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Google Announces Game Streaming Service Called Stadia

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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 Stadia.com, 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: Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse

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As part of its Champion Series, Corsair announced its latest Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse on the market today. The company sent the new mouse to us in advance for a review. And after using the mouse for a couple of days, we are glad to report that it exceeded our expectations.

The new mouse joins the league of the Sabre RGB Pro, which was launched earlier in 2021. The new Sabre RGB Pro Wireless is very lightweight and packs in an ergonomic design, that offers a competitive advantage to gamers. The mouse itself offers wired and wireless connectivity to laptops and PCS.

In terms of wireless, you get two options – either through Bluetooth or through Slipstream Wireless. The advantage of using Slipstream Wireless is that the technology transmits inputs at sub-1ms speeds, delivering mouse movements and clicks up to two times faster than a conventional gaming mouse, while also ensuring exceptional wireless signal quality throughout your gameplay.

You also get up to 90 hours of battery life that lets you play wire-free for days between charges. In terms of design, the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless features a similar design seen on the wired version. The Wireless variant though has a bit of heft to it when compared with the wired variant.

You get standard left and right-click buttons, with a slight groove in them for comfortably holding two fingers. You also get a bit of texture to the material on both the left and right-click that keeps your fingers from slipping. Forward and back buttons flank the left side of the mouse, and there is a DPI quick-select button just below the scroll wheel.

Inside the box, you get the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse, along with the Slipstream Wireless receiver, a USB Type-C charging cable, the quick start guide, the warranty info and the safety instructions. Getting started with the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless is effortless. Connect the Slipstream Wireless connector to your PC or laptop and switch on the mouse in Slipstream mode, and you are good to go.

The mouse weighs just 79-gms – so rapid movements and lightning-quick reflexes are not a problem. The mouse also comes packed with professional-grade gaming mouse elements, such as the first-ever Corsair Marksman optical sensor. The mouse also comes with the highest dpi in any Corsair mouse to date at 26,000-dpi. This makes sure you get very precise movement.

The mouse is also compatible for use with Corsair’s very own iCUE software. With this app, you can customise dynamic RGB backlighting, remap buttons, create macros, and adjust DPI settings. All of these can be stored onto three onboard profiles. On the bottom of the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless, you will find a switch to move between Slipstream (RF), charging/wired, or Bluetooth modes and a button above that to initiate pairing for the latter.

Both types of wireless connections worked without issue during our review. However, while gaming, it’s better to use the dongle and Slipstream, as it delivers lower latency at sub-1ms. The mouse was comfortable overall to hold and use.

During our review, we put the Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless to test with a couple of games including Watch Dogs Legion, GTA V, and Doom Eternal. The mouse was very comfortable, quick to respond, and reliable. The buttons were very comfortable as well to use and the sensor on the mouse was very responsive.

The Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse comes with an impressive sensor, a very aesthetic and comfortable design, Slipstream Wireless technology, good overall performance, and a 26,000-DPI.

The pricing of AED 429, is a bit steep. However, if you are looking at top-notch performance, with very good connectivity options, the Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse comes across as highly recommended. It thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award!

Price: AED 429

Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse
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Inside the box, you get the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse, along with the Slipstream Wireless receiver, a USB Type-C charging cable, the quick start guide, the warranty info, and the safety instructions. Getting started with the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless is effortless. Connect the Slipstream Wireless connector to your PC or laptop and switch on the mouse in Slipstream mode, and you are good to go.

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New DEATHLOOP and Ghostwire: Tokyo Hannya Trailer Revealed at the PlayStation Showcase

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At the PlayStation Showcase event this weekend, Bethesda Softworks revealed a new trailer that dives deeper into the story for DEATHLOOP, the highly anticipated first-person shooter from Arkane Lyon. DEATHLOOP launches on September 14, 2021, exclusively for console on PlayStation 5 (PS5) and PC. Watch the trailer now featuring the new custom track – “Down the Rabbit Hole” – from Sencit featuring Samantha Howard and Haqq:

Colt, our amnesiac protagonist, is searching for a way out of the Aeon Program’s clutches and off the island of Blackreef. It’s up to the player to unravel the mysteries of Colt’s predicament and ensure his rival, Julianna, doesn’t put a few bullets in him before then. Tango Gameworks also revealed a thrilling glimpse of Ghostwire: Tokyo through an exciting, brand-new trailer that stars the menacing Hannya.

