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  • Project Spark to be shut down by Microsoft

    Project Spark, Microsoft's game-building experience, will be shut down, the company has announced. As of 13 May, the game will no longer be available to download on Xbox or PC. Already downloaded the game? Well, online services for the title will be discontinued from 12 August. "Without services, players will no longer be able to download user-generated content or upload their own creations. If you want to access user-generated content offline, you will need to download this content prior to 12 August. Be sure to download your favourite community creations and your own uploads if they are not saved locally," read a...

  • Acer Predator 8 review: obnoxious, underpowered yet oddly attractive

    As device reviewers here at Gearburn, we're always tasked with making sound judgements based on facts, figured with a splash of our own feelings thrown in for good measure. But often the latter bit outweighs all logic, and you're left wondering why you really like a device. That's the situation I find myself in with the Acer Predator 8. Now, Acer's Predator line has long been established as the company's gaming moniker. It's what AMG is to Mercedes, or Yeezy to Kanye. By any means, it's what Acer usually sells you if you're looking for an "enlightened state of gaming with...

  • 6 key takeaways from Eurogamer’s Lionhead Studios story

    It's hard to believe that Microsoft-owned studio Lionhead shut down last month, being responsible for the iconic Fable franchise. So what kind of legacy has it left behind? What was it like to work for Microsoft? Where did it go wrong? Eurogamer has published a must-read feature on the studio this week, covering everything from the studio's name, to the Microsoft takeover and the cancelled Fable Legends game. It was originally going to be called Red Eye Peter Molyneux, Tim Rance, Steve Jackson and Mark Webley co-founded Lionhead in 1997 after working at UK developer Bullfrog, but the original name was set to be Red...

  • 5 stellar budget camera phones for Instagram lovers

    You're pretty much guaranteed to have a great camera experience on your high-end, R12 000 smartphone. Budget phones are a different matter though, as the camera is usually the first department to be affected. It doesn't have to be that way though, because we chose several budget-minded phones that don't compromise on the camera. Xiaomi Mi 4 The Xiaomi Mi 5 is already confirmed for South Africa, but it's going to cost R7999 -- so we'd heartily recommend the R3799 Mi 4 for the job. The device packs an ageing but still capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, while 3GB of RAM translates to a...

  • Dark Souls 3 review diary: the final entry

    Dark Souls 3 is the latest entry in the famously grueling and difficult video game series. We at Gearburn have had a chance to review the game, but since none of my co-workers are Dark Souls 3 enthusiasts, the task lay with me. Boy, was I in for some interesting times. Let’s get something straight: I’m not a Dark Souls person. I’ve played around an hour of Demon’s Souls, but apart from that, I've never played any other titles in the series before this. I’m what you’d call a newbie, or "n00b" for the "l33t." Over the next few days, I’ll be...

  • Windows 10 Mobile will get fingerprint support in Anniversary Update

    Windows 10 Mobile lacks many features that Android and iOS users take for granted, and one that stands out (like a sore thumb) is fingerprint scanning. But this week, the Redmond company announced that its looking to rectify that by mid-2016. The news comes courtesy of an announcement at the company's WinHEC conference (pdf, first spotted by MSPowerUser). The update will arrive with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update slated for a Northern summer launch. It will likely launch before Windows 10 loses its free upgrade option on 29 July. The real problem with this is however quite clear: not all that...

  • Overwatch beta smashes records with 9.7-million players

    According to Blizzard Entertainment, Overwatch's open beta was the company's best ever with 9.7-million global players. When the open-beta closed on 10 May, players had collectively logged over 4.9-billion minutes of playtime across 37-million matches, according to a press release. Those numbers work out to over 9300 days of gameplay time. These numbers were spread across the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms. CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, Mike Morhaime, says: "We're thrilled that such an incredible number of players from around the globe got a chance to check out Overwatch during the Open Beta." "Our mission was to make sure...

  • DOOM debuts today: here’s where you can get it in SA

    After 12 years, there's a brand new Doom video game out today. It's time to jump back into Hell (or wherever) and kill all of those grotesque cybernetic demonic beings bend on mankind's destruction in DOOM. For those of you looking to download it, the game is 45GB on Xbox One, 44GB on PlayStation 4 (PS4), and 55GB on PC. As with most modern AAA releases, there is a day-one patch to download, which is 5.74GB on PlayStation 4, but no mention of other consoles yet. Make sure you've got plenty of cap for this game. Read more: Doom is a fever...

  • Final Fantasy X, X-2 HD Remaster is finally on PC

    The remastered editions of Final Fantasy X and its sequel, Final Fantasy X-2, are now available for PC through steam. The combo is on sale for R255.20 and usually retails for R319. The HD Remaster includes graphical and music revisions of the games with the inclusion of 'International Edition' content not previously seen in certain versions of the PlayStation 2 release. So far, the games are receiving great reviews with an average of "VeryPositive" from Steam's measurement index. According to the Steam page, you should be running Windows Vista, a 2.4GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, an Nvidia GTX 450 / AMD Radeon...

  • Meet Gboard, Google’s keyboard for iPhone users

    Apple took a page out of Google's playbook when it announced support for third-party keyboards on iOS 8. This of course meant that fan-favourite keyboards Swiftkey, Swype and more were no longer the sole domain of Android. One notable omission has been Google's native keyboard, but the Mountain View company has now released a rather feature-filled app in the form of Gboard. The biggest feature is integrated Search functionality, which should make for a more streamlined approach, the company said in a blog post. Google said that until now, users had to leave the communications app and then open Google Search to find relevant...