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My Experience At XcapeReality – Nigeria's First V.R Gaming Arcade Center

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I was actually supposed to put up this post last week but the gods of tech swore that my laptop’s screen would break that made me suspend blogging for a few days.

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A couple of weeks ago I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and I spotted a post that caught my attention, a post about XcapeReality’s VR Gaming Center. Since they’re based in Port Harcourt, I contacted them to know if they’d let me have an experience of the V.R gaming and when my request was accepted you can guess how I felt.

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Of course you know I’d never go on such adventures without any of you guys, so I decided to run a contest here and go to the VR center along with the winners.

XcapeReality’s VR Center is located at Pleasure Park, Port Harcourt. (Between Airforce Base and Boricamp).

The gate fee to access the park is N500.

I’d say my VR experience was both horrifying and exciting at the same time but it was definitely worth it and something that I’d love to play any day when I’m not blogging or in school.

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The V.R games with the HTC Vive VR Headset has over 40 games with 3 different levels – Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. If you aren’t bold enough and you end up playing one horror game called “The Destroyer”, you’d end up screaming.

(LOL not that you’d actually get that horrified though)

P.S – ” The Destroyer” is not the most horrifying game there. You’ll have to find the most horrifying game yourself as well. 😉.

Don’t get mad at me for not telling you everything, I know you’d definitely not like when someone tells you about a movie before you actually watched it. It’ll ruin the fun. I had fun so I’m gonna make sure I don’t ruin yours.

During game play I could actually hear one of the guys I went to XcapeReality with screaming during the VR Game.

The controls are pretty easy to learn and not to complex, each controller has a trigger below it for selecting the menu and performing different actions during game play. There’s also an exit button on the controller and two other buttons.

Apart from gaming with the VR Headset, you can also explore over 40 Cities in the world using Google Earth on the VR and have a taste of how it feels to actually be in those cities.

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There’s also the VR Roller Coaster Simulator that puts you in a roller coaster ride in a horror filled VR world. There’s something about this Roller Coaster Ride that puts the horror on a totally different level. I’ll be honest, the VR game I played didn’t scare me as much as the roller coaster game scared me. For your safety there’s also a seat belt to keep you in check in case you go berserk. 😂 😂

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I had to keep reminding myself it was just a game though it seemed very real. Of course you know I won’t drop spoilers here, so if you want to find out what really got me scared you can always go there. It’s open every day.

Now for the console gaming fans, there’s also a spot that’s dedicated for gaming on Play Station™ 4. Currently there’s FIFA 18 and PES 18 but I think they’re planning on adding more games there.

I ended up winning the two matches I played there with one of the winners.

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2-1 and 4-1 (ended the second match at 51 minutes 😒.. Could have scored more)

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The last game I checked there was the VR racing game that puts you in the driver’s seat. It actually simulates racing and it’s almost like you’re handling a real car, there’s a steering with buttons , a brake and a throttle. The only part I wish it actually had was a gear. To round it off, the game thought me 2 valuable lessons –

1. I’m a Bad Driver
2. I should definitely go to driving school soon, (besides I’m still 20 😎 )

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There’s also the bike racing simulator but I couldn’t test that out because the parts were yet to be brought in but you can check the videos on XcapeReality’s page on IG @xcaperealityng.

For the price of playing each game kindly contact XcapeReality On WhatsApp – 0817 211 5000

Don’t forget to tell them you got the number from NaijaTechGuy.com. You might get a discount though.. 😉.

XcapeReality will also be hosting contests and events that come with different prizes for the winners very soon. Just keep an eye on this blog for updates concerning XcapeReality.

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs leaked online with alleged Galaxy S20 camera setup

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As it’s always the case with every new smartphone release; there’s always this excitement with every sneak peak at the details before launch.

We saw that with the Galaxy S20 lineup and looks like the doers have again gone blockbuster with the Samsung Galaxy S20 and several details you might want to know.

While speculations regarding the launch timeline of the phone had been happening, this for the first time that alleged renders of Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone have been reported.

And who says it doesn’t look pretty much like the S20??!!

The renders come from Pigtou who claims that these renders are based on drawings obtained by the outlet’s sources and not conceptual.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 leaked specs.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 rendered spec and features

The expected flagship unsurprisingly looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with major exception being the boxier appearance and the square corners which is the case with all Note series.

The devices dimensions are 161.8 x 75.3 x 8.5mm, which is roughly the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ or if you want to be more precise, a little more than half a millimitre thicker. The dimensions of the camera module are even reported as well: 38.1mm by 21.9mm.

The Galaxy Note20 and Note20+ are expected to arrive with the same storage allocations as the Galaxy S20 lineup, running either the Snapdragon 865 or the Exynos 990.

The Galaxy Note20 and Note20+ have previously been rumored to come with 4000 mAh and 4500 mAh batteries, respectively.

What better time to make all our wishes come true…

A larger Samsung Galaxy Note20+ much bigger than the Galaxy S20 is expected as well, which will be quite interesting right.

We always love it bigger…

With the dimensions mentioned above (of the Note20), the report suggests it might be 6.7-inches diagonally, and the renders show the display is totally flat. We enjoy the idea that a Note device will no longer have curved edges. It’ll make it easier to use the S-Pen with

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specifications

The S Pen location has also changed from the right to the left, which is likely what Samsung needed to do to get all the physical buttons over to the right side. The SIM tray is at the top of the device.

