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  • Oculus Rift pre-orders for $599, will begin shipping 28 March

    Virtual reality is finally here, 2016. Well, sort of. After a long wait and many teases and trailers later, Oculus has put its Rift VR headset up for preorder. If you happen to have a PC that can drive this beast, you'll also need to drop US$599 more on the headset itself. And while it's definitely the bleeding edge of current virtual reality technologies, buyers will undoubtedly have to pay for first generation hardware's snags, issues and disappointments too. Speaking in a Reddit AMA, Rift creator Palmer Luckey suggested that the lifespan of the Oculus Rift will be "Somewhere between a...

  • Where are the Japanese Tactical RPGs we grew up with?

    There was a time when the majestic Tactical Role-Playing Game (TRPG) roamed the landscape and were abundant in numbers. Battle were fought and positions were held, even if it meant your forces falling in desperate battles. That time was the 90s and while some may try to forget the decade of grunge bands, soul patches, and phrases like "da bomb," we remember it fondly for its games. These games haven't vanished, but their numbers have been thinned -- culled even -- if only in the West to make way for shooters and AAA games with budgets larger than a small country. TRPGs...

  • PlayStation 4 worldwide sales up to 36-million since launch

    If there's a solid revenue stream Sony can rely on, it's probably the PlayStation 4. The company has announced that it has now sold 35.9-million units since launch, with 5.7-million of those systems sold during the festive season. It makes for quite impressive reading, especially considering that a large swathe of users joined the system's family in just over a month (22 November to 2 January). Incredibly, that makes for around 135 000 PlayStation 4s sold every day for 42 days. Although there weren't any major game launches during this period for Sony, with many exclusives expected this year, it seems...

  • Fitbit announces Fitbit Blaze smartwatch at CES 2016

    Fitbit is looking beyond simple health tracking for 2016, at least that's what it seems from its first device of the new year. Hosting a press conference at CES 2015, the company outed its latest wearable, and it looks like more of a smartwatch than a fitness tracker. Dubbed the Fitbit Blaze, the wearable marks a few firsts for the American company, most notably, it's first genuine colour screen smartwatch. It's also a recognition that style plays a more integral role in smartwatch purchasing decisions than features alone, and is a stark departure from its usual functionality-first fare. Taking its heart...

  • CES 2016: Acer Liquid Jade Primo coming to South Africa Q1 2016

    The first quarter of 2016 is going to be quite a busy period, at least for Acer. The Taiwanese hardware manufacturer has announced that it will launch a number of new products to the South African market, but most notable is the Acer Liquid Jade Primo. Debuting at IFA 2015, the phone was the first to show off Windows 10's Continuum feature in public, which effectively gives the user a "PC-like experience on an external display with Windows 10 universal apps." It's also the first non-Microsoft Windows 10 flagship smartphone as well, after it joined the Lumia 950 series. Read more:...

  • Huawei Mate S review: touch made irrelevant

    As far as 2015 flagship releases go, we've seen a great many excellent additions. The Samsung Galaxy S6, the LG G4, the iPhone 6S and Huawei's own P8 have all left a marked impression on the space in one way or another. The Huawei P8 especially so, thanks to its stellar build quality and comparatively cheap price. But the Huawei P8 wasn't the company's only 2015 addition. At IFA 2015, the company unveiled its next flagship; a phone that makes "touch powerful" according to its marketing material, a line that creeps me out somewhat too. While the initial experience with the...

  • Activision Blizzard buys eSports company Major League Gaming for $46-million

    Major game developer and publisher Activision Blizzard has announced the purchase of eSports company Major League Gaming (MLG) for around US$46-million. Founded in 2002 in New York City, MLG is credited for "creating and streaming premium live gaming events, organizing professional competitions and running competitive gaming leagues." "Our acquisition of Major League Gaming’s business furthers our plans to create the ESPN of esports," notes Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. "MLG’s ability to create premium content and its proven broadcast technology platform – including its live streaming capabilities – strengthens our strategic position in competitive gaming. MLG has an incredibly strong and...

  • A Cape Town summer through the Huawei Mate S camera [Gallery]

    Read the full Huawei Mate S review here. You'd be a fool to not celebrate Summer's arrival indoors. In Cape Town at least, it's the month that brings the most activity, from bathers baking on the beach, to start ups itching to get their new years underway. It's also a time that we at Creative Spark and Burn Media hold dear. So how better to test the Huawei Mate S's camera than at our annual year-end party? The phone at least packs a 13MP camera, with OIS and autofocus, so it tends to smooth out gentle jitters. Moreover, it also features a...

  • World Panel SunStream review: R200 now, free electricity later

    In a world bombarded by sunlight every day, it doesn't make sense that we make so much use of nonrenewable fuels. Sure, it does make sense to plug a device into the wall to recharge it, but what if that didn't have to be the case? What if there was an alternative? Hell, what if you didn't have this option at all? That's just one of the problems American company World Panel's trying to solve. The company, notably crafting products for markets in Africa and abroad, primarily focuses on devices that help the less affluent deal with life's seemingly simple problems....

  • Just Cause 3 review: dropped frames killed the video star

    It's common knowledge that Batman's a bit of a badass. Superman's also an other-worldly deity that could lay waste to a planet in a few minutes. And then you get Rico Rodriquez, who smirks in the face of physics, and sets the very notion of health and safety on fire. If you haven't experienced the Just Cause franchise before, Just Cause 3 is about as much a story of a superhero as the likes of Arkham Knight, and you know what, unlike Arkham Knight, it's fun. Isn't that what games are supposed to be? Fun? They're supposed to be mindless escapism....