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  • 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...

  • Nintendo Switch powered by Nvidia Tegra, custom APIs

    A few months ago, we wrote a piece speculating that Nintendo could rope in Nvidia to help power its upcoming console. Today, Nvidia revealed that it is in fact the brains behind the Nintendo Switch. The Switch will use a custom Nvidia Tegra processor running on the Pascal architecture. This will also make it pretty simple to develop games on the console. That, and the new API the console employs. "The Nintendo Switch’s gaming experience is also supported by fully custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries," Nvidia claims on its blog. "NVIDIA additionally created...

  • 5 things we learned from Nintendo Switch’s reveal

    We thought this day would never arrive, but Nintendo's eight-and-a-half generation console is finally here. No, it's not called the Nintendo NX, but rather the Nintendo Switch, which is pretty apt to say the least. If you haven't yet seen the trailer, here are five things we've learned from the relatively brief clip. Update: For more information on the hardware powering the Switch, Nvidia has announced that its Tegra chip will be its heart and brains. Read more about that here. It will be modular Likely the first modular console we've seen for quite some time, the Nintendo Switch can be plugged into...

  • Nintendo NX is Nintendo Switch: new console debuts on YouTube

    Update: It's actually here, and it's called the Nintendo Switch. That's right, the Nintendo NX isn't quite the name that Nintendo wanted, but Switch makes a lot of sense. According to the video below, the Switch is indeed a modular gaming console, jumping between handheld and traditional gaming console. There's a nifty slide-in-slide-out system, that houses the gaming controller itself and the main console body. Sliding the controller into the console allows both to be carted together, turning the Switch into a hybrid console for the plane, train or car. It's remarkably quirky. The Nintendo NX is the Nintendo Switch: a modular...

  • Backwards compatibility: 5 consoles that will play your old games

    Unlike PCs, backwards compatibility isn't a guarantee when buying a new video game console. Fortunately, there have been quite a few consoles packing the ability to play older games out of the box. We looked at a few of the more prominent examples. PlayStation 2 Easily the most popular example, the PlayStation 2's ability to play PS1 games was a huge feather in its cap back when it launched in 2000/2001. The console's emulation wasn't 100% perfect at launch though, as Final Fantasy Anthology, Fighter Maker, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Jet Moto 2 and about half a dozen other games weren't compatible. Later versions...

  • PS4 media player update brings 360 photo/video support

    Preordered a PlayStation VR headset but worried about content? Well, Sony isn't standing still either, issuing a very relevant update for its PS4 Media Player application. The 2.50 update delivers 360 video and 360 photo support to Sony's home console, although you'll need to bring your own photos and videos to the table. This approach differs to Oculus and the Samsung Gear VR, which offers a large library of 360 videos and photos in addition to support for your own content. Nevertheless, this means that users can view their own captured 360 content on the PS4, a boon for those with 360...

  • PlayStation 4 Pro listed on South Africa’s Raru for R6999

    We're just a few months away from gaming on consoles at 4K (or something incredibly close to it) through the conduit of the PlayStation 4 Pro. Announced in early September 2016 at a New York event, the PlayStation 4 Pro will be Sony's most powerful gaming console ever launched, and probably the most powerful available for now. But how much will it cost, and when will it arrive in South Africa? Sony PS4 Pro launched, with PS4 Slim in tow Sony finally took the wraps off the PlayStation 4 Neo in New York last night, revealing that it would also be called...