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WD Launches Gaming Portfolio in the Middle East



Western Digital is introducing a portfolio of external storage solutions in the Middle East purpose-built for PC and console gamers. The burgeoning gaming industry in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, evident in its estimated value of $4.8 billion and year-on-year growth of 11%, continues to see the introduction of new games with more projects set to be launched throughout the year 2020. Gamers are consistently faced with the challenge of storage and performance with the existing console and PC storage range between 500GB-1TB which could be filled quickly with just a few games. 

Building on the top-tier performance of the WD_Black SN750 NVMe SSD currently on the market, the five new solutions introduced by Western Digital have been thoughtfully designed to address these storage challenges, all based on the company’s recognized quality and reliability. They provide the performance, capacity and reliability to help PC and console gamers to drive their game and play without limits. The solutions include the WD_Black P50 Game Drive SSD, a first-to-industry SuperSpeed USB (20Gb/s), USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 device.

“The performance and capacity limitations that gamers face today with the limits of their current system their ability to take advantage of the increasingly immersive and responsive in-game experiences available today. We are tackling common gaming storage challenges to help make room for the latest releases, whether a gamer has been playing for years or is just starting out and looking for a high-performance edge. With the latest additions to our WD_Black™ portfolio, anyone from the casual to hardcore gamer can now capture a variety of games, in one accessible place,” said Khwaja Saifuddin, Senior Sales Director, the Middle East at Western Digital Corporation.

Bringing this superior gaming experience to life, Western Digital unveils a pop-up gaming park at this year’s edition of the Etisalat Beach Canteen, the central hub of the ongoing Dubai Food Festival (DFF). Located at Jumeirah Beach behind Sunset Mall, the WD_Black Gaming Park will provide an immersive space for visitors to enjoy their favorite games on the beach up until March 14, 2020.  

Designed for audiences of all ages, the gaming park will include an exclusive VR experience as well as designated spaces for other gaming consoles. At the main stage, one on one gaming tournaments will be held throughout the event with the chance for visitors to compete to win prizes from Western Digital. In addition, Yalla Esports, Dubai based esports startup, and Western Digital partner will also be conducting workshops on the topic of building a high-performance PC and designing your own esports team logo. 

Simultaneously at Virgin Megastore at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, visitors will be greeted by a WD_Black gaming zone including a VR driving simulation and other popular games..  At the activation, gaming enthusiasts stand the chance to register for a competition at the location to win exciting prizes by setting records on either game up until March 7, 2020.  

Product Details

New products in the WD_Black gaming portfolio are:

  • WD_Black P10 Game Drive: 
    • HDD with up to 5TB – holds up to 125 games
    • Portable form factor with a USB 3.2 Gen 1 port
    • High-performance to optimize the console or PC gaming experience
    • Three-year limited warranty
  • WD_Black P50 Game Drive: 
    • SSD featuring a first-to-industry USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 port for a game drive with speeds up to 2000MB/s
    • Up to 2TB of additional storage to keep cherished games and save new ones
    • Five-year limited warranty
  • WD_Black D10 Game Drive: 
    • HDD comes with up to 8TB capacity – holds up to 200 games
    • Speeds up to 250MB/s and rated at 7200RPM with active cooling technology
    • Three-year limited warranty
  • WD_Black D10 Game Drive for Xbox One: 
    • HDD comes with up to 12TB to save and grow an Xbox One gaming collection – holds up to 300 games
    • Included for free with purchase is a three-month membership of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
    • Speeds up to 250MB/s and rated at 7200RPM with active cooling technology
    • Three-year limited warranty
  • WD_Black P10 Game Drive for Xbox One: 
    • HDD with up to 5TB – holds up to 125 games
    • Two-month membership of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included with purchase, giving access to 100+ game titles on Xbox One and PC, as well as Xbox Gold Live
    • High-performance to help optimize the Xbox One gaming experience
    • Three-year limited warranty

The WD Black portfolio is currently available in the United Arab Emirates at select Western Digital retailers, e-tailers, resellers, system integrators, and the WD store. The WD_Black P10 Game Drive comes in capacities of 2TB up to 5TB and ranges from AED 349 to AED 549. The WD_Black P50 Game Drive comes in capacities of 500GB up to 2TB and ranges from AED 784 to AED 2249. The WD_Black D10 Game Drive 8TB capacity is AED 899. TheWD_Black P10 Game Drive for Xbox One will come in capacities of 3TB up to 5TB and ranges from AED 429 up to AED 599. All prices vary depending on the model and capacity.  

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PlayStation Demo for Psychological Horror Title Luto Available Now



Global video game publisher SelectaPlay and developer Broken Bird Games have unveiled a demo for their upcoming psychological horror game, Luto, available on PlayStation through the PlayStation Store. The full game is set to release in 2024 on PC via Steam, as well as on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

Named ‘The Choice,’ this standalone demo for the PlayStation version of Luto provides players with a taste of the game’s atmosphere and narrative gameplay, avoiding any spoilers from the full story.

