ASUS has unveiled a new line of gaming peripherals under the Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand name that “delivers a minimalist monochrome feel with a vibrant Moonlight White color scheme.” The lineup includes the ROG Strix Scope NX TKL 80% keyboard, ROG Strix Impact II mouse, ROG Strix Go Core headset and ROG Cetra II Core in-ear headphones. According to the manufacturer, many players are also striving for a minimalist look, so it was decided to expand the ROG color palette with the Moonlight White series, “which is a powerful analogue of the corporate red and black color scheme.”
The ROG Strix Scope NX TKL Moonlight White compact mechanical gaming keyboard features an “Xccurate design” featuring an extra-wide Control (Ctrl) key. The aluminum top keyboard uses ROG NX Red, Brown or Blue switches with 45, 58 or 65 g actuation force and 1.8, 2.0 and 2.3 mm travel, respectively. In the version with the US layout, there are 84 keys, for the UK – 85, for Japan – 87. The computer is connected via USB 2.0 using a detachable 1.8 m cable with USB-A and USB-C connectors. The polling rate is 1000 Hz. The keyboard measures 356 x 136 x 40 mm and weighs 830 g. It is decorated with RGB backlighting. Up to five presets can be stored in the built-in memory.
ROG Strix Impact II Moonlight White is equally good for both left and right grips, featuring a 6,200 DPI sensor, four-step resolution switch, five programmable buttons and a scroll wheel. It is adorned with Aura RGB lighting. The left and right buttons use Omron switches with a 50 million key life. A USB 2.0 interface is used to connect to a computer. The length of the soft rubber cable is 2 m. The sampling rate is 1000 Hz. With dimensions of 120 x 62.5 x 39.5 mm, the device weighs 79 g.
The ROG Strix Go Core Moonlight White Gaming Headset is compatible with PC, Mac, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X / S and Nintendo Switch mobile devices and consoles using a 3.5mm cable. The headphones feature exclusive ASUS Essence 40mm drivers with sealed chambers, according to the manufacturer, delivering “incredibly rich, clear sound with optimized deep bass for total immersion.” The range of reproducible frequencies is declared equal to 20-40,000 Hz, the impedance is 32 Ohm. The headset is complemented by a unidirectional boom microphone. Its frequency range extends from 100 to 10,000 Hz, and its sensitivity is -45 dB. The headset measures 205 x 190 x 54 mm and weighs 252 g.
The ROG Cetra II Core Moonlight White in-ear gaming headphones also use ASUS Essence drivers, but this time with a 9.4mm diameter, made from Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR). The reproducible frequency range is 20 – 40,000 Hz, the impedance is 32 Ohm. The built-in omnidirectional microphone has a sensitivity of -40 ± 3 dB and a frequency range of 50 – 10,000 kHz. For connection, as in the case of the ROG Strix Go Core Moonlight White, a cable with a 3.5 mm jack is used. The earbuds weigh 18 g, and their dimensions are described by the expression 15.5 x 15.5 x 27.8 mm.
The ROG Strix Scope NX TKL Moonlight White keyboard is $ 120, the ROG Strix Impact II Moonlight White mouse is $ 50, the ROG Strix Go Core Moonlight White headset is $ 80, and the ROG Cetra II Core Moonlight White in-ear headphones are $ 60. ASUS ROG Moonlight White series devices are already available in North America. There is no information on sales in other regions yet.
Gordon Freeman has become the hero of a new game in the Half-Life universe: it will appear soon on Steam
Developer PinkyDev has revealed that the game, codenamed Codename: Loop, which is a spin-off of the Half-Life shooter, has received permission from Valve to be placed on Steam in the near future.
The main protagonist of Codename: Loop is the protagonist of the Half-Life series, Gordon Freeman. The project will combine an isometric shooter and roguelike elements. The project is expected to be released this year.
An important point of Codename: Loop is its compatibility with the original Half-Life BSP file format. This allows Codename: Loop to take advantage of the GoldSrc engine while maintaining the look and feel of Half-Life in the Unity engine. Codename: Loop also features third-person views and a classic first-person view for fans who want to create FPS-style levels. BSP compatibility enhances the potential of Codename: Loop to support the modding community, as level designers can use existing tools to create maps and campaigns in Codename: Loop.
Keeping the classic spirit of Half-Life alive is a top priority for PinkyDev, who wrote in the project’s latest update: “I will do my best to support the Steam Workshop so everyone can share campaigns and levels and support this game forever.”
The Dead Space remake will need a very powerful PC to run, and against this background, the comparison with the 2008 game raises questions.
Yesterday, the developers published a gameplay video of the Dead Space remake, and today we can evaluate the system requirements of the project.
The Steam page states that the minimum requirement to run the game is a PC with a Ryzen 5 2600X or Core i5-8600 processor and a Radeon RX 5700 or GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card. 6700 XT or GeForce RTX 2070. In both cases, you will also need 16 GB of RAM and 50 GB of storage.
System requirements can be called very high. For example, Battlefield 2042, released last year and based on the same Frostbite engine, can be content with the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.
Another feature is that the Radeon RX 5700 is much more powerful than the GTX 1070, and the RX 6700 XT is incomparably faster than the RTX 2070, so it’s not very clear why these cards are listed as equal in the requirements, but this is a common problem.
You can also appreciate the comparison of the fresh video of the Dead Space remake with the original game. Despite the fact that the new project is definitely head and shoulders above the original in details, in general, the difference cannot be called catastrophic. The original game was released in 2008. By the way, its requirements include GeForce 6800 or Radeon X1600 Pro.
Sony, so far this doesn’t sound like a generous offer. To buy a game for loyalty points in PlayStation Stars, you need to spend 600-2000 dollars on real games
The PlayStation Stars loyalty program has already started in some countries, which means that some gamers have already managed to try it out and understand what exactly Sony offers, because the company did not explain the details.
So, empirically, users have determined that when they buy games in the PS Store, for every dollar spent, they are awarded 10 points. That is, for the most expensive games, which cost $75 in the US, 750 points are awarded.
Points are also awarded for various completed tasks and achievements, but there are no details yet.
But it is already clear that in this way it is quite difficult to collect points for a new game, because the prices are high. For example, Hades, which costs $25 on the PS Store itself, is asking for 6,250 points. That is, to buy such a game, you need to spend $ 625 on the purchase of games. For The Quarry, we are talking about 17,500 points, that is, 1,750 dollars. The regular price of the game in the PS Store is $70.
That is, while the loyalty program does not look like something profitable enough. However, there is an assumption that these are only indicators for the first level of the loyalty program. In total there will be four main and one secret. Presumably, with the transition to new levels, the number of points earned will increase.
It should also be noted that PlayStation Stars requires a PlayStation Plus subscription to work.
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