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  • No Man’s Sky player numbers jump after ‘Foundation Update’

    After the announcement and release of its Foundation Update, No Man's Sky has seen a massive spike in player numbers on Steam. The update, which adds base building, new trophies, freighters and a number of new gaming modes, arrived on PlayStation 4 and PC today. But while we can't esstimate just how many people are playing the game on the PlayStation 4 at present, we can use Steam as an indicator for PC players. According to SteamCharts, No Man's Sky went into Sunday 27 November with around 700 concurrent players on Steam. As of 7pm SAST, that number is closer to...

  • No Man’s Sky update 1.11 adds base building, freighters and more

    After nine weeks of silence, Hello Games has released a brand new update for the divisive No Man's Sky. Dubbed The Foundation Update (it's actually 1.11), the 2.7GB patch on the PlayStation 4 brings with it a slew of features. The update includes the long-requested feature of base building. Players are now able to build their own homes on any planet and equip these structures with hydroponics, research and development areas, launchpads, and more. Read more: No Man’s Sky player numbers jump after ‘Foundation Update’ No Man's Sky players will also be able to construct save points anywhere, as well as mining...

  • Black Friday 2016: check these discounted mobile games

    Black Friday specials seem to be everywhere again, but mobile gamers needn't feel left out either, as mobile developers are cutting prices as well. Check out our list of worthwhile specials below. Know of any more notable, cut-price mobile games? Let us know in the comments! Deus Ex Go (paid - Android, iOS) The latest game in the Square Enix Go franchise has received a notable price cut to R19 on Android and R30 on iOS. Don't Starve: Pocket Edition (paid - Android, iOS) Popular survival adventure Don't Starve has received a discount to R30 on iOS. Android gamers will however need to pay R42. Door...

  • Black Friday South Africa 2016: the best tech deals and bargains

    Yes, yes, we know. Black Friday is a US tradition. But how has that little nugget stopped South Africans in the past? 2015 saw one of the biggest Black Fridays in the country, with thousands of citizens spending their hard earned cash on tech goodies and gadgets. This year promises to be much of the same, if not a little big bigger. With that said, what can we expect from South African brick and mortar and online stores? We round up the biggest Black Friday goodies, starting Monday 21 November. Note: this article will be updated with the latest deals as they...

  • LeEco: fast-rising mobile manufacturer in dire straits?

    The name LeEco shouldn't ring a bell for the average consumer, but for those in the know, it's another standout Chinese brand. And with a slew of Chinese firms around, that should say something as well. The company, better known in China for its video services, made a splash internationally thanks to its smartphones, offering more affordable flagships than many other brands. However, the firm is also heavily focused on its Faraday Future electric car. Now, it appears that LeEco is in financial trouble, according to an internal memo written by co-founder Jia Yueting and obtained by Bloomberg. Yueting said that the...

  • Sea Hero Quest and Bowmasters: 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. We may have skipped last week's mobile gaming rundown due to AfricaCom (bringing you some major Huawei and ZTE news in the process), but that means we've got plenty of goodness to choose from. Our favourite titles this week? Well, Sea Hero Quest and the latest Humble Bundle are our picks. But we've got three more below. Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (paid - Android, iOS) It's not a new...

  • Snapdragon 835 specs leaked: how many cores will it have?

    We already know that the Snapdragon 835 processor, expected to power many flagship phones next year, will be manufactured on a 10nm process. Now, more details have emerged, apparently giving a full name and detailing some of the technology behind the new processor. The chip will have the "MSM8998" product name (in addition to Snapdragon 835), the company told Neowin, being the same naming convention as previous Snapdragon processors. According to a slide obtained by Chinese publication anzhuo.cn, the new chipset will also use an octacore design, using Qualcomm's own Kryo cores in a 4+4 format. So this means four high-powered cores and...

  • You can soon stream Xbox One titles to Oculus Rift

    Microsoft and Oculus have had a rather cozy relationship for a while now, and the relationship only seems to be growing closer with the latest news. The two companies have announced that, as of 12 December, you'll be able to stream your Xbox One games to an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. "Today, as a result of our ongoing partnership with Oculus, we're excited to announce that Rift owners will be able to stream their Xbox One library to Rift with the new Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app, including fan favorites like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3...

  • Sleeping Dogs, Burnout Paradise are December Xbox Games with Gold

    Microsof thas unveiled their next batch of games in the Xbox Games with Gold programme. For the month of December, there are some pretty great titles. First up, and available for the whole of the month is Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition. This underrated open-world crime simulator was originally released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but was later remastered for the Xbox One and Playstation 4. It focuses more on hand-to-hand combat and a justice meter than the all-out violence of the likes of Saints Row and Grand Theft Auto. The second title on Xbox One is the horror title...

  • Steep beta [PS4] first play: not the face, not the face

    When Ubisoft ended its E3 2016 conference by announcing a new extreme sports game, many an eyebrow was raised. Ubisoft? A new IP? No guns? What is this madness? Finally, those questions have been answered. Somewhat. After a four month incubation period, French developer Ubisoft Annecy has outed Steep in less-than-polished beta guise. And it was well worth the wait. Set in the snow-covered mountains of the Alps, straddling France, Switzerland and Austria, Steep is effectively a massive open world playground for extreme sports enthusiasts. It's the total opposite of any other Ubisoft game we've seen this year. That goes for...