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  • Nintendo’s Pikachu and Poke Ball 2DS consoles are utterly adorable

    Life can't be easy right now for Nintendo's other handheld consoles. If you've forgotten that the Japanese company actually still sells the 3DS and 2DS, don't worry, we can't blame you. But during yesterday's Nintendo Direct stream, the company announced a Poke Ball-themed Nintendo 2DS that's easily the coolest paint scheme we've seen on the handheld to date. The news comes after the announcement of Pokemon Ultra Moon and Ultra Sun, with both titles set to debut on 22 September. If the Poke Ball isn't quite your thing, another edition features a full-faced Pikachi, complete with beady eyes and rosy cheeks. Both consoles...

  • Xbox One X local release date ‘cannot be confirmed’

    The Xbox One X is scheduled to launch in the USA and other major markets this holiday season, delivering a super-powered version of Microsoft's current machine. But Xbox South Africa has called on local gamers to hold their horses. "Xbox South Africa would like to communicate to its fans that the clearance certification for the Xbox One X to land locally, is still in the approval process and has not yet been finalised," the company wrote in a press statement. "Until this has been done, the local arrival date cannot be confirmed for either availability or pre-orders." "Ensuring that Xbox One...

  • The Xbox One no longer excites me [Opinion]

    I've written a similar headline before about the Sony Xperia line last year, but Microsoft's Xbox One is the latest tech product to fall to the wayside in the eyes of this consumer. Microsoft's confused play for the multimedia entertainment arena back in 2013 handed the reins over to Sony, which marketed the PS4 as a pure games machine. Sony's console proceeded to sell by the shipload, dwarfing Microsoft's sales. It's a blow that Microsoft still hasn't quite recovered from, on wobbly legs at this stage of the console race. But the early days certainly played host to a few killer...

  • PS4 firmware 5.0 to bring 1080p/60fps streaming and more

    Sony has confirmed that firmware 5.0 is coming for the PS4 and PS4 Pro, but what does the new system update actually do? Fortunately, Eurogamer has obtained the release details, and the headline feature might just be the ability for PS4 Pro users to stream over Twitch at 1080p/60fps. Of course, you'll need a relatively decent internet connection to do this. Another noteworthy feature is an overhaul of the sub/master account system, with multiple adult accounts in a family and parental controls on a per-account basis (e.g. if you have several children using their own sub-accounts via your account). The last big...

  • New PS4 firmware coming: here’s how to sign up for beta testing

    Sony and Microsoft both allow you to sign up for beta testing of console firmware, giving users a sneak peek at new features and tweaks. Now, Sony has announced that it's looking for testers for its new PS4 firmware update. Of course, you won't just be playing with new features, as you're strongly encouraged to suggest changes/features and give feedback on the state of the firmware. "As with previous updates, we're recruiting for beta testers to get a head start with these new features, road-test them with us and provide feedback to help fine-tune and improve the way you play on PS4,"...

  • Nintendo Switch Online: what to know before downloading app?

    The Nintendo Switch Online app is now available to download for Android and iOS, although the servers aren't actually up yet. Of course, it should be available once Splatoon 2 launches on 21 July. Fortunately, Nintendo has published a frequently asked questions (FAQ) guide for the app, so what's some of the more pertinent information you should know? For starters, the app is free to use for now, but come 2018, it'll require a subscription fee (the fee also includes online play). "After the free-trial period, the online play portion of most games and the Nintendo Switch Online app will require a paid online service subscription from Nintendo," the...

  • Nintendo Switch Online app finally hits Android, iOS

    The Nintendo Switch has truly been a sales phenomenon since its launch in March 2017, but one of the biggest issues has been the requirement for a separate app to use voice chat. Now, the app in question has finally been pushed out to Google Play and iTunes. The Nintendo Switch Online app comes ahead of this week's launch of Splatoon 2, being an eagerly anticipated multiplayer shooter and one of the bigger Nintendo titles of the year. As for features, the app lets you voice chat and invite social media friends to gaming sessions. However, Nintendo adds that you can...

  • 4 hacker-friendly gaming consoles you should get right now

    We've seen some great strides towards having proper PS3 emulation on PC, allowing gamers to put the console in the cupboard but still play their cherished titles. But what about the other way around? What about emulation and general homebrew on consoles? There have been a ton of consoles that feature homebrew apps, but these are arguably at the top of the pile when it comes to being bedroom-friendly (for bedroom coders, we mean). Microsoft Xbox The original Xbox was basically a PC in a fancy box, owing to its Intel Pentium chip and 8GB/10GB internal hard drive. So was there any...

  • Can’t wait? SNES Mini now available to preorder on Raru

    Nintendo's miniature NES was a sensation upon its release last year, being produced in small numbers but seeing great demand. So we were happy to see the company announce the SNES Classic console, giving the Super Nintendo the miniature treatment. The console is only set to launch in September 2017, but South African online retailer Raru has listed the machine for preorder on its website. Raru lists the console at R1249, adding that it's expected on 29 September. The retailer adds that they're limiting preorders to one per customer -- presumably to combat reselling. As for games, the SNES Mini comes packed with:...

  • 4 other classic consoles that deserve a Mini release

    Last year saw Nintendo release the mini NES (review), being a diminutive version of the NES machine, delivering well over a dozen preloaded titles. It was quite the sensation upon launch, leading Nintendo to reveal the SNES Classic this week. The new console features just over 20 iconic titles, ranging from Super Mario World and Final Fantasy III to Secret of Mana and Super Metroid. And this has us thinking, what about other classic consoles that deserve the Mini treatment? PlayStation One Sure, these games are playable on a variety of current PlayStation models, but aside from the adorable hardware, the preloaded nature of...