Hannya has unleashed a catastrophic fog upon Tokyo that wipes out most of its population. In the aftermath, he leads the Faceless, a menacing group of loyal zealots who bend to his will. Where smiling citizens once walked now stands an army of one-of-a-kind creatures only Tango Gameworks can create: The Visitors.

Inspired by Japanese legends, folklore, and tales, The Visitors are striking, imaginative enemies that lurk throughout Tokyo. Many characters are from famed dark stories like “Kuchisake-onna,” characters that stay true to Tango’s desire to honor Tokyo through an authentic, never-before-seen game world.

Awakening in the famed Shibuya Crossing, Akito finds himself partially possessed by a strange spirit and surrounded by the dangerous creatures invading Tokyo. Desperate to ensure the safety of his sister, Akito must ally with the spirit and master powerful abilities to battle his way through Tokyo’s dangerous streets.

With the power and speed of the PlayStation 5 console, Tokyo is vividly brought to life thanks to the console’s stunning ray-tracing technology. As players walk its streets, reflections of gorgeous neon lights drip onto puddles that become glassy mirrors of the world’s vibrancy and beauty. Ghostwire: Tokyo also delivers faster loading times to keep players immersed, and haptic controls that allow players to tangibly feel their actions while traversing Tokyo’s streets and rooftops.

Ghostwire: Tokyo will be available worldwide for PlayStation 5 and PC.

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Acer Middle East Releases Latest 11th Gen Notebooks for Gamers in KSA

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Acer Middle East has released the Predator Helios 300 and Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptops, both with the latest 11th Gen processor, in Saudi Arabia. The Predator Helios 300 features a blisteringly fast QHD IPS display at 165Hz with a 3ms response time. Plus, it has narrow bezels allowing for a fully seamless gaming experience with minimal ghosting. The stunning display, partnered with a 6GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor, and the custom-engineered 5th Gen AeroBlade 3D Fan Technology, makes the Predator Helios 300 a reliable, fast, cool, and powerful laptop for keen gamers.

The Predator Helios 300 enables players to dominate their game with everything needed to beat the opposition with a large power boost. With a 1 TB SSD, there’s plenty of high-speed PCIe storage for the most challenging and demand-heavy games. The notebook has 24 GB RAM, and Tap Turbo for instant overclocking as well as PredatorSense, which gives you control over your gaming rig, and the app is accessible from either desktop or mobile. The keyboard is mesmerising, equipped with 4 RGB zones and see-through concave-shaped caps on the WASD keys.

There are ports aplenty to plug all peripherals into the full range of USB 3.2 ports including the lightning-fast Thunderbolt 4 USB-C which supports DisplayPort functionality and Power Delivery. The latest HDMI 2.1 specification also allows users to easily plug into an external display such as 8K 60 Hz, or 4K 120Hz. For optimum connectivity, The Killer DoubleShot Pro (Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX 1650i and Ethernet E2600) ensures a quick and safe connection.

The Acer Nitro 5 notebook allows users to reign over the game world with the combined power of an 11th Gen Intel Core Processor and up to a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU. Maximum speed and massive storage can be utilised with two slots for M.2 PCIe and SATA SSDs and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. Gamers can get the maximum output from their laptop with an added boost of twin fans, Acer CoolBoost technology, and quad exhaust port design, plus CoolBoost increases fan speed by 10%.

The 4-zone RGB keyboard provides the keys to victory to take command of their game via the dedicated NitroSense Key. WASD and arrow keys are also highlighted for quick location while the key response is immediate with a 1.6mm travel distance. Users can step into an immersive experience through dual 2W speakers, with DTS:X Ultra, to deliver clear sounds in a 3D spatial soundscape, allowing gamers to hear where opponents are coming from with pinpoint precision.

Nitro and Predator notebook users can access Planet9, an eSports platform unlike any other, which brings together a community of like-minded gamers and provides them with the opportunity to learn from experienced coaches, meet and match up with gamers of similar skill level, and play in tournaments. Predator Helios 300 (PH315-54) is available now in Saudi Arabia at Jarir, priced at SAR 8,499. Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-57) is available in Saudi Arabia from September 20th onwards at Jarir, starting from SAR 6,499.

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