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  • Now more rumours claim Xbox Slim, Xbox One upgrade coming

    There have been murmurings about an Xbox One upgrade since earlier this year, when Xbox head Phil Spencer suggested a different way of approaching hardware upgrades. Now, Kotaku and Polygon have reported that Microsoft is set to reveal two consoles, with one being announced at E3 2016 and the other being revealed next year. So what should we be expecting though? A slimmer Xbox One Both websites, citing their sources, say that Microsoft will reveal a slimmer, cheaper and lighter Xbox One at E3 next month. The publications also managed to snag more details, with Kotaku reporting that this model will feature a 2TB hard...

  • 3 ways the Nintendo Wii U is better than the PlayStation 4 & Xbox One

    When we talk about the "console wars" there's only really two sides mentioned: the green of Microsoft's Xbox One, and the blue of Sony's PlayStation 4. We've made mention before of how the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is better than the other, but what about Nintendo? The company's practically owns the handheld console segment abroad, and has just now announced a brand new smartphone games strategy, suggesting it has a leg up in that segment as well. But what about its home consoles? Although the Nintendo Wii U is not my favourite console for a number of reasons, it does definitely do...

  • Windows 7, Windows 8.1 gets new ‘Service Pack’, bundled update scheme detailed

    The still widely used duo of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are both getting a simplified updates scheme, Microsoft today announced. The Redmond company currently has its flagship Windows 10 OS to market and maintain, but thankfully, it's not forgetting about the near 57% of the desktop user base still on the company's two legacy OSes. As a result, it's making updates a much less painful event each and every month. But first, what about the older updates? Microsoft has a plan for that too. The 'convenience rollup' Taking to the TechNet Blog, Microsoft rep Nathan Mercer explained the changes: We’re happy to announce...

  • PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One: What’s the SA price breakdown?

    Missed the news? Microsoft will be increasing its Xbox Live rates to R159 a month, making for a massive increase compared to the current R50 a month rate. That got us thinking, though... How much does it cost for a Xbox One and PS4, along with the necessary items (i.e. extra controllers and online subscriptions)? Console In this department, we first opted to look at a console and game bundle, focusing only on the 1TB variants. So what did we find out? Well, BT Games stocks the 1TB Xbox One along with The Division for R5999. By comparison, Takealot has a limited special on a...

  • SA’s Xbox Live Gold subscription to cost R159 per month from June [update]

    Update: added clarification on three, six, and 12-month subscriptions Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold (XBL) subscription service will increase from R50 to R159 for South African users from 20 June. The tech giant announced the price increase in an email sent to subscribers today. No reason for the increase has been stated. On a month-to-month basis, a year's worth of subscriptions will now cost R1908 as opposed to R600. Microsoft has yet to announce new pricing for three, six, and 12-month subscriptions. "We continually evaluate our offerings and are always working to provide a balance of service and value that meet the needs of our...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • ColorWare’s $300 Titan is an Xbox One Elite in a swanky jacket

    We love custom console controllers (and we'll have an Xbox One Elite review ready for your perusal soon), but there's one major problem with them: they're a bit expensive. Take ColorWare's latest limited edition Xbox One Eite controller for example (spotted by WindowsCentral). Dubbed the Titan, it retails for a cool US$299 -- that's just US$100 less than the Xbox One itself and about double the price of the standard Elite. Mental. Still, visually at least, it's worth lusting over if you ask us. Disappointingly though, what you see isn't quite carbon fibre, but a "custom gold carbon fiber graphic" paying homage to...

  • Windows 10 Build 14342 brings Microsoft Edge extensions support

    If you happen to be a Windows 10 Insider -- a consumer who receives the latest pre-release Windows 10 builds -- you'd have received the latest build this week, labelled 14342. Launched today, the company's latest batch of operating system code includes a number of new features that give us a glimpse into what we can expect for the OS's Anniversary Update arriving later this year. The biggest revelation? Microsoft Edge now support extensions. It's a big one, especially considering that it was Edge's major weakness against the likes of Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox. But don't expect a swathe of new...

  • Windows 10 universal games to receive unlocked frame rates

    The Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform (UWP) games and apps are finally receiving some much-needed updates. According to a press release sent to Gearburn, today's updates will include support for AMD's Freesync and Nvidia's G-Sync, as well as unlocked frame rates for games and apps. These changes should allow for the UWP to utilise better graphical fidelity. Both Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and Forza Motorsport 6: Apex will be the first PC titles to integrate these new features. There's no word yet on the likes of Rise of the Tomb Raider. The press release also teases "some exciting developments on multiple GPUs in...