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  • PlayStation 4 worldwide sales up to 36-million since launch

    If there's a solid revenue stream Sony can rely on, it's probably the PlayStation 4. The company has announced that it has now sold 35.9-million units since launch, with 5.7-million of those systems sold during the festive season. It makes for quite impressive reading, especially considering that a large swathe of users joined the system's family in just over a month (22 November to 2 January). Incredibly, that makes for around 135 000 PlayStation 4s sold every day for 42 days. Although there weren't any major game launches during this period for Sony, with many exclusives expected this year, it seems...

  • Fitbit announces Fitbit Blaze smartwatch at CES 2016

    Fitbit is looking beyond simple health tracking for 2016, at least that's what it seems from its first device of the new year. Hosting a press conference at CES 2015, the company outed its latest wearable, and it looks like more of a smartwatch than a fitness tracker. Dubbed the Fitbit Blaze, the wearable marks a few firsts for the American company, most notably, it's first genuine colour screen smartwatch. It's also a recognition that style plays a more integral role in smartwatch purchasing decisions than features alone, and is a stark departure from its usual functionality-first fare. Taking its heart...

  • Activision Blizzard buys eSports company Major League Gaming for $46-million

    Major game developer and publisher Activision Blizzard has announced the purchase of eSports company Major League Gaming (MLG) for around US$46-million. Founded in 2002 in New York City, MLG is credited for "creating and streaming premium live gaming events, organizing professional competitions and running competitive gaming leagues." "Our acquisition of Major League Gaming’s business furthers our plans to create the ESPN of esports," notes Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. "MLG’s ability to create premium content and its proven broadcast technology platform – including its live streaming capabilities – strengthens our strategic position in competitive gaming. MLG has an incredibly strong and...

  • Raru hosts ‘Last Chance Sale’ for last minute bargain hunters [Update]

    Local ecommerce store Raru is having another sale on a range of products for last-minute bargain hunters. Some of these specials are left over from Black Friday and Cyber Monday for any of those who may have missed them. As with Black Friday, the specials will be released throughout the day in waves. We will just be listing the electronics and video game specials, but Raru will have other products on sale as well. Gearburn will be regularly updating this article as new specials become available. Wave 1: 9am - 11am: Hisense 50 inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV Wi-Fi LED TV | Normally...

  • Xiaomi Mi 4 now available in South African stores on contract

    The MIA Group, South Africa's importer of Xiaomi products, has announced that the Xiaomi Mi 4 is now available on contract through MTN and Vodacom, and selected retailers on contract. The flagship phone, available from 4 December to the general South African public, and previously via a flash sale, will be offered by Dion Wired, Makro, and Incredible Connection on the following contracts: Vodacom uChoose Flexi 110 at R249 per month Vodacom uChoose Flexi 150 at R279 per month Vodacom uChoose Flexi 200 at R299 per month These contracts will also be available at Games, but the entry level uChoose Flexi 110 contract comes...

  • ‘Trine’ developer announces new stealth game Shadwen

    Finnish video games developer Frozenbyte has today announced and unveiled its latest title, Shadwen. Unlike their previous action, adventure, and puzzle titles, Shadwen will be fully stealth-based game. Players take on the role of Shadwen, an assassin tasked with assassinating the king. Along her journey, Shadwen encounters a young orphaned named Lily. Players will either have to take a stealth approach to keep Lily's child-like innocence intact, or ruthlessly murder all those who stand in her way. Guards in Shadwen will kill the player on-site if discovered. The gameplay mechanics are centered around this rule, which means players will have to...

  • Shadow Complex Remastered edition is now available on PC for free

    Chair Entertainment has remastered the popular Shadow Complex video game and released it for free on PC for a limited time. The game can be downloaded from the Shadow Complex website. The remastered edition includes revamped graphics, achievements, and master challenges. Shadow Complex takes its gameplay inspiration from titles such as Metroid and Castlevania. Shadow Complex was originally released in August 2009 for the Xbox 360 and is being remastered for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. No dates have been given for its console release. The game follows Jason Fleming (voiced by Nolan North) and his girlfriend Claire (Eliza Schneider) as they hike...

  • Tim Schafer announces Psychonauts 2 coming in 2018

    Cult-classic video game Psychonauts will finally receive its long-awaited sequel in 2018. The project was announced in a video by Double Fine Products founder Tim Schafer. In the announcement video, Schafer talks about why he created the company as well as Psychonauts as a game. No details about the sequel were revealed. Key collaborators from the original team will be returning, such as artists Scott Campbell, Peter Chan, Nathan Stapley, and composer Peter McConnell. Voice actors Richard Horvitz and Nicki Rapp will also be returning to voice Razputin and Lili. Read more: 5 Christmas mobile games to get you in the holly jolly...

  • Telltale Games making a Bruce Wayne-focused Batman game

    During The Game Awards 2015, Telltale Games revealed that it's working on a new episodic Batman video game. The as yet untitled project will be launching sometime in 2016. The initial video teaser is sparse on details, but does contain voiceovers of people talking about Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego, Batman. The Batman symbol used at the end of the teaser is similar to that of DC Comics title The Dark Knight Returns, though continuity and timeline details are not stated. Posting on the Telltale Games blog, co-founder and CEO of the company Kevin Bruner called it an honour to include Batman...

  • iStore Card programme ensures South Africans ‘can get a new iPhone every year’

    One of the principle Apple resellers in the country, iStore South Africa, has announced a new initiative to ensure those hardcore Apple fans will always have the latest device whenever a new phone leaves Cupertino's design table. Dubbed the iStore Card programme, the system allows users to get the latest iPhone each year for a predetermined price per month. "You can now get the latest iPhone every year through a monthly payment plan separate from your cellular network," the press release reads. "The payment plan is facilitated through iStore’s brand new credit card - iStore Card." Those interested in the iStore Card...