GeForce Cup Esports Competition to Kick Off in Asia’s Largest iCafe Network

GeForce Cup, the pinnacle of NVIDIA-owned esports competitions, will kick off next month in GeForce®-certified iCafes across the Asia-Pacific region.

NVIDIA launched the first GeForce-certified iCafe in 2015 to deliver the ultimate GeForce gaming experience to iCafe customers. Since 2018, the number of GeForce-certified iCafes in operation has doubled to 1,000, with recently opened iCafes spread across Australia, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam.

RTX. IT’S ON.

Following the launch of the GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs, Platinum-certified iCafes are converting to GeForce. Powered by the new NVIDIA® Turing™ GPU architecture and the revolutionary NVIDIA RTX™ platform, RTX graphics cards bring together real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence and programmable shading – enabling a whole new gaming experience. Numerous GeForce-certified iCafes in Australia, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam have already added the latest GeForce RTX GPUs to their armory.

GeForce Cup Pacific Starts in October

GeForce Cup Pacific by NVIDIA and Colorful will kick off in October and feature Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) battles in Australia, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. As the successor to the highly popular GeForce Xtreme Tournament (GEXT), GeForce Cup Pacific is expected to draw thousands of gamers from the region, with winners taking home more than US$20,000 in prizes from the regional finals in January, 2020.

“The stunning growth of the number of GeForce-certified iCafes is a reflection of the vibrancy of the gaming community and the ultimate PC experience that gamers enjoy with NVIDIA GeForce GPUs in Asia,” said Raymond Teh, vice president of sales and marketing for APAC at NVIDIA. “GeForce Cup Pacific will take regional gamers to another level. The tournament will be streamed live to allow gamers and esports enthusiasts around the world to follow the development online.”

“The cooperation with Colorful and NVIDIA in 2018 was a great success and Colorful is thrilled to join GeForce Cup again in 2019.  We dedicate to build a great platform for esports qualifiers, to help them become professional esports players and win pride and honor. On behalf of Colorful Group, I give my best wishes to GeForce Cup to achieve success again in 2019!” said Mr. Wan Shan, CEO of Colorful Technology.

Xbox Game Pass for PC Adds Saints Row 4, DiRT Rally 2.0 and more

Xbox continues to add more games to the Xbox Game Pass for PC and this time they’re bringing some amazing titles so let’s take a look at the games they’ve added this time.

Saint’s Row IV: Re-ElectedSaints Row IV

A special bundle that includes the award-winning blockbuster Saints Row IV and all DLC. After saving the world from a terrorist attack the leader of the 3rd Street Saints is elected to become President of the United States. Things go reasonably well until an alien warlord named Zinyak attacks the White House and abducts his entire cabinet. Now stuck inside a reality bending simulation, the President and the Saints fight to save themselves, Earth, and the entire galaxy.

DiRT Rally 2.0

Carve your way through a selection of iconic rally locations from across the globe, in the most powerful off-road vehicles ever made, knowing that the smallest mistake could end your stage. Rely on your instincts with the most immersive and focused off-road experience yet, and power your rally car through real-life off-road environments in New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Australia and the USA, with only your co-driver and instincts to guide you.

Cities: Skylines

Cities: Skylines is a modern take on the classic city simulation. Realize the thrill and hardships of creating and maintaining a city while expanding on some well-established tropes of the city building experience. The game boasts a fully realized transport system. You’re only limited by your imagination, so take control and reach for the sky(lines).

Bad NorthBad North

Bad North is a charming but brutal real-time tactics roguelite. Defend your idyllic island kingdom against a horde of Viking invaders as you lead the desperate exodus of your people. Command your loyal subjects to take full tactical advantage of the unique shape of each island. Everything is at stake: fail, and watch the blood of your subjects stain the ground red.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Story Trailer Showcases How War Has Changed

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Open Beta hooked in a lot of players but the latest Story Trailer has just helped propel that hype.

The story trailer showcases Captain Price as he and the SAS squad join forces with the CIA to help a fictional country in the Middle-East that has been ravaged by a Civil War. And now, they’ve got chemical weapons that can lead to a global war.

