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  • Android Nougat spreads its sweet love to Nexus devices

    We've waited a long time for the latest version of Android to launch (no, the developer previews don't count), but Android Nougat is now rolling out to Nexus devices. Google confirmed the news on its Android blog, saying that the update would be launching on the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G Android One handset. In other words, Nexus 5 owners are out of luck -- at least in an official capacity. "And there are many tasty devices coming from our partners running Android Nougat, including the upcoming LG V20 which will...

  • Inside, The Witness & more: Pippa’s 8 best indie games of 2016 (so far)

    We know all about the big titles, with marketing material splashed all over our screens, magazines and billboards. But what about the hidden gems? The indie titles with smaller budgets but just as much heart (sometimes more). Have a look at the list to the best indie games of the year so far. The Witness The Witness comes from Braid developer Jonathan Blow (which means you know it’s going to be mind-bendingly challenging). It’s a first-person puzzle adventure game, in which you explore an unnamed island. You also uncover mazes which you must solve in order to continue and unlock subsequent puzzles,...

  • Titanfall 2 Tech Test debuts with mixed reactions

    The problem game developers face with any sequel is doing its predecessor justice. Often sequels pale in comparison and that seems to be the case, at least initially, with Titanfall 2. The sequel to Respawn and EA's Microsoft console exclusive Titanfall, Titanfall 2 will also arrive on PlayStation 4. But while that's a great thing for Sony stalwarts, judging by the game's early reception, it might be one of the only good takeaways for now, at least according to gamers' reactions. Respawn and EA have this weekend allowed users to play the game online in a "tech test", which is practically...

  • Sony Xperia X review: it has the bark, but desperately lacks the bite

    The Sony Xperia X is in a rather confusing place right now. It wasn't immediately clear at launch whether it's a new Sony smartphone flagship or if it complements the long-running Sony Xperia Z lineup. If one thing is clear though, it's that Sony's phone has a high-end price and pseudo-flagship features. What are you getting for the price? The spec sheet doesn't tell the whole story, but it does give you a pretty good idea of what you're getting though. In terms of pure horsepower, you've got a fast but not top-flight Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor and 3GB of RAM. So straight away, it's...

  • The PS4 Slim has seemingly leaked on Gumtree, Twitter

    A new listing appeared on Gumtree UK over the weekend, claiming to be the PlayStation 4 Slim. The ad, which has since been removed but is still accessible via Google cache, shows the box, as well as the new design on the front of the box. According to the seller, the console is a brand new 500GB model that's not in stores yet. As for a price, the seller wanted £295 but was willing to trade for a Macbook, iMac, iPhone 6S/6S Plus or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. So just how real is it? Well, Twitter user shortmaneighty2 has managed to apparently snag a console,...

  • F1 2016 review round-up: the best F1 game in years?

    Last year's F1 2015 was the first Formula One title on current-generation consoles, offering a rather fantastic racing model and lovely visuals. Unfortunately, the game suffered from a lack of content, such as a proper career mode and game modes in general. Does F1 2016 deliver on this front though? Here's what the reviews are saying... The career mode gets some love Eurogamer's Martin Robinson gave the game a "recommended" badge, citing the title's ability to make all career sessions feel "meaningful". "The programmes themselves are mini-games that don't feel out of place amidst F1 2016's quest for realism. Simulate a qualifying run by hitting a...

  • No Man’s Sky version 1.04 hits PlayStation 4, fixes mild bugs

    Hello Games is today pushing its latest No Man's Sky version 1.04 patch to gamers' PlayStation 4 consoles. The update, already seen by PC users, includes mild bug fixes, and requires between 605 and 450MB of hard drive real estate. Hello Games' head Sean Murray on Twitter revealed that less than 1% of users reported issues on the console, but the patch will fix around 70% of said issues. Even though less than one per cent of players have raised support issues, we're going to resolve roughly 70% of them this week — Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) August 18, 2016 Also, don't expect big changes...

  • Gamescom 2016 trailers megalist: all the new trailers you might’ve missed

    It's August in Cologne, Germany. The smell of overheating consoles fills the air. The crunch of a particular brand of corn chip fills the ambience. It must definitely be Gamescom again. The world's largest gaming expo kicked off on Wednesday 15 August, and some of the globe's most-loved companies have already had their say. But often, Gamescom is the most difficult conference to cover and follow simply because so much happens in such a brief period of time. All those unwatched trailers... *sniff* Well, look no further. If you've missed any trailers this week, chances are high that we've included it...

  • Steppy Pants and Mr Robot: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. Clear some space on your mobile device, because we've got a few games worth playing once again. I'm technically cheating with the inclusion of Deus Ex Go (only scheduled for release on Thursday), but you can't go wrong with Steppy Pants and Ketchapp Summer Sports in particular. Pac-Man Hats (free - Android) After the success of Pac-Man 256, the next major Pac-Man mobile title (not counting Pac-Man Bounce) is the rather offbeat Pac-Man Hats. The game takes...

  • Metal Gear Survive gets 25k downvotes on YouTube, seriously acidic comments [update]

    Update: The video now has over 1.5-million views, over 11 000 upvotes, and over 41 000 downvotes. Having only been revealed today, Konami's latest Metal Gear game isn't fairing all that well. In fact, Metal Gear Survive's official trailer has 25 124 downvotes at time of writing. Hosted on the IGN YouTube channel, who had an exclusive on the reveal, the video has garnered over 280 000 views and 3100 upvotes. Though, after Konami's treatment of Hideo Kojima, it doesn't seem like fans are too pleased with the company. Some of the quotes from YouTube commenters on the video: "Metal Gear Evil? Metal...