• BURN MEDIA
    • Memeburn
      Tech-savvy insight and analysis
    • Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Ventureburn
      Startup news for emerging markets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!

All posts tagged "Microsoft"

  • Xbox One S now up for pre-order in SA with no release date

    It's taken a while for the Xbox One S revision to (sort of) make it to SA shores. The device is now up for pre-order on a number of stores, but there's no date as to when it'll actually arrive. The console will set you back R4999 for the 500GB model and R5999 for the 1TB edition. These base units don't come with much, except for a few cables and the revised Xbox Ons S controller, which features Bluetooth. Local Microsoft video game distributor, Prima Interactive, is sweetening the deal with these pre-orders by including an additional controller, and either a...

  • Microsoft’s Xbox E3 conference will be earlier this year

    Microsoft has announced that its E3 conference will be on a Sunday this year, a change from the usual Monday shows. It will be held on 11 June at 2pm PT (12am SAST), to be precise. While I don't usually like speculating about future events (because speculation), it's interesting to not that Microsoft used the current Scorpion placeholder image for the announcement. Are we finally going to hear more about the Xbox One Scorpion project? More than likely. And what about the earlier date? There's a good chance that Microsoft will try to steal some of the thunder away from whatever Sony is...

  • We talk South Africa’s indie gaming scene with Microsoft’s Clifford de Wit

    Whether it be puzzlers or role-playing titles, there is no shortage of indie video games. As shown by our Digital All Stars pieces on indie gaming companies and the community, there's a significant indie gaming scene in South Africa. Memeburn had a chance to sit down with DPE Lead at Microsoft, Clifford de Wit, at the recent Microsoft Tech Summit event in Johannesburg. Aside from the general information on Azure and systems, we also spoke to him about Microsoft and the indie video game scene. The Windows store "The store is getting unified now and that makes a big difference," explains de Wit,...

  • Watch: Halo Wars 2 launch trailer hits the web

    Microsoft's Halo Wars made for quite an impression upon launch in 2009, offering a refreshing strategy take on the Halo formula. Of course, Halo was originally intended to be a strategy game, so Halo Wars was really about bringing the series to its roots, in a sense. In any event, Microsoft has published the launch trailer for Halo Wars 2, set years after the events of the first title. "After experiencing a pyrrhic victory following the events of the first Halo Wars, Captain Cutter and the brave crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire wake up after 28 years of cryosleep...

  • Xbox One Creators Update starts rollout: what to expect?

    Microsoft has announced that the Creators Update for Xbox One is slowly making its way to gamers enrolled in the Insider Programme. Now, we've already covered some of the key features, such as tapping the Xbox button once to open the guide, but there are a couple of less notable features too. For one, the Home screen has received a fresh coat of paint, with the goal of making it intuitive and faster. "You’ll notice the main tile for what you’re currently playing has changed. Now, you’ll see a smaller icon for the game and a few options to dive deeper...

  • Creators Update brings new Xbox One, Windows 10 features

    Thanks to the Xbox app and native media capture capabilities, Windows 10 is arguably the best Windows for gaming. But Microsoft is hard at work on the Creators Update, set to bring even more gaming-focused features. The biggest feature in the new update is Game Mode for Windows 10, which effectively optimises your computer for better gaming. "Windows Insiders will start seeing some of the visual elements for Game Mode this week, with the feature being fully operational in builds shortly thereafter. Our vision is for Game Mode to optimise your Windows 10 PC for increased performance in gaming," Microsoft's Mike Ybarra...

  • Halo Wars 2 on PC is getting a physical release (seriously)

    Microsoft was once the king of physical releases for PC games, but in recent years that has tapered off. Now, the company is partnering with THQ Nordic to bring out a boxed version of Halo Wars 2 for the PC crowd. Announced yesterday, not only will Halo Wars 2 be contained on four DVDs in an actual physical box, but will include access to the Xbox One edition via Microsoft's Xbox Play Anywhere programme. Halo Wars 2 will be receive a physical release on PC, spread over several DVDs Much like the Xbox One edition, the PC version will be released as both...

  • Countdown sale hits Xbox: some notable titles in tow

    Microsoft kicked off its Countdown sale yesterday, with the first phase running until 28 December, and there are plenty of gaming deals to be had in this round. Some of these titles have been cheaper in the past, but Microsoft is also featuring daily deals, so keep an eye out if the current selection doesn't appeal to you. So are there any decent Xbox One discounts to be had then? Well, the steepest discounts apply to Lego Marvel Super Heroes and Saints Row: Gat out of Hell (67% or 75% for Gold members). Payday 2: Crimewave Edition and Tales from the...

  • Watch: Windows 10 running on Snapdragon 820 processor

    We've already covered Microsoft's announcement that it's working on Windows 10 for ARM chips, but the company has now shown footage of the combination in action. In a video uploaded to YouTube, Microsoft showed off Windows 10 Enterprise Edition, running on a device equipped with a Snapdragon 820 processor. The footage shows what appears to be a full-fledged Windows 10 in action, including the ability to join domains, view the task manager, view system properties and more. The system properties menu confirms that the Snapdragon 820 is in use. Microsoft's video also shows a few snippets of various legacy apps in action, namely...

  • Windows 10 to get ARM version with legacy apps

    Microsoft's Windows is no stranger to ARM-based processors, with Windows RT running on Nvidia Tegra hardware instead of x86-based Intel and AMD chips. Now, Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be supporting ARM-based chips next year. The company used the WinHEC 2016 event to announce that it will be teaming up with Qualcomm for Windows 10 on ARM hardware. For the uninitiated, ARM-based chips are used in the vast majority of smartphones (from Apple to ZTE) and are generally more power-efficient than x86 chips (used in Windows and Mac laptops). "...to deliver on our customers' growing needs to create on the go,...