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  • PS4 Pro to officially hit SA next week, price in tow

    Sony and Ster-Kinekor Entertainment have announced the launch date for the PS4 Pro in South Africa, along with a suggested retail price. The console will be launching on 7 December with a recommended price tag of R6999.99, Ster-Kinekor Entertainment wrote in an emailed press release. The PS4 supports 4K gaming/videos, although games will need to be specifically updated to take advantage of the extra graphical grunt. Noteworthy titles taking advantage of the PS4 Pro include Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, The Last of Us: Remastered and Uncharted 4. The PS4 Pro will cost R6999, in comparison to the...

  • Final Fantasy XV breaks records with over 5m units sold

    After 10 years in development, Final Fantasy XV (formerly Final Fantasy Versus XIII) was released on 29 November. It seems like the wait has paid off for Square Enix as over five million units of the game have been sold. According to a press release sent to Gearburn, this makes Final Fantasy XV the fastest-selling title in the series. The game went on to break the record for the number of digital downloads for a day-one release in Japan. In Asia, excluding Japan, it also smashed sales numbers for a combination of physical and digital titles sold on the day of release. Local allocation...

  • AMOLED vs LCD: which screen is best for your smartphone?

    Not all smartphone displays are created equally, owing to things like resolution and other factors. But one of the more notable differentiators is the type of screen technology used. There are two main screen technologies in use today, in the form of LCD and AMOLED, but what are the differences, advantages and downsides to them? Have a look at our basic primer below. Of course, there are other differences in tow, such as pentile versus IPS tech, but we're sticking to the basics here. LCD Let's start with LCD (liquid crystal display)... It's generally cheaper than AMOLED technology, but that doesn't mean it's...

  • Battlefield 1 servers heading to South Africa, DICE confirms

    EA-owned developer DICE has announced that it will be bringing game servers to South Africa, pleasing the slew of Battlefield 1 players in the country. In a forum post published in the early hours of the morning, DICE rent-a-server producer Alexander Hassoon announced that the company will be serving the likes of South Africa, the Middle East and Hong Kong. "I am very happy to announce that we will be deploying official DICE online game servers for the following regions in early 2017," Hassoon explained. "These are but the first steps in our ongoing effort to keep supporting Battlefield 1 and our...

  • Destiny: The Collection [PS4] review: the better Halo collection

    Gamers around the world had high hopes for the FPS MMO, Destiny. The former developers and creators of the Xbox-staple Halo Series, Bungie, was purchased by Activision and were set on creating an online game. After initial mixed reviews, the game has received several expansions and many tweaks. With Destiny 2 arriving in 2017, is now the right time to pick up the first game and its expansions? What’s in the collection? The recently-released Destiny: The Collection is a battle chest that collects all of the Destiny content on the latest generation consoles... to an extent. It includes all of the previously...

  • Stardew Valley has massive price difference between Xbox One, PS4

    The farming and life-sim game Stardew Valley is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but owners of Microsoft's console will pay less for it. Looking at the SA Xbox One pricing, the game is currently on pre-order for R149. On the SA PSN store, however, the same title is selling for R239. This difference gives Xbox owners a R90 advantage over their Sony brethren. The reason for the discrepancy is that the SA Xbox store uses a R10 to US$1 ratio from its US counterpart (US$14.99), while Sony pulls the UK price of £11.99 at an almost R20 to £1 ratio. It's not the...

  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus: a Chinese phone with the S7’s brains

    Chinese manufacturer Meizu has quietly been making a name for itself over the years thanks to its sensibly priced, capable smartphones. It also stands out as it's one of the few brands using Samsung Exynos processors. Now, the company has revealed the Meizu Pro 6 Plus, a new flagship with the same Exynos 8890 chip and 4GB RAM combination as the all-conquering Galaxy S7 range. Looking further down the spec sheet, we see a 5.7-inch 2560x1440 AMOLED display with 3D Touch, 3400mAh battery, 64GB or 128GB storage and USB Type-C. In the audio department, the phone packs a 3.5mm jack and a premium...

  • Stardew Valley is coming to Xbox One, PS4 mid-December

    Indie darling farming and life simulator, Stardew Valley is finally making its way to home consoles. Well, only the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Announced in a blog post on the Stardew Valley website, the game will release on PS4 in North America on 13 December. The European PS4 edition and will be available on 14 December, along with a worldwide release on Xbox One. What is interesting to note is that the game won't be available on the Nintendo Wii U. Instead, developer Eric Barone says that they will be developing a version for the Nintendo Switch, which is releasing next year. "I do want...

  • Microsoft Solitaire and Time Locker: 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. The Black Friday weekend may be over, so most of the great mobile game deals aren't around anymore, but there are still a few solid picks to be had. Highlights this week include a time-stopping endless runner and Microsoft Solitaire coming to Android and iOS. Final Fantasy V (R109 - Android, iOS) Yep, a Square Enix game has received a price drop. But this is due to a Final Fantasy Brave Exvius event rather...

  • Xbox One price dropped to R3999 until holiday season’s end

    Microsoft South Africa has announced that the Xbox One will retain its Black Friday discount price until the end of the festive season. In partnership with distributor Prima Interactive, the Xbox One 500GB will be priced at R3999. That's R1000 off its current price. The 500GB bundle may also include either FIFA 17, Gears of War 4 or Battlefield 1 as a free bonus title. The 1TB model will also retail for R4999, down from its standard R5799 price. The 500GB Xbox One bundle will retail for R3999 for the duration of the holiday season According to Colin Baumgart, Xbox consumer and devices...