You may or may not have heard, but Acer has ventured into the world of gaming hardware and with a flying start. A few months ago the OEM launched its Predator division, which is charged with the tough goal to deliver ultimate performance hardware and builds to the very nitpicky crowd of gamers. It is definitely a good move as far as market expansion goes, as the branch is growing at an exponential rate and does by definition entail lots of expendable income and freedom to go wild with hardware and visuals.
This is exactly the motivation behind Acer’s new Predator 8 gaming tablet and Predator 6 gaming smartphone. Both represent a new branch in the Predator family, which, just like DELL’s Alienware and Republic of Gamers by Asus, started out in the desktop and laptop PC realm. Acer must definitely be doing something right as to facilitate this bold new expansion to the Predator lineup.
The Predator 6 might be a hardcore Android gaming device, but it is still a smartphone nonetheless, so we were naturally drawn to take a closer look.
First, the elephant in the room – visuals. If there is one thing the gaming industry is instantly associated with, it would have to be captivating strong and aggressive visuals. What better way to draw the attention of gamers than a flashy shell, a lot of red paint and a brushed surface. Acer knows this all too well and consequently the Predator 6 definitely stands out.
It is actually quite a refreshing breath of fresh air to see some variation on the standard slab design that has been the norm for so long now. The Predator has character and a lot of it. The body is arched out at the back with strong angles, some quite unnecessary, but all so cool steep edges and grooves and a huge logo etched in on the back. It is definitely not something you would want to pull out during a business meeting, but in the right circles it is the definition of awe-inspiring.
The design is nicely wrapped up by four distinct orange grills at the top and bottom, which all house speakers for the best possible audio experience. Otherwise the front is quite clean and only the earpiece stands out a little with its camera-like design. As far as materials go, the shell is mostly made out of metal and feels really premium. Handling is quite nice as you would expect, given all the extra edges to grip on to and holding it with two hands in landscape feels even better.
The sides of the phone are quite clean with nothing really getting in the way. A USB on the bottom, 3.5mm jack on the top and volume on rock controls on the right hand side – that’s about it. And now we get to the important part. Any gamer likes a flashy attire, but it is the internals that count and the Predator P6 definitely has the guts to impress. First up is the spacious 6.0-inch HD display. It puts the phone well into phablet territory, but also looks quite impressive in terms of contrast and sharpness.
Underneath the hood is a beastly MediaTek chipset – the MT6797, more popularly known as the Helio X20. It is a monster and has a total of ten CPU cores inside, but before you get too excited, it is still a mobile chip and running all of them is not really an option of a number of practical reasons. The design is actually what is referred to as a tri-cluster. The Predator 6 has two sets of four Cortex A53 cores, running at 1.4Ghz and 2.0GHz respectively, as well as an additional two A72 cores, running at a whopping 2.5GHz. Those are the chips the unit will be utilizing to handle great loads ant the other clusters are there to offer a less power-hungry alternative for regular tasks.
This is where our beef with the Predator 6 lies. While Acer has indeed done everything it can to equip it with the most-powerful hardware possible, it is still a standard ARM solution that will most-likely be fitted in a lot of other consumer devices in the future and not necessarily ones that will be marketed as gaming stations. This is in contrast to a more-custom approach, like what Nvidia does with the Tegra chip. That could actually give you more productive hardware, as opposed to just a flashy exterior and big marketing talk. But, we digress.
The rest of the Predator’s specs sheet is still quite impressive, featuring a Mali-T880 MP4 GPU, 4GB of RAM and a 21MP camera and to Acer’s credit, it does seem to have put some extra effort into making a custom device, tailored for gamers. For once, the Predator 6 is equipped with a special haptic feedback system, so it can behave just like a modern console controller and immerse the player in the game.
As for the software, it is already clear that the Predator 6 will run on Android, just like the Predator 8, however, Acer could opt to build a custom gaming-friendly experience on top of in, which could definitely boost sales. Last, but not least, when dealing with gamers it all comes down to content and Acer needs the right approach if it is going to give the products like the Nvidia Shield a run for their money. But frankly without a custom hardware platform to impress with, we doubt the Predator 6 and its tablet counterpart will ever become wildly popular.
