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  • Shadow of the Colossus remake: what are reviewers saying?

    The Shadow of the Colossus remake is one of the more eagerly anticipated PlayStation titles of the year. After all, how can you not love the original game and its epic battles against building-sized monsters? Now that the review embargo has lifted, what are reviewers saying about the title? Eurogamer (essential) The prominent gaming website bestowed an "essential" badge on the game, saying that developer Bluepoint makes the game "feel excitingly modern". "It is an authentic labour of love, this release, and it improves Shadow of the Colossus in real ways. It runs better, it's easier to enjoy, it's more beautiful. It's bigger, which...

  • 5G in South Africa: here’s what you should expect from networks

    The past year has seen a massive uptick in 5G connectivity talk, as cellular networks, infrastructure providers and device manufacturers gear up for the standard. We've already heard mobile chipmaker Qualcomm's take on 5G, but what about local networks? When can we expect commercial launches? And what are the main challenges here? We asked MTN, Vodacom and Telkom (Cell C hasn't responded to our query at the time of publication). MTN "Timing for commercial launch will be circa 2020 -- post 5G standardisation and the network/device ecosystem being sufficiently mature to roll out. Operators in Asia and the USA are field trialing...

  • Almost 1 in 10 phones to pack 5G by 2021 – Gartner

    Gartner has revealed a number of device-related statistics for 2018, but it's also delivered some 5G-related insights in the process. The company predicts that next year will see the first 5G smartphones hitting the market -- don't expect a fast uptake immediately though. "We predict that, by 2021, nine percent of smartphones sold will support 5G," said Gartner research director Roberta Cozza in an emailed press release. "Overall, 5G will be a significant driver of video and streaming services, as it will bring faster uplinks and support new AI applications." By comparison, US chipmaker Qualcomm expects 5G launches to occur as soon as the first...

  • Need an Android TV box? Xiaomi Mi Box 4, Mi Box 4C now official

    The Xiaomi Mi Box 4K (review) represented great value for money, but what if you want something a little more up-to-date? Fortunately, Xiaomi has heard you loud and clear, launching two new Android TV boxes in the form of the Mi Box 4 and Mi Box 4C. For RMB349 (R655 as a straight conversion without duties etc), the Mi Box 4 delivers 4K HDR capabilities (much like the previous model), an AI-powered "Pathwall" voice system, smart home integration, Dolby Audio and H.265 support. The Xiaomi Mi Box 4 and 4C look to continue the affordable Android TV box trend popularised by the company As...

  • Nokia 7 ‘Plus’ hits benchmark website, what to expect?

    The Nokia 7 didn't launch in as many countries as the first wave of HMD's Nokia-branded phones, but it seems like we have a Plus variant on the horizon... Yep, a Geekbench listing for the device (spotted by GSMArena) shows evidence of a Nokia 7 Plus, packing a Snapdragon 660 processor (eight semi-custom Kryo 260 cores), 4GB of RAM and Android Oreo. By comparison, the vanilla Nokia 7 offered a less powerful Snapdragon 630 chip (eight A53 cores) and 4GB or 6GB of RAM. As for the actual score? Well, the Nokia 7 Plus delivered a single-core score of 1636 and...

  • Galaxy S9 leaks: camera, horsepower, design confirmed

    The Samsung Galaxy S9 is set to make an appearance at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 but, with less than a month to go, we now have a load of key details. According to serial tipster Evan Blass, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 in the USA and an Exynos 8910 elsewhere. But that's not surprising, right? Blass also reports that the vanilla model will pack a single 12MP camera, while the plus-sized variant will offer a dual-camera setup. But the primary cameras on both phones will feature a variable aperture, switching between f/1.5 and...

  • You can now get a SNES emulator on your hacked PS4

    The past month has seen the hacking community go into overdrive after the PS4 was successfully hacked. Earlier this week saw the release of a tool to run PS2 ISOs on hacked consoles, essentially leveraging Sony's own emulation for PS2 games on the PlayStation Store. Now, we've seen another notable program pop up on compromised machines, in the form of a SNES emulator. For those keeping track, SNES emulators are available on almost every hacked gaming platform since the late 1990s, popping up on the Sega Dreamcast, original Xbox, PS2 and loads of other machines. "Don't expect everything to run perfect. Hopefully...

  • The best local multiplayer games for Nintendo Switch

    Online gaming has become the new norm for millions of gamers around the world, but there's something special to be had with local multiplayer titles. Fortunately, 2017 saw no shortage of quality titles in this department, in large part due to the Nintendo Switch. The console's two JoyCon controllers mean that local multiplayer titles are a much easier sell, reducing the need to buy more controllers. So we looked at some of the best titles in this regard for Nintendo's console. Super Bomberman R The Bomberman franchise has long been a multiplayer staple, as players seek to trap their friends and ruin friendships...

  • Here’s how much first phone with under-display scanner will cost

    Vivo shocked the tech world at CES this month when it demonstrated a production smartphone with an under-display fingerprint scanner. The company seemed to catch the big players off-guard when it revealed that the phone, the Vivo X20 Plus UD, would be going on sale this year. And this week has seen the Chinese smartphone brand actually hold an event for the device, confirming a 1 February launch date in its home market. As for the cost of the device? The X20 Plus UD will have a retail price of RMB3598 (equal to US$568 or R6765 as a straight conversion). So pretty...

  • Review round-up: Celeste is gaming’s latest breakout hit

    Combine mountain climbing with Super Meat Boy style antics and you should have a solid idea of what Celeste is all about. Reviews for the platformer (available for PC, Switch, PS4 and Xbox One) lifted this week and we're looking at critical acclaim all around, it seems. "Even when Celeste is playing things straight it's a wonderfully challenging proposition. A platform will start to move when you jump onto it. Moments later, a gap will seem uncrossable until you realise that you can hurl yourself further if you use the moving platform's momentum to provide an extra shove," Eurogamer explains...