In Luto, a first-person psychological horror experience crafted by Broken Bird Games, players take on the role of an individual trapped in despair within their own home. Escaping requires navigating through challenging paths that test their senses, revealing untold fears and phobias.

Delve into the emotional turmoil of losing a loved one, confronting the horror of darkness concealed by anxiety and depression. Explore a mysterious environment laden with secrets and formidable challenges, requiring careful deciphering. Can you distinguish between reality and fiction?

Luto promises a launch in 2024 across digital platforms, including PC via Steam, PlayStation, and Xbox consoles, delivering an immersive horror experience that explores various phobias.

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GameSir Intros G8 Galileo Mobile Gaming Controller



GameSir has announced the official release of its latest innovation, the GameSir G8 Galileo, a next-generation Type-C wired mobile gaming controller destined to redefine excellence and provide out-of-this-world gaming experiences. Compatible with all controller-supported games across Android and iPhone 15 series devices, the GameSir G8 Galileo boasts an incredible combination of world-class connectivity, seamless software customization, and unstoppable gameplay; empowering users, enhancing their capabilities, and elevating mobile gaming to never-before-seen levels with host of cutting-edge features.

“We’re thrilled that the GameSir G8 Galileo is now available for gaming enthusiasts to purchase,” said Betta Core, CEO, GameSir. “Mobile gaming is a true phenomenon of our time and as popularity soars, demands increase and technological advancements open up new possibilities, nothing gives us more satisfaction than introducing innovations that enable gamers to explore unchartered potential and revel in gaming experiences that go above and beyond. The GameSir G8 Galileo is the gateway to precisely that – and we’re looking forward to seeing the reaction and reception from gamers far and wide in the weeks ahead. The fact that the time has finally come for the gaming community to share the power this controller provides is very exciting.”

Those purchasing the GamerSir G8 Galileo can expect a console-controller-grade mobile controller with console-sized sticks and buttons for exceptional comfort and unparalleled control during extended gameplay. Whether navigating treacherous terrain or taking precise shots, the G8 Galileo guarantees performance with expert precision and maximum comfort, while a movable Type-C port is installed for a dependable, constant connection to gaming devices, delivering unmatched smoothness and reliability.

Another standout feature is GameSir Hall Tech for elevated gameplay. GameSir precision-tuned Hall Effect analogue triggers offer unparalleled smoothness and responsiveness, giving a competitive advantage in any game, backed up by GameSir Hall Effect sensing sticks that deliver 360° seamless pinpoint control, providing the precision and durability that mobile gamers demand alongside super-smooth stick control for reduced stick grinding and extended usage time.

Amongst its many prominent features for redefined excellence, the GameSir G8 Galileo comes with two additional back buttons designed for pro-level mobile gaming. With these, users can map their in-game actions on the go, loading up their favourite button mappings with or without software during gameplay – with mappings instantly programmable and synced in real-time. Thanks to pass-through charging, the GameSir G8 Galileo also ensures gameplay remains uninterrupted, thereby ensuring opponents are conquerable without missing a single moment of the action as the controller charges during play.

What’s more, the GameSir G8 Galileo is purposefully designed for universal compatibility, featuring an extendable bridge and sufficient rear space to be compatible with a wide range of phone models. It’s the perfect choice for mobile gamers seeking adaptability, ensuring a seamless gaming experience. Additionally, interchangeable magnetic detachable faceplates elevate the GameSir G8 Galileo to match the unique style of its user; laser-engraved texture grips and high-saturation fluorescent ink buttons offer a blend of style and substance; and the GameSir App takes the customization and fun of the GameSir G8 Galileo to the next level.

Through the app, users can create personalized controller profiles by mapping buttons, fine-tuning the D-pad diagonals, and adjusting sticks and trigger zones. The GameSir G8 Galileo is available at and GameSir AliExpress now for $79.99.

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Review: GameSir T4 Cyclone Pro Midnight Wireless Controller



The gaming peripherals market is inundated with a plethora of controllers, each vying for attention with unique features and design elements. The GameSir T4 Cyclone Pro Midnight Wireless Controller is one such controller that promises to deliver a superior gaming experience. In this review, we’ll dive into its design, performance, features, and overall value to help you decide if it’s the right addition to your gaming arsenal.

Design and Build Quality
The GameSir T4 Cyclone Pro boasts an ergonomic and well-thought-out design. Its form factor is reminiscent of popular controllers such as the Xbox One, with symmetrically placed thumbsticks and a comfortable grip that accommodates various hand sizes. The controller feels solid in hand, striking a balance between sturdiness and weight.

