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  • Steam Machine beta unboxed, torn down

    The time has finally come. At the start of this weekend, Valve shipped out 300 units of its much anticipated gaming console -- Steam Machine (beta version) -- to developers to give them a taste of the hottest beta of the year. Luckily for us, those 300 developers have been busy: testing, unboxing, tearing down, and of course, playing. Even luckier for us those 300 developers have filmed their antics as reported by BGR, and we've compiled a collection of videos showcasing the Steam Machine (beta) in all its glory. So let's see what we've got. The box, which was wooden for some...

  • Getac’s F110 rugged Windows tablet launches, is apocalypse compatible

    Getac, who is known for creating rugged tech products for "demanding" environments, has just launched the F110 -- an 11" Windows tablet "built to survive harsh terrain." Underneath the 1366x768 11.6" display, you'll find Intel's 4th gen Core I7 vPro CPU together with Intel's HD Graphics 4400. Furthermore, it has either an impressive 128GB or 256GB SSDs with 4GB RAM. It has an optional HD webcam on the front and a 5MP camera at the back. It has a USB 3.0 port, headphone jack and a HDMI slot. You can even customize the ports to fit in an Ethernet port or...

  • Samsung introduces Smartphone GamePad peripheral for Android

    Logitech last month released the PowerShell that turns your iPhone into an uber gaming gadget. Now, Samsung announced its own. It's called the Smartphone GamePad and promises Galaxy users a fun, convenient, and advanced gaming experience anytime, anywhere. Games are accessed via the Mobile Console application which currently holds titles such as Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour and Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame. Overall, it offers 35 dedicated titles at launch with more to come in 2014. The fact that the controls are all off-screen means that your whole viewing experience will be...

  • It’s a woman’s (virtual) world: how girl gamers are dealt a rough hand

    With the nearly simultaneous launches of the PS4 and the Xbox One, the gaming world is abuzz. Internet pictures abound with young men hugging their new gaming console. The PS4 commercial shows two guys fighting it out in armor, sports cars, and tac gear. The Xbox One commercial has four men and one woman being called out of their real life into the Xbox world. The woman in the commercial only uses the console to watch movies, whereas the men are playing the first-person-shooter and racing games. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1mfIg1I3zE That ad...The marketing execs for these two video game giants may be missing the...

  • Shots fired: ‘COD: Ghosts, Battlefield 4’ November’s best-selling game in US

    November's best-selling games in the US have been revealed by NDP group, and could be titled the "no surprises" edition. Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4 and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag lead the charge according to IGN. In our opinion, this list will remain largely unchanged when the December sales figures materialise. Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC, NWU)** Battlefield 4 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC) Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC, NWU)** Madden NFL 25 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO) Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)** NBA 2K14 (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC)** Skylanders SWAP Force (WII, 360,...

  • Oculus Rift to launch soon after massive $75-million cash injection

    Oculus Rift is one step closer to a commercial release date for its much talked about virtual reality headset after it has just received a massive US$75-million in Series B funding with the Silicon Valley capital firm Andreessen Horowitz as new lead investor. This also means more games and overall greater opportunities for Oculus. Developers had the chance to get their hands on Oculus Rift when it was made available to pledgers on Kickstarter in December 2012. For the virtual reality to become a reality to the masses though much more were needed. "Virtual reality has been a long-standing dream...

  • PS4 officially launches in SA today: here’s all you need to know

    Update: Ster Kinekor has announced that all PS4's in South Africa have sold out, in under 24-hours no less. PlayStation 4 officially launches in South Africa today for R6300, says SA-based cinema company Ster Kinekor. Since the official launch in the US 15 November, Sony's next-gen console has broken sales records across the globe and is being hailed by gaming critics as being a console built for gamers and inspired by developers. At the beginning of this month, Sony announced that the console has "broke the record" by selling more than 2.1-million PS4 consoles sold since launch. Sony's next-gen console will be...

  • Xbox One versus PS4? The PC won long ago

    Since the release of the Xbox One and the Playstation 4, I've heard numerous arguments about which one is the best. We all seem to be so concerned with consoles at the moment that we have forgotten which platform is still the reigning champ of gaming performance. Yes, it's the PC. If you take a closer look at all the improvements made in these new consoles you will see that they are mimicking the build of a PC. To me, this says a lot. It is as if the makers of consoles acknowledge that their creations will only ever become...

  • WiTrack smacks down Kinect with ‘through wall’ motion detection, insane accuracy

    Kinect right, best motion-tracking tool ever made, yes? Wrong, because MIT may have cracked the motion-tracking tool thanks to WiTrack, a "through wall" 3D tracker that uses body radio reflections. The video made us stroke our chins with envy, hoping that MIT implements this new tech into our gadgets, soon. Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sbFZPPC7REc So if you care about motion-tracking at all, WiTrack - name pending until Nintendo jumps down their throats - should open your eyes to some new possibilities. A tracker that monitors our movements through walls though, isn't that kind of invasive? Well no, as WiTrack uses no camera...

  • ‘Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’ hijacks iOS, will land on Android, Windows Phone soon

    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, arguably the highlight of the series before GTA V, is now available for iOS. Not to be dramatic, but today's a landmark day for mobile games. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is US$7 for 40-hours and more spent in the virtually messed-up world of San Andreas, which is now the current setting for this year's GTA.  Here's everything new and shiny for the iOS version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.  Remastered, high-resolution graphics built specifically for mobile including lighting enhancements, an enriched color palette and improved character models. Enhanced for the iPhone 5 series and iPad 4th...