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IFA 2019: ASUS announces full lineup of ProArt series, ROG creator-ready laptops for gamers and more | Windows Experience Blog

At the IFA tradeshow in Berlin, ASUS celebrated its 30th anniversary and unveiled a lineup of digital solutions aimed at content creators and gamers.To meet the evolving needs of professional workflows in traditional content-creation fields, such as photography and videography, as well as provide new solutions for 3D designers, game developers and more, ASUS is introducing a brand-new lineup of ProArt products.

ASUS touts the ProArt StudioBook One as its most powerful StudioBook ever. It’s the first laptop to feature NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 graphics and is powered by the latest 9th Generation Intel Core i9 processor. NVIDIA Quadro RTX graphics provide users with more CUDA, RT and Tensor cores, enabling smoother and more efficient rendering of animations, 8K video editing and data calculations.
ProArt StudioBook One has a powerful cooling system featuring a lightweight aerospace-grade Titanium alloy thermal module designed to optimize inlet and exhaust flow. All heat generating components, including the CPU, GPU and thermal systems are located in the lid to ensure comfortable use, even when placed on the user’s lap. When the laptop is opened, the outer cover of the lid opens automatically by 4.57 degrees to aid cooling.
The ProArt StudioBook Pro X is the first Quadro laptop to feature the four-sided ASUS NanoEdge display. This display design provides a 92% screen-to-body ratio and 16:10 aspect ratio for immersive visuals. It also supports a wide color gamut with 97% DCI-P3 color space coverage and delivers high color-accuracy. This is also the first in the series to feature ScreenPad 2.0. This interactive secondary touchscreen upgrades the traditional laptop experience, providing you with an intuitive smartphone-like interface on which you can easily manage tasks and streamline your workflows.
You can edit and render multilayered files with professional-grade NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 graphics, optimized for stability and performance with professional software apps. This device is powered by a 9th Generation Intel Xeon or Intel Core i7 hexa-core processor designed to handle complex, multithreaded applications. It is designed to operate at full load without the need to throttle the speed of the CPU or GPU, making it outstandingly reliable for even the toughest workloads.
The ProArt Station D940MX is a compact workstation-grade desktop designed for content creators and media professionals. It has a dual-sided logic board to house its powerful CPU, GPU and memory. It’s powered by an Intel Core i9 processor with up to 64GB DDR4 2666MHz memory and NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics. It also has dual storage with a 512GB PCIe SSD and 1TB HDD, and ultrafast connectivity, including dual Thunderbolt 3 ports on the front panel.

Strix laptop in Glacier Blue

The ASUS Republic of Gamers also introduced laptops at IFA 2019. The Zephyrus and Strix laptops in a new Glacier Blue hue are intended to appeal to graphic artists, 3D animators, game designers and video editors – to name just a few examples – who can speed up their work thanks to pre-installed NVIDIA Creator Ready Drivers that improve performance for creative apps and programs, such as the Adobe Creative suite, CINEMA 4D and Unreal Engine.

Zephyrus S

Strix G elevates core gaming essentials in an affordable yet potent package, while Zephyrus M and Zephyrus S are hybrid powerhouses that offer a mix for work and play. Each is available with up to a 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750H processor, enabling these machines to slice through serious workloads with speed. The new six-core CPU can hit frequencies of up to 4GHz on a single core with Turbo Boost 2.0 technology, and Hyper-Threading enables up to 12 parallel threads to accelerate heavy duty work.
Add up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory, and each one of these machines can handle serious multitasking for gamers and content creators alike. Multimedia professionals can work on intensive projects, like video editing and 3D rendering, quickly and efficiently. Gamers benefit from the ability to broadcast high-quality streams, chat with the channel and play the latest titles – all at the same time.
Find out more about ASUS at IFA 2019.

IFA 2019: Razer announces ‘world’s first gaming ultrabook’ | Windows Experience Blog

At this week’s IFA tradeshow in Berlin, Razer announced their new Razer Blade Stealth 13 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, which the company is calling the “world’s first gaming ultrabook.” Powered by Intel’s new 10th Generation processor, it packs gaming performance into a thin 15mm chassis, weighing only about two pounds.
Users can also render 3D models on the go. To optimize battery life and to ensure the right balance between power and productivity, the Razer Blade Stealth 13 GTX Models feature NVIDIA Optimus technology.
You can choose from one that has Full-HD or one with a 4K UHD touch display. Both come with the latest Intel 10th Generation Core i7-1065G7 processor and a 512GB PCIe SSD, complete with Razer’s signature tone-on-tone matte black finish.

