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Consoles

  • 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...

  • Looking for an Xbox One? SA will be receiving a four day sale

    If you're looking to pick up a Xbox One, now might be the time. For the next few days, the console will be receiving quite a discount in SA, starting at R4999. The announcement comes from local Xbox distributor, Prima Interactive, in a press release sent to Gearburn. From 16 to 19 June, the 500GB Xbox One with a game will cost R4999, while the 1TB edition will sell for R5499. While no specific stores were stated, the press release stated: "These bundles will be available from all leading South African retailers and e-tailers during the promotion." With the recent unveiling of the...

  • Xbox at E3 2016: Project Scorpio, Xbox One S, Live upgrades & more

    For the latest news, analysis and banter, stick to our E3 2016 live blog. Microsoft's E3 conference has been full of some interesting and strange announcements. Besides games, the company also showed off some new hardware, operating system, and Xbox Live features. We've decided to round up all of the hardware and Live announcements in this article. Project Scorpio First up we have the next version of the Xbox One range of consoles. According to the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, "We believe it will be the most powerful console ever built." Yes, there wasn't much shown off about this not-so-well-kept-secret powerhouse upgrade, but...

  • Is this the new Xbox One slim model? [update]

    For the latest news, analysis and banter, stick to our E3 2016 live blog. Spotted over on NeoGAF, apparently an image of the Xbox One revision, S, has leaked. If it's true, it looks like a mighty fine piece of kit. Along with the white and 40% slimmed down aesthetics, the slimmer Xbox console will apparently include a 2TB hard drive, 4K Ultra HD video, support for high dynamic range, sexy white and black controller, and a vertical stand. This revision may help the company enter the Japanese market with a smaller device. No price has been revealed yet. We'll have to wait and...

  • Playstation 4 Neo is very real, Sony’s Andrew House confirms

    Sony's Andrew House today confirmed what console gamers across the world has been hoping is true for the past few months: the PlayStation 4 Neo is a very real thing. Dubbed a "high-end PS4", the company's president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment noted that the console will not replace, but accompany the PlayStation 4 in its console lineup. "It is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4," claims House, speaking to The Financial Times (via NeoGAF). "We will be selling both through the life cycle." Related: New report ‘leaks’ details of upgraded PS4 NEO That's some pretty huge news, especially...

  • Xbox One Summer Update: here’s what you should know

    Some new Xbox updates are heading to consoles and the Windows 10 app pretty soon, program management head for Xbox Mike Ybarra today revealed. Speaking on the Xbox One wire, Ybarra explained that Microsoft will be releasing "into Preview a summer update that will start to rollout to our Xbox Preview audience for Xbox One, and in the coming weeks we’ll release it to the Xbox app (beta) on Windows 10." "New features will rollout to the Preview audience in waves, not all at once." So what new features can we expect? Cortana finally arrives on Xbox One And not just in Halo 5:...

  • Xbox One Elite controller review: the most comfortable controller you’ll ever use

    Since the Xbox 360, Microsoft has carefully crafted their controllers to be near-perfect. The weight, button placement, and triggers are all a pleasure to use. Even with the controller's evolution, some gamers not only want, but need more out of their devices. This is where the Elite controller comes in It's a device that's not for the average gamer. The Xbox One Elite controller is what you'd call a 'pro gaming' controller. It has been crafted with 'hardcore' players in mind -- those that play professionally or not just for fun -- and includes a range of features to fit...

  • Now more rumours claim Xbox Slim, Xbox One upgrade coming

    There have been murmurings about an Xbox One upgrade since earlier this year, when Xbox head Phil Spencer suggested a different way of approaching hardware upgrades. Now, Kotaku and Polygon have reported that Microsoft is set to reveal two consoles, with one being announced at E3 2016 and the other being revealed next year. So what should we be expecting though? A slimmer Xbox One Both websites, citing their sources, say that Microsoft will reveal a slimmer, cheaper and lighter Xbox One at E3 next month. The publications also managed to snag more details, with Kotaku reporting that this model will feature a 2TB hard...