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  • Rumour: PlayStation 4 Neo could debut on the same day as iPhone 7

    Whether it'll be called the PlayStation 4 Neo, the PlayStation 4.5 or the PlayStation 4K, Sony's latest console could be detailed on 7 September. According to various reports, the console may be the main event at an official Sony PlayStation meeting in New York City in a month's time. Although the console might be revealed (not simply announced), there's no imminent global launch date scheduled. Related: PlayStation 4 Neo vs Xbox Project Scorpio: which is more powerful? Previous rumours suggest that the PlayStation 4 Neo will sport enough power to run games in 4K resolution, much like Microsoft's upcoming Project Scorpio console....

  • Sony kills Henkaku with new PlayStation Vita firmware 3.61

    Sony has issued a firmware update for the Vita and PlayStation TV, killing the landmark Henkaku exploit. Firmware 3.61 was pushed out to Sony's handheld console and streaming box over the weekend, wololo.net reported, so those wanting to keep Henkaku will need to decline the update. "Again, to make it clear: if you want to use HENkaku, do not update to 3.61. The hack is patched in this firmware, and there is no downgrade possible, no 'trick' to make it come back for you," the website wrote. The Henkaku exploit was a pivotal moment for the Vita homebrew scene, granting full access...

  • Nintendo NX will be portable, home console hybrid powered by Nvidia – report

    Big news in the upcoming console war: the Nintendo NX will be a portable-home console hybrid, Eurogamer reports. The media house's sources confirmed that the Japanese company's console will be unlike anything we've seen this decade, and will likely put the cat among the pigeons in the upcoming generation. According to the report, the console will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra X1 SoC, while the screen will be "bookended by two controller sections on either side, which can be attached or detached as required." For those users gaming on the go, "when you get home, the system can connect to...

  • Xbox One S launches in ‘select regions’ on 2 August, no SA launch date yet

    The Xbox One S will launch in select markets on 2 August, according to Xbox's Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb. Hyrb, Xbox Live's director of gaming, noted on his blog that the more powerful, smaller and arguably better looking console will finally make its bow next month. "Today, we’re pleased to announce that the highly-anticipated 2TB Xbox One S launch edition will begin hitting shelves in select regions on August 2," Hyrb remarks. "That means that all pre-orders will arrive on August 2 and, for those of you that haven’t yet, you can still pre-order a 2TB Xbox One S launch edition through microsoftstore.com...

  • Pay for some childhood nostalgia with the NES Classic Edition console

    Break out those bell bottoms, dust off your backwards caps, because the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is coming back... kinda. Nintendo of America has announced that a new, smaller NES will be hitting US retail shelves on 11 November. It's going to cost you US$59.99 for that childhood nostalgia. According to the press release, the device is called the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition -- that's quite a mouthful! The little device will come pre-installed with 30 classic titles for the NES, but no cartridge slot. Sorry collectors, but this isn't going to be a substitute for your normal or top-loader NES....

  • PlayStation Network currently down in South Africa [Update]

    Update #1, 8.02pm: Well, that didn't last long. After an hour of downtime, PSN is now back up in South Africa and some parts of the world, according to Reddit. I've successfully logged into my account without much of a hitch. If you're still battling, let us know in the comments section below. Original article: Great news, PlayStation faithful. If you were looking to mash a few angered buttons online this evening, you should probably reschedule. Why you ask? Sony's PlayStation Network is currently down. According to PlayStation Network's status website, Sony's currently performing maintenance on the servers (interestingly, maintenance was...

  • 9+ useful, entertaining Windows 10 apps we want on Xbox One

    Microsoft announced some time back that its Windows Store would be coming to Xbox One, allowing people to download an array of apps. There's still no word on the app store hitting consoles just yet, but we'd definitely like to see some of these apps on our Microsoft consoles. VLC media player Easily one of the most popular apps around, VLC is a jack-of-all-trades media player, capable of handling almost everything you throw at it. The default Xbox players aren't bad, but an all-in-one solution, capable of handling everything from MP3 and FLAC to MKV and AVI, would be a welcome addition to...

  • 5 failed challengers to Nintendo’s mighty handheld throne

    Nintendo doesn't have the best of fortunes in the home console market, but when it comes to handhelds, the company is a beast of note. From the original Game Boy to the current 3DS, the Japanese firm has seen off quite a a variety of rivals. We all know about Sony's PSP and Vita, but what about lesser-known consoles that tried and failed to knock Nintendo off its handheld perch? Atari Lynx Image: Pete Slater via Flickr One of the earliest rivals to the Game Boy was 1989's Atari Lynx, bringing colour screens to portables at a time when it was virtually unheard of. While the Lynx also delivered network play and an...

  • PlayStation 4 Neo vs Xbox Project Scorpio: which is more powerful?

    It's no secret that the current PlayStation 4 enjoys a notable performance advantage over the Xbox One, but Microsoft is looking to hit back with its Xbox Project Scorpio. The new console, announced at E3 2016, is due for a 2017 release and Microsoft claims it will be the most powerful console available at launch. The company also revealed that the Scorpio would have an octa-core processor, 320GB/s of memory bandwidth and graphics hardware that tops out at six-teraflops of power. By comparison, leaked PlayStation 4 Neo specs peg the upcoming Sony console with an upclocked octa-core processor, 176GB/s of memory bandwidth...

  • In defence of the Xbox One S: the console you’ll be buying anyway

    Since Microsoft's E3 2016 announcement of the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio, there has been some confusion around these two devices. There are many who think the tech giant is (stupidly) killing their own console sales. The reality is, it's not true. Not even close. Project Scorpio -- or whatever it'll be called in the coming months -- will be launched at the end of 2017. It's said to contain an octa-core CPU, six-teraflops of GPU horsepower, 12GB of RAM, and the ability to game at 4K resolution. It's clear that this is Microsoft's push towards a VR-enabled (or more...