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Tom Clancy's Breakpoint Gets Lil' Wayne for its Live Action Trailer; Open Beta Dates Announced

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If you’re feeling the hype for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Ubisoft is stepping it up further as the company is kicking off the game launch with the release of a new live-action trailer starring Lil’ Wayne and friends.
 
Following the Closed Beta phase from September 5th until September 8th, Open Beta is set for September 26th until September 29th on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. You can also start pre-loading the Open Beta starting September 24th on Xbox One and Uplay, 12am JST on the Epic Store and on September 25th 12pm JST for PlayStation®4 so you can be sure you’re in on the action.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint - Squad Up Live Action Trailer with Lil Wayne

Lil’ Wayne stars in the live action trailer of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint. The live action sequences were shot in Vancouver, Canada. It’s also produced by Minted Content in Los Angeles, with David Leitch directing it. Ubisoft worked with San Francisco–based agency Argonaut on the development of the concept and overall creative direction and execution of the “Squad Up ft. Lil’ Wayne” campaign. Fun ad, but yeah you'll probably end up with "what did I watch" first.

“More than anything, the key point of all action is to tell a story, and in this spot we’re telling a story with these characters in the world of the game and also the characters in their worlds at home,” said David Leitch. “We wanted to make sure we have these distinct characters that jump off the page and that the action defines them in a real particular way. We have this fun juxtaposition with the different characters and their voices too, which is a great conceit.”

Ghost Recon Breakpoint - What is Breakpoint?



We had our run with Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint during Closed Beta, and it’s quite big for what it is. The Open Beta will feature exclusive contents such as 3 Extra main story missions, 2 new regions in addition to the 4 regions unveiled during Closed Beta, and Ghost War, an intense competitive Elimination match. There will be 4 PvP tailored-maps available. Additionally, there are 4 new daily missions that will allow players to complete up to 12 daily Faction Missions during the Open Beta.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint will be available October 4 on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, Windows PC. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint will also launch on the new generation gaming platform, Stadia.

CORSAIR Launches iCUE 465X RGB Smart Case

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CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the launch of the new CORSAIR iCUE 465X RGB Mid-Tower ATX Smart Case, offering PC enthusiasts smart RGB lighting and strong cooling with three included CORSAIR LL120 RGB PWM fans behind two beautiful tempered glass panels in a black or white chassis. Users can create stunning, customizable visuals out-of-the-box with the included iCUE Lighting Node CORE RGB Lighting Controller and iCUE software.


The 465X RGB features premium, 4mm-thick edge-to-edge tempered glass panels on the side and front of the chassis, perfect for showcasing the vibrant light shows from all of your high-profile RGB components. Three included CORSAIR LL120 RGB PWM fans light up your system with 16 individually addressable RGB LEDs each, while keeping temperatures down with powerful cooling by running up to 1,500 RPM.


Simply plug up to six of the same CORSAIR RGB fans into the included iCUE Lighting Node CORE to fully customize your lighting through iCUE software, without the need for a separate fan hub. iCUE unites all of your compatible components and devices through a single interface, giving you full customization and control of your entire setup. iCUE’s unrivaled level of lighting customization, synchronized across all of your compatible devices such as fans, DRAM, keyboards, and more, helps set your system apart from the rest. When playing iCUE-integrated games, your entire setup turns into an extension of the action – all your iCUE-compatible components and devices dynamically react to in-game events to reach an unprecedented level of immersion.


Building a serious PC also requires serious cooling. The 465X RGB’s three front intake fans draw in cool air through wide ventilation gaps in the front panel, while a Direct Airflow Path™ layout ensures ample airflow to your PC’s hottest components. The 465X RGB also has the potential for even stronger cooling thanks to a spacious interior that can support up to 6x 120mm cooling fans or multiple radiators, including a 360mm radiator in front.

Behind it’s classic styling and vibrant RGB lighting, the 465X RGB offers room for up to six drives for your storage needs: up to 2x 3.5in HDDs and up to 4x 2.5in SSDs. Intuitive cable routing channels and tie-downs, along with internal rubber grommets, make it easy to build a tidy and professional-looking PC, while three removable dust filters in the front, roof, and floor keep your components clean long after the build is complete.

For breathtaking, synchronized RGB lighting right out of the box, the 465X RGB is the clear choice.

Availability, Warranty and Pricing
The CORSAIR iCUE 465X RGB Mid-Tower ATX Smart Case is available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.

