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  • Nintendo 3DS receives stability firmware update 11.0.0-33

    It's time for another Nintendo 3DS firmware update, bringing the operating system up to version 11.0.0-33. Don't get too excited as it only brings along some stability fixes. According to Nintendo's patch notes, this update contains: "Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience." It might come with new features or a massive overhaul to somehow integrate My Nintendo, but at least the company cares enough to make sure its devices work well. Read more: Nintendo 2DS and New Nintendo 3DS: the cheapest consoles in SA right now You won't be able to access...

  • 3 things the Xbox One does better than the PlayStation 4 (and vice versa)

    We live in a world governed by binaries. Night and day. Summer and Winter. Xbox One and PlayStation 4. But one simply cannot say that one is better than the other. After all, some adore strolling through horizontal, wind-propelled rain, while others prefer bright red skin burns lazing on the beach. This binary mindset is especially true when any mention of the current generation of consoles is made. Sure, some people will prefer the Xbox One over the PlayStation 4, and conversely, some will prefer Sony's console to Microsoft's, but each outwits the other in their respective ways. For someone who...

  • Here are some things you might not know about the Xbox 360

    Pour one out for the Xbox 360, because Microsoft has announced that its mega-popular console will no longer be manufactured. To mark the occasion, we thought it would be a good idea to look at some lesser known facts about the Xbox 360. Early development kits were actually Apple Mac G5s Believe it or not, but Microsoft initially sent Apple Mac G5 computers to studios who were working on the first wave of Xbox 360 games. Yep, these weren't used solely for development, but also to demo games at the likes of E3 ahead of the console's release. In fact, some lucky people managed to...

  • RIP: Microsoft retires the decade old Xbox 360 console

    In a sad yet inevitable announcement today, head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, said Microsoft will stop producing the Xbox 360 console. The announcement appeared on Xbox.com. "Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft. And while we’ve had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us," writes Spencer. It is a shame, but given the console's successor, the Xbox One, is already two and a half years into its own life cycle, it's no surprise. Couple that with Microsoft actively working to bring more Xbox 360 backwards compatible...

  • New report ‘leaks’ details of upgraded PS4 NEO

    We've heard numerous reports that Sony is hard at work on a more powerful PlayStation 4. The so-called NEO, which is apparently pegged for later this year, is said to be capable of 4K and virtual-reality gaming. Now, Giant Bomb has uncovered tech specifications for the upgraded console, citing "multiple sources" for the information. The PS4 NEO features the same octacore AMD Jaguar processor as the PS4, albeit clocked at 2.1Ghz compared to the PS4's 1.6Ghz clock speed. As for the graphics department, you can apparently expect a better AMD graphics chip with 36 compute units at 911Mhz - compared to the PS4's 18 compute units at 800Mhz. The sources also claim that the...

  • You can now 3D print a wooden Xbox One controller (if you really want to)

    How could Microsoft make the Xbox One even better? That's a question we all have answers for, but Imgur user BobsYurUncle has a very rustic solution. Sick and tired of the Xbox One controller's plastic facade, he decided to 3D print a wooden controller case, using a wood-based filament and a US$350 printer. And yes, you can actually 3D print objects using wood. For a gander through the process, including 25 images, have a look at the embed below. I 3D printed with wood for a new look on my XBONE controller Feature image: BobsYurUncle via Imgur

  • New PS4 update launches tomorrow, brings PC/Mac Remote Play

    Sony has been hard at work with its latest PlayStation 4 update, but it's finally ready for primetime. The 3.50 update gets pushed out tomorrow, Sony's Jayne Murphy said in a blog post, so what can we expect? Easily the biggest feature is Remote Play for PC and Mac computers, allowing users to stream games from their PS4 to a computer. This mirrors Microsoft's own solution, which allows gamers to play Xbox One games on a Windows 10 PC. As for minimum requirements, Sony merely recommends a PC with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 and a Mac with OS X 10.10 or 10.11. Sony...

  • Nintendo closing down the DSi Shop in 2017

    Do you still own a Nintendo DSi console? It may be time to start thinking about upgrading before you lose access to the store. Announced on the Nintendo.com website, the company says it'll finally close down the Nintendo DSi Store in 2017. Users can still purchase points until 30 September and spend them up until 31 March next year. The company has yet to decide when the hammer will fall on the store, and recommends users upgrade to a newer product in the Nintendo 3DS family -- but, of course they do. Related: New Nintendo 3DS XL review: pry it from my...

  • The last official PS2 servers have been shut down

    It's the end of an era for the gaming industry, as Square Enix turns off the last PS2 servers for Final Fantasy XI. The first Final Fantasy MMO was released over a decade ago, in 2002, later seeing a release on Xbox 360 too. The Xbox servers are to be turned off in conjunction with the PS2's. To put the shutdown in perspective, Final Fantasy XI had been running for longer than EVE Online (2003), World of Warcraft (2004), the Guild Wars franchise (2005) and Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011). Not bad for a console that wasn't originally designed with online gaming...

  • Is Nintendo killing Wii U production before year end?

    Here's a big gaming industry rumour: the less-than-impressive Nintendo Wii U could find itself dead and buried by year-end, according to Japanese site Nikkei. If Nintendo does cease production of the Wii U before 2017, it will make it the shortest-lived home gaming console in Nintendo's storied history. But while Nintendo dismisses the rumour, it's clear that the Wii U isn't exactly the thriving gaming platform its parent hoped it would be. It makes no real financial or business sense to keep it on life support, especially since Nintendo's real promise now lies in mobile gaming and, more importantly for home...