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  • Battlefield 1 South Africa servers now live

    Great news, South Africa! If you've been slaving away on Irish servers, grinding rank, and avoiding the myriad hilarious but killer bugs, worry no more. Battlefield 1 servers are now live and kicking on South African soil. Game developer DICE, along with the southern tip of Africa, will also be implementing new servers in Hong Kong and Dubai. It's been on the cards for a while, with DICE finally announcing the move in December 2016. But gamers (not at work) can take advantage of the local servers right now. They've been available since 10am. Battlefield 1 servers heading to South Africa, DICE...

  • Puyo Puyo Tetris is coming to PS4, Switch in SA

    The video game series that really should be played by everyone, Puyo Puyo (or Puyo Pop), is coming to South Africa. Puyo Puyo Tetris will be available on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Puyo's core mechanics are similar to Tetris when it comes to stacking objects and clearing lines in order to score points. Where the games differ is Puyo's use of colours and block designs -- it makes the game a bit harder. The previous games have also included story modes and use characters with different abilities. Basically, think of Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. In this latest release, players are able...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #6: all aboard the Nintendo Switch hype train

    We're a little less than two months away from the Nintendo Switch hitting the country. And with that said, it wouldn't be wrong to call many gaming folk in the land excited. The novel console, which is much like Nintendo's 3DS and Wii U consoles rolled into one, will be a hybrid device of sorts. In fact, the drawcard is that it will allow you to either play on the go or dock it to your TV for home play. It's clear that the Nintendo Switch has quite a few areas to improve upon, such as the launch library and the weird...

  • Raru launches ‘Last Chance’ sale on video games, electronics

    In case you missed anything on Black Friday (or didn't want to spend any money), Raru has launched its 'Last Chance Sale'. Starting at 8am and continuing throughout the day, the sale contains a range of specials from video games to musical instruments. Gearburn will be listing all of the electronics and video game items on sale as they become available. Just remember that all stock is extremly limited. Check out the full list on Raru's website. Round 4: 4pm - 8pm Razer Kraken - Mobile headset - Neon Green - R999 Star Ocean V: Integrity and Faithlessness (PS4) - R899 Mafia III...

  • No Man’s Sky update 1.12 debuts with more bug fixes

    After its Foundation Update debuted late November, Hello Games has announced patch notes for No Man's Sky's latest update for PC and PlayStation 4. Marked as patch 1.12, the live update fixes a slew of bugs on both platforms, but doesn't add any content. According to a Reddit post, the update is around 400MB. If you we're hoping that Hello Games would add some sort of multiplayer element to the title before the Holidays, you'll have to hold back the tears. No Man's Sky's latest update doesn't add much content, but does fix a slew of bugs The indie developer also posted a...

  • 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...