ASUS Zenbook 14 Announced

Meet the New ZenBook 14: Unleash Your Creative Vision

Design is at the heart of the ZenBook series. Since its inception, ZenBook has always been our lightest, most beautiful and elegant laptop series — with no-compromise performance. The new ZenBook 14 (UM431) continues this tradition and features a slim-bezel NanoEdge display with that gives up to an 86% screen-to-body ratio for an unbounded viewing experience. The NanoEdge display also allows a much more compact design, making the new ZenBook 14 6% smaller than the previous model (UX430).

A Powerful Choice – The ZenBook 14 is packed with the latest, most powerful mobile components that includes the latest generation AMD Ryzen™ 5 processor with 8GB DDR4 RAM running at 2400MHz. The latest AMD Ryzen 5 processor also packs the powerful AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 8 graphics processor. On the storage front, the laptop is backed by an ultrafast 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD and a dual-band Wi-Fi 5.

Quad-speaker audio system – For a totally immersive audio experience, ZenBook 14 includes an astounding quad-speaker sound system, created by the ASUS Golden Ear team in partnership with renowned home and automotive audio experts Harman Kardon. Two bass speakers and two highfrequency speakers deliver smooth, clear and powerful full-range sound.

Military-grade reliability, enterprise-level security – ZenBook 14 is torture-tested to military-grade (MIL-STD-810G) reliability standards, with demanding tests that include environmental extremes of altitude, temperature and humidity and drop testing.

The ErgoLift hinge – The new ZenBook 14 features the new and yet familiar exclusive ErgoLift hinge, an engineering masterpiece designed to automatically tilt the keyboard to the most comfortable typing position. It’s carefully calculated tilt design also improves cooling and audio performance of the laptop.

Latest 2nd gen AMD Ryzen processor – ZenBook 14 come with up to the latest 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen R5 3500U processor — one of the most powerful mobile processors available on the market today. This processor features four cores and eight computing threads with a 3.7GHz boost frequency.

ASUS ZenBook Flip 14 Announced

Introducing a Compact 14-inch Convertible Laptop 

Design is at the heart of the ZenBook series. Since its inception, ZenBook has always been our lightest, most beautiful and elegant laptop series — with no-compromise performance. The new ASUS ZenBook Flip 14 (UM462) heralds a new era of compact convertible laptops with four-sided frameless NanoEdge displays that feature ultra-narrow bezels on all four sides, giving a screen-to-body ratio of up to an unrivaled 90% for a near-borderless viewing experience.  

The NanoEdge displays also allow a much more compact design, giving each of the new ZenBook Flip 14 a very small footprint for its respective screen sizes. The stunning 14-inch NanoEdge displays give the new model a footprint that’s 10% smaller than the previous generation. 

A Powerful Choice – The ZenBook Flip 14 is packed with the latest, most powerful mobile components that includes up to the latest generation AMD Ryzen™ 7 processor with 8GB DDR4 RAM running at 2400MHz. The latest AMD Ryzen 5 processor also packs the powerful AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 10 graphics processor for supreme graphics on the go. On the storage front, the laptop is backed by an ultrafast 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD and a dual-band Wi-Fi 5. 

 Latest 2nd gen AMD Ryzen processor – ZenBook Flip 14 is powered by AMD’s 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen R7 3700U processor — one of the most powerful mobile processors available on the market today. This processor features four cores and eight computing threads with a 3.7GHz boost frequency.

PUBG Season 10 Coming On Nov 9, Will add New Character Called Sara

Season 10 of PUBG Mobile is on its way, and it aims to bring a lot more to the table than the current one. In addition to new items, missions and a new theme, it will also introduce a new character, named Sara.

According to the leaks, Sara will have a vehicle reinforcement skill which will let her reduce any damage taken by a vehicle she’s riding in. The leak was first shared by YouTube channel Mr. Ghost Gaming. It also reveals that Sara will have a host of costumes, emotes and dialogues which players can unlock by completing in-game missions. She’s the second character to be added to the game, after Victor, who was added to the game back in August, in the 0.14.0 update.

Here’s what Sara’s in-game description says,”Sara is a vehicle expert who loves automobiles and going for rides. She excels at reinforcing vehicles so that they take less damage when she drives or is riding in a vehicle.” It sure sounds the ability will come in quite handy when you’re trying to drive away from or into heavy gunfire. Be sure to check her out when the Season 10 update hits on November 10.

