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  • Nintendo Switch: CPU, GPU clock speeds revealed

    I don't think anyone was expecting the Nintendo Switch to be more powerful than the Xbox One or PlayStation 4. After all, the new Nintendo console is designed to be portable, which means that heat management and battery life is paramount. We know that the device is using a mobile-oriented Tegra X1 processor, which means that there's already a little gulf between Nintendo's machine and rival consoles. But just how big is the performance gap? Eurogamer confirmed that its quad A57 CPU cores stay steady at 1020Mhz (a far cry from the 2Ghz+ maximum for the CPU core). However, GPU speeds vary,...

  • PS4 gets two promotions in SA for December

    Ster-Kinekor Entertainment has announced two promotions for the PS4 for the month of December. "The first promotion will commence from 9 to 14 December offering consumers who purchase any standalone or bundled PS4, a free copy of EA Sports FIFA 17 on PS4 resulting in a saving of up to R1200," the local PlayStation distributor wrote in an emailed statement. The standalone PS4 currently has a suggested retail price of R5199. "Immediately following this consumers will be able to pick up the brand new standalone PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system with a 500GB HDD at an astonishing R3999.99 from 15-24 December," SKE wrote. Want a PS4...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • PlayStation 4 update 4.06: ‘quality’ update doesn’t add much

    A new PlayStation 4 OS patched appeared on users' machines today, but don't expect it to shower your console with new, exciting features. Nope. Instead, the 312MB patch 4.06 "improves the quality of the system performance", Sony explains in its usually verbose patch notes. This brief update comes after update 4.05 which improved system stability. PS4 System Software 4.06 released (now with more stability) from PS4 While we've seen a fair share of PlayStation 4 updates in the past few weeks, the last major update debuted in September 2016. This PlayStation 4 update improves the "quality" of system performance Labeled 4.00, it brought a mild...

  • Nintendo Classic Mini NES review: a little bit of nostalgia

    Oh, Nintendo, how you love to play on our nostalgia and rose-tinted glasses. Not only does the company re-release classic NES titles for every new platform it launches, but it's now come out with a console resembling the original NES (complete with a range of built-in games). The question is, should you purchase this R999 (US$60) little box of childhood memories or leave the nostalgia tucked away at the back of your mind? Announced earlier this year, the Nintendo Classic Mini NES -- we'll call it the Mini NES from here on out -- is packed with 30 "classic" games from the...

  • PlayStation VR finally gets South African price, launch date

    South Africa, you might want to get a pen and calculator out for this. Ster-Kinekor, chief importer of all things PlayStation, has today announced the launch date and price for the PlayStation VR system. The virtual reality system will debut on 24 January 2017 in South Africa, missing the crucial holiday window, but still catching some lucky students during their holiday. There will also be two bundles -- a standard bundle for R6500, and a bundle that also include the PlayStation Camera for R7300. We've rounded up both figures to the nearest whole hundred -- but that barely matters in the...

  • PlayStation 3: here’s where to buy one online in South Africa

    The PlayStation 3 is one of the best-selling consoles of all time, sitting at over 83-million lifetime sales. With three major hardware revisions under its belt, it's a titan that's stood the gaming test of time. The system also has an exceptional number of games that aren't available on any platform, not to mention its free online play capabilities, built-in Blu-Ray player, and easily upgradeable hard drive. Read more: 6 reasons why the PlayStation 3 is better than the PlayStation 4 You may be wanting to pick up a PlayStation 3 for yourself, and if you don't want to go through the hassle...

  • 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 3DS receives stability firmware update 11.2.0-35, adds nothing new

    Just over a month after its previous 11.1.0-34 update, Nintendo has released a brand new firmware for the handheld console. What does this new update add? This new update, simply named 11.2.0-35, brings with it a range of no new features. In fact, it includes the only thing that's been present in the previous 13 updates: "System stability improvements and other adjustments." That's according to Nintendo's support page for the console range. Given the slew of these same updates, Nintendo is more than likely trying to block illegal software from running on the system. Just four days after the release of 11.1.0-34, the modding community...