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  • Alienware’s Windows-based Alpha to join Xbox One, PS4 in console war

    Alienware, Dell's enthusiast division, has announced that its Alpha gaming machine will not launch with SteamOS as initially planned, but instead with Windows 8.1 booting into a Steam interface. The Xbox One and PS4 competitor was unveiled in January at CES 2014 with the cheapest Alpha retailing at US$549 once launched. Initially, the device was to run Valve's modified version of Debian dubbed SteamOS, but Alienware has grown impatient citing Valve's companion peripheral's constant delays. The platform's predicted release date is now 2015. The developers at Alienware has now decided to go with a proven and trusted platform in Windows 8.1,...

  • Alien Isolation preview: fangs for the memories

    Alien Isolation (I was privy to the alpha build) did something that games rarely do: it scared me. And not because of the choppy framerate or fuzzy controls. No, Alien Isolation genuinely made me fearful of what lurked in the shadows. Armed with an Xbox One controller and a noise-cancellation headset, I was plunged into a world that slicked sweat across my brow. As I said earlier, I played the alpha which set me loose in a deadly playground with only a small set of objectives and one main task, to avoid the deadliest xenomorph in science fiction. I...

  • Ori and the Blind Forest preview: spirited away

    As an Xbox One exclusive game, this sublime Metroid-style adventure is going to make many PS4 owners Microsoft-green with envy. Ori and the Blind Forest looks to be an incredible adventure and in the scant 20-minute demo with the game, I fell in love. The introduction sets a gentle tone and evokes Miyazaki's classics like Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro with the type of childish glee many games have sadly lacked. Whatever happened to exploration, delight and thrilling puzzles? The answer is Ori and the Blind Forest. Ori and the Blind Forest is going to be a touching game,...

  • Bayonetta 2 hands-on preview: outrageous witching

    I have a special relationship with Bayonetta. Not in the creepy stalker way (I promise), but I'm rather attached to the character who is a kick-ass, near-invulnerable death machine with the moves of a sadistic ballet dancer. Bayonetta 1 was one of the most fun, bombastic games for the Xbox 360 and because Bayonetta 2 lands exclusively on the Wii U -- a strange choice of platform indeed -- many of us won't be experiencing this mad-combo witches adventure. But I did, and it's still as excellent, oddball and maniac as the original. I must admit, I haven't played much Wii U but the...

  • Watch Nintendo’s E3 2014 digital event right here, right now

    Nintendo needs to prove itself this year, more than ever before. Sales are down, gamers are frowning and the once beautiful red and white sheen that signalled quality has been sadly absent. But Nintendo has an ace up its sleeve, possibly. New twists on old IP's will hopefully draw fans back to the Wii U and 3DS fold as Nintendo's E3 Digital Event heralds in a new set of games from the big-N. Watch the entire presentation live right now and stick around for a hands-on of our favourite Nintendo games. Here's the post-show breakdown.

  • Nokia Lumia 630 Dual Sim review: double the fun

    The Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM is the first Windows Phone 8.1 based smartphone that is currently available in the market. But more importantly, it is the first dual SIM smartphone based on the Windows Phone platform. Dual SIM compatibility is one of the most sought-after features for developing countries so adding this feature is like another feather in the hat of Windows Phone platform. But how fares the Lumia 630 Dual SIM? Let’s find out. Sturdy design and looks Nokia is known for providing sturdy build quality and funky designs in its range of mobile phones. The Lumia 630 comes...

  • It’s official: Microsoft’s pricey Xbox One is coming to South Africa in September

    The long wait for the PS4's competitor is finally over. Microsoft has today confirmed that the Xbox One console will be available on South African shores by 23 September, but the price will leave many mouths agape. The company will initially offer the console with two options. The Kinect-less Xbox One will retail for R6 299 while the complete bundle including Kinect, will be sold for a staggering R7 999. The initial system configuration offered has a 500GB HDD, Blu-ray player and built-in WiFi. In addition, consumers will also get one Xbox One wireless controller and a 14-day trial of...

  • Fable: Legends, The Division and 2 more Xbox One gameplay demos [E3 2014]

    Gearburn editor Steven Norris captured some exclusive gameplay demos and trailers from Xbox One's live conference at E3 that took place yesterday. Here's our four favourite upcoming Xbox One titles as shown live by Xbox. Tom Clancy: The Division The latest iteration in Ubisoft's Tom Clancy series takes us to the post-apocalyptic world of the future. The third-person tactical shooter looks super impressive. From the graphics showing off the rubble, trash and frightening city have-beens of the future to the tactical MMO team play. The release date for Tom Clancy: The Division is set for 2015. Fable: Legends Meant for the Xbox One,...

  • PlayStation TV micro-console streams PS4 content to additional screen in the home

    If users think the PlayStation 4 is just not enough to quell their entertainment thirst, Sony have announced at E3 the PlayStation TV, a US$99 micro entertainment console that allows PS4 streaming to a second TV. What is billed as a companion to the PS4, the PS TV fits snugly in a pocket while providing the power and portability to take that unfinished PS4 game to a second TV in the house, irrespective of where the PS4 is plugged in. This typically means that gamers who start a title in the game cave on their main console, can move to the...

  • Forget Xbox, Microsoft wants Kinect in our phones

    Touch, voice, type, and gestures. Those are some of the ways we can interact with our phones these days. According to several sources, Microsoft is working on a new flagship codenamed McLaren. Not only will this mysterious Windows Phone carry a massive camera like the Lumia 1020, it also has 3D Touch which would allow you to operate apps using motion gestures. While the 3D Touch features are still hidden in Microsoft's basement, leaked sources suggest that we can expect it to be similar to Leap Motion's technology and even Microsoft's Kinect. This would mean you'd be able to...