Diablo IV Announced For PS4, Xbox One and PC at Blizzcon 2019

An ancient evil threatens to engulf Sanctuary in darkness, and new heroes have been called upon to face challenges the world has never seen before. Today, Blizzard Entertainment announced Diablo IV, the highly anticipated next entry in its genre-defining action–role-playing series. The newest installment of Diablo was announced during BlizzCon 2019, where attendees were eager to be the first in the world to play a public demo of the game. Diablo IV draws players into a grim story line and gives them the freedom to explore and forge their own path across the most expansive and intense vision of the world of Sanctuary—a bleak and shattered hellscape bereft of hope and beset by demons.

True to the franchise’s roots, Diablo IV will deliver visceral combat, gruesome and varied monsters, an epic hunt for legendary loot, and endless playability and progression. Players will find a lifetime’s worth of adventure scattered across a land rooted in unique ecologies and inhabited by dangerous new foes. They’ll delve into randomized dungeons packed with unpredictable adversaries and unimaginable treasures. While continuing to fully support solo and coordinated party play, Diablo IV will also provide opportunities for groups of players to encounter each other in the same shared world—whether to tackle bigger challenges… or possibly even slaughter one another in player-vs.-player combat.

“Sanctuary has been a home to Diablo players for more than 20 years, and it’s with our own deep passion for the series and a deep appreciation of the community that we announce Diablo IV today,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re excited to be returning to the dark, quintessential Diablo gameplay that players love while expanding the world and story in new ways, and we can’t wait for more people to be able to experience it.”

In Diablo IV, players will attempt to bring hope back to the world by vanquishing evil in all its vile incarnations—from cannibalistic demon-worshipping cultists to the all-new drowned undead that emerge from the coastlines to drag their victims to a watery grave. For the first time in the series, Sanctuary will be a contiguous, seamless landmass comprising diverse regions ranging from the burning desert of Kejhistan, to the verdant werewolf-infested forests of Scosglen, to the harsh and rugged wilderness of the Dry Steppes.

At BlizzCon, Blizzard revealed the first three of Diablo IV’s character classes, all playable at the show:

• The Barbarian, known for their unparalleled strength and brutal melee combat, utilizes a new and more powerful system in battle, Arsenal, which arms them with the ability to carry and rapidly switch between four different weapons at a time by assigning them to individual attacks.

• The Sorceress hearkens back to their Diablo II roots and shapes the elements to obliterate their foes by impaling them upon jagged spikes of ice, electrocuting them with bolts of lightning, or raining flaming meteors from the sky.

• The Druid is a savage shapeshifter whose updated playstyle empowers them to fluidly transform between werewolf, werebear, and human form to unleash the raw power of nature’s fury on the forces of the Burning Hells.

These three iconic characters honor the legacy of the franchise and exemplify how Diablo IV builds upon the series’ history by preserving the core Diablo fantasy while allowing players to explore untapped gameplay possibilities with fresh inspiration. Players will be able to experiment and discover countless character builds through customizable talent trees and skills, a deep loot system filled with legendary and set items to collect, runes and rune word combinations, and even personalized mounts for traversing the open world.

Diablo IV is being developed using modern technology that pushes the franchise to dark, new depths. This technology is at the heart of everything players will see, hear, and feel—delivering much higher fidelity and a more engrossing experience. It opens up countless possibilities for the Diablo series, from smooth character animations, such as the Druid’s fluid shapeshifting, to the seamless, vast overworld players will travel across in search of the next loot-filled underground dungeon. Ultimately, Diablo IV will ground players in a grittier and deadlier world.

Diablo IV is currently in development and will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Brave souls can seek out more information at diablo.com.

Overwatch 2 Announced at Blizzcon 2019

More than 50 million players worldwide have teamed up to capture objectives, push payloads, and fight for the future in Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed team-based shooter. Today, before a sold-out crowd of BlizzCon 2019 attendees and millions watching online, Blizzard Entertainment revealed Overwatch 2, a supercharged sequel that will send players deeper into the world and story of Overwatch and build upon the original game’s critically acclaimed foundation of world-class PvP competition.

