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ealme Philippines to launch 64MP Snapdragon quad-camera super phone realme XT on October 29

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Game changer brand realme Philippines is set to disrupt the sub20K price segment by launching its 64MP quad-camera super phone, the realme XT! The realme XT is the first in its price range to sport quad-camera technology with ultra-high graphic resolution, addressing the growing need of Filipinos for superior camera capability.

It’s been reported by Hootsuite in recent years that there is considerable growth in the number of Filipinos actively using contentand social platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. Through the realme XT’s superb camera technology, Filipino content creators are well-equipped in producing pro-like photos and quality vlogs.

This upcoming superphone boasts a quad-camera module and Samsung’s ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor. This combination and the integrated 64MP main camera work complementarily to produce photos with impressive quality even in low-light conditions. Crisp details even while zooming in are guaranteed from an image size of four times larger than a 16MP shot. To further elevate the camera’s performance, the realme XT is equipped with three other lenses: ultra-wideangle, macro and portrait.

But more than a camera powerhouse, the realme XT is built to perform superbly with itsSnapdragon 712 AIE with Hyperboost 2.0, which optimizes smartphone performance for a lag-free and immersive gaming experience. The large-capacity 4,000mAh battery is supported by a 20W VOOC 3.0 Flash Charge technology to deliver many hours of optimum superphone experience.

“We are very much excited to finally launch this impressive 64MP superphone. We work diligently to ensure we offer products that pack innovations needed by our market. Realme Philippines is committed to making flagship experience more attainable because we believe we all deserve the best experience. We are excited for everyone to do super – super fun adventures, super amazing photos and super exhilarating activities – with the realme super phone, the realme XT,” shares realme Philippines Marketing Director Austine Huang.

Realme Philippines encourages its fans to watch the livestream of the realmeXT launch on the realme Philippines Facebook page and YouTube channel on October 29.Purchasers of realme products are also welcome to join the realme community on Facebook to see the latest news and discussions about the brand.

HyperX Introduces the Cloud MIX Gaming Headset with Bluetooth Technology in Philippines

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HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company Inc., today announced the launch of HyperX Cloud MIX, its first Bluetooth® enabled gaming headset built for gamers on-the-go. Combining stellar sound with a sleek look and uncompromised comfort, the versatile Cloud MIX is designed for gaming, music listening and voice chat, delivering wired and cord-free entertainment. This headset will be soon available in leading retail and online stores for PHP 11,999 (MSRP).

Designed with Cloud DNA found in Cloud 2 and Cloud Alpha headsets, it features dual chamber technology and 40mm drivers for vivid and accurate sound. The headset meets Hi-Res Audio requirements and is certified to deliver sound up to 40KHz. When the headset is unplugged and paired with a Bluetooth phone or device, it becomes a lifestyle ready headset.

Integrating high quality hardware and performance, the Cloud MIX features HyperX Dual Chamber Technology and 40mm drivers for vivid and accurate sound. Designed for gamers wanting a wired connection for console and PC gaming and a Bluetooth option for on-the-go entertainment. Cloud Mix is Hi-Res Audio certified and meets Hi-Res sound requirements up to 40,000 Hz while wired.

“Creating the perfect headset for the growing gaming community was a natural next step for HyperX,” said HyperX. “Our goal was to produce a headset that not only meets the standards of a professional gamer, but also offers the versatility for anyone to use anywhere. Simply plug in the Cloud MIX for hours of PC or console gaming or switch to Bluetooth mode to listen to music or chat wherever you are.”

The Cloud MIX is equipped with two microphone options, a flexible detachable gaming mic that is TeamSpeak and Discord Certified for game chat, and an internal built-in mic for Bluetooth mode offering a more travel-friendly headset for phone calls, mobile gaming and other entertainment.

Cloud MIX also offers intuitive onboard controls for quick access to audio and mic controls, including audible indicators displaying headphone status in Bluetooth mode. Cloud Mix features a detachable braided cable and is compatible in wired mode with platforms with 3.5mm ports and compatibility in wireless mode with Bluetooth-ready media devices for up to 20 hours of use.