It’s up to Captain Price and his squad to stop that from happening but going in the dark and doing the dirty work that the others don’t want to or can’t do. It seems like characters from the original Modern Warfare trilogy may be making a return with many people hoping for Soap, Ghost, and Roach to comeback in some form.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare releases on 25th October for the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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Dell Technologies launches its consumer and gaming portfolio ahead of Diwali festivities

Dell Technologies is launching its largest consumer and gaming PC portfolio with 12 new products, just as the festivities leading up to Diwali, begin around the country. The new portfolio includes feature-packed notebooks and All-In-Ones (AIOs) across XPS, Inspiron, Alienware and Dell G Series. The new range reiterates that Dell Technologies’ innovation drive is fueled by greater aspirations for what technology can simplify and amplify in the lives of users.

Making way to retail shelves and to www.dell.co.in are desirable PCs that suit the modern consumer lifestyle and provide convenience, beautiful design and powerful performance, powered by the latest 10th Generation Intel ® Core™ Processors.

“As the festivities kick in, this is a great time of the year to present our widest consumer and gaming portfolio. There’s intelligence and power running throughout every new product we bring to our users today. Devices that fit seamlessly into your life and uplift your technology experience, is what we strive for.” said Rajkumar Rishi, Vice President and Managing Director, Consumer and Small Business, Dell Technologies India.

“World-class innovation, flawless design and superior performance is what a PC user asks for today. We are always listening to the voice of the customer and with this launch, we are bringing a harmonious balance of experience and design. As experts in PC technology, it is a delight to present innovations that can have a transformative impact on a customer’s life – whether it’s just making it simpler, more productive, or more enjoyable. The Inspiron 14 7490, that weighs just over a kilo and remains always on with the lid-open sensor technology, is one such example.” said Anand Subramanya, Director, Product Marketing, Consumer and Small Business, Dell Technologies India.

“Intel’s 10th Gen platform offers a complete family of processors that complement each other, giving people choices for what usages matter most to them and re-imagining the possibilities of a modern laptop experience. Intel is committed to bringing next-gen laptop experiences to life with an unmatched portfolio of leadership IP and technologies and the broad-scale innovation we’re driving across the ecosystem with Project Athena. It’s an exciting time for the PC and we are thrilled to have Dell as a key collaborator in driving laptop innovation into the next era.” said Rahul Malhotra, Director, Retail, Intel India.

Celebrated for its best-in-class technologies, exceptional build and materials, and ability to blend both power and beauty, the XPS line is the most awarded line of devices at Dell Technologies. The perfected XPS 13 (7390), now with the smallest HD webcam ever at just 2.25-mm, enables the XPS to maintain its trend-defining InfinityEdge display while moving the camera to the top of the display and offering a better video experience. The XPS 13 also supports Dolby Vision ®.

The beloved XPS 15 (7590) is back and better than ever with an OLED display, the first in the XPS line, complete with self-lighting pixels which switch off completely to achieve perfect black for significantly higher contrast, for content to come alive in breathtaking detail. The smallest 15.6-inch performance laptop offers the longest battery life of any 15-inch laptop*.

The Inspiron portfolio is now ramped up to include 10th Generation Core Processors across laptops, 2-in-1s and AIOs launched with fresh and contemporary designs and features. The Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 (7391) comes with a first-of-a-kind garage in the hinge that provides storage for the included full-size Active Pen*, accessible no matter how it is used. The new Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 devices also feature Adaptive Thermal technology enabling the system to adjust its performance profile based on how a customer is holding it. The device changes power profiles to generate less heat when watching movies on a lap and ramps up to full power for productivity on a desk. The Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 is feature rich with Far-field Cortana, Windows Hello, and ExpressCharge technologies.
The new Inspiron 14 7000 (7490) notebook, latest to be compliant with the latest 10th Gen Intel ® Core™ processors is an absolute treat! With an upscale design, built with super light magnesium alloy material and weight innovations, this new Inspiron 14 7000 weighs only 1.095kg. Always ready features, such as a lid-open sensor, Connected Modern Standby, WiFi 6, fingerprint reader, up to 21 hours of battery life, NVMe SSDs, and more are all designed to be ready, whenever the user is.
For the growing base of PC gamers in India, Dell Technologies brings Alienware m15 and the new, Dell G3 3590.

