Asus’ Republic of Gamers brand has announced the ROG Phone 5 series and a lineup of gaming accessories, including a new headset.
This year we’re getting three new ROG handsets: the ROG Phone 5, the ROG 5 Pro and the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate.
Each of these devices offers Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 5G processor and a massive 6,000mAh battery with 65-watt charging. Further, the handsets feature a 144Hz display refresh rate with a 1ms latency and an industry-leading 300Hz touch sampling rate on top of an HDR10+ AMOLED screen.
Specifically, the ROG Phone 5 series feature a 6.78-inch display with a 20.4:9 aspect ratio with a 2448 x 1080 pixel resolution and 1,200 nits of peak brightness. It also features an in-display fingerprint scanner, face recognition and ultrasonic sensors for its triggers.
The handsets feature a 64-megapixel primary shooter, a 13-megapixel ultrawide-angle lens and a 5-megapixel macro, as well as a 24-megapixel selfie camera. Additionally, the phones sport symmetrical dual front-facing speakers.
While the above is the same for each device, the smartphones differ when it comes to RAM. The ROG Phone 5 and ROG Phone 5 Pro feature 16GB of RAM, and the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate offers up to 18GB of RAM. Storage-wise, the ROG Phone 5 sports 256GB of storage, and the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate and ROG Phone 5 Pro feature 512GB of storage.
Available exclusively on the ROG Phone 5 Pro and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate is ‘ROG Vision,’ a rear display that shows customizable animations in response to various system and in-game events. The ROG 5 Pro’s ROG Vision offers a colour display, whereas the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate sports a monochrome version.
The Asus ROG Phone 5 series will be available starting in Q2. Canadian pricing hasn’t been revealed yet.
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Asus has also unveiled the ROG Strix Go BT gaming headset that uses Qualcomm’s new Adaptive audio technology and offers active noise-cancellation and a noise-cancelling microphone. While the headset features Bluetooth, it also sports a 3.5mm connector that allows it to plug into different gaming devices.
Additionally, Asus unveiled the ROG Kunai 3 gamepad, which adds console-like gamepad controls to the ROG Phone 5. There’s also the ROG Lighting Armor Case, which gives the handset a striking appearance and features Aura lighting.
Nintendo's Switch Online N64 and Sega Genesis games cost $64 for 12 months in Canada – MobileSyrup
After revealing that N64 and Sega Genesis titles were coming to its Switch Online services through an ‘Expansion Pack‘ subscription tier a few weeks ago, Nintendo has confirmed pricing and availability for the service.
An Individual Membership costs $63.99 for 12 months, while a Family Membership costs $99.99 for 12 months. The service officially launches on October 25th. This is a significant jump in subscription pricing from Switch Online’s current $24.99 yearly cost that includes NES/SNES games and cloud saves.
The additional subscription tier gives players access to retro Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis titles. For example, Mario Kart 64, The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, Mario Tennis, Super Mario 64 and more are coming to the N64 catalogue. Nintendo has confirmed that games like Banjo-Kazooie, Pokémon Snap, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and Paper Mario are coming in the future.
On the Genesis side, notable titles like Shinobi III, Streets of Rage 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Golden Axe, Eco the Dolphin and more are coming to the platform.
While expensive, this moves the cost of Switch Online more in line with Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus.
During its presentation today, Nintendo also confirmed that the Expansion Pack cost includes Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘ upcoming DLC, Happy Home Paradise.
In other Switch-related news, Nintendo’s N64 and Genesis gamepads are now available to order in Canada for $64.99 each.
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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will have a New Horizons update themed event, features Lottie from Happy Home Paradise DLC – Nintendo Wire
It has been a big day for Animal Crossing fans! Today’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct showed off what’s coming to the Nintendo Switch title next month, as well as the announcement of paid DLC, details on the next series of amiibo cards, and more. Not everything made it into the presentation, as noted by the official Japanese Nintendo site. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the mobile Animal Crossing game, is joining in with an event to celebrate the new update. Lottie from Paradise Planning is ready to party too!
So far we know that the event login bonus will be your new work uniform from Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise (the paid DLC). Nintendo is also teasing that we might see new Villagers roaming around the campgrounds (possibly the “new” Villagers being added to New Horizons)! This lines up with the first New Horizons-focused event that Pocket Camp had way back in March 2020. Lottie’s integration hasn’t been clarified yet – as the monthly event representative at your campsite or as a purchasable NPC via Leaf Tickets. At least, given the render, we know she’ll be included somehow.
Expect more details from the official Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Twitter account later this month as we quickly approach Thursday, October 28th.
Amazon-owned Twitch says source code exposed in last week's data breach – Reuters
Oct 15 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc-owned (AMZN.O) Twitch said on Friday that last week’s data breach at the live streaming e-sports platform contained documents from its source code.
Passwords, login credentials, full credit card numbers and bank details of users were not accessed or exposed in the breach, Twitch said in a statement.
The platform, which is used by video gamers for interacting with users while live streaming content, had blamed the breach on an error in the server configuration change.
Server configuration changes are performed during server maintenance. A faulty configuration can expose the data stored in the servers to unauthorized access.
Twitch said it was “confident” the incident affected only a small number of users and that it was contacting those who had been directly impacted. The platform has more than 30 million average daily visitors.
Video Games Chronicle had reported that about 125 gigabytes of data was leaked in the breach, including details on Twitch’s highest-paid video game streamers since 2019.
Reporting by Chavi Mehta and Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni
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