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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Official Nintendo Switch pricing revealed for SA

    Following Takealot's announcement earlier this morning, Core Group has officially revealed pricing for the Nintendo Switch in South Africa. "Core Gaming Systems announced today that Nintendo Switch will be available for the recommended retail price of R5599," Core wrote in an emailed press statement. "Nintendo Switch offers a completely new gaming experience that South Africans will love -- we are thrilled to introduce this unique gaming console locally at the same time as the rest of the world," says Matthew Grose, General Manager for Core Gaming Systems. Want to get your hands on one before that? Well, the distributor will be holding...

  • Nintendo Switch gets price on Takealot

    The Nintendo Switch is hitting South Africa at the same time as the rest of the word, but pricing has been a mystery for us. Sure, Nintendo announced a US$299 price tag for the USA, but what about South Africa? Now, local online retailer Takealot has revealed its price (h/t: Cheap Gamer), coming in at R5299 (Takealot claims that this is down from R5599). The Nintendo Switch price on Takealot is similar to the PS4, although we have seen discounts from both Sony and Microsoft Switch peripheral prices have also been revealed by the retailer, with the Pro Controller available for R1199, a pair of...

  • Ace Combat 7 gets PC, Xbox One release as well

    Most people are probably waiting for Horizon: Zero Dawn and Mass Effect: Andromeda, but Ace Combat 7 has tons of eager fans too. Up until this week, Bandai Namco only confirmed that it was coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR though. Fortunately, a larger audience will be experiencing the new title, the publisher revealed. Bandai Namco's latest Ace Combat 7 trailer reveals that it's coming to Xbox One and PC too -- the latter will be arriving via Steam. In case you missed it, the game's full name is also confirmed to be Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. Here's hoping that the game not...

  • 10 Android features you take for granted these days

    Android has been around for a relatively long time, the first Android-equipped phone launching in 2008. And it's been through loads of updates and iterations since those heady Cupcake and Donut days. Whether you were a long-time Android fan or joined more recently, you might be surprised at some of the features you take for granted in Google's mobile platform. WiFi hotspot A feature we all assume just works on our smartphone today, WiFi hotspot functionality (added in 2.2) allowed users to ditch USB modems/dongles and just use their phone. In a rather weird situation, more than a few Android users in the...

  • Skate City: check this new game from Alto’s Adventure devs

    We've seen numerous skateboarding games hit mobile devices, with the likes of Touchgrind and True Skate being two of the more popular "proper" skateboarding titles. Now, the team behind mega-popular endless runner Alto's Adventure (along with developer Agens) have officially revealed Skate City, being a rather realistic take on the sport. Developer Snowman said they teamed up with Agens to create the game, owing to their passion for skateboarding. Agens has already uploaded a variety of clips to Instagram, showing off the game's mechanics, spots and tricks. And if one thing is clear, it's that the game is going for a realistic...

  • LG reports US$223m quarterly loss, G5 to blame

    LG didn't enjoy a stellar 2016, with its flagship G5 (review) being a brave but ultimately flawed modular design -- and its latest quarterly results seem to reflect this. The South Korean firm announced a quarterly loss of US$223-million, citing losses from its mobile unit and automotive component division. "Profitability was hampered by weak sales of the G5 smartphone and higher marketing investments," the company added in its earnings report. In saying so, the company noted that revenue was up 15.4% compared to the previous quarter, "due in large part to strong sales of the new V20 flagship smartphone". The V20 (review) ditched...

  • Xbox: February’s Games with Gold are rather fantastic

    Microsoft has announced a few great titles as part of February's Games with Gold programme. Xbox 360 gamers will be receiving Monkey Island 2: Special Edition from 1 February until 15 February. But if that doesn't tickle your fancy, 16 February will see Star Wars: The Force Unleashed being... unleashed (available until 28 February). If that doesn't excite you, then the Xbox One selection might be up your alley, then. Critically acclaimed indie title Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime will be available from 1 February to 28 February, while Project Cars will be available from 16 February until 15 March. These titles replace...

  • Is this the LG G6? Apparently so… [Photo]

    Mobile World Congress is just a few weeks away, with the LG G6 set to be one of the most high-profile device reveals at the exhibition. But it appears as if we've just gotten a first proper look at the device. The Verge has peeled the curtain back on the new handset, revealing a tantalising glimpse of the phone's top half. And what we've got is a phone that looks visually appealing -- at least to this writer. The phone appears to have a rather fetching metal and glass design, with multiple antenna lines as well. But fans of the G2,...

  • Which Chromebooks have/will get Android apps?

    When Google announced that Android apps would be coming to Chromebooks last year, the initial list of supported devices only stood at three. But the firm has since confirmed that all Chromebooks released in 2017 would be running Android apps. Then again, the real question is which older models are supported... Now, Google has quietly announced details on its Chromium blog (via Ars Technica), revealing an exhaustive list of Chromebooks/ChromeOS devices that have or will be getting Android app/Play Store compatibility. Google Chromebooks are cheaper and arguably less resource-intensive than PCs, with Android app compatibility making it stand out as well "While we won't...

  • Xbox One Creators Update starts rollout: what to expect?

    Microsoft has announced that the Creators Update for Xbox One is slowly making its way to gamers enrolled in the Insider Programme. Now, we've already covered some of the key features, such as tapping the Xbox button once to open the guide, but there are a couple of less notable features too. For one, the Home screen has received a fresh coat of paint, with the goal of making it intuitive and faster. "You’ll notice the main tile for what you’re currently playing has changed. Now, you’ll see a smaller icon for the game and a few options to dive deeper...