The 465X RGB is backed by a two-year warranty and the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

AMD 2nd Gen EPYC Expands Ecosystem, Showcases New Offerings and Performance Milestones

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At the European launch in Rome, Italy AMD highlighted the growing adoption of 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ processors across cloud, enterprise and HPC customers.
·         Dell Technologies announced five new Dell EMC PowerEdge platforms powered by the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor. These platforms were designed from the ground up and optimized to support the features of the new AMD EPYC processor including PCIe® 4.0.
·         IBM Cloud detailed how 2nd Gen EPYC processors can support IBM Cloud customer needs in specific areas including helping improve cloud security, better memory bandwidth for big data and analytics workloads and core scaling and breakthrough performance for container workloads. IBM plans to have more to share in 2020 about its performance offerings for clients.
·         Nokia highlighted how 2nd Gen EPYC processors significantly accelerate its Cloud Packet Core system which helps service providers deliver converged broadband, IoT, and machine-type communication services for 5G. In testing, Nokia found its Cloud Packet Core system with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC provided a 2X increase in packet throughput compared to previous systems[i].
·         ATOS, a global leader in digital transformation, announced Genci is using the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors to expand the use of supercomputing for the benefit of French scientific communities. Genci and ATOS are using the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor due to its breakthrough performance, efficiency and TCO.
·         OVHcloud, a global cloud provider specializing in delivering industry-leading performance and cost-effective solutions, announced a new high-end hosting instance based on the AMD EPYC™ 7402P processor. This instance will be available at the end of 2019.
·         TSMC announced its adoption of 2nd Gen AMD EPYC helping power its next generation research and leading process technology.
“Today, we are proud to have new platforms from Dell and new customers adopting 2nd Gen AMD EPYC for cloud, enterprise computing and HPC,” said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group. “We continue to take the AMD EPYC processor to new heights and are thrilled to have the ecosystem supporting us across hardware, software and cloud providers as we face the challenges of the modern data center head-on.”

EPYC Performance for HPC
AMD also announced a new addition to the 2nd Generation AMD EPYC family, the AMD EPYC 7H12 processor. The 64 core/128 thread, 2.6Ghz base frequency, 3.3Ghz max boost frequency, 280W TDP processor is specifically built for HPC customers and workloads, using liquid cooling to deliver leadership supercomputing performance[ii]. In an ATOS testing on their BullSequana XH2000, the new AMD EPYC 7H12 processor achieved a LINPACK score of ~ 4.2 TeraFLOPS, ~11% better than the AMD EPYC 7742 processor[iii].



[i] Performance not verified independently by AMD
[ii] EPYC 7H12 processor boost frequencies may be achieved only with a cooling solution that meets group ‘Z’ requirements.  Achievable boost frequencies may vary depending on the effectiveness of the actual cooling solution. ROM-282
[iii] Based on ATOS testing of HPL v2.1 benchmark, as of September 13, 2019, using a 2P AMD EPYC™ 7H12 powered production server versus AMD internal testing of HPL v2.1 benchmark, as of July 17, 2019, using a 2P AMD EPYC™ 7742 powered AMD reference server. AMD has not independently verified the 7H12 scores. Results may vary. ROM-287


NIER Series Collaboration Detailed in FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers Patch 5.1 Reveal

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The first details of FINAL FANTASY® XIV: Shadowbringers™ upcoming Patch 5.1 are now available following the latest Letter from the Producer LIVE stream.

Titled Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty, Patch 5.1 is the first major update for FINAL FANTASY XIV Online’s critically acclaimed third expansion pack and introduces the highly anticipated YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse alliance raid, a collaboration with the NieR® series featuring the work of guest creators Yosuke Saito and YOKO TARO.

Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty will also bring a variety of new content, features and improvements. During the livestream, FINAL FANTASY XIV Online Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida outlined much of the content that will arrive with the release of Patch 5.1:
  
New Main Scenario Quests – Patch 5.1 introduces the next chapter in the exhilarating Shadowbringers main storyline.
New 24-Player Alliance Raid: “The Copied Factory” – Guest creators Yosuke Saito and YOKO TARO bring together FINAL FANTASY and NieR in the YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse alliance raid series.
Restoration of the Holy See of Ishgard – This crafter- and gatherer-focused content encourages players to work together to build the Firmament in Ishgard. The new content is accompanied by extensive system adjustments and updates for crafting and gathering classes.
New Game+ – Replay previously completed quests while retaining one's current progression and job level.
New Dungeon: “The Grand Cosmos” – Players can tackle this new dungeon alongside fellow adventurers, or a party of non-player characters using the Trust system.
New Extreme Trial – Players will be able to challenge a new extreme difficulty trial.
New Beast Tribe Quests – The Pixies
PvP Updates – Substantial changes will be made to PvP actions, alongside the introduction of a new Frontline map and ruleset.
Blue Mage Job Updates – The first major update to this limited job will feature an increased level cap, new job quests, as well as new blue mage-specific battle challenges and content.
Performance Action Updates – The addition of an ensemble feature will allow groups of players to create music together.
Patch 5.1 will also feature job adjustments, Gold Saucer updates, system updates, and more