It doesn’t feel like it’ll easily come apart even after intense gaming sessions. The controller offers tactile satisfaction thanks to its “5-million-click micro switches”, which, when coupled with the soft pads, make for a comfortable spamming experience that feels crisp yet still pretty cushioned. The dotted grip around the handles is a nice touch for those whose palms get sweaty during more intense sessions. The size of the controller is also comfortable for extended use.

The face of the controller features a standard layout with a D-pad on the left, four action buttons on the right, and two Hall Effect thumbsticks symmetrically positioned. These Hall Effect analogue triggers can effectively get rid of the dreaded stick drift. This technology offers zero dead zones and anti-drift performance, ensuring that your in-game actions are precise.

The controller also comes with extra features like being able to adjust vibration sensitivity and button mapping, which you can customise with the GameSir app. The buttons are responsive, providing a satisfying click with each press. The inclusion of textured grips on the thumbsticks enhances precision during gameplay, reducing the chances of accidental slips.

One standout feature is the programmable buttons located on the back of the controller. These can be customised to replicate any other button on the controller, providing an added layer of flexibility for gamers who want to optimise their control scheme for specific genres or gaming styles. The inclusion of these customisable buttons is a thoughtful touch that elevates the controller’s versatility.

Connectivity and Compatibility
The controller supports multiple connectivity options, including Bluetooth, 2.4GHz wireless, and USB-C. This versatility allows users to connect the controller to a wide range of devices, from PCs and gaming consoles to smartphones and tablets. The seamless Bluetooth pairing process ensures a quick and hassle-free connection, while the 2.4GHz wireless mode minimises input lag for a responsive gaming experience.

The GameSir T4 Cyclone Pro is compatible with a variety of platforms, making it a versatile choice for gamers. Whether you’re a PC gamer, console enthusiast, or enjoy gaming on your mobile device, this controller aims to cater to your needs. The inclusion of a USB Type-C port for wired connectivity is a nice touch, offering a reliable alternative for situations where wireless connections might not be ideal.

The true test of any gaming controller lies in its performance, and the GameSir T4 Cyclone Pro does not disappoint. The controller features high-precision 6-axis gyro sensors, providing responsive and accurate motion controls. This is particularly beneficial for games that utilise motion input, adding an extra layer of immersion to the gaming experience.

The responsiveness of the buttons and triggers is commendable, offering a tactile and satisfying feel with each press. The analogue thumbsticks provide precise control over in-game movements, essential for genres such as first-person shooters and racing games. The controller’s performance is consistent across various gaming genres, making it a well-rounded choice for gamers with diverse preferences.

Battery Life
The GameSir T4 Cyclone Pro features a built-in rechargeable battery that provides ample gaming time on a single charge. The controller’s battery life is impressive, offering hours of uninterrupted gameplay before needing a recharge. The USB Type-C port ensures a quick and convenient charging process, and the controller can even be used while charging, eliminating downtime during extended gaming sessions.

Software and Customisation
To unlock the full potential of the GameSir T4 Cyclone Pro, users can leverage the GameSir app. This software provides a user-friendly interface for customising button mappings, adjusting sensitivity settings, and programming the back buttons. The app supports a wide range of games, ensuring compatibility with popular titles across different platforms.

The ability to save multiple profiles is a welcome feature for gamers who switch between various genres or gaming platforms. This flexibility allows users to create tailored profiles for specific games, optimizing the controller’s layout and performance for each gaming experience.

The GameSir T4 Cyclone Pro stands out as a versatile and feature-rich gaming controller that caters to a broad audience. Its ergonomic design, responsive controls, and customizable features make it a strong contender in the competitive gaming peripherals market. The integration of motion controls, programmable buttons, and a built-in phone holder enhances its appeal, offering a comprehensive solution for gamers across different platforms.

Whether you’re a PC gamer, console enthusiast, or mobile gamer, the GameSir T4 Cyclone Pro’s wide compatibility ensures that it can seamlessly integrate into your gaming setup. The thoughtful design, coupled with excellent performance and a reasonable price point, makes it a compelling choice for both casual and dedicated gamers looking to elevate their gaming experience. The inclusion of a robust software interface further adds to the controller’s appeal, allowing users to fine-tune their gaming experience to suit their preferences.

The GameSir T4 Cyclone Pro ascends the ranks with its exceptional responsiveness, customisation options, and device compatibility. While no controller is the epitome of perfection, this one comes very close, as it offers gamers a unique gaming experience. If you’re looking for a controller that offers a seamless gaming experience, the GameSir T4 Cyclone Pro is definitely worth considering.

Price: AED 169

Photography by Ryan Chris

GameSir T4 Cyclone Pro Midnight Wireless Controller
AED 169

  • Final Rating



The face of the controller features a standard layout with a D-pad on the left, four action buttons on the right, and two Hall Effect thumbsticks symmetrically positioned. These Hall Effect analogue triggers can effectively get rid of the dreaded stick drift. This technology offers zero dead zones and anti-drift performance, ensuring that your in-game actions are precise.


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