The new Alienware m15 is among the first gaming laptops to offer a premium 4K OLED HDR 400 Eyesafe® display, designed to lower blue light emissions, while maintaining vivid color integrity. It is also the world’s first 15” laptop to feature Tobii Eye Tracking.

The Dell G3 3590 brings competitive gaming to the budget conscious gamer without compromising technology. The new Game Shift feature enables maximum fan speed for optimal processor performance during periods of intense gaming with the click of one button. The new Dell G3 comes with Alienware Command Center, the central hub that allows gamers to customize all aspect of their experience. The newest addition to this is an audio module specific to gamers to improve their gaming strategy. The 15-inch G3 also shows its outward innovations through a thin-and-sleek design, narrow borders, optional 144Hz gaming display and 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard.

Dell’s diverse portfolio will be available at Dell Exclusive Stores, large format retail and multi-brand outlets across the country as well as for direct purchase from www.dell.co.in

Pricing and availability of products available on www.dell.co.in
⦁ Inspiron 14 5000 (5490) will be available from September 24 at a starting price of INR 57990
⦁ Inspiron 14 5000 (5590) will be available from September 24 at a starting price of INR 41990

Pricing and availability of products available at Dell Exclusive Stores, large format retail and multi-brand outlets

⦁ XPS 15 (7590) will be available from September 24 at a starting price of INR 166,990 all-inclusive
⦁ Dell G3 (3590) will be available from September 24 at starting price of INR 70,990 all-inclusive
⦁ Alienware m15 will be available from September 24 at starting price of INR 188,490 all-inclusive
⦁ Inspiron 24 5000 (5490) AIO will be available from September 24 at a starting price of INR 59,990 all-inclusive
⦁ Inspiron 27 7000 (7790) AIO will be available from September 24 at a starting price of INR 99,990 all-inclusive
⦁ Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (7391) will be available from October 2 at a starting price of INR 90,290 all-inclusive
⦁ Inspiron 14 7000 (7490) will be available from October 2 at a starting price of INR 86,890 all-inclusive
⦁ XPS 13 (7390) will be available from October 2 at a starting price of INR 113,990 all-inclusive
⦁ Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 (5491) will be available from October 2 at a starting price of INR 68,990 all-inclusive
⦁ Inspiron 15 5000 (5593) will be available from October 11 at a starting price of INR 42,990 all-inclusive

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The Last of Us 2 Release Date Revealed in Brand New Trailer

The Last of Us 2 has had many rumours regarding its release date but we finally have a confirmed date. 21st February 2020 is the chosen date so prepare your wallets and your sick days because you might need it to enjoy this masterpiece.

The PlayStation State of Play was announced for 24th September and with it was announced that they would be showing a little more of the Last of Us 2.

Spoilers for the trailer will be present in this paragraph and the one after so skip it if you don’t want to know what’s in the trailer.  It starts off with Ellie and her girlfriend Dina talking about the kiss they shared which we saw in the previous trailer. It skips forward to the two of them going out on a patrol when Dina gets separated. As Ellie looks for Dina, she enters this house in the middle of the forest where she sees blood outside the door to the basement. As she enters the room, she is ambushed by a man who beats her up and holds her down as we hear a gunshot before which pleads them to stop.

From what we can infer, it looks like they shot and killed Dina. Ellie manages to escape and has scars all over her body. She vows to avenge Dina’s death and take down this mysterious group of people. As we see her explore the game world, she gets caught from behind when a patrol is driving by and as the camera turns around, we see the main man himself, Joel. And Joel ain’t letting his baby girl go through it alone.

With the release date set and the premise of the story out, its safe to say that everybody is excited and absolutely aboard the hype train.

The Last of Us 2 releases on 21st February 2020 for the PlayStation 4.

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Linksys India Boosts Mobile Gaming and Home Entertainment with the New MR8300 Tri-Band Mesh Gaming Router

 Linksys®, the connected home division within newly merged Belkin International and Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT) entity, announces the launch of the Linksys MR8300 Max-Stream Tri-Band Mesh WiFi AC2200 Router in India.

