A third-party PR firm that has contacted me in the past exclusively about Blizzard Gear Store’s merchandise — including news pieces about apparel, statues, novels, and other stuff has mysteriously sent me details about the WD_Black D50 Game Dock NVMe SSD.
This is the first time they reach out about a product that’s not at a glimpse associated with Blizzard merchandise, but caught my eye when it mentioned BlizzConline.
“With BlizzConline fast approaching on this Friday, (2/19-2/20) clear the clutter and dust from your hard drive in time for this year’s event with the WD_BLACK D50 Game Dock NVMe SSD . Prepare yourself and your PC for what’s to come in Blizzard’s lineup of legendary games with this high-performance gaming dock with SSD technology.”Rogers & Cowan PMK
BLIZZCONLINE 2021 SPECULATION
This immediately makes me wonder if Blizzard plans to launch a live demo of Diablo IV, Overwatch 2, and/or Burning Crusade Classic.
Around 2017, there was a Blizzard Survey sent by email to select players that mentioned BlizzCon playable demos in the Blizzard Launcher.
A year later, some people might have forgotten that the World of Warcraft Classic demo playable at BlizzCon 2018’s demo stations was also playable online via the Blizzard Launcher by those who attended or paid the Virtual Ticket to watch online — see the official site blog (or web.archive).
There is no official word that playable demos will be available at BlizzConline 2021, but WoW Classic set a precedent, and the survey led to that becoming reality. This mysterious PR announcement for WD_Black D50 Game Dock NVMe SSD makes me wonder if this BlizzConline partnership is tied to upcoming playable demos, or whether Technical Alphas are in the horizon. Only 3 days to find out.
UPDATE: Rogers & Cowan PMK responded to my inquiry. Western Digital is not an official BlizzConline sponsor.
WD_BLACK™ D50 Game Dock NVMe™ SSD
Transform your laptop into a fully integrated gaming station, clearing the clutter through a single Thunderbolt™ 3 cord with multiple ports to seamlessly connect your peripherals, giving you fast speeds with NVMe™ technology and more capacity for your games.
- 2 x Thunderbolt™ 3
- 1 x DisplayPort™ 1.4
- 2 x USB-C™ 10Gb/s
- 3 x USB-A 10Gb/s
- 1 x Audio In/Out
- 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
CONNECT, COMMAND, AND CONTROL
Dock once, clear the clutter, and cut down on setup times with streamlined connectivity in a single Thunderbolt™ 3 cord, linking your laptop to an additional screen in up to 5K 60Hz and peripherals such as a mouse, keyboard, headset, and ethernet for a fully immersive gaming experience. Never miss a moment of the action with up to 87W of pass-through charging so your laptop stays at full power while you game.
LEAVE LOAD TIMES BEHIND
Accelerate your laptop, transfer data quickly, and get in the game fast with NVMe™ performance storage reaching up to 3000MB/s read speed and 2500MB/s write speed to leave load times behind.
LIGHT UP YOUR STATION WITH RGB
Enhance your gaming station with fully customizable RGB lighting controlled through the WD_BLACK™ Dashboard (Windows® only), designed to match your style with various colors and thirteen different LED pattern effects to choose from. Or, seamlessly integrate with your existing ASUS Aura Sync on Armoury Crate, GIGABYTE RGB Fusion 2.0, MSI Mystic Light, or Razer Chroma™ RGB ecosystem.
OPTIMIZED WITH THE WD_BLACK™ DASHBOARD
Take total control with the WD_BLACK™ Dashboard, allowing you to monitor the health of your drive and optimize performance using low-power gaming mode to ensure you’re firing on all cylinders during intense gaming sessions.
EXPERTLY DESIGNED INSIDE AND OUT
Compact yet mighty with a 5-year limited warranty, the WD_BLACK™ D50 Game Dock is designed to streamline your setup in style and purpose-built to enhance both the performance and aesthetic of your gaming station.
- THUNDERBOLT™ 3 SUPPORT COMPUTERS
- WINDOWS® 10 (64-BIT)
- MACOS 10.13+
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