. It also features 8 graphic cores, with a maximum clock of 1100MHz.

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On the other hand, the Ryzen 5 2400G comes with four cores and eight threads, with 3.6GHz base and 3.9GHz max boost. It also features 11 graphics cores with a maximum clock of 1250MHz.

Both APUs will be released on February 12th of this year, with prices going on for $99 for the Ryzen 3 2200G and $169 for the Ryzen 5 2400G. Both will also come with AMD Wraith Stealth coolers bundled.

Source | AMD (1) (2)

Monday, January 22, 2018

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Spotted in the Wild

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AMD’s Ryzen CPUs have indeed attracted major fanfare for the company ever since it was first unveiled. And now with the whole Spectre and Meltdown debacle, system builders going for newer machines may be thinking of finally shifting to Ryzen. On that regard, AMD is still on the offensive as the company talked about its upcoming 2nd generation of Ryzen CPUs back in CES 2018 without much solid info to work on with. Now, a new leak surfaces, reportedly spilling Ryzen 5 2600’s big secrets.

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Codenamed ZD2600BBM68AF_38/34_Y in the SANDRA database, the Ryzen 5 2600 is designed to be take over Ryzen 5 1600’s place. It features 3.4GHz base and 3.8GHz boost based on the code name, and it comes with 6 physical cores and 12 threads. Furthermore, it features 16MB of L3 cache and 3MB of L2 cache.

On paper, the Ryzen 5 2600 doesn’t exactly trail far from its predecessor which comes with 3.2GHz base and 3.6GHz boost. However, besides the slightly higher clock speed, it could take advantage of new architectural optimizations.

Based on the leak, the Ryzen 5 2600 came together with an ASUS Crosshair VII Hero motherboard under the X470 chipset. Do note that there will be no compatibility issues from the older AM4 motherboards, but once again expect more optimizations together with new features for the new platform when it goes available in the market.

As AMD points out, Ryzen 2 desktop CPUs are slated for an April 2018 release, so you won’t have to wait for long to know more.  


Overwatch Teases New Legendary Hanzo Skin

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Most of our excitement for Overwatch stems from placement matches and ranking up, and of course there are seasonal events to look forward to. Because skins. Blizzard on the other hand does come up with new skins from time to time, and more often than not it’s not our main hero to get them new cosmetics. Thankfully, Blizz has just teased the Kabuki Hanzo legendary skin, giving our pure-luck hero a sweet makeover and an awesome bow design.



Blizzard will keep on teasing more updates each day until the patch arrives on January 23rd. The upcoming patch will feature new changes to loot boxes, with the standard ones featuring new content.

Thus far, three new legendary skins for Overwatch have been announced. The Capoeira Lucio skin, the Asp Pharrah skin, and the latest Kabuki Hanzo skin.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT Final Trailer Revealed; Ultimate Box Edition Release Date Announced!

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Sony Interactive Entertainment Hong Kong Limited Singapore Branch (SIES) announced that the ULTIMATE BOX of PlayStation®4 software “DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT” produced by SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. will be available for sale on January 30, 2018. Last but not least, a final trailer for the game has also been released. 


DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT ULTIMATE BOX Information

Product Name DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT ULTIMATE BOX
Release Date :January 30, 2018
Price :PHP 11,999

Bundled Content: 
  • PS4™ Software “DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT” ×1
  • DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT Official Calendar 2018 ×1
  • 2018 Calendar starting from April containing original CG images with characters and scenes in the game
  • DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT Original Soundtrack ULTIMATE BOX Edition ×1
  • Original soundtrack CD containing 15 tracks including major DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® arcade battle tracks and newly recorded tracks from for this title
  • STATIC ARTS BUST DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT WARRIOR OF LIGHT ×1
  • A Warrior of Light model figure made with detailed color sculpting textures for the blue armor and the gold fabric, recreating the CG image in the game and the illustration done by Tetsuya Nomura 
  • Steelbook ×1
*Contents and specifications might change without prior announcement. 

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*Images from product in development

About DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT

DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT is fast-paced, strategic brawler with iconic characters appearing from the FINAL FANTASY series. Such title is produced by “Team NINJA” from KOEI TECMO GAMES which is a major producer for the fighting game genre. Besides the characters, battle map and background music from the FINAL FANTASY series, players can also battle in a 3 VS 3 arena using abilities and magic based on elements from the original titles in the franchise. However, the RPG battles of using “EX Skills” to support your allies along with the feature of calling out summons will evolve into an actioned based team battle completely! Players can enjoy the game according to their playstyles by choosing the online mode to fight as a team with others, or use the offline mode to do battle trainings or enjoy the storyline like a traditional RPG.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

COLORFUL Pushes for Bigger eSports with CGU 2018

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Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and high-performance storage solutions and long-time supporter of eSports has shared their insights into their growth thanks to eSports via their eSports executive head. With a steady growth in eSports, COLORFUL foresees its COLORFUL Games Union gaming event to be a central element to its goals of solidifying their brands, both in eSports and in the DIY industry. COLORFUL intends to develop CGU into a global event to further highlight the company's position as a dedicated gaming company that delivers products and experiences targeted for gamers.

THE FOUNDATION OF COLORFUL GAMES UNION
With nearly 22 years in the industry, COLORFUL has grown vastly throughout the years and has been very sensitive in analyzing budding market trends to assist in its product development. With the surge in World of Warcraft, COLORFUL realized it needed create an experience for players for this game. A small-scale event was formed which saw great feedback from the Chinese gaming community. With the global phenomenon known as eSports becoming more and more ingrained in Chinese culture, COLORFUL decided to unite the figures that make eSports exciting: the teams, casters, celebrities, products and other IPs form together to bring COLORFUL Games Union which debuted in 2013. This event saw the birth of the now famous professional team Snake and COLORFUL intends to become key a partner in seeking and establishing budding teams and talents and bring them into the global spotlight.

COLORFUL GAMES UNION NOW

With the first CGU attracting 128 finalists from 68 colleges in China, COLORFUL saw it necessary to elevate the event into something bigger. CGU 2015 saw the realization of this transition into a grand stage wherein gaming celebrities, casters and fans converged in a single event to deliver a great eSports experience. The passion brought by the crowd and the players was enough to push COLORFUL into becoming bigger and bigger with CGU 2017 seeing more teams from other nations compete in this glorious event.

CGU 2017 was a key year for COLORFUL which yielded into COLORFUL breaking past their domestic border, allowing more international players to compete and celebrating with the global gaming audience the thrill of eSports. This new milestone for CGU opens up a whole new window to the world where gamers everywhere can experience intense and electric competition like no other.

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The fans have been a key driving factor for COLORFUL in pursuing and pushing CGU further. Thanks to their interaction with fans, COLORFUL has been able to identify with fans of all genres unitied by their love for gaming and embdedding the COLORFUL brand as THE BRAND for gamers.
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Lastly, COLORFUL knows that it's a competitive market in the DIY PC space and there's little room to innovate to outperform competitors. COLORFUL has been pushing innovation as far as it can becoming the benchmark for graphics card thanks to its unparalleled connection with fans combined with their expertise.

CGU: THE FUTURE

Closing the discussion with COLORFUL eSports Executive William, he states that the company will continue to focus on recognizing emerging trends in both e-commerce and eSports, noting that China offers a great playground for ideas to create new and innovative things. With CGU 2018 already in their horizon, Mr. William announces that they'll be working to get more games into their event including smash hit PUBG to add to their list of competitions in this year's upcoming CGU.

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