In Overwatch 2, players will take on the roles of the world’s heroes in cooperative missions that challenge them to team up, power up, and stand together against an overwhelming outbreak of threats around the globe. Players will also battle each other in the next evolution of competitive Overwatch play, which carries forward existing players’ accomplishments and loot collections and features the current complete Overwatch roster, a new generation of heroes, new internationally recognizable maps that widen the scope of the world, a new Push map type, and more.

“With Overwatch 2, we’re building the cooperative, narrative-driven game experience that players have been asking for since the original—and that we’ve wanted to make for a long time,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to telling the next chapter of this epic story in-game, and we’re excited to give players a whole-new kind of co-op experience built around progressing and customizing their favorite heroes—all while providing even more of everything they love about Overwatch today.”

In the sequel’s action-packed cooperative Story Missions, players will experience the advent of a new Overwatch as Winston, Tracer, and other members of the original Overwatch join forces with a new generation of heroes. Players will take an active role in the Overwatch saga as a new global crisis unfolds through a series of intense, high-stakes four-player missions. As the story progresses, players will team up as different sets of heroes and fight to defend the world from the omnic forces of Null Sector, uncover the motives behind the robotic armies’ attacks, and come face-to-face with rising new threats around the globe.

The battle continues in Hero Missions, where the Overwatch team will be called upon to go beyond their limits as they deploy across the planet, defending cities against robot invasions, taking on elite Talon agents, and battling the villainous forces laying siege to the world. In this highly replayable mode, players can level up their favorite heroes and earn powerful customization options that supercharge their abilities in co-op play—such as altering Reinhardt’s Fire Strike to ignite nearby enemies or modifying Tracer’s Pulse Bomb to cause a devastating chain reaction—granting the extra edge they need against the overwhelming odds.

To help realize these missions, the sequel also introduces significant engine upgrades that support larger maps for co-op (PvE) play, as well as the wide variety of new enemies and factions that players will encounter on their missions. The game also introduces visual enhancements designed to bring players’ favorite heroes—and their new looks for Overwatch 2—to life in greater detail.

Overwatch 2 also represents the beginning of a new era for the series’ world-renowned competitive 6v6 play. In addition to carrying forward all of the original game’s heroes, maps, and modes—as well as existing Overwatch players’ accomplishments and loot collections—the sequel adds multiple new playable heroes to the ever-growing roster; widens the scope of the world with even more maps and locations; and adds a new Push map type, in which two teams compete to make a robot (that happens to be pretty good at pushing things) push the map’s objective to their opponent’s side.

Overwatch 2 also renews Blizzard’s commitment to continue supporting the existing Overwatch community. Current Overwatch players will battle side-by-side with Overwatch 2 players in PvP multiplayer. In addition, current Overwatch players will be able to play Overwatch 2 heroes and maps, ensuring the core PvP experience remains dynamic and vital for today’s community in the Overwatch 2 era. More details on Blizzard’s plans, including some of the new heroes joining the fray, will be announced in the future as development continues.

For more information on Overwatch 2, visit playoverwatch.com.

Xbox Live Games with Gold for November 2019 Announced

n November on Xbox One, become the world’s greatest detective in Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter and then take a ride across a dystopian world in The Final Station. On Xbox 360, and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, the Force takes flight with Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, then enjoy madcap kart racing in Joy Ride Turbo.

All games will be available exclusively for Xbox Live Gold members for a limited time as part of Games with Gold. With Xbox Live Gold, you get the most advanced multiplayer service, free games, and exclusive member discounts on games in the Microsoft Store — get Xbox Live Gold today to get in on the action! Pro-tip for all you Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, this means you too. We’ve got four more games for you to play.

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter ($54.99): Available November 1 to 30 on Xbox One

The Final Station ($14.99): Available November 16 to December 15 on Xbox One

Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter ($9.99): Available November 1 to 15 on Xbox One & Xbox 360

Joy Ride Turbo ($9.99): Available November 16 to 30 on Xbox One & Xbox 360

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter

Pick up your magnifying glass and step into the shoes of the world’s greatest detective in Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter. In this fantastic adventure, blend investigation, exploration, and action as you explore the darkest corners of Victorian London and the mystery surrounding your adopted daughter. Your deductions will affect the outcome of the story as it leads to its final stunning revelation.

The Final Station

Operate a locomotive in a dystopian world in The Final Station. In this post-apocalyptic adventure, the infected are all around and it’s up to you to safely transport your passengers on the dangerous rails. Keep your train operational, look after the survivors and make the next station at all costs.

Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter

Relive the events leading into “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” with Star Wars Jedi Starfighter. The galaxy is in turmoil and Ada Gallia is dispatched by the Jedi Council to investigate the disturbances in the Karthakk system. Flying the new prototype Jedi Starfighter, maneuver and blast through enemy ships and take the fight to the Trade Federation. The Force takes flight!

Joy Ride Turbo

Perform crazy stunts or challenge your friends in the kart racing tour de force, Joy Ride Turbo. Jump from cliffs, show off your skills, and unlock extra cars for more death-defying tricks. There’s no limit to the fun in this vibrant madcap racer.

Read more about our Games with Gold program here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all the latest news on Xbox. Also, check out Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, giving you all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, plus over 100 high-quality console and PC games. New games are added all the time, so there’s always something new to play. New members and existing Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for Console members can join or upgrade today and get their first month for just $1.

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PlayStation Plus Games for November 2019 Announced

Prepare for the fight of your life next month as you lock swords with otherworldly evil in brutal action-RPG Nioh, and struggle for survival intense psychological horror Outlast 2 – both joining the PS Plus monthly games lineup on November 5.

Let’s take a closer look:

Nioh

Nioh is a visceral, action-driven adventure where you must hone your skills, upgrade your weapons and demonstrate perseverance and mastery in besting some of ancient Japan’s fiercest demons. Travel to the blood-soaked Sengoku period and take on the role of an embattled outsider as you fight to liberate a guardian spirit from the clutches of a power-hungry sorcerer.

Wielding swords, spears, shuriken, bows, rifles, powerful elemental magic and more, shape yourself into an unstoppable samurai warrior. Develop new skills, find ever more powerful armor and perfect your playstyle as you explore overrun towns, brooding caves and abandoned harbors.

Outlast 2
Immerse yourself in a desperate fight for survival in an isolated rural community as you attempt to rescue your kidnapped wife from the clutches of a deranged cult. Having narrowly escaped death in a helicopter crash, set out into the rundown village of Temple Gate and do your best to avoid its crazed inhabitants as you fight to locate your partner.

Haunted by your troubled past, look for answers as you uncover the ever more disturbing secrets lurking beneath the town and the twisted ambitions of its charismatic leader.

Both Nioh and Outlast 2 are available to download from PlayStation Store between November 5 and December 3.

In the meantime, you still have a few days left to pick up October’s PlayStation Plus titles, which includes The Last of Us Remastered and MLB: The Show 19. Both games are available to download until November 4.

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Inno3D GTX 1660 Super: The New(er) 1080p King?

Well, NVIDIA’s gone and done it again. AMD announced their budget gaming GPU, the RX 5500 a few weeks ago, and what do you know, now we have the GTX 1660 Super from the green team launching today. This brings the Turing GTX line up to four cards, the GTX 1650, 1660, the 1660 Super and the 1660 Ti. And we’re playing with the Inno3D GTX 1660 Super, so let’s jump in and find out what it brings to the table. Before that, don’t forget to subscribe to Tech Fix and hit the bell icon to stay updated with everything about gaming and tech.

The Inno3D GTX 1660 Super is an entry level model, which means it goes for a pretty simple look without any frills. It sports a black shroud and a twin fan, dual slot design with a decent sized heatsink for cooling. However, it does come with a backplate which isn’t something we see in a lot of entry level models, so that’s always a good thing. By looks alone, the card feels a bit plastic-y, but it chooses function over form, which is something we can appreciate. For display options, the card comes with one HDMI port and three DisplayPorts, which more or less has become the norm for modern GPUs.

Talking about specs, the 1660 Super is like a buffed up version of the GTX 1660. It has the same no CUDA cores and the clock speeds are the same too, but the 1660 much higher memory clock speed and bandwidth. In fact, the GTX 1660 Super’s memory bandwidth and speed are even higher than the GTX 1660 Ti. On the VRAM side, all three cards run on 6 GB GDDR6 memory. So, does the bump in memory speed and bandwidth give the 1660 Super any sort of edge in actual gaming performance? Let’s find out in the benchmarks.

