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  • Will SA retailers have enough Nintendo Switch stock for holidays?

    More than half a year after its release and the Nintendo Switch is still enjoying chart-topping sales around the world. The hybrid console has also seen a steady stream of quality games and third-party goods. Now, with the holiday season around the corner, it got us wondering about possible Switch shortages in the country for the Christmas rush. "It's our must-have for gamers (and non-gamers alike!) this season; we will have limited stock at the current price, but there should be sufficient stock in South Africa for festive ," said Takealot marketing representative Lucie Bartlett in an emailed response to...

  • Nintendo Switch gets huge update: here are all features

    If there's one major criticism of the Nintendo Switch, it's that the operating system is just too basic for modern tastes. Sure, it's fast, but there are loads of missing features that modern gamers take for granted. Now, the company has released the 4.0 update for the hybrid console, bringing a smorgasbord of major features to the table. Probably the most important feature is the ability to transfer user and save data to another Switch (system settings>users>transfer your user and save data). It's unclear exactly how this works, but here's hoping that we get cloud storage down the line as well....

  • Xbox One X now available to preorder in South Africa

    South Africans won't have to endure a long wait to get their hands on the Xbox One X, as Microsoft plans to bring the console to the country in December. Now, the likes of Raru and Takealot have started taking preorders for the new console, with both noting that there's "very limited stock" available. "The Xbox One X 1TB Console release date is set for 22 December 2017 but is of course subject to change," reads an excerpt of Raru's preorder page. The 22 December date is corroborated by Takealot's preorder page, also adding that the preorder price (R7499) is down from...

  • Xbox One X gets SA price, ‘early December’ launch

    Microsoft South Africa has finally confirmed local pricing and launch details for the Xbox One X. "The console is expected to go on sale through local retailers in early December, for a limited pre-order price of R7499. Pre order date will be announced over the next few weeks," the company wrote in an emailed press statement. In other words, the price tag used by Microsoft South Africa at E3 2017 is indeed correct. "We are excited to give South African gamers a chance to experience true 4K gaming, enabling environments and characters to become more realistic than ever, with more detail and...

  • 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...