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Google Announces Game Streaming Service Called Stadia



With Project Stream in October, Google’s rumoured work on a game streaming service was all but confirmed. At the Game Developers Conference a couple of days ago, Google Stadia was officially announced and will bring console-quality games to Chrome, Android, and TVs.

Streaming games is much more technically complex than audio or video, and requires latency in the milliseconds. What’s being shown on-screen is already incredibly detailed — with movement often taking into account real-world physics — and must accept user input.

Google wants to “build a game platform for everyone,” and make technology widely accessible. According to Sundar Pichai, Stadia is powered by the “Best of Google,” inspired by developers, and amplified by YouTube creators. For developers, Google focussed on three principles: Create + Scale + Connect. Over 100 units of development hardware have been shipped to studios around the world.

Stadia itself is comprised of a custom 2.7GHz hyperthreaded x86 CPUs, while Google also worked with AMD on a custom GPU, which  features 56 compute units. There is 16 GB of combined VRAM and system RAM, with performance rated at 10.7 Teraflops of power. For comparison, the Xbox One X is 6.0 teraflops, while the PS4 Pro is 4.2.

Powered by Linux, it supports the Vulkan graphics API and Google partnered with Unreal to fully support the Stadia platform. With Stadia, YouTube watchers can press “Play now” at the end of a video, and be brought into the game within 5 seconds. The service provides “instant access” via button or link, just like any other piece of content on the web.

Stadia at launch will be available on desktops, laptops, TV, tablets, and phones. This includes Chrome OS, even though there is no hardware acceleration on devices like the Pixelbook. Seamless switching allows users to move between all devices and save their state. Additionally, Stadia will support cross-platform play for developers and gamers on other consoles.

For TVs, Stadia will work via a Chromecast Ultra. Players can use existing controllers, keyboards, and mice. Google designed its own controller to bring the full Stadia experience. Stadia supports 4K at 60FPS with HDR and surround sound at launch, Google hopes to get to 8K resolution in the future. This is a step up from 1080p during the Project Stream technical test last October. On the sharing front, Stadia users will be able to share a 4K 60FPS stream directly to YouTube

A “Crowd Play” feature allows watchers to “Join a game” being streamed, with creators able to manage the queue. As such, YouTube becomes an ever larger discovery platform for gaming. Elsewhere, Google Assistant integration allows users to ask “How do I beat this level” right in Stadia without having to use another device to open a YouTube walkthrough.

Google is opening a first-party studio called Stadia Games and Entertainment to create content. Storied game executive producer Jade Raymond is its new head. Sign-ups for players are available at, with a launch in 2019. It will initially be available in the US, Canada, UK, and Europe. More details are coming this summer, including launch titles.

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Review: MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD eSports Gaming Monitor



Gamers are very particular about the products they use for their setup. Apart from the gaming PC, the next most important thing is the display. Now, there are hundreds of capable gaming monitors available on the market. But if you are on the market for a 4K display that is both affordable and offers a high refresh rate, along with lots of bells and whistles, then you should definitely check out the MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD eSports Gaming Monitor.

The monitor comes packed with a QD-IPS panel, which means it comes with a Quantum Dot layer on top. The QD-IPS panel has been designed to enhance colour accuracy, offer a higher colour saturation, and provide a wider contrast ratio. All of this counts if you are on the market for a top-notch gaming monitor.

The MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD covers 99% of Adobe RGB colours, 97% DCI-P3 colour gamut and supports 82% of REC.2020 specs, thus offering a wholesome gaming experience. This is a 32-inch monitor that offers a UHD resolution of 3840-by-2160 pixels. It also offers a refresh rate of 144Hz, a response time of 1ms, 600 nits of HDR peak brightness, and an aspect ratio of 16:9.

The contrast ratio on this one is rated at 1000:1, and it offers 178° of both horizontal and vertical viewing angles, which is impressive. The surface of the monitor’s panel has been treated with an anti-glare coating for distraction-free gaming sessions.

In terms of I/O ports, you get a boatload. There’s one DisplayPort 1.4a, which supports UHD@144Hz. You also get two HDMI 2.1 ports and one USB Type-C port. In addition, there are six USB 2.0 Type-A ports, three USB 2.0 Type-B ports, one mic-in, one headphone-out, and one 3.5mm audio combo jack.

On the rear right-hand corner, you will also find a 5-way OSD navigation joystick, and just below it on the edges is where you will find the power button. The monitor is G-sync compatible and supports DisplayHDR 600 format. The monitor is tiltable at an angle ranging between -5° and 20°, swivel it between a range of -30° and 30°, and adjust its height from 0 to 100mm.

The monitor has also been optimised for use with the latest generation of consoles, including PS5 and Xbox. And since it is a gaming monitor, it also accompanies a bunch of SI gaming features including Smart Brightness, Smart Crosshair, Night Vision AI, and Sound Tune.

