At Apple’s launch event earlier this morning (local time), the company finally unveiled its newest lineup of iPhones. And though not much has changed on the outside, except for a new color and a larger variant, these new devices do offer notable upgrades inside. I know you’ve seen this in rumors already, but here they are anyway – Welcome the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
Both the iPhone XS and XS Max feature IP68 certification for water and dust resistance, and boast Super Retina OLED Displays with FHD+ resolution – 5.8-inches on the XS, and 6.5-inches on the XS Max. These custom design screens also bring support for HDR 10 and Dolby Vision.
Under the hood is the A12 Bionic, the world’s first 7nm chip with a quad-core GPU that delivers up to 50% improved graphics processing performance.
As far as imaging is concerned, both devices are also equipped with new 12MP dual cameras – one with a wide-angle lens and the other with a telephoto lens. It’s also capable of 2x optical zoom, dual optical image stabilization, depth control, and Smart HDR, complimented by a 7MP front snapper. Both also run on iOS 12.
Both the iPhone XS and XS Max will come in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB variants, and are priced starting at $999 (64GB) and $1,099 (64GB) respectively. Color options are Gold, Space Gray, and Silver.
Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.
Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.
The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it.
Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for.
1) The game is Tenchu-inspired
If you’ve played any of the Tenchu games in previous game consoles, you know that the use of the grappling hook to set-up a one-slash-stealth kills from above is a hallmark of the series. Zipping to rooftops and treetops will be the go-to move in this game to get rid of sentries. And yes, those ever-so glorious decapitations and dismemberments with the stealth kill are present.
2) Casual or hardcore can play
From Software is notorious for challenging games and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director of From Software, revealed that he himself is a casual gamer and has made it clear that the game should be accessible to beginners and experienced players alike.
3) Upgradeable prosthetic arm
That prosthetic arm that Sekiro has isn’t just for looks. It can launch a grappling hook and is upgradeable too. No details were revealed but its good to know that a skill-tree based system is in place. Think Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman on the way skill and gadgets are upgraded. Tech upgrades set in feudal Japan? What’s not to like?
4) Play the style that suits you
Stealth like Tenchu or head-on like Dark Souls? It’s up to you. What’s clear is that you can’t use stealth for the whole campaign since the game wasn’t designed that way. Stealth can be used to thin enemy numbers and to preserve your health before confronting the big boss. The mix of stealth and hack and slash is always a good mix to change-up the pace and should suit any gameplay style.
5) Single-player only campaign can last 20 to 30 hours
That’s the length of the campaign as per Miyazaki. The game is focused-solely on the single-player experience. No more wayward players who can just jump-in and help or derail your campaign. From Software also focused on the story-telling. Given that no resources were spent in developing the multiplayer aspect, expect the campaign to take it up a notch.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22, 2019 on PC, Xbox One and the Playstation 4.
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Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade.
For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It
Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game.
And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League.
The best part? Despite these updates, Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases).
PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile sports gaming to new heights.