The MR8300 is a high-performance router that delivers up to 2.2 Gbps of superior speed and is ideal for homes that require massive bandwidth for 4k entertainment and peak mobile gaming. The router is powered by a 716 MHz quad-core processor that improves overall network performance for faster wired, wireless, and WAN to LAN speeds.

In a Tolly benchmark test, the MR8300 performed at least 71% better than competition routers in a real-world congested environment consisting of six gaming cell phone clients and another 21 active (and idle) devices that were connected to the test routersMR8300 achieved an average ping-time of 7.3ms against other competitor routers while heavily loaded with mobile gaming clients and background application traffic. For entertainment, MU-MIMO and Beamforming technology also work to ensure that high-performing devices – like smart TVs, laptops and phones – can connect to the Internet through faster and dedicated WiFi channels.

“The Linksys MR8300 (AC 2200 Tri Band Mesh) Gaming Router has been specially designed to cater to the rapidly growing online gaming industry, especially in India, where the gaming population is witnessing growth.  We all are aware that poor network connectivity or constant buffering can highly impact a person’s gaming experience. Hence, our objective is to offer a product that not only provides efficient throughput but also wide coverage. Its easy app installation makes it the ideal product for a mobile gamer of any age,” said Kartik Bakshi, Country Manager, Linksys India.

“Asia Pacific accounts for an impressive 47% share of the global mobile gaming market and is set to generate over $72.2 billion by the end of 2019. With this number only set to grow yearly, Linksys is poised to deliver networking solutions that match consumer demands.” said Jenny Ng, General Manager for Asia. “The MR8300 is a hybrid router that combines high-performance features from our Max-Stream series with the Intelligent Mesh of the award-winning Linksys Velop Mesh WiFi System that has been well-received globally.”

Enjoying seamless roaming while mobile gaming over Linksys Intelligent Mesh™ Technology

The Linksys MR8300 router is built with Linksys Intelligent Mesh™ Technology, and users have the flexibility to grow the WiFi coverage in their homes by adding Velop™ nodes to the system.

  • Self-Organise – The MR8300 and Velop™ nodes work together to cover any floor plan and WiFi footprint
  • Self-Optimise – WiFi bands and channels adjust based on your WiFi habits
  • Self-Healing – If a node loses power or connection to the system, the remaining nodes re-establish connections to each other and the internet
  • One Network – Supports one network name and password, one admin login, one interface for management and monitoring, and one guest network for the whole home
  • Seamless Roaming for whole home gaming – When you add one or more Velop™ nodes to the MR8300, they will communicate with each other to form a single, unified wireless network.

The MR8300 AC2200 Router features a robust set of advanced offerings:

Technical Specification Details
Tri-Band AC2200
  • Four external fixed antennas with high-power amplifiers
  • WiFi AC2200 867 Gbps (2 – 5 GHz) + 400 Mbps (2.4 GHz)* with MU-MIMO
  • 5 GHz radio – 867 Mbps*
  • 2.4 GHz radio – 400 Mbps*
Processor & Memory
  • 716 MHz Quad Core
  • 256 MB Flash and 512 MB SD RAM
WAN and LAN Connectivity
  • 5 Gigabit Ethernet Ports:
    • 1x WAN
    • 4x LAN
Security  WPA2/WPA-Mixed, WPA2-Personal
Wtfast Integration (Premium 6-month access)
  • 6 months FREE wtfast membership
  • wtfast eliminates lag by optimizing your game traffic through the world’s largest private gaming network
  • Receive FREE unlimited access to the PC Game Launchpad which supports over 1000 online games
Linksys Shield
  • Linksys Shield is a premium subscription software service for users to block unwanted content / categories and provide an additional layer of digital protection for your connected devices and family
    • Users have the ability to set detailed policies to ensure that their loved ones and children are safe in the digital world
  • Linksys Shield firmware update will be rolled out to MR8300 in Q1 2020

Pricing & Availability
The MR8300 Max-Stream Tri-Band Mesh WiFi AC2200 Router is now available at the recommended retail price of INR 19,999/- via the Linksys national distributor RP Tech in India. Customers can buy the router online via Amazon.in or offline via Linksys authorized channel partners.