With the MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD, MSI’s team has taken both design and craftsmanship to a whole new level. It is a beautifully designed gaming monitor and the build quality is top-notch. The MSI metal badge on the rear of the monitor gives you an assurance that your gaming experience is going to improve by a multitude.

MSI has also added a KVM to this monitor, which will be particularly useful for game streamers out there that use platforms such as YouTube or Twitch to stream their gameplay. This feature also helps you easily switch between a gaming PC and a gaming console, if both devices were plugged into this monitor at the same time.

Gaming on the MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD eSports Gaming Monitor is a beautiful and fulfilling experience. Games such as Forza Horizon 5 looked brilliant thanks to its native HDR support. Even Elden Ring that uses Auto HDR looked really well.

The monitor also supports 1080p/4K 120Hz for the PS5, and 1080p/1440p/4K 120Hz with FreeSync for the compatible Xbox consoles. Thus gaming on the latest generation gaming consoles was a brilliant experience.

The MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD eSports Gaming Monitor is a very capable monitor. It offers a high pixel density, consistent colours, a wide Adobe RGB colour gamut support, supports DisplayHDR 600, offers VRR + MBR of up to 144Hz, ergonomic design, extensive connectivity options, and built-in KVM.

The MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD eSports Gaming Monitor is possibly one of the most feature-packed monitors out there in the market with a brilliant QD-IPS panel, and it thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award!

Price: AED 4200 approx.

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The monitor has also been optimised for use with the latest generation of consoles, including PS5 and Xbox. And since it is a gaming monitor, it also accompanies a bunch of SI gaming features including Smart Brightness, Smart Crosshair, Night Vision AI, and Sound Tune.


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Review: Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (2022)



Lenovo makes some great gaming laptops under the Legion brand. The new Legion 5 Pro is the latest to come out of its assembly line and it packs in great spec, very good design and build quality, and commendable performance.

The Legion range of laptops is aimed at gamers, the overall design of the Legion 5 Pro is very subtle – Lenovo has used a dark greyish exterior, which Lenovo calls “Storm Grey” without any design cues that scream “Gaming Laptop” in any sort way. Thus, the Legion 5 Pro will also be perfectly suitable for resource-hungry work, more notably for content creation, video rendering and so on. Because it’s got that kind of power.

Under the hood, the Legion 5 Pro is powered by a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 -12700H processor running at a clock speed of 2.70-GHz. It also comes packed with a whopping 32GB of DDR5 RAM and 1TB of M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD storage. For graphics, you get a choice of up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 with 8GB of GDDR6 dedicated memory.

As soon as you open the lid of the laptop, you come face-to-face with a 16-inches QHD IPS display that offers a resolution of 2560-by-1600 pixels. You get an aspect ratio of 16:10, a brightness of 500 nits, a refresh rate of 165Hz, a 3ms response time, and support of 100% sRGB colours. The display is also VESA DisplayHDR-certified and it supports Dolby Vision and NVIDIA G-SYNC.

For audio, the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro is equipped with a pair of 2W speakers powered by Nahimic Audio. On the top of the display, you will also find a 720p camera with an e-shutter. The laptop weighs a hefty 2.54-kgs and the overall build quality is solid.

What good is a gaming laptop if it ain’t got a multitude of I/O ports? Well, the Legion 5 Pro has got you covered. On the left edge, you get two USB Type-C (USB 3.2 Gen 2, DisplayPort 1.4) ports along with the cooling vents.

On the right edge, you will find the USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port, the camera’s E-Shutter button, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack.

On the rear, you get two USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, one USB Type-C (USB 3.2 Gen 2, DisplayPort 1.4, power delivery) port, one HDMI 2.1 port, the RJ45 LAN port, and the power port.

The Legion 5 Pro also comes with a 4-Zone RGB backlight which had very good key travel. The touchpad was nice and responsive. The IPS panel on the Legion 5 Pro is crisp, the colours are stunning, and the size of the screen does offer that extra space you require especially when you are gaming or editing videos.

For testing the real-world performance we ran the Cinebench R23 benchmark on the Legion 5 Pro. In our single-core tests and multi-core tests, then Legion 5 Pro passed with flying colours, as seen below:

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro is currently available at an asking price of AED 9399, which seems like a good price point if you compare the strong specs and performance it offers. It is well-designed, well-built, offers great performance and is an all-around laptop that can be used for both work and play.

Price: AED 9399

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The Legion range of laptops is aimed at gamers, the overall design of the Legion 5 Pro is very subtle – Lenovo has used a dark greyish exterior, which Lenovo calls “Storm Grey” without any design cues that scream “Gaming Laptop” in any sort way.