             Driver: Custom dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
             Type: Circumaural, Closed back
             Frequency response: 13Hz – 27kHz
             Impedance: 65 Ω
             Sound pressure level: 99dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
             T.H.D.: ≤ 1%
             Weight: 310g
             Weight with mic: 321g
             Cable length: 1m
             Connection type: 3.5mm plug (4 pole)

             Element: Electret condenser microphone
             Polar pattern: Bi-directional, Noise-cancelling
             Frequency response: 50Hz – 18kHz
             Sensitivity: -38dBV (0dB=1V/Pa at 1kHz)

USB Audio Control Mixer
             Weight: 57g
             Cable length: 2m

1 Virtual 7.1 surround sound effect output as a 2-channel stereo signal to be used with stereo headphones, compatibility for PC.

Google Stadia Set to Launch November 19, 2019

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We’re not really sure how we feel about Google’ Stadia. Sure, it looks to be the future as it brings you plenty of sweet games straight to your browser, without the need of an actual gaming PC in your home. But then again, plenty of factors to consider right here, with latency being the most important – a problem Google wants to obliterate with its negative latency concept. We’ll see how that will go in the future (or maybe not), but for now it seems Google is poised to launch Stadia on November 19, 2019.

The Games 

Stadia does offer some nice titles like Borderlands 3, Destiny 2, DOOM, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Cyberpunk 2077 when it comes out, Darksiders Genesis, and plenty more. You can check the current list here.

Anyway, when it comes to availability, Stadia are available in these regions:
  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Belgium
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands

Live in any of these countries? Lucky you. If you also pre-ordered the Founder’s Edition, you’ll get a Night Blue Stadia Controller, Chromecast Ultra, and three months subscription on Stadia Pro when it arrives at your doorstep. Oh, you’ll also get the chance to reserve your unique Stadia name, and you can even share three months of Stadia Pro to a friend.

If you happen to miss pre-ordering the Founder’s Edition, there’s also a Premiere Edition available that includes a Stadia controller, Chromecast Ultra, three free months of Stadia Pro, and that’s about it.

We’re not joining in the negative latency hype here, however. Stadia isn’t available in Asia yet, which is a given if you know how debilitatingly slow the internet here is. But we are looking forward to try it out should it get to our shores in the future. We can only hope.

Source | Google, Stadia

Experience the Hype at the Esports and Gaming Summit 2019

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Premiere Event Organizer Gariath Concepts is back to bring another hype gaming event in the Philippines with the Esports and Gaming Summit 2019, co-presented by PLDT Home Fibr and Smart. The biggest gaming convention in the Philippines will happen on October 25 to 27, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. Gamers from all over the country will gather once again to celebrate gaming in the most epic way possible.

Celebrating ESGS with a yearly theme

Building a new tradition, ESGS will be having a yearly theme to provide fans a refreshing visual experience inside the event. This year, it will be going for the cyberpunk theme where attendees can experience a thrilling futuristic adventure – from hologram effects to the introduction of Astra, the official event persona of ESGS. 

“With ESGS getting bigger and better every year, I’m very excited to see the gamers in the activities and games that they will be able to experience,” said Joebert Yu, Managing Partner of Gariath Concepts. “Our event partners, led by PLDT and Smart, up the ante each year and provide ESGS event-goers with a new kind of gaming experience year after year, and this iteration is no exception to that. It is our hope that people who go to ESGS leave with smiles on their faces after all the hype activities and merchandise.”

Astra, ably cosplayed by Awie De Guzman, will be an integral part of all ESGS events moving forward, taking eventgoers on a journey that changes from theme to theme, year to year. 
Experience the future at PLDT-Smart Cyber City PLDT Home Fibr and Smart are set to level up the fun and excitement at the ESGS 2019.

PLDT Home Fibr and Smart are putting up the PLDT-Smart Cyber City, a huge gaming zone that gives subscribers a chance to experience the hottest Virtual Reality games including Sniper Elite and Beat Saber to win exciting swags.