Launch Promotion
To mark the launch, the MR8300 will be sold at a promotional price of INR 15,999/-.

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Gears 5 Review- COGnitive Brilliance

Gears 5 is the much-awaited sequel to Gears of War 4 and it’s already become the best selling game for the Xbox exclusive platform including PC this generation and there’s a good reason why. It’s an extremely good game from every aspect so let’s take a look at what makes Gears 5 an absolute must play.

Let’s start off by answering a question that many people probably want to ask. Can a newcomer play this game? And the answer is yes, yes they can. The game has recaps for the original Gears of War trilogy and a separate recap for just Gears of War 4 in case you’ve played through the first three games but didn’t get the chance to play Gears of War 4 and want to get right into Gears 5.

While you might not catch some of the smaller character interactions or callbacks to previous games, you honestly won’t be missing out much and it will further get you to go back and play the older titles.

Speaking of character interaction, I really have to say that the story and writing are great. In a story that’s filled with burly men and space monsters, the interactions that take place between characters feel extremely human. Like when JD and Marcus have a disagreement or when Kait and JD talk about the aftermath of a rather aggressive conversation, it feels so right because that’s how a lot of us would react to such situations.

The story moments in the game are very heavy-hitting and all I’m going to say about it is, prepare yourself because I don’t think anyone was ready for what was about to happen.

And this story is brought to life with stunning visuals. The detail that’s been put into crafting each and every facet of the game just show how much this game means to The Coalition. From the scratches and dents on the armor to the massive sprawling levels that are as intricate as they are big, there’s no visual element at which you can say “yeah, that was just ok”.

The lighting is also a thing of beauty and even though there’s no Ray tracing, it never really felt like the game needs it because of how great the reflections already are. From the dark tunnels and building interiors that have just a few light sources and rays of light to the cities and open areas that are bathed in light, you can always see how nuanced the lighting is.

The impressive part is, it isn’t really hard to run this game on modern hardware because the game is extremely well optimized. Usually, you’ll see systems struggle to run the game well but that’s not at all the case here. Even on the Xbox One and One X, the game both looks great and runs great giving players the Ultimate Gears experience. 

Speaking of the Ultimate Gears experience, this game nails what makes Gears, Gears. The cover-based shooting that the franchise has been known for is not boring or repetitive. With the weapon choices that you get and your trusty side-kick robot, encounters are never really boring or drawn out. On the intermediate difficulty setting, the game was fairly challenging and did not feel too simple or too hard. To me, that was the perfect difficulty setting to get an optimal experience but hey, they’ve added in various settings for a reason and that’s to make the game accessible and enjoyable for every type of player.

Multiplayer modes are aplenty this time around with Versus, Horde and Escape along with the campaign co-op mode that supports up to three players that too with split-screen. In this mode, two of the players are humans while the third player plays as Jack, the robot support who can get pretty OP. Meanwhile, Versus is a Player vs Player game mode, Horde is a survival mode where you take on waves after waves of enemies and Escape where you along with two other teammates try to escape a hive after setting off a bomb inside.

There’s plenty of variety for everyone which means that whether you want to play solo or co-op with friends or with random strangers online, you have the ability to do that with all the various modes available to you. 

Now on PC, you might have issues with the Xbox Beta app or the Windows Store acting up so make sure to update Windows and all the Xbox related applications fro the Windows Store. I struggled with running the game when I tried installing it on a 2nd PC and after re-downloading the game 2 whole times, it still threw me an error that when googled didn’t help much. The only thing that fixed it was downloading those Xbox-related updates which hadn’t been auto-updated for whatever reason.

In conclusion, Gears 5 is an absolute masterpiece that will please Gears veterans and newcomers alike. With its relatable characters, touching story-telling, gorgeous visuals, and fun gameplay, you’re most likely to absolutely love this game and understand why this is the best game to have come out on the Xbox platform this generation.