The new Razer Blade Stealth 13 will also be available in a Mercury White edition, equipped with a higher-powered Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor at 25W. The 10th Generation processor comes with Intel’s latest Iris Plus graphics, providing users with more rendering prowess in either creative suites or casual games.
Features carried over from the previous generation include a customizable single-zone Razer Chroma RGB keyboard, a Windows Hello IR camera for easy and secure access, and a large glass trackpad with Windows Precision Drivers.
The new line of Razer Blade Stealth laptops will start at $1,499 USD MSRP and will be available starting at the end of September from Razer.com and select retailers in the United States and Canada and coming soon to the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Nordics, China, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan.
For more information, head over to Razer.

‘The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut’ arrives on PC and Xbox One | Windows Experience Blog

The definitive edition of “The Bard’s Tale IV” from inXile entertainment arrives on Xbox One and PC with Xbox Game Pass. Return to Skara Brae to defeat a newly awakened evil.

In this upgraded and extended version of the acclaimed 2018 RPG you’ll create and control a party of adventurers, explore new lands and dungeons, assist locals with quests, recruit fighters and engage in deep, tactical turn-based combat.
The Director’s Cut features hours of additional content, thousands of fixes and tweaks, and new features and accessibility options. In addition, it arrives as a Play Anywhere title, allowing you to pick up and play on your Xbox One, and then continue that same game on your PC.
Find out more at Xbox Wire.

‘Gears POP!’ now available

“Gears POP!” is now available to play on iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices.
In this game, players collect and upgrade dozens of “Gears of War” heroes and villains, which appear as Funko Pop! vinyl designs. Build the ultimate squad and compete in the Arena, where you battle other collectors and competitors.
Sign into your Xbox profile to sync your game progress across all your devices.
Find out more at Xbox Wire.
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5 ways PC gamers can save big during the Xbox Super Game Sale | Windows Experience Blog

During E3 in June, Xbox announced their commitment to bring more choice to the PC gaming community with the launch of Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta). The commitment to PC gaming doesn’t stop there, especially now that the Xbox Super Game Sale has kicked off at Microsoft Store.The Xbox Super Game Sale is the time to save big and stock up on top-rated PC games, find a great deal online or at your local Microsoft Store on a new gaming PC, or pick up cool new gaming accessories like monitors, keyboards, mice and headsets. You’ll need to hurry and jump all over these deals because the Xbox Super Game Sale ends July 29.
1. Save up to 50% on popular PC games for Windows 10

Save up to 50% on popular PC games for Windows 10 like “Sea of Thieves Anniversary Edition,” “Age of Empires: Definitive Edition,” “Astroneer” and more. There’s over 70 deals on popular PC games during the Xbox Super Game Sale and many support Xbox Play Anywhere, meaning one purchase gets you the game on Xbox One and Windows 10 with cross save capability (PC hardware requirements may vary for games on Windows 10).
2. Save big on select gaming PCs and accessories

Thinking about upgrading your gaming rig? Take advantage of savings up to $300 on select gaming PCs from Razer, Dell, Lenovo, MSI and CyberPower ($400 off in Canada). There’s also deals on cool gaming accessories including monitors, keyboards, mice, headsets and more. Offers available now through July 29 unless otherwise noted.
3. Take advantage of great in-game deals in free-to-play game favorites

Level up with great deals on add-ons in free-to-play games like “Roblox,” “Asphalt 9: Legends,” “World of Tanks Blitz“ and many more favorites. There are great deals that will help you unlock bonus content, add power-ups and special features, and load up on loot.
4. Save $200 on the Samsung HMD Odyssey+

Immerse yourself in the virtual world and save $200 on the Samsung HMD Odyssey+ Windows Mixed Reality headset with controllers, now just $299 ($250 off in Canada, now $399). Immersive gaming adventures await with the Samsung HMD Odyssey+. This Windows Mixed Reality headset combines cutting-edge technology with thoughtful design for a premium virtual experience.
5. Save on Xbox digital games, Xbox One S consoles and accessories

Just because you prefer PC gaming, it doesn’t mean that you can’t also enjoy console gaming, too. The Xbox Super Game Sale has a ton of great deals on Xbox games, consoles and more. It’s worth checking out before the Xbox Super Game Sale ends on July 29.
Xbox Super Game Sale deals are available online or at your local Microsoft Store, so take advantage of these great deals before they end on July 29, 2019 (or as otherwise noted above). Availability and pricing varies by location. May not be combinable with other offers. Other limitations may apply. Not valid on prior orders or purchases. See webpage for each offer’s specific details.
*Three Months for $14.99: Not valid for existing subscribers. Limit: one offer per account; credit card required.  Offer valid from July 16, 2019 9:00 a.m. PDT though July 29, 2019 11:59 p.m. PDT and only through link in this offer, in all Xbox Game Pass markets excluding Quebec and Russia.  Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. After promotional period, subscription continues to be charged at the then-current regular quarterly price (subject to change), unless cancelled. Plus applicable taxes. Credit card required. Game catalog varies over time.

