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  • People with big hands rejoice: OG Xbox Duke controller returns

    The Xbox controllers weren't always comfortable devices. In fact, when the original Xbox launched in 2001, it shipped with the gigantic 'Duke' controller. The gamepad was panned by numerous outlets and many consumers -- Microsoft even introduced a smaller 'Xbox Controller 'S' for Asian audiences. The smaller controller would eventually become the standard input method around the world, but it's fair to say that the original gamepad had its supporters. Now, it's emerged that the Xbox One would be receiving a revived Duke Controller, courtesy of accessory manufacturer Hyperkin and Xbox godfather Seamus Blackley. The controller comes with Microsoft's blessing and will launch...

  • Q&A: Xbox’s Albert Penello on exclusives, PC Game Pass and more

    The Xbox One X is out of the gate, giving gamers the chance to get to grips with the most powerful gaming console ever made. But how did the console all come about? What about exclusives? And could we see Xbox Game Pass come to PC? We conducted an email Q&A with Albert Penello, senior director of Xbox console marketing. Truth be told, most of the answers aren't surprising, but it still delivers some interesting insights anyway. Gearburn: When did development of the Xbox One X start? What was one of the more surprising or stranger things you encountered during development? Albert Penello...

  • Snapdragon 835 PCs: what about games?

    Qualcomm and Microsoft have been really keen to point out the battery life in their upcoming Windows 10 PCs, touting up to 20 hours of juice for these Snapdragon 835-powered laptops. But what about games? It stands to reason that these devices aren't as powerful as Intel's Core range, given the fact that they use power-efficient mobile processors. But what can you get away with playing? Should older PC titles run fine? Microsoft Windows general manager Erin Chapple and Qualcomm's Miguel Nunes told Snapdragon Summit attendees that while you shouldn't expect a hardcore gaming experience, they did test a host of...

  • Got a 1080p TV? 4 reasons to get Xbox One X anyway

    4K displays are seeing much more demand owing to the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. But what if you've only got a full HD TV? Fear not though, because the Xbox One X brings a few features that 1080p TV owners can appreciate as well. Supersampling Microsoft has already said that the Xbox One X will produce better results on a full HD TV, via the miracle of supersampling. This technique sees the console rendering an Xbox One X game internally at a higher resolution and then outputting it to the full HD screen for a sharper image nonetheless. But does this...

  • Not even Microsoft execs care about Windows 10 Mobile anymore

    In case the lack of a flagship since 2015 wasn't a clue, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has come out and effectively confirmed that Windows 10 Mobile is dead. Well, he didn't quite use the term "dead". But it's certainly in a coma, if anything. The Microsoft executive was responding to a Twitter user's query, wondering whether it was time to leave Windows 10 Mobile. "Depends who you are. Many companies still deploy to their employees and we will support them!" Belfiore says in a two part tweet. "As an individual end-user, I switched platforms for the app/hw diversity. We will support those users too!...

  • Xbox One X gets SA price, ‘early December’ launch

    Microsoft South Africa has finally confirmed local pricing and launch details for the Xbox One X. "The console is expected to go on sale through local retailers in early December, for a limited pre-order price of R7499. Pre order date will be announced over the next few weeks," the company wrote in an emailed press statement. In other words, the price tag used by Microsoft South Africa at E3 2017 is indeed correct. "We are excited to give South African gamers a chance to experience true 4K gaming, enabling environments and characters to become more realistic than ever, with more detail and...

  • Cuphead review: a ballet of bullets

    Cuphead has been out for a few days on PC and Xbox One. And, let's be honest, if you were going to purchase it then you already have. This review, however, is aimed at those who are still on the fence or may fear the game is too difficult for them. I am one of those people and found Cuphead to be an exceptionally difficult title, but it's mostly my fault. Even so, it's one hell of a fantastic game. Does Cuphead have a story? Yes, yes it does. The game isn't just about shooting anything and everything in sight. On...

  • Xbox Game Pass is now live in South Africa, so what should you know?

    Microsoft revealed last week that Xbox Game Pass would be launching in South Africa (along with local pricing), bringing all-you-can-eat gaming to the Xbox One. Now, 1 September has rolled around, which means the service is actually available in the country. Xbox Game Pass will set you back R159 a month in South Africa and, in return, you can play as many games as you want. The service differs from efforts like PlayStation Now in that it doesn't require streaming -- you simply download the desired titles. The service doesn't require a Gold membership either, although you'll need one if you intend...

  • Got a crappy PC? Sea of Thieves will support 15fps frame lock, more

    In an age where developers target super high resolution 4K displays and 60 frames per second (or more), you'd be forgiven for thinking studios don't care about PC gamers with low-end hardware. Fortunately, there are loads of indie titles with relaxed specifications, but what about the bigger studios? Well, Microsoft-owned Rare has announced that its upcoming PC version of Sea of Thieves will have a few key features for those with older specs. "We're trying to go as low as possible," Rare senior producer Joe Neat told PC Gamer. "We've actually been inviting people below our current plan for minimum specs...

  • Xbox One X local release date ‘cannot be confirmed’

    The Xbox One X is scheduled to launch in the USA and other major markets this holiday season, delivering a super-powered version of Microsoft's current machine. But Xbox South Africa has called on local gamers to hold their horses. "Xbox South Africa would like to communicate to its fans that the clearance certification for the Xbox One X to land locally, is still in the approval process and has not yet been finalised," the company wrote in a press statement. "Until this has been done, the local arrival date cannot be confirmed for either availability or pre-orders." "Ensuring that Xbox One...