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Wargaming and ACT Fibernet re-launch World of Warships in India with Exclusive Content

Wargaming, the award-winning online game developer and publisher specialising in military free-to-play MMO titles, has announced the relaunch of the iconic World of Warships for the India market. World of Warships is a team-based massively multiplayer online action game featuring large scale naval battles in a selection of PvP, cooperative or competitive battle mode as well as historically inspired PvE scenarios and seasonal special events.

Since its launch in 2015, World of Warships has added over 30 million registered players on the back of its focus on history, military, and engineering enthusiasts, making it one of the most successful games in this genre on the planet. In a bid to continuously improve the gameplay and content, the company recently announced the arrival of submarines as playable vessels in addition to plans for the launch of the long-awaited ship class during gamescom 2019.

The company’s premier free-to-play naval combat game will now feature India-specific content supported by comprehensive partnerships with leading industry players including ACT Fibernet, Zotac, ANT Esports, and LG. The most exciting part of the India relaunch sees the company add content exclusively developed for the India market, including:
● National ship camouflages
● India-themed skin initially available only to Indian players
● Partner camouflages and flags
● Local language versions of their flagship content property Naval Legends, a video series
about the most historically significant maritime moments of the 20 th century
● Additional content around the Indian Navy, museums, and ships

While all of these features will be available starting the 17 th of September, the company has also indicated the possibility of additional content such as thematic ports, containers, and patches in the near future, or even ships sailing under the Indian ensign to capitalise on the growing appetite for gaming in India, Wargaming has struck marquee partnerships with ACT Fibernet, Zotac, ANT Esports, and LG. The collaboration with ACT Fibernet will
offer Indian players optimised routing to the EU server, a unique ACT Fibernet Camo skin available to ACT Fibernet customers, and up to INR 2000 worth monthly in-game benefits. Indian players on the platform will also have access to exclusive bundles from LG, Zotac, and Ant Esports.

Speaking about plans for the India market, Rajeev Girdhar, European Publishing Director for World of Warships and India Operations Lead, said, “We are immensely excited to be relaunching World of Warships for the India market. The country’s knowledgeable and curious gamer base provides an
excellent audience for detail-oriented strategy games like World of Warships and we are excited to bring them a customised experience. We only see the exponentially growing appetite for immersive gaming in the country getting bigger, and that’s great news for new genres. Our belief that this is a
substantial market set to explode has led us to build and develop a whole new range of immersive content that augments the already exceptional gameplay.”

Talking about the synergy between ACT and great gaming experiences, Ravi Karthik, Head of Marketing, Atria Convergence Technologies Ltd said, “ACT Fibernet is known to provide the best gaming experience with high speeds, low latency and packet losses. With the gaming industry in
India now beginning to grow, we believe our proposition of a gaming pack that puts together in one place what the customer wants – speeds, data, low pings, in-game benefits and offers will meet the needs of gamers and enable a delightful gaming experience. We are extremely excited to partner
with World of Warships for their India launch. The rich multi-player experience with strategies and quasi-real battles provide for great gaming experience which can be enjoyed by diverse age groups. Together we will work to build gaming in India and World of Warships to a huge success”

In addition to ACT Fibernet, Wargaming’s partnerships with some of the country’s leading gaming product companies like LG, Zotac, and Ant esports are another reason for excitement. Samar Deep, Product Marketing Manager IT, LG Electronics, India, says “We’re very excited to
partner with World of Warships, the perfect game to highlight the advantages of LG Ultragear Gaming Monitors, especially our popular lineup of Ultrawide monitors“

Deepak Gupta, Country Head, India, at ZOTAC also announced the launch of India-specific bundles, stating that, “As the market leader in India, we’re glad to be the first to officially offer India specific bundles for our range of ZOTAC Gaming GPU’s starting from GT 1030 series going up to GTX 16
Series“ The list of partnerships is nicely rounded off by gaming peripherals company Ant esports. Himanshu
Jain, Director at Ant esports believes that the company’s existing user community will provide great support for new developments such as special edition products and bundles, saying, “We’ve been overwhelmed by the community’s response to our latest lineup of products that have disrupted the
market and now we’re moving forward with collaborations with World of Warships for not only bundles but also Special Edition products early next year for our ever-growing community“

The World of Warships India model will continue to operate on its free-to-play, pay-to-progress framework where players can enjoy the game for free while making small investments to unlock additional content faster. Cognizant of India’s price sensitivity, Wargaming will customise in-game pricing for the local audience, following our experience of entering new markets and best practices for connecting with the Indian audience.

