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  • PlayStation Network is down: here’s what we know

    Anyone looking to enjoy some online gaming fun on any of the PlayStation consoles tonight will be in for some unwelcome news. The PlayStation Network, for the second time this week, is down. Sony confirmed the issues on its status page, flagging the PlayStation Networks social, gaming and sign in systems in red. Checking connections on consoles also suggests that PSN is undergoing maintenance. DownDetector largely suggests that most users seemed to suffer connection issues around midnight Thursday SAST, pretty much exactly when we were kicked out of our gaming session. A vast majority of its users are reporting issues with...

  • PlayStation 4 finally getting external HDD support in next update

    Oh, and it's getting some other features as well. It seems