The power button also makes its return to the right hand side of the smartphone after an unsuccessful trial on the left with the Galaxy Note 10+.

Other minor tweaks are always what we have come to expect from flagship smartphone upgrades.

Just Ask Apple and their iPhones users…

When is the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 launch event

The Galaxy S and Note series have always been an integral part of the Hong Kong based smartphone producer, in fact they are the only Samsung products that do get a official physical launch.

These devices have seen launch venues from New York, London and even Seoul.

However, the situation is beyond the control of the company as COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to stay indoors as much as possible.

Though nothing confirmed yet, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 is expected sometime in August during Samsung’s bi-annual Unpacked event. Only this time, we can expect an only-Virtual launch event.

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Xiaomi rolls out MIUI 12 Global version for users: Here are the top five features

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Xiaomi on Tuesday announced the global version of it’s custom Android skin – MIUI 12 in an online event.

The update which has been available for sometime now for the Chinese market packs an increased focus on UI aesthetics some productivity-improving multi-tasking features, and an all-around update on some minor tweaks and privacy fixes.

The Chinese OEM promise MIUI 12 will start rolling out to its flagship devices, the Mi, Redmi and Poco smartphones from the end of June with it’s older devices as old as the Redmi 5 also getting a fair share from the Pandora’s box.

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Beta builds of the custom Android skin is expected to be available from next week.

The event however did not touch upon availability for the Nigerian market specifically though Xaomi’s assurance that MIUI 12 is a product of a decade’s worth of research and innovation and the latest version going big on design, privacy and multi-tasking…

We definitely cannot wait to have it on our big screens down here…

Here are the top five features and very credible reasons why you should be hitting that update button ASAP—

1. Animation Render Engines

Xiaomi MIUI 12 physics engine

MIUI 12 has restructured animation rendering with a new physics engine for Xiaomi devices.

The new animation framework called Light Cone Animation Framework adds real-time gaussian blur to the background with varying degrees of blurring. The same rendering engine also introduces dynamically rounded corners that changes as you click on an icon to when the app opens.

The Physics Engine delivers tangible feedback to UI actions, whether you are pulling an app from a corner, or tapping on an icon upfront or tilting it to the corner. The opening animation of apps also happens with a 3D touch making it look like it pops out of the screen.

The weather app is also updated to show weather elements on the screen. Icons also got a big upgrade with the inclusion of layers. You will now see elements in the icons change shape with the passage of time.

There’s also a new iOS-like Control Center that gives you control over frequently used settings. It’s basically a redesign of the quick access bar in the notification shade.

Animations are present everywhere accross the interface with the Settings app not left out. The About Phone section will visualise information like storage space. Clicking on it will give an even more visual breakup of what’s eating your space.

2. Permission Notification

Permission notification on MIUI 12

This is unarguably the pick of the bunch practically…

Xiaomi promise MIUI 12 will finally notify users of background behaviour.

When critical components of your smartphone like the microphone, camera and others are used, you will see a sticky notification informing in the status bar.

There’s now the option to let apps use location services only when the app is running in the foreground, and these settings are available for seven critical scenarios including contacts, camera, microphone, storage, calendar, location and contacts.

MIUI 12 will also provide an option to keep details like a location from being shared when you are sharing a photo, however this is turned on by default.

3. Super Wallpapers

Xiaomi MIUI 12 with NASA wallpapers

Xiaomi MIUI 12 also packs amazing preinstalled wallpapers this time courtesy of NASA to let you tour plants from your phone screen.

Called Super Wallpapers, they animate the home screen, lock screen as well as the Always-On display offering a detailed peek into a planet’s geography.

What something extra, you can even see the planets change from day to night as the sun sets.

4. Floating Windows

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Also announced is floating windows – a MIUI feature that allows you to interact real-time with applications still brunning in the foreground.

Not basically you default Android split screen tech…

According to the demo, you can even make a game float on the main screen while it’s loading, allow quick replies to messages from within another app like Instagram or keep a video in a floating window while you do a quick Google search.

The window can be enlarged to enter the app in full screen or kept minimised in the corner.

Notably, the floating windows aren’t bubble-shaped like we see with Facebook Messenger and the likes. Instead, it forms a small rectangular window in the corner and may cover part of the app you’re on.

I think we’ve been here before…

5. Universal Casting

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Xiaomi also announced that you can cast just about anything from your phone — Videos, games, docs, apps and more to TV’s and displays that support Miracast.

Furthermore, private messages you receive while casting the screen will not be shown on the big screen. You can also exit the cast screen from your phone and go somewhere else, and it won’t impact the casting process.

Pretty cool privacy stuff right?

So, if you’re a Mi fan (technically any Xiaomi user), just know MIUI 12 first rolls out to the big boys – includes the Mi 9, Mi 9T, Mi 9T Pro, Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro for the first batch.

In round 2, a lot more devices will receive the update which includes but not limited to the —

Redmi Note 7 Pro
Redmi Note 8 Pro
Redmi Note 9
Poco F1
Mi 10 Pro
Poco F2 Pro
Poco X2
Redmi Y2
Redmi Note 6 Pro, and more.

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