The Cyprus-based Wargaming, founded by Belarussian chess prodigy Victor Kilsyi, is a world-leader in historically accurate MMO combat games by both popularity and profitability. Inspired by Mr Kilsyi’s obsession with military history and strategy games, the company boasts over 200 million
registered users drawn to their combination of stunning graphics, incredible attention to detail, and immersive gameplay. Its concerted foray into the India market is set to be another milestone in the company’s stellar journey.

Head over to worldofwarships.in now to sign up for World of Warships for free.

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NVIDIA Announces New RTX Bundles with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

NVIDIA and Activision today announced the GeForce RTX Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Bundle , where for a limited time, gamers will receive Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which is scheduled to release on October 25, with the purchase of an eligible GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 2080 SUPER, 2080, 2070 SUPER, 2070, 2060 SUPER or 2060 GPU-equipped graphics card, laptop or desktop.

Call of Duty – Like You Have Never Seen it Before

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is one of the most anticipated first-person shooters in history, and GeForce RTX gamers will be able to experience it with immersive ray-traced graphics. As the Official PC Partner for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, NVIDIA is working side by side with Activision and Infinity Ward to bring real-time ray tracing, and NVIDIA Adaptive Shading to the game. NVIDIA, Infinity Ward and Activision are working together to take the graphics in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to never before seen levels which you can see in our ray tracing reveal trailer from Gamescom 2019.

Open Beta This Week 

If GeForce gamers can’t wait until October 25 to jump into the fight they can participate in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare PC  open beta which kicks off September 19th and have a great experience thanks to our NVIDIA Game Ready Driver optimized for the PC open beta.

The Ray Tracing Revolution

Real-time ray tracing is changing the way games are created and dramatically increases the image quality they can achieve. Ray tracing is built upon a robust ecosystem that includes industry standard application programming interfaces (APIs), support in an array of popular and private game engines, and games from the biggest publishers for their most anticipated titles. 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is yet another huge AAA title that is using ray tracing to create stunning visuals. This announcement illustrates the momentum that ray tracing is building in the gaming ecosystem.

Nubia Red Magic 3 Gaming Smartphone Review

Enough with PC gaming and hardware. Everyone is only talking about smartphones these days. And you know what? That’s exactly what we’re going to do too. I mean we already unboxed the Red Magic 3 last week, so might as well find out how good the phone actually is. So, without further ado, here’s our review of the Nubia Red Magic 3 gaming smartphone.

The Red Magic 3 is probably the most affordable gaming phones that you’ll find in India. Starting at a price point of INR 36,000, it packs in a Snapdragon 855, the latest flagship processor from Qualcomm, a minimum of 6GB RAM, 128 gigs of storage and a whopping 5000mAh battery. And all this is brought to life by a 6.65-inch 90Hz AMOLED display. But that’s not all. To make sure the phone doesn’t heat up, it uses an actual cooling fan. Like the ones you see in laptops.

The phone is a looker too. At least our review unit, which is doused in bright red. The build is really solid too, and the phone is on the heavier side of the spectrum, weighing about 215g. It has an aggressive design inspired by sports cars, with the back of the phone house angular elements for that gaming feel. Along with that, the back side also has the camera, the intake vent for the cooling fan, the primary 48 MP camera with Sony IMX586 sensor, the backlit Red Magic 3 logo, the fingerprint sensor and an esports inspired, customizable RGB Strip. The volumer rocker, power button and exhaust vents are located on the right side along with the shoulder triggers, while the left side has the SIM tray, pin connector for the dock and the Game Mode button, but we’ll talk more about that later. The bottom side has the USB Type-C charging port while the top has a 3.5mm audio jack. Here’s a funny thing. One reason that companies use for not having an audio jack is a bigger battery, but the Red Magic 3 has both, so is that just an excuse for following a trend? I guess we’ll never find out.

