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  • Google Pixel: Cellucity cancels preorders

    Cellucity has cancelled preorders for the Google Pixel smartphones, it told customers in a recent email. According to the email, obtained by Gearburn from the store chain, compliance certificates were a key issue. "It is unfortunate that we must pass on some bad news. Google will not be launching the Google Pixel in South Africa -- or any country that does not have Google Assistant active," Cellucity told customers. "Usually, this would not stop us from importing a device directly from alternative market but, in this case, Google are not able to supply us with European compliance certificates. Without this, there is...

  • PS4 gets two promotions in SA for December

    Ster-Kinekor Entertainment has announced two promotions for the PS4 for the month of December. "The first promotion will commence from 9 to 14 December offering consumers who purchase any standalone or bundled PS4, a free copy of EA Sports FIFA 17 on PS4 resulting in a saving of up to R1200," the local PlayStation distributor wrote in an emailed statement. The standalone PS4 currently has a suggested retail price of R5199. "Immediately following this consumers will be able to pick up the brand new standalone PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system with a 500GB HDD at an astonishing R3999.99 from 15-24 December," SKE wrote. Want a PS4...

  • eSports in 2016: the lists and figures you should know

    I've written before about eSports, but the thought occurred to me the other day -- apart from the obvious Counter Strikes and Call of Duty titles -- how many other eSports games do you actually know? I'm certainly not an expert but I am familiar with all the games on the lists below and I was surprised by some of the findings. If you're an ardent fan, then you've likely spent some time watching eSports matches on platforms like Twitch so you're probably more in the know there, but there are a number of factors to consider when looking at the...

  • Onyx Connect: SA firm to manufacture phones locally

    A South African smartphone firm is aiming to manufacture mobile devices in South Africa, according to a new report. Onyx Connect will begin local production of smartphones in Q1 2017, Bloomberg reports. "We are talking to companies to manufacture handsets, laptops and possibly Android TV boxes," sales director Andre van der Merwe told the publication. Van der Merwe added that it was in talks with the likes of Google and Vodacom to manufacture devices. Onyx also claimed that it could make a smartphone with 1GB of RAM and a camera for roughly US$30. SA firm Onyx Connect aims to do more than just put together...

  • The Last of Us Part II: yep, Joel and Ellie are back

    One of the bigger surprises at the PlayStation Experience this past weekend was the reveal of a sequel to The Last of Us, in the form of The Last Of Us Part II. The game seemingly takes place a few years after the events of the first, with the trailer showing a slightly older Joel and Ellie in a house of sorts. "Like many of you, we have a deep love for the world of The Last of Us and its characters, and while a sequel may have seemed like a foregone conclusion, it wasn’t the case," wrote Naughty Dog creative...

  • Ace Combat 7: lasers and Starfighter in new trailer

    We've seen plenty of news at Sony's PlayStation Experience event over the weekend, but air combat fans will no doubt be pleased by the new trailer for Ace Combat 7. Ostensibly a PlayStation exclusive, the latest trailer shows the Strangereal universe of earlier Ace Combats, as opposed to the real world of the Assault Horizon entry. So what else does the new trailer show? Aircraft Some of the more notable planes spotted include a Sukhoi Su-27 or derivative (most likely Su-33 or Su-35), F-15 Eagle, an F-22 or F-35 of sorts, F/A-18 Super Hornet, a typical flying wing aircraft called Arsenal Bird (dropping dozens...

  • Beholder [PC] review: Orwellian errand man

    Beholder is an indie adventure title developed by Russian-based studio Warm Lamp Games. According to the developers, the game is inspired by “the oppressive laws introduced by the Russian Government”. It takes place in a fictional Totalitarian state run by the cold and calculating “Ministry”. You play as Carl Stein, a newly state-appointed landlord of an apartment building who has been ordered to keep an eye on the tenants and report any suspicious activity that goes against the Ministry’s wishes. To do so you will be profiling your tenants, secretly installing cameras in their apartments and, in certain cases, will have...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #5: goodbye 2016, and thanks for the games

    This year hasn't been a great one. With the loss of many a brilliant soul, a few interesting choices in important elections, and a number of generally negative news stories for South Africa, we're glad to see the back of it. But one shining light at least has been 2016's games catalogue. We've seen a slew of titles embracing a number of genders, tackling political issues and even addressing the age-old tradition of farming. Some standouts worth mentioning includes the likes of Overwatch, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and No Man's Sky (at least for some people). Overwatch gave the world a...

  • Microsoft releases new trailers for Halo Wars 2, Halo Wars: Definitive Edition

    At The Video Game Awards, Microsoft released two new trailers for its Halo spin-off series, Halo Wars. The games are console exclusive to Xbox One and will release on 17 February 2017. The Halo Wars 2 trailer tells the story of a Covenant Brute by the name of Atriox. He was the first within their ranks to rebel against them and cause an uprising. You're not going to see any new gameplay in this trailer, but gorgeous CGI. Watch the full Halo Wars 2 trailer below. Those who pre-order Halo Wars 2 will have early access to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition from...

  • Hideo Kojima shows off new, weirder Death Stranding trailer

    Almost nothing is known about Hideo Kojima's upcoming Death Stranding, and the new trailer only adds to the mystery. Release at this year's The Video Game Awards, there's no sign of naked Norman Reedus. Instead, we're shown Guillermo del Toro, Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal), black goo, and what looks like undead soldiers. This is also only a teaser so don't expect to see anything besides gorgeous CGI. Oh, and it's confusing as hell. This will be the first game from Kojima's new company, Kojima Productions. Watch the full trailer below.