Asus has refreshed its ROG gaming range in India, and has launched new additions to the Zephyrus and Strix range. The company refreshed its ROG Zephyrus S GX701, ROG Zephyrus S GX531 range in March this year. Now, it has introduced the new ROG Zephyrus M GU502 laptop in the country. There’s also the introduction of ROG Strix Scar III, ROG Strix Hero III, and ROG Strix G devices in the country. The ROG Strix III range comes with the world’s fastest 240Hz 3ms gaming laptop display. At the same launch event in New Delhi, the company also unveiled three new desktops.
Asus ROG Zephyrus M GU502 gaming laptop
The Asus ROG Zephyrus M GU502 runs on Windows 10 Home, sports a 15.6-inch full-HD IPS Pantone validated display with 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. It is also powered by the latest Intel 9th gen processors, paired with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti graphics that clocks up to 2100MHz at max load in Turbo mode with ROG Boost, delivering formidable graphics performance. It integrates an intelligent cooling system with powerful 83-blade fans, supports an ESS Sabre HiFi digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with Hi-Res Audio certification, and offers dual M.2 NVMe SSDs for up to 1TB of RAID 0 storage. One other neat feature is that the Zephyrus M can be charged via its USB Type-C PD using a mobile power bank. It supports a backlit keyboard with RGB lightning, up to 32GB RAM, up to six hours of battery life, and weighs about 1.9kg. The Asus ROG Zephyrus M GU502 price in India starts from Rs. 1,49,990.
To recall, the new 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch ROG Zephyrus S GX531 and GX701 models were launched in March this year, and their prices start at Rs. 2,39,990 and Rs. 2,99,990 respectively.
Asus ROG Strix range
The new Asus ROG Strix Scar III and Hero III models are targeted at esports enthusiasts and both feature a removable NFC module called the Keystone, which lets gamers move their profiles from one compatible laptop to another. These profiles can include RGB lighting effects. The Keystone will also unlock a hidden storage area on the owner’s laptop. Both models have been launched in 15-inch and 17-inch variants with 9th Gen Core i7 or Core i9 CPUs, and 144Hz or 240Hz screens. They also feature RGB LED strips running around their bases, and RGB LED keyboards.
The Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531 (G531GW, G531GV, G531GU) range offers up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 graphics. The G531GW features a GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card, G531GV is powered by the GeForce RTX 2060, while the G531GU and the Hero III comes with GeForce GTX 1660Ti graphics. This range sports a 15.6-inch IPS display with 81.5 percent screen-to-body-ratio, with up to 240Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. The laptops are powered with up to a 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9880H CPU, and are equipped with an intelligent cooling system, RangeBoost algorithm for better connectivity, and dedicated hotkeys on the keyboard. It packs up to 32GB RAM, up to 1TB storage, and weighs 2.395kg. The Asus ROG Strix Scar III and Hero III laptops are priced in India starting from Rs. 1,39,990.
Asus ROG Strix Scar III
Lastly, the Asus ROG Strix G Edition G531 and G731 series laptops offer up to 120Hz display, 3ms response time, and 81.5 percent screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by up to 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H CPU paired with up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, intelligent cooling system, RangeBoost algorithm, and dedicated hotkeys. The G531 range is available on Flipkart starting at Rs. 59,990, while the G731 will be available in the second half of July with a price tag that starts from Rs. 79,990.
Arnold Su, Business Development Manager, ASUS India said in a statement, â€œAt Asus, we are committed to deliver innovation and unbeatable performance and to the very end, are excited to announce the new addition to Zephyrus family, Series S: GX701 & GX531 and Series M GU502. The laptops, along with ROG Strix Scar III and Hero III deliver the brand’s promise of innovation, making high-end performance features easily accessible to our users â€“ gamers, content creators, and hustlers alike. We are affirmative that our users will appreciate the latest offerings.â€
Asus ROG desktop rangeAsus has also unveiled a slew of desktops under the ROG range â€“ the Asus ROG Huracan G21CX, Asus ROG Strix GL12CX, and the Asus ROG Strix GL10CS desktops. The ROG Huracan G21CX features up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU and the latest 9th i9 binned CPU with Intel Z390 chipset and overclocking technology. It runs on Windows 10, supports up to 32GB of RAM, and offers up to M.2 SSD PCIE 512GB + HDD SATA 2TB 7200RPM. It comes with front and rear speaker, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi 5 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5, microphone, headphone jack, USB Type-C, USB Type-A ports. Features include Aura Sync, ROG Strix Flare keyboard and ROG Gladius II Mouse. Its price in India starts from Rs. 1,99,990.