6 great ways to score big during Ultimate Game Sale – Windows Experience Blog

Ultimate Game Sale* is back! Now is the perfect time to save big and upgrade your slowing gaming PC, stock up top-rated PC games, or pick up that new gaming keyboard and mouse at Microsoft Store. While Ultimate Game Sale is our biggest ever, you need to jump all over these deals now because the sale ends July 30.1. Save up to 50 percent on more than 100 top-rated games for Windows

Save big on select Windows 10 games such as “State of Decay 2,” “Sea of Thieves,” “Middle Earth: Shadow of War,” “Forza Motorsport 7,” “Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection” and more. There’s more than 100 popular PC games on sale during Ultimate Game Sale and many support Xbox Play Anywhere, meaning one purchase gets you the game on Xbox One and Windows 10 with cross save capability (PC hardware requirements may vary for games on Windows 10).
2. Save up to 60 percent on select gaming PCs and accessories
Dell G3 15” Gaming PC
Discover great deals on more than 20 gaming PCs, keyboards, mice, headsets, and more including the following:
3. Save with great in-game deals on your favorite free-to-play games
Click on the image to see a video preview of these games
Looking to give your favorite game a boost or in need of a new game to keep you entertained this summer? With the return of the Ultimate Game Sale, you’ll find deals on select in-game content for your favorite free-to-play titles including “Cooking Fever,” “Nonstop Knight,” “Hill Climb Racing 2,” “Minecraft for Windows 10,” “Seekers Notes: Hidden Mysteries” and more.
4. Save up to $250 and take a giant leap into new worlds with select Windows Mixed Reality Headsets
Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset with Motion Controllers
Ultimate Game Sale is a great time to save on select Windows Mixed Reality headsets with motion controllers from Acer and HP. Immerse yourself in a new reality that features a wide range of epic experiences. Select headsets with motion controllers start at $199 during the sale.
5. Save big on select Xbox games, consoles, accessories, and more

If console gaming is more your speed, then Ultimate Game Sale is the perfect time to save up to 65 percent on more than 700 Xbox games including “Far Cry 5,” “PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS,” “Fortnite: Save the World Founders Pack” and more.
Not yet an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass member? There’s also huge savings on Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass memberships during Ultimate Game Sale. Get 3 months of Xbox Live Gold for $10** or 3 months of Xbox Game Pass for $10**. Exclusions apply and promotional offers not valid for existing members.
6. Enter to win the Ultimate Doppelgamer Sweepstakes

Help us celebrate the return of Ultimate Game Sale with the Ultimate Doppelgamer Sweepstakes! Whether it’s an accidental resemblance or the result of hours of cosplay, we know there’s a game character you look like — your doppelgamer. Share that resemblance by uploading your pic on Instagram or Twitter (or both) with the tags #UltimateDoppelgamer and #Sweepstakes, between July 17-30 to be entered for a chance to win a trip to PAX West in Seattle****. Learn more and check out the full rules.
Ultimate Game Sale already is in full swing, so visit your local Microsoft Store or shop online to take advantage of these deals before the sale ends July 30.
*Offers shown are available 7/19/2018 to 7/30/2018 on select items in Microsoft Store while supplies last. Offers and content varies by market and may change at any time. Not valid on prior orders or purchases. May not be combinable with other offers. Other exclusions and limits may apply. Offers on gaming devices, accessories, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets are limited to the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada. 
 **After promotional period, Xbox Live Gold subscription continues to be charged at the then-current regular monthly price (subject to change) plus applicable taxes, unless cancelled. Credit card required. Promotional offer not valid for existing subscribers. 
***After promotional period, Xbox Game Pass subscription continues to be charged at the then-current regular monthly price (subject to change) plus applicable taxes, unless cancelled. Credit card required. Promotional offer not valid for existing subscribers. Subscription required to play games; catalog varies over time.
****No Purchase Necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. + DC 18+. Game ends 7/30/18. For details, see Official Rules.