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  • PlayStation 4 to focus on future, won’t be getting backward compatibility

    It was big news at E3 2015, when Microsoft announced that the Xbox One will receive backward compatibility technology, allowing fans of legacy content to play a range of Xbox 360 titles on a new console. It definitely makes sense for the company too, who has been battered by Sony's PlayStation 4 in terms of sales in their initial few months. But Sony won't be following suit, at least if head of Sony PlayStation's games studios, Shuhei Yoshida, is to be believed. "The backward compatibility news was interesting. The technology involved must be very challenging," noted Yoshida, speaking to Polygon, but...

  • Nokia’s planning a smartphone renaissance, according to new report

    After former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop left Microsoft this week, there have been rumours abound suggesting that Nokia might be organising a little reunion, and return to the smartphone business altogether. Even though this was labeled as nonsense just a few weeks ago by the company, an interview published in Germany's Manager Magazin (spotted by Reuters) suggests that it's absolutely a possibility. Nokia (at least according to current CEO Rajeev Suri) is seriously thinking about a smartphone comeback. "We will look for suitable partners," Suri revealed in the interview. "Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the...

  • Brand versus price: what you should consider when choosing a tablet

    Mobility and always-on connectivity have become a big part of our everyday lives and as such, tablets are now regarded as essential, not only within the consumer space, but also in the business market. Tablets are small, convenient and connected, and allow users to stay in touch and entertained no matter where they are. Such is the usefulness of the tablet that many schools are even introducing them to the classroom for interactive learning and eBook capabilities. However, for many people big brand tablets are simply not affordable, particularly in households with a number of children, each of whom now require...

  • ‘Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’ is Konami and Kojima at their best [video]

    If you don't watch this one in at least 1080p, you just aren't doing it any justice. The world has waited a while for the next Metal Gear Solid instalment, and finally Konami at E3 2015 announced that the title's coming to consoles, both previous and current-gen, on 1 September. It'll be called Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. While there's not long to wait, this five minute trailer makes it really difficult to remain calm. The game will follow on story-wise from Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and gamers will play as Big Boss, and while in many games...

  • Verizon exclusive Sony Xperia Z4v boasts upgraded Quad HD screen

    Sony's smartphone naming convention is getting a little confusing now, especially when looking at the flagship Xperia Z range. The previous king was the Z3 -- simple enough, right? Now, there's a Z3+, and Z4 and a Z4v, and it's the latter in this melee of abbreviations that we're focused on. The Sony Xperia Z4v is the company's first quad HD smartphone, which betters the previously used 1920x1080 screen used in the Z3 range. As far as the Z4v goes, there's a 2560x1440 in the usual 5.2-inch form factor, which means more pixels shoved into the same screen. Overall, that...

  • Console War revived: Xbox One outshines PlayStation 4 at E3 2015

    Day 0 of E3 2015 was one to remember especially for the likes of Bethesda and Microsoft's Xbox team. There were so many big announcements from these companies (and no, I'm not even talking about the AAA titles either) that everything that followed afterwards seemed to fall flat on its face. Notably, Sony's PlayStation presser fell well within this latter category. The blue team took to the stage after Microsoft announced new hardware for the Xbox One. This includes the Elite controller for US$150 which is comparable to the Scuff range, and improvements to the Xbox One's interface and software. Backward compatibility...

  • ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’ is a dense, visual masterpiece

    This is not a full review. I say this right up front because I haven't quite finished playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and I really don't want to be giving a definitive answer to a series that I love so much and yet I haven't played to the nth degree. Why haven’t I finished it you might ask? Well, mainly because I'm taking my time savouring absolutely every little piece of the experience. And what an experience it is. I bought the PlayStation 4 Collector's Edition of this game – the first one I've bought in a while -- and...

  • Razer Mamba is the ‘world’s most precise’ gaming mouse [Gallery]

    E3 isn't all about games, you know. There are hardware launches as well that span the length and breadth of the LA Convention Centre. One of the companies showing off its wares was Razer, and it believes that it spawned the world's most advanced gaming mouse, ever. It's called the Razer Mamba and judging by its specs, it's definitely one of the most insane peripherals we've seen in quite some time. There's a 5G 16 000 DPI sensor at the heart of the device, which is "optimized for multi-display set-ups with ultra-high display resolutions," notes the presser. It's the only scenario...

  • AMD launches the R9 Fury, R9 Fury X and R9 Nano graphics cards

    The PC gaming fraternity waited a while for this announcement but finally, at its E3 2015 presser AMD announced its new breed of Fiji GPU based graphics cards -- the R9 Fury and the R9 Fury X. There's no real difference specs-wise between these two cards except that the Fury X is watercooled while the Fury uses good ol' air. You must wonder if watercooling the card allows users to push the GPU to its limit or if this was a "must do" for AMD with its history of cooling troubles. Nevertheless, both cards boast some seriously juicy specs, including the...

  • ‘Mad Max: Eye of the Storm’ gets the gritty story trailer it deserves [video]

    We're seeing a bit of an overlap this year when it comes to movies and games. Previous console greats like Ratchet & Clank are getting the big screen treatment, and a game based on said big screen treatment (it's supposed to be confusing), what what's more interesting is Mad Max and its spinoff title. Mad Max: Fury Road, starring a bald Charlize Theron and the ever hardcore Tom Hardy did damn well at the box office and critically for that matter, scoring a near perfect 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. But it's game version, Mad Max: Eye of the Storm also...