In between the matches and the shows, subscribers can also head to the PLDT-Smart Cybercity to lounge around, recharge their devices, print photo souvenirs with friends, and bump into their favorite cosplayers and esports athletes, such as members of the PLDT-Smart Omega Team and SIBOL powered by Smart, the country’s national eSports team.

As a big treat, PLDT Home Fibr and Smart are giving subscribers a chance to win free ESGS passes, gaming skins, and other exciting prizes in the run-up to ESGS 2019! Simply follow PLDT Home Fibr and Smart on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the exciting online promos and activities!

Filipino gamers can enjoy lag-free gaming and seamless connectivity powered by PLDT Home Fibr and Smart LTE, the country's fastest fixed and mobile networks according to the world-renowned Ookla Speedtest Awards.

More Gaming and Tech hardware brands to provide the hottest deals and promos

Long-time brand partners continue their support for ESGS and new brands are making their debut as well. Major hardware exhibitors such as Asus Republic of Gamers, MSI, Predator, Legion by Lenovo, HyperX, Corsair, ViewSonic, Gamdias, XPG, Steelseries, Powercolor, Bloody, JBL and more will be showcasing their latest line of products aimed for gamers, and you can expect some event-exclusive sales and promos.

Game Showcases sustain the ESGS hype with the newest game releases 

Game Publishers won’t be leaving themselves behind as Capcom, Ranida Games, Gumi, Boomzap, Ourpalm/GameNow, Kojima Productions and Nintendo Switch (by Maxsoft) will be gracing their current games and merchandise for everyone to experience. It is worth noting that ESGS 2019 will be the first time that Nintendo joins a gaming convention in Southeast Asia.

Amp up the Esports action

Playbook will be hosting the Mountain Dew Fighting Game Arena for more fighting game action. Fans can also expect to see the SIBOL Philippine team to have a series of exhibition matches on the main stage for the entire weekend. Mobile games retain their home via the Mobile Esports Arena and their lineup of activities and tournaments. To complete the best Philippine esports action, teams from The Nationals will be making an appearance via different booths and activities all throughout the weekend.

More booths for merchandises

Due to popular demand, we are expanding our Artist Alley to cater more aspiring illustrators and fan artists to celebrate the gaming fandom. More merchandise exhibitors will be selling their merchandise, ranging from gaming gear, toys, tabletop games, collectibles and many more.

Power to the Indies

The International Game Developers Association – Manila (IGDA Manila) will be bringing Indie Fiesta once again to ESGS. Get a chance to try out new games from the independent scene and get a chance to meet some of the developers and be inspired by their journey in creating games.
Show off your best Gaming Character Cosplay

It’s back to basics, as this year’s Cosplay Competition will have cosplayers compete in their best gaming character cosplay. Those who want to join the competition may sign up at  Plus, as a surprise treat for those who will be donning their best costumes inside the event - anyone can get a chance to win a prize whether you are competing or just having fun in the event. The cosplay competition is organized by Anime Alliance.   For more details and updates, you may visit the official Facebook page of ESGS 2019:              

Game Fuel for all Gamers

As the Official Game Fuel of ESGS 2019, Mountain Dew will also be giving away free drinks to fuel the energy of all eventgoers all throughout ESGS weekend.  Previously joining ESGS via product giveaways in 2017 and 2018, Mountain Dew steps it up by being the main presenter of Playbook’s Fighting Game Arena. Mentos, the Official Candy of ESGS 2019, also makes its maiden gaming convention appearance, giving ESGS gamers a quick snack while in line to play their favorite games.

Realme Philippines makes biggest introductory offline sales record with realme 5 Pro

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The realme 5 Pro, the latest realme smartphone to enter the Philippine market, has bagged another feat for the fastest-growing smartphone brand by being its best-selling device in terms of introductory sales. The Quad-Camera Speed Master posted initial sales three times bigger than those of preceding devices.

The realme 5 Pro, which was launched in the Philippines last October 3, 2019, received a warm welcome, with numerous Filipino realme fans joining the device’s pre-order promo from October 4 to October 11. Pre-order claimants were able to bring home their brand-new realme 5 Pro units last October 12 with a free 10,000mAh realme powerbank worth PHP1,599.