ASUS Launches I Am ProArtist Campaign

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ASUS has announced I am ProArtist, a worldwide contest that invites content creators to submit their best original 2D or 3D digital artwork or film clip for a chance to win ASUS ProArt products. Prizes on offer include ProArt Display PA32UC, PA27AC, PA24AC, ProArt Station PA90, ProArt StudioBook Pro 17, and Mini PC PB60G.

The I am ProArtist campaign is live today, and the competition runs globally until September 30, 2019. Full details are available at the campaign website: https://www.asus-campaign.com/iamproartist

The spark of inspiration can ignite at any time and content creators need a trusted, professional platform that matches the way they work and gives them the power to realize their creative vision. Inspired by professionals, every aspect of the ProArt platform is built to remove creative barriers and deliver the immense performance professionals demand to support the creative process and bring the best ideas to life.

That is the ProArt brand promise, and we believe everyone can be a ProArtist. It is about being proud of individuality, persistent in seeking perfection and strong-spirited in chosen fields of excellence. To celebrate the wellspring of creativity empowered by ProArt we want content creators of all abilities to produce an original artwork and share its story.

How to enter the I Am ProArtist global challenge
All adults aged 18 or more are eligible to participate in the I am ProArtist competition, and each eligible contest is permitted to submit one entry in each of the three activity categories – True Color, Pixel Perfection and Mighty Mini. The fundamental design requirements of each activity category are as follows:
True Color (2D graphic design): Submit an original 2D picture or design in JPEG or PNG format. The resolution should be 2560 x 1440, and the maximum acceptable file size is 5MB.
Pixel Perfection (film production): Submit an original film clip in MP4 format. The maximum acceptable running time 20 seconds, and the maximum acceptable file size is 50MB.
Mighty Mini (3D design): Submit an original 3D-design work in JPEG or PNG format. The resolution should be 2560 x 1440, and the maximum acceptable file size is 5MB.
Entrants must also include a story with each submission. This story should summarize the background or design inspiration behind the original creation.

How to win I am ProArtist prizes

One winner for each activity category will be chosen based on votes in the form of ‘likes’ from the public and a creativity assessment by ASUS, with each aspect carrying a 50% weighting. Public votes are important, so entrants are encouraged to share their entry on social media – using the hashtag #IamProArtist. 

The I am ProArtist winners, awards and lucky draw

Following the close of the competition on September 30, 2019, public votes will be tallied, and ASUS will then consider all entries for their creativity. The final winners will be announced on October 30, 2019. The prizes for each activity category are as follows:
True Color: ASUS ProArt Display PA27AC 
Pixel Perfection: ASUS ProArt Display PA32UC 
Mighty Mini: ASUS ProArt Station PA90

In addition to these main prize tiers, we’ll also be awarding three additional prizes via a lucky draw for those otherwise ineligible to enter the main I am ProArtist competition. Winners will be chosen from those sharing the #IamProArtist campaign hashtag on social media. Prizes for this lucky draw include a ProArt StudioBook Pro17, ProArt Display PA24AC and Mini PC PB60G.


AVAILABILITY & PRICING
Select ASUS ProArt products can be purchased from physical and online stores. Please check the table below for the suggested retail prices:

ProArt PA32UC Monitor PHP 139,000.00
ProArt PA27AC Monitor PHP 53,600.00
ProArt PA24AC Monitor PHP 30,000.00

AMD brings hyper-realistic visuals to the Radeon RX 500 series with Radeon Image Sharpening

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AMD brings its powerful Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) feature to the Radeon RX 570, RX 580 and RX 590 graphics cards. With the latest Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition driver, mainstream Radeon gamers can now enjoy the same stunning, ultra-crisp visuals the Radeon RX 5700 series GPUs provide in a wide range of AAA, eSports and indie games.

RIS is an intelligent contrast-adaptive sharpening algorithm that brings crispness and clarity to in-game visuals that have been softened by other post-process effects, with virtually no impact on gaming performance. When paired with Radeon GPU upscaling, RIS enables sharp visuals and fluid frame rates on very high-resolution displays.

