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  • The Gearburn Podcast #5: goodbye 2016, and thanks for the games

    This year hasn't been a great one. With the loss of many a brilliant soul, a few interesting choices in important elections, and a number of generally negative news stories for South Africa, we're glad to see the back of it. But one shining light at least has been 2016's games catalogue. We've seen a slew of titles embracing a number of genders, tackling political issues and even addressing the age-old tradition of farming. Some standouts worth mentioning includes the likes of Overwatch, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and No Man's Sky (at least for some people). Overwatch gave the world a...

  • Xbox One price dropped to R3999 until holiday season’s end

    Microsoft South Africa has announced that the Xbox One will retain its Black Friday discount price until the end of the festive season. In partnership with distributor Prima Interactive, the Xbox One 500GB will be priced at R3999. That's R1000 off its current price. The 500GB bundle may also include either FIFA 17, Gears of War 4 or Battlefield 1 as a free bonus title. The 1TB model will also retail for R4999, down from its standard R5799 price. The 500GB Xbox One bundle will retail for R3999 for the duration of the holiday season According to Colin Baumgart, Xbox consumer and devices...

  • No Man’s Sky player numbers jump after ‘Foundation Update’

    After the announcement and release of its Foundation Update, No Man's Sky has seen a massive spike in player numbers on Steam. The update, which adds base building, new trophies, freighters and a number of new gaming modes, arrived on PlayStation 4 and PC today. But while we can't esstimate just how many people are playing the game on the PlayStation 4 at present, we can use Steam as an indicator for PC players. According to SteamCharts, No Man's Sky went into Sunday 27 November with around 700 concurrent players on Steam. As of 7pm SAST, that number is closer to...

  • Black Friday South Africa 2016: the best tech deals and bargains

    Yes, yes, we know. Black Friday is a US tradition. But how has that little nugget stopped South Africans in the past? 2015 saw one of the biggest Black Fridays in the country, with thousands of citizens spending their hard earned cash on tech goodies and gadgets. This year promises to be much of the same, if not a little big bigger. With that said, what can we expect from South African brick and mortar and online stores? We round up the biggest Black Friday goodies, starting Monday 21 November. Note: this article will be updated with the latest deals as they...

  • Here’s how to kill an Xbox One S and PS4 Pro in less than 10 minutes

    We know exactly what you need just before the weekend: a rage inducing video. Note though, that EverythingApplePro's subscribers asked him to do this, but still, we couldn't help but shed a tear. The video in question, made by the YouTuber, takes a look at the battle between the Xbox One S, the PlayStation 4 Pro, the Apple TV 2016 and -- chief antagonist -- a USB killer stick. If you haven't heard of the latter, it's probably the most evil device ever made by computer nerds. Generally, inserting the stick into any device's USB port almost guarantees a fried...

  • Overwatch will be free-to-play on all platforms next weekend

    In a move that'll make next weekend's choice of shooter even more complicated, Blizzard has announced that Overwatch will be free to play on the weekend of 18 November. "From November 18–21, we're putting out the call to any prospective agents: assemble your team and dive in during the Overwatch Free Weekend on PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One!," announced Blizzard on its Play Overwatch blog. "For this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 22 heroes and 13 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the latest Weekly Brawl." Overwatch will be free...

  • Mass Effect Andromeda’s vague cinematic trailer outs on N7 Day

    Mass Effect Andromeda, fittingly on N7 Day, finally has a new trailer... and it's a bit melodramatic. If you're into trailers that show absolutely no gameplay, and provides barely any background story, then this is your ticket. Yep. BioWare is still being extremely coy about it all. As far as we know, Mass Effect Andromeda will allow gamers to play as either Scott or Sarah Ryder -- Alec's two children. Alec, tasked with finding a new home of civilization after things went obviously pear-shaped, sees his final mission go pear-shaped as well. We still barely know anything about Mass Effect Andromeda's meat...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #4: is Nintendo Switch console gaming’s saviour?

    If you're still pinching yourself after the Nintendo Switch announcement, worry not, because we are too. It's not every day that Kyoto announces something hardware related. Hell, it's not every day we get a new title announcement from the company. But last week, we saw the Nintendo Switch and a slew of new non-Nintendo titles running on it. It was one of the most exciting three minute trailers we've seen in ages. Learn more about Nintendo’s new home gaming system at the Nintendo Switch Presentation, streamed LIVE on Jan. 12 https://t.co/0c7gOJasA2 pic.twitter.com/5aR7MBH2C5 — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 27, 2016 In The Gearburn Podcast this...

  • Nintendo Switch powered by Nvidia Tegra, custom APIs

    A few months ago, we wrote a piece speculating that Nintendo could rope in Nvidia to help power its upcoming console. Today, Nvidia revealed that it is in fact the brains behind the Nintendo Switch. The Switch will use a custom Nvidia Tegra processor running on the Pascal architecture. This will also make it pretty simple to develop games on the console. That, and the new API the console employs. "The Nintendo Switch’s gaming experience is also supported by fully custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries," Nvidia claims on its blog. "NVIDIA additionally created...

  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild trailer drops before NX reveal

    Oh Nintendo, you big tease. A mere hour before the big Nintendo NX reveal on YouTube, the company posted its latest trailer of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild -- the company's upcoming NX and Nintendo Wii U title -- on its Japanese YouTube channel. Breath of the Wild will be Nintendo's final Wii U Zelda title, and first for the Nintendo NX The game, which was showcased in depth at E3 2016, uses a quite gorgeous animation style, alongside new physics-based mechanics and what seems like a Ubisoft-like radio tower system (that last one was a joke, but...