Anyway, back to our Nubia phone. One thing that I do not like about the phone is that it’s big, like way too big. And you know what they say about people with big phones, don’t you? That they can’t use their phones comfortably with one hand. Yes, that’s exactly what I meant to say. But the phone still has a forehead and a chin. This certainly seems like a bold move in a world where other phones are moving towards an all screen front side, but there’s not gonna be any commendation for innovative design on that end. Personally, however, I’d take this over a weird looking notch any day. 

The display itself is pretty frickin amazing. The AMOLED panel has vibrant colours that pop, and the 90Hz refresh rate makes it a delight to use. It feels smooth, fluid, responsive, and the internal specs are more than strong enough to ensure you don’t experience any sort of hitches. It’s everything you could ask for in a phone made specifically for gamers. Which means that now would be a great time to talk about the actual gaming performance and benchmarks.

When it comes to tests like 3DMark and Geekbench, the Red Magic 3 just blows the competition out of water. That trend continues in actual games as well, and the phone can handle even the most intensive games, be it PUBG or Asphalt or whatever it is you can throw at it, without a sweat. And your gaming experience is only enhanced by the added game mode and shoulder triggers. Launching the game mode leads you to a screen that shows all your installed games, and you can adjust all the settings from right here. Swipe in from the right and you’ll see a whole range of options, including metrics like phone temps, network speed and clock speeds for the CPU and GPU. Here you can also find handy buttons to enable the fan and the dock, as well as to disable any disturbances like texts and calls. After all, who wants to be disturbed while they’re occupied in an intense gunfight? Additional fan settings can be found on the top right, where you can select between intelligent mode for temp based cooling or rapid cooling to put it on maximum speed. And you can actually hear the fan at work, it is loud. But not loud enough that your gaming experience will be ruined, thanks to the booming sound from the front facing dual speakers. And the battery life is just the cherry on top. Not only does it last almost an entire day filled with hours of gaming, but can extend up to two days pretty easily on average use and light gaming. But if you think it ends here, think again. The Red Magic 3 also has a couple of really cool accessories, including a dock and a controller. The dock has three ports, a USB Type-C, a 3.5mm jack and, get this, an ethernet LAN port. You can activate it easily by the press of a button in the game launcher and just forget about lag. Additionally, there’s a bluetooth controller to help you, but it requires a specific cover, and can be placed on either the left or the right side depending on what you feel is more comfortable. Truly, this phone passes every check box you want covered as a gamer.

Now that we’ve checked what makes this phone a beast, let’s take a look at the camera. The Red Magic 3 has a single 48MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, with Sony’s IMX586 sensor, the same one used in Oneplus 7 Pro, but the 7 Pro has a triple camera setup. The front camera is 16MP with a f/2.0 aperture. The rear camera takes pretty decent looking pictures in daylight, the color reproduction is good and the pictures seem to have enough detail. Even in low light, the camera is able to capture details well even though some noise is there. But the camera app itself is pretty basic, and even lacks the Portrait mode that seems to be a standard in most phones by now. But one feature that it does have, and this is the only phone that has it, it that it can record video at 8K 30 FPS. Unfortunately, we can’t really show it because our system couldn’t really handle playing it properly. You can also do videos at 1080p and 4K 60 FPS, but sadly there’s no stabilization. Apart from that the Red Magic 3 can also record slow motion videos at 1920 FPS. 

Now, there’s a lot of things to love about this phone, but there are also a few minor things that just seem a bit inconvenient. One obvious being the size of the phone which can be little hard to fit in pockets that for some reason seem to be getting smaller and smaller every day. Moreover, it’s pretty easy to accidentally unlock the phone using the fingerprint scanner while putting it in the pocket. But this is could totally be just me, because overall, the Red Magic 3 is simply a delight. It looks good, performs better and has features that can make every gamer drool out of every orifice in their body. Camera performance could be better, but apart from that, this is pretty much the best gaming smartphone you can get that hits that sweet spot between price and performance.