Asus ROG HURACAN G21CX and GL10CS
There’s another Asus ROG GL12CX desktop that also packs the latest i9-9900K processor with factory overclocked up to a top speed of 5.1GHz. It features up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB graphics, two M.2 SSDs, and Intel Optane memory. The desktop also runs on Windows 10, offers up to 32GB RAM, and comes with front and rear speaker support. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 5 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5, microphone, headphone jack, USB Type-C, USB Type-A ports. The Asus ROG Strix GL12CX price in India starts from Rs. 1,49,990.
Lastly, the Asus ROG GL10CS customized desktop comes with i7-9700K K-series CPU and i5-9400 option, featuring up to GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. The variant features two isolated air chambers; upper chamber housing CPU and GPU while the lower chamber hosts power supply unit. These ensure cleaner airflow and prevent heat from the CPU and GPU from warming up the power supply unit and storage drives. This desktop runs on Windows 10, offers up to 8GB RAM, and PCIEG NVME 256GB M.2 SSD. The Asus ROG Strix GL10CS desktop price in India starts from 61,990.
Steam Gets PlayStation 5 DualSense Controller Support With LED, Trackpad, Rumble, Gyro Features
Steam has received support for PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller and features like LED, trackpad, rumble, and gyro are currently working in the public beta Steam desktop client. The controller will be recognised and will work with all games currently using the Steam Input API. An official post on Steam community forum states that the LED,…
Steam has received support for PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller and features like LED, trackpad, rumble, and gyro are currently working in the public beta Steam desktop client. The controller will be recognised and will work with all games currently using the Steam Input API. An official post on Steam community forum states that the LED, trackpad, rumble, and gyro features will work with several games, but it does not mention any support for the controller’s signature adaptive triggers. The post also states that platform-wide support will be added for DualSense controller after further testing.A few weeks ago, Valve added initial input support to Steam for the PS5 DualSense controller and at the time, rumble, trackpad, and gyro features were not implemented. After adding these features to the client, Valve has now announced that games using the Steam Input API will recognise the controller. The games that will support LED, trackpad, rumble, and gyro features include Death Stranding, No Man’s Sky, Horizon Zero Dawn, and more. For now, this support is available in the public beta Steam desktop client and to test it out, users will have to opt in for the beta.Valve has also shared that developers will not have to update their games or release patches. The stable release for these features will be added platform-wide after further testing. As of now, there is no exact release date.For developers who are already using Steam Input API in their games, they won’t have to do anything further to enable support for these features. The developers who are not using Steam Input API will have to enable Steam Gamepad Emulation for PlayStation controllers by default.Valve says the number of daily average users playing a Steam game with a controller has more than doubled in the past two years. “The growth in controller usage has been even higher among players using PlayStation controllers, which has grown in the past two years from 10.9 percent of controller play sessions to 21.6 percent of all controller sessions across Steam,” Valve adds.iPhone 12 Pro Series Is Amazing, but Why Is It So Expensive in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
Xbox Black Friday Deals: Sea of Thieves, Watch Dogs: Legion, and More
Xbox Black Friday deals include discounts on “Optimised for Xbox Series X/S” titles (such as Sea of Thieves and Forza and Horizon 4) and new games (Watch Dogs: Legion and FIFA 21) alongside titles that are available on all PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X (the likes of No Man’s Sky and Ori the…
Xbox Black Friday deals include discounts on “Optimised for Xbox Series X/S” titles (such as Sea of Thieves and Forza and Horizon 4) and new games (Watch Dogs: Legion and FIFA 21) alongside titles that are available on all PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X (the likes of No Man’s Sky and Ori the Will of the Wisps). Some Xbox Game Studios and third-party titles are free with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, but buying them outright could be more affordable if you plan to invest a lot of time in them. Microsoft also has discounts on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Wireless Controllers internationally, and we’ve reached out to Microsoft India to ask if those deals will also be honoured here. The Xbox Black Friday sale ends December 4 in India, and December 3 internationally.Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One, and PC Black Friday dealsSea of Thieves: Black Friday Special Edition at Rs. 2,024 — 25 percent offOri and the Will of the Wisps at Rs. 999 — 50 percent off (NEW LOW)Forza Horizon 4 Standard Edition at Rs. 1,999 — 50 percent offForza Horizon 4 Ultimate Add-Ons Bundle at Rs. 1,359 — 60 percent offNo Man’s Sky at Rs. 1,624 — 50 percent offGears 5 at Rs. 675 — 75 percent off (NEW LOW)Xbox Series S/X and Xbox One Black Friday dealsFIFA 21 Beckham Edition at Rs. 2,394 — 40 percent off (FIRST DISCOUNT)FIFA 21 Champions Edition at Rs. 2,470 — 55 percent off (NEW LOW)Watch Dogs: Legion at Rs. 2,599 — 35 percent off (FIRST DISCOUNT)Halo: The Master Chief Collection at Rs. 1,754 — 35 percent off (NEW LOW)Borderlands 3 at Rs. 1,320 — 67 percent off (FIRST DISCOUNT)WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship at Rs. 1,624 — 50 percent off (FIRST DISCOUNT)Maneater at Rs. 1,413 — 35 percent offXbox One and PC Black Friday dealsTell Me Why: Chapters 1-3 at Rs. 1,339 — 33 percent off (FIRST DISCOUNT)PC Black Friday dealsHalo: The Master Chief Collection at Rs. 1,754 — 35 percent off (NEW LOW)Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition at Rs. 264 — 50 percent off (FIRST DISCOUNT)Age of Empires Definitive Edition at Rs. 116 — 75 percent off (FIRST DISCOUNT)Dirt Rally 2.0 at Rs. 275 — 75 percent offXbox One Black Friday dealsHalo 5: Guardians at Rs. 650 — 50 percent offBattlefield V Definitive Edition at Rs. 1,596 — 60 percent off (NEW LOW)Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition at Rs. 1,995 — 65 percent offStar Wars: Squadrons at Rs. 1,500 — 40 percent off (NEW LOW)Marvel’s Avengers at Rs. 1,999 — 50 percent off (FIRST DISCOUNT)NBA 2K21 at Rs. 1,999 — 50 percent off (NEW LOW)Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered at Rs. 1,875 — 25 percent off (FIRST DISCOUNT)Project Cars 3 at Rs. 2,399 — 40 percent off (NEW LOW)Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order at Rs. 1,400 — 60 percent off (NEW LOW)Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 at Rs. 2,250 — 25 percent off (FIRST DISCOUNT)Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time at Rs. 2,600 — 35 percent off (NEW LOW)Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Deluxe Edition at Rs. 1,200 — 70 percent offAssassin’s Creed Odyssey Gold Edition at Rs. 2,275 — 65 percent offOvercooked! + Overcooked! 2 at Rs. 949 — 50 percent off (NEW LOW)Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition at Rs. 862 — 75 percent offDoom Eternal at Rs. 1,320 — 67 percent off (NEW LOW)GTA 5 Premium Online Edition at Rs. 1,049 — 50 percent offPlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) at Rs. 325 — 75 percent offSid Meier’s Civilization VI at Rs. 1,155 — 67 percent off (NEW LOW)Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection at Rs. 440 — 60 percent offWhy Xbox Series S, PS5 Digital Edition Could Fail in India. Listen to this episode of the Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital below.
MacBook Laptops With M1 Processor Support CrossOver 20 to Run Windows Apps
MacBook laptops with Apple’s M1 processor support CrossOver 20 for running some Windows apps. CrossOver is based on the open-source Wine project that allows users to run Windows apps on macOS and Linux. MacBook users won’t have to install Windows to run these apps. This comes as a great news for those who used Boot…
MacBook laptops with Apple’s M1 processor support CrossOver 20 for running some Windows apps. CrossOver is based on the open-source Wine project that allows users to run Windows apps on macOS and Linux. MacBook users won’t have to install Windows to run these apps. This comes as a great news for those who used Boot Camp to run Windows apps on Macs as the new M1-powered ARM-based MacBook models don’t support Boot Camp. CodeWeavers, the team behind CrossOver shared that they were able to run CrossOver on Big Sur 11.1.Developers at CodeWeavers were able to run CrossOver 20 on the new M1-powered MacBook laptops, allowing them to run a wide range of Windows applications, the firm announced in a blog post. They were also able to use the graphical performance of the M1-powered MacBook models to play games like Among Us and Team Fortress 2. The developers state that these Apple Silicon-based MacBook laptops run CrossOver 20 brilliantly. They tested this on the cheapest Macbook Air running Big Sur 11.1 and installed CrossOver 20.0.2 on it.Explaining how this emulation works, the developers said, “Imagine – a 32-bit Windows Intel binary, running in a 32-to-64 bridge in Wine/ CrossOver on top of macOS, on an ARM CPU that is emulating x86.” Essentially, CrossOver 20 is using Rosetta 2 technology that emulates Windows Intel binaries on macOS to emulate x86 binaries on the new ARM-based Mac laptop.The gameplay for Team Fortress 2 shared by CodeWeavers shows some lag in game and not the highest frame rate possible, but bear in mind, it is running on the base-level MacBook Air that does not have active cooling and is missing one GPU core.It seems like CrossOver 20 will work with macOS Big Sur 11.1 beta as it has some critical fixes to Rosetta 2.Will Apple Silicon Lead to Affordable MacBooks in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.