“Realme Philippines is grateful for the support and trust of our Filipino fans. We see a lot more Filipinos leaping to real value, and this is inspiring us even more to come up with more products that disrupt price segments with their attainable flagship features. A huge thanks to all the current and new members of the Filipino realme family. Mabuhay kayo!” shares realme Philippines Marketing Director Austine Huang.

The realme 5 Pro is now available nationwide in two variants: 4GB+128GB storage and 8GB+128GB storage, priced at PHP11,990 and PHP13,990, respectively. The realme 5 Pro 4GB+128GB variant can be availed through a Home Credit 0% interest 6-month plan while the 8GB+128GB variant is available at a Home Credit 0% interest 6-or 9-month plan.

Joining the realme 5 Pro in realme’s first quad-camera series is the Quad-Camera Power Hero realme 5. Packing features such as a powerful Snapdragon™ 665 processor and a large-capacity 5,000mAh battery, the realme 5 is expected to break records in its exclusive kick-off flash sale on Lazada on October 16. The flash sale, which is happening the whole day, features the 3+32GB variant priced at PHP6,990.

Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 1 Leaks

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So, Fortnite’s Season X ender was kind of a downer depending on how you look at it. We didn’t actually stare at that black hole, but it was still disappointing for us nonetheless. There’s still that big black screen at the time of writing, mind you. But for today, it seems we have a new leak that details what’s in store for Fortnite Season XI, or apparently it’s Chapter 2 – Season 1.

Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 1 just had its trailer leaked that was shared on SkinTrackerCom’s Twitter account. It’s removed now, however. But there are plenty of videos up on YouTube for you to watch. Anyway, here’s the lowdown.

By the looks of it, Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 1 will feature a new map. This is basically a given after everything got sucked by that black hole. Boats, because who doesn’t want boats? What’s this thing about medals again? Oh, and you can now also fish! There’s also some fun, fun pogo sticks! Oh, and if you hate waddling in water, it seems you can now swim, too.

We’re pretty sure these aren’t the only changes that will come when Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 1 goes live. Meanwhile, while you’re at it, you can probably just use the black hole as your live wallpaper as you stare at it endlessly.

Also, I'm betting the leaked video is going to be taken down a-sap. 

Source | YouTube

Brawlhalla’s 2019 Brawlhalloween Event Now Playable; Crossplay on PS4 Integrated

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Ubisoft has announced that the 2019 Brawlhalloween Event will bring Halloween-themed items, a main menu takeover, and daily login gold bonuses to players starting today. In addition, cross-play has also been integrated for players on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. All Brawlhalla players can now be matched against players in online queues as well as share custom lobbies on all platforms Brawlhalla is available.

The 2019 Brawlhalloween Event will haunt the halls of Valhalla with spooky items sure to bring fright. Once purchased, these items will stay in players’ inventories:
             Haunting colors for all Legends, available for 3,000 Gold or 20 Mammoth coins each
             Graveyard shift 2019 podium, available for 240 Mammoth coins
             Pumpkin Pyre animated avatar, available for 60 Mammoth coins
             RIP avatar, available for 6,000 Gold
             Jac-KO-Lantern KO effect, available for 200 Mammoth coins
             Legend skins, available for 140 Mammoth coins (each Legend skin comes with two weapon skins):
o             New for 2019: Dusk Till Dawn skin
o             New for 2019: Petra Reanimated skin
o             Horseman Lucien skin
o             Skel-asuri skin
o             Werebat Ragnir skin
o             Immortal Caspian skin
o             Punkin Spice Yumiko skin
o             Demonkin Diana skin
o             The Monster Gnash skin
o             Bewitching Scarlet skin, available for 200 Mammoth coins (comes with two weapon skins and an animated hat!)

Developed by Blue Mammoth, Brawlhalla is an epic free-to-play platform fighting game that brings players to the fight for glory in the halls of Valhalla. Brawlhalla gathers 30 million players on PC, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, and the Nintendo Switch™ system. Choosing from over 47 unique characters, players can jump into single-player and co-op modes as well as online and local competitions.