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  • PlayStation VR finally gets South African price, launch date

    South Africa, you might want to get a pen and calculator out for this. Ster-Kinekor, chief importer of all things PlayStation, has today announced the launch date and price for the PlayStation VR system. The virtual reality system will debut on 24 January 2017 in South Africa, missing the crucial holiday window, but still catching some lucky students during their holiday. There will also be two bundles -- a standard bundle for R6500, and a bundle that also include the PlayStation Camera for R7300. We've rounded up both figures to the nearest whole hundred -- but that barely matters in the...

  • Someone recreated a late skater’s video in Skate 3

    A void has been left in the world of skateboarding after prominent skater Dylan Rieder passed away from cancer last month. In what must have been a time-consuming endeavour, a fan painstakingly recreated the Gravis video (h/t: reddit), starring the late skateboarder, in Skate 3. From the actual environments to tricks executed, the video matches up in an eerily accurate fashion. Feeling up to the challenge of making your own Skate 3 clips but don't want to drag out the Xbox 360? Well, Skate 3 is the newest backwards compatible game on Xbox One. Check out the impressive edit below.

  • Here’s what to know before buying a R1000 smartphone [Tech Savvy SA]

    Tech Savvy SA is a series of monthly articles on Gearburn that aims to deliver useful, locally relevant advice to the average South African. This week, we look at the key numbers and specifications to look out for when buying a R1000 smartphone. Budget smartphones are the lifeblood of many emerging markets, being used by the majority of citizens. After all, who can afford a R11 000 smartphone, right? However, you don't want to get duped by an overpriced store -- use our guide to buying a R1000 smartphone. How much power should you be getting? Generally speaking, your R1000 (and under) mobile device will...

  • 5 seriously odd things Xiaomi also sells

    From smartphones and tablets to fitness bands and streaming boxes, Xiaomi sells a wide variety of tech products. Did you know the company sells rice cookers and drones too? Well, here are a few more offbeat products the Chinese firm has in its stable. Mi Qicycle Electric bicycles (or e-bikes) are massive in China, as scores of people zip around city streets instead of walking or taking the bus. So it makes sense then for Xiaomi to release a product of its own in this regard, in the form of the Mi Qicycle range. And by far its most distinctive feature is...

  • Skate 3 is finally backwards compatible on Xbox One

    In news that may have made my month, Skate 3 has finally been made backwards compatible on Xbox One. To mark the occasion, the San Van Party Pack downloadable content has also been made free until 20 November. Skate 3 was right up there with Call of Duty: Black Ops and Red Dead Redemption as one of the most requested BC titles The third game in the EA Skate franchise was widely praised upon its release, offering the same intuitive control scheme, an expanded trick list and a new hardcore mode for enthusiasts. The game also gained loads of attention thanks to its...

  • Sara Is Missing and Keepy Ducky: 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. It's time for another look at the world of mobile games, featuring a little something for everyone as usual. Our standout picks? Well, you should check out Sara Is Missing and Galaga Wars, but the rest are decent as well. Galaga Wars (free - Android, iOS) We've seen a couple of retro or retro-inspired franchises in recent weeks, and now it's Galaga's turn. The classic arcade shooter franchise has you taking out waves of enemies...

  • WWE 2K17 [Xbox One] review: it’s not a Rock Bottom for the series

    Last year's WWE 2K16 is a tough act to follow, having substantially built upon the barebones foundation set by the first current-gen pro wrestling game. There was definitely room for improvement though, but between the plethora of little details and the Showcase Mode, it was a great experience for fans and lapsed fans alike. So it makes you wonder how the developers would move forward with WWE 2K17... Inside the squared circle In terms of actual gameplay, you're looking at pretty much the same experience as last year's video game. So that means a semi-realistic pace, a "tap/hold button for weak/strong...

  • Overwatch will be free-to-play on all platforms next weekend

    In a move that'll make next weekend's choice of shooter even more complicated, Blizzard has announced that Overwatch will be free to play on the weekend of 18 November. "From November 18–21, we're putting out the call to any prospective agents: assemble your team and dive in during the Overwatch Free Weekend on PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One!," announced Blizzard on its Play Overwatch blog. "For this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 22 heroes and 13 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the latest Weekly Brawl." Overwatch will be free...

  • LEGO Dimensions [PS4] review: the next big thing, or passing fad?

    Is LEGO Dimensions the next big thing? Well it's certainly the next thing that's going to bankrupt me! The Toys to Life concept isn't a new one. My eldest son for example is obsessed with Skylanders, and although he never really got into Disney Infinity, he absolutely loves LEGO so it seemed like a logical fit. In fact it was a huge hit. So much so that I'm planning his Xmas list around LEGO Dimensions add-ons. You'll need to follow instructions in order to build your pieces -- some of these are physical instructions and others are unlocked once you start...

  • Orange Pi PC 2: want a cheaper Raspberry Pi?

    Single board computers are all the rage these days, thanks to the wildly popular Raspberry Pi computers. The range has sold ten million units since launching in 2012, in no small part due to the US$35 price tag. The industry has exploded since then, as scores of single-board computers have emerged. Now, the latest Raspberry rival has launched in the form of the Orange Pi PC 2, bringing a competitive price tag as well. Available online for around US$20, the Orange Pi PC 2 delivers an AllWinner quad-core A53 processor, Mali 450 GPU and 1GB of RAM. Other notable specs include three USB ports,...