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ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches New Products Through an Evangelion Collaboration



ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced a comprehensive ROG x Evangelion collaboration centred around EVA-01, the flagship mecha of the manga and anime series known around the world. DIY PC builders will be able to assemble a high-end PC featuring EVA 01’s distinctive purple-and-green theme and a variety of artwork directly from the Evangelion universe so that they can fashion their very own ‘NERV command centre’. Options will include a unique ROG Maximus motherboard, two ROG Strix GeForce RTX graphics cards, a ROG Ryujin II 360 AIO cooler, and other top-shelf ROG gear.

ROG Maximus Z690 Hero EVA Edition Motherboard

The ROG Maximus Z690 Hero EVA Edition is covered in the classic purple and green of the EVA-01 and is similarly well-equipped. Robust cooling and power delivery are poised to push the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors to the max. An A.T. Field design around the CPU socket and polymo-lighting on the I/O cover that switches between EVA-01 normal and berserk modes is a further aesthetic treat.

ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3090 and 3080 EVA Edition Graphics Cards

The EVA Editions of the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3090 and ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 come equipped with a myriad of performance-enhancing features. Aesthetic cues from EVA-01 cover the shroud and backplate, and the iconic synchronization effect is displayed on the front ARGB panel.

ROG Ryujin II 360 ARGB EVA Edition AIO Cooler

From end to end, the ROG Ryujin II 360 ARGB EVA Edition embodies the Evangelion spirit. A gunmetal pump cover surrounds a 3.5-inch screen that displays vital stats and customizable GIFs. Meanwhile, reinforced tubing pipes coolant into a radiator loaded with three NERV-styled ARGB fans, ensuring exemplary stability in the heat of battle.

ROG THOR 1000W Platinum II EVA Edition Power Supply

The ROG Thor II Platinum EVA Edition wears an EVA-inspired skin and wields component and cooling upgrades that enable the lowest noise levels — even during the most demanding skirmishes with the opposition.

ROG Strix Helios EVA Edition Chassis

The ROG Strix Helios EVA Edition is a premium mid-tower gaming chassis with three tempered-glass panels, a refined aluminium frame, and integrated front-panel RGB lighting. Interior and exterior details have been fashioned to match the aesthetics of the EVA-01 and house the other ROG x Evangelion components, making it the cornerstone of the collaboration.

ROG Strix XG27AQM EVA Edition Monitor

The ROG Strix XG27AQM EVA Edition is handsomely clad in the EVA-01’s purple and green colour scheme. With an overclocked refresh rate of 270 Hz and a speedy 0.5 ms (GTG) response time, users will experience an incredibly fluid view. The 27-inch display also covers 97% of the DCI-P3 colour space, offering a full representation of wide-gamut media.

ROG Rapture GT-AX6000 EVA Edition Network Router

The ROG Rapture GT-AX6000 EVA Edition features cutting-edge wireless technology, antennas styled like the EVA-01’s shoulder plates and a control app with a UI design fashioned after a visible A.T. Field.

ROG Delta S EVA Edition Gaming Headset

The ROG Delta S EVA Edition headset encapsulates a hi-fi-grade ESS 9281 QUAD DAC™ and ASUS AI Noise-Canceling Microphone within a lightweight shell that features EVA-inspired purple-and-green aesthetics and customizable RGB lighting. The total package weighs in at just 300 grams, putting comfort on equal par with impactful sonics and pristine comms.

ROG Strix Scope RX EVA Edition Keyboard

The ROG Strix Scope RX EVA Edition proudly wraps an EVA-inspired purple-and-green aluminium case around a full complement of ROG RX optical mechanical switches. This formidable combo consistently provides wobble-free keystrokes, a near-zero debounce delay, plus IP57 waterproofing and dust resistance for reliable deployment throughout prolonged campaigns.


ROG Keris Wireless EVA Edition Mouse

The ROG Keris Wireless EVA Edition weighs just 79 grams and sports the EVA-01’s striking green and purple colour scheme. With a 16,000 dpi ROG sensor and ROG push-fit switch sockets, users can aim with extreme precision and customize the amount of trigger force required to deliver a menacing payload.

ROG Scabbard II EVA Edition Mouse Pad

Combining contrasting NERV and EVA-inspired design elements on a nano-coated surface that repels water, oil, and dust, the ROG Scabbard II EVA Edition prominently displays your allegiance and provides a robust foundation for the ROG Keris Wireless EVA Edition mouse.

ROG Strix Arion EVA Edition SSD Enclosure

The ROG Strix Arion EVA Edition portable SSD enclosure features heat protection optimizations and blistering connection speeds, making it ripe for quick data backups and secret missions behind enemy lines.

ROG x EVANGELION T-Shirts and Sweater

The ROG T-Shirt EVA Edition and ROG Sweater EVA Edition are made of cotton for a naturally soft and cool feel, with a reinforced anti-wrinkle neckline and EVA-inspired design. The T-shirts will be available in black or white, and each will feature a different design on the front and back.

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