Performance wise, the GTX 1660 Super sits somewhere in between the GTX 1660 and 1660 Ti, as expected. The performance gap between the 1660 Super and the 1660 hovers between 5-10%, but there were some occasions where it got dangerously close to the 1660 Ti, pushing the difference under margin of error. It can run pretty much any game you can throw at it comfortably at 60 FPS, on High settings, if not the highest. Tweak around with the game’s graphics settings, and you can easily get an enjoyable, high fidelity experience at a mixture of high and ultra settings. On the temperature side of things, our Inno3D card does a decent job as well, with the maximum temperature reaching up to 74 C during stress testing. 

With all that out of the way, let’s get to the brass tacks. Should you buy the GTX 1660 Super? According to our sources, this 1660 Super is launching at a price point of INR 19,000. The current starting price of the 1660 is about 16500 INR and the 1660 Ti starts at about 21500 INR, putting the 1660 Super smack in the middle. And that’s nothing to say about the different variants of each card, each of which bridges the gap between these three. So for the sake of clarity, we’ll just focus on the basic models. The GTX 1660 Super has a clear advantage over the 1660, and gets close to the 1660 Ti as well, so if you were looking for a 16-series card and haven’t made the leap yet, the 1660 Super is the sweet spot. What’s more interesting, however, is the effect this card will have on the other GTX 16 series cards. There could be a price drop on the 1660, which may end up bringing it to the 1650 territory, and the 1650 may just get a price cut of its own, which wouldn’t really bode well for the red team’s RX 5500. So, the best course of action, in this case, would be to wait a week or two, and then make an informed decision based on the final pricing. I know that’s not very helpful, but with so many moving parts, it’s best to not rush into hype.

DOOM 64 Official Announcement Trailer

Hell was a place no mortal was meant to experience. But to hell with that! DOOM 64 is launching 20th March, 2020 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC alongside DOOM Eternal as a pre-order bonus. Nintendo Switch players can purchase DOOM 64 on 20th March, or pre-order to receive the game for free when DOOM Eternal launches on the platform at a later date. The release marks the first time in 23 years that players can experience the cult classic on modern consoles.

The FREE DOOM 64 digital download is available with any past, present, or future pre-order of DOOM Eternal between now and its 20th March launch.

DOOM 64 – originally released on 31st March, 1997 for Nintendo 64 – is included in the pre-order of the base game as well as the Deluxe Edition as a part of the Rip and Tear Pack. The Rip and Tear Pack also includes the DOOT Revenant player skin, the Throwback Shotgun Weapon skin, and the Cultist Base Master Level, a remixed version of the campaign level “Cultist Base,” with new challenges and surprises.

With more than 30 action-packed levels, DOOM 64 is back and better than ever, giving newcomers and lifelong fans alike a new opportunity to rip and tear. And, with the additional bonuses included in the Rip and Tear Pack, you’ll be DOOTin’ your way through DOOM Eternal in hellish style on 20th March.

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The Last of Us Part II Delayed to May 29, 2020

The Last of Us Part II has sadly been delayed by a few months as they feel the game is not complete yet and needs more time to be polished. In an attempt to get rid of the crunch culture, they have decided to take more time to deliver a much better final product.

Here’s what the Director of the game, Neil Druckman had to say:

To our fans,

Let me cut to the chase and get the news out of the way. The Last of Us Part II has a new release date of May 29, 2020.

I know. It was just about a month ago when we had our big blowout for the game, letting media play over two hours of it along with debuting our new story trailer and revealing the release date. The positive response we saw from our community was overwhelming. You can feel the energy among the team members. After working on something for so many years, it’s invigorating to get a glimpse of validation for all the hard work.

However, it was during the last few weeks, as we were closing out sections of the game, that we realized we simply didn’t have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality. At this point we were faced with two options: compromise parts of the game or get more time. We went with the latter, and this new release date allows us to finish everything to our level of satisfaction while also reducing stress on the team.

While we’re relieved that we won’t have to compromise our vision, we’re disappointed that we weren’t able to avoid this exact situation. We wish we could’ve foreseen the amount of polish we needed, but the size and scope of this game got the better of us. We hate disappointing our fans and for that we’re sorry.

We hope you understand that this additional time ensures that The Last of Us Part II lives up to our collective ambition as well as our commitment to the highest level of quality. We know the extra few months will add to what may already be an excruciating wait for all of us. We are grateful for your patience and continued support. Come next May, you will finally rejoin Ellie in The Last of Us Part II.

Neil Druckmann – Director, The Last of Us Part II

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