RIS works across DirectX 12 and Vulkan titles on the Radeon RX 570, RX 580 and RX 590 graphics cards and is enabled in Radeon Software, so game developers do not need to implement support for RIS into the games themselves. 

AMD continues to democratize access to cutting-edge technology. From first time mainstream gamers to those looking for the best experiences in AAA 1080p gaming, the Radeon RX 500 series GPUs with RIS now allows gamers to immerse themselves in hyper-real, complex visual worlds while maintaining fluid frame-rates.

The PSEU Announces The Final Roster For Sibol

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It has been a grueling week for the 77-strong training pool for Sibol, the Philippine team that will represent the country in the esports medaled events of the 30th SEA Games. Invited athletes and those who got past the online qualifiers had the chance to play together during the past few days and during the Sibol National Pool Combine event, all the while the respective coaches and managers of the six esports titles evaluated their pool for the coveted final roster slots.

From this pool, only 27 athletes have made the team. Seven members are needed for each of the team-based games: Dota2, Arena of Valor, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. Two members each will make up the rest of the games: StarCraft 2, Hearthstone, and Tekken 7.

These are the 27 athletes that comprise Sibol:

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
Kenneth Jiane 'Kenji' Villa
Karl Gabriel 'KarlTzy' Nepomuceno
Carlito 'Ribo' Ribo
Jeniel 'Haze' Bata-anon
Angelo Kyle 'Pheww' Arcangel
Allan Sancio 'Lusty' Castromayor
Jason Rafael 'Jay' Torculas

Dota 2
Mc Nicholson 'Mc' Villanueva
John Anthony 'Natsumi' Vargas
Jun 'Bok' Kanehara
Marvin Salvador 'Boomy' Rushton
Bryle Jacob 'CML' Alvizo
Van Jerico 'Van' Manalaysay
James Erice 'Erice' Guerra

Arena of Valor
Kevin Kio 'Gambit' Dizon
Jeremiah '1717' Camarillo
Jevan Lorenzo 'Bents' Delos Santos
Lawrence Anthony 'Rubixx' Gatmaitan
Miguel Klarenz 'Miggie' Banaag
Bradie Ryan 'Yats' Velasquez
Kyle Jepherson 'Vindiicated' Padlan

StarCraft II
Justin 'NuksPH' Santos
Caviar 'Enderr' Acampado

Hearthstone
Dustin 'WaningMoon' Mangulabnan
Jacinta 'Jia' Dee

Tekken 7
Andreij Hosea 'Doujin' Albar
Alexandre Gabrielle 'AK' Laverez

The road to the 30th SEA Games has been a long and challenging one, but for us Filipinos, it’s been a long time coming. Our esports beginnings have developed a strong foundation in our athletes, who all showcase, skill, passion, and competition. From here, the Sibol team will be tested and trained by their coaches, in an effort to mold them all into solid individuals and teams with their eyes on one thing: SEA Games gold. The catchphrase ‘Lakad Matatag’ embodies the Sibol athletes, entering the battlefield with pride and confidence.

They are not without support however, as the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Esports Union (PSEU) has teamed up with the country’s biggest network, Smart, as the official presenter for Sibol. The communications network provider is no stranger to gaming and esports, offering products and services to the Filipino gamer, as well as an open supporter of events that cater to the gaming market.

“Esports in the SEA Games is not just about making history; it is about building the foundation for all our young Filipinos who aspire to represent our country on a world stage. The athletes of Sibol are not just pioneers, they are our country’s pride. We at Smart wholly support our athletes in their SEA Games journey,” Alfredo S. Panlilio, President of Smart Communications, Inc., said in a comment.

Razer, the official esports partner for the Games, is also present to help in Sibol’s training and preparation. The PSEU, with recommendations from the coaches and managers, will be crafting programs for the athletes in their respective games, including sending them to tournaments within Southeast Asia in hopes to gain more knowledge against their peers and prepare appropriately.

“We have taken a very big step in history. Not only are we having esports as part of the SEA Games, we have formed the team that will carry our nation to greatness. I wish for these athletes to always remain proud and committed to the goal of carrying the nation to SEA Games gold,” said PSEU co-Chairman Jane J. Basas.

Local TV and cable channels have also pledged support in the Sibol effort. TV5 and Cignal are no strangers to this rapidly-growing industry, as they have been airing the biggest esports tournaments on free TV and high definition cable. As the official broadcasters for the 30th SEA Games, expect TV5, Cignal, and their various channels to bring the action into your homes.