Going live on September 8 and requiring 18GB of free space on PlayStation 4 and 20GB of free space on PlayStation 3, Destiny update 2.0 was previewed by Bungie in their Weekly Update, giving you a taste of the changes coming ahead of The Taken King on September 15:
Character Level Cap for all players will be raised to 34
Level Cap for The Taken King will be 40
You will be able to level up by gaining XP alone
Character Level and Light are now separate statistics
Your Character Level will be grandfathered into your highest possible Light Level from all gear in your inventory and vault
Attack and Defense ratings for armor and weapons will be translated to the new systems – their power levels will be unchanged
Grimoire Score has been moved from the Character Nameplate and now displays in the Character Screen
A Quest Screen will be added to your Menu
Tracks all active Quests
Abandoned Quests can be recovered in the Hall of Guardians
Year One Activities have been converted to the Quest system
Bounty slots will be increased to 16
Incomplete Year One Bounties will be auto-abandoned on 09/08 in preparation for launch of The Taken King
Incomplete Year One Exotic Bounties are auto-completed with their respective Vendors
Year One bounties issues by Eris will be retired
Reputation with Crota’s Bane can continue to be earned by completing Quests in The Taken King
Collections have been added to the Tower
Emblems/Shaders can be found near Eva Lavante
Ships can be found near Amanda Holliday
Exotic Armor and Weapon Blueprint added to the Tower
You will now have the Blueprint for all Exotics you own in your Collection
Report to the Vanguard in the Hall of Guardians
Motes of Light will be used to grant XP to Weapons and Armor
Class-specific Armor materials will be deprecated in favor of a unified Armor Material
Vanguard Quartermaster, Roni-9940, will exchange old materials for armor material [Takes effect on 09/15]
Fallen Wolf Hunt Patrols will retreat in anticipation of the arrival of Oryx in your solar system
The full patch notes will be posted next week when 2.0 goes live.
When you do install update 2.0, there will also be a few things removed:
Vanguard & Crucible Marks: Activities where you previously earned Vanguard/Crucible marks will now grant Legendary Marks. On Tuesday, your current Vanguard/Crucible marks will converted into faction commendations. [Takes effect on 09/15]
The Elder Cipher will no longer drop upon completion of the Skolas Challenge Arena in the Prison of Elders. The Exotic items offered with the Elder Cipher will now have a chance to drop from the Prison of Elders Treasure Chest.
With Destiny Year One winding down, Bungie’s Live Team suggests completing the Year One Bounties, completing your Moments of Triumph(which has been extended until September 14), and not deleting your characters or dismantling your items just yet.
Need for Speed Gameplay Trailer Explains REP and the Five Ways to Play
Need for Speed Gameplay Trailer Explains REP and the Five Ways to Play
Check out the latest Need for Speed trailer details REP and the Five Ways to Play: Speed, Style, Build, Crew, and Outlaw.
“Combine all five to create that perfect Need for Speed moment,” the description begins, “driving insanely fast, sliding through a corner in your customized ride alongside your friends, whilst being chased by the cops.”
As explained on the game’s official website, earning REP is how you’ll unlock additional events, cars, and customization options.
Here’s how you can earn REP through the Five Ways to Play:
SPEED, it’s what we all love, what we all live for and above all else it’s what we all need. Take part in Speed events such as Sprint Races and Time Attacks, cross the line first and be the fastest. Empty the nitrous tank and keep it clean to earn some major Speed REP. The fearless take the win, don’t lift off and get the SPEED REP you deserve.
STYLE is all about expressing yourself behind the wheel as Ventura Bay becomes the ultimate Gymkhana playground. Whether you’re putting the car sideways in drift contests or pulling off jumps and donuts, by showing your flair and precise car control you’ll soon find Style REP flowing your way. For some, STYLE is all that matters.
BUILD rewards you for creating your own one of a kind ride. Performance upgrades let you awaken the beast in each and every ride as you earn your REP and become a master of the mod scene in BUILD. Visually customize your car with the hottest after-market body modifications. Let your inner artist run wild with an awesome paint job, decals and bespoke wrap. While personalized handling ensures your car drives and handles exactly how you want.
CREW is all about coming together and driving as one. Compete in events such as Drift Train and get REP for speeding through the urban jungle with your friends in tow. Keep it razor close to the car in front for as long as you can to crush the competition. Ride, represent and win with your CREW.
OUTLAW is all about high stakes, risk versus reward driving and of course, messing with the cops. Smash through the city, creating havoc and getting yourself noticed for all the wrong reasons. When you’ve had your fun, put your foot down, escape the heat and drive off into the night. OUTLAWS do things their own way and live life on the edge. Go out and become notorious.
News dropped Thursday Sept. 3, 2015 for us, Check it out…..
To get your hands on a flying mount, you’ll need to complete seven specific achievements. If you’ve put some serious time into World of Warcraft’s latest expansion there’s a good chance you will have completed some or all of these already.
Access to flying mounts will give players a better view of Draenor, but will also make some tasks much easier and faster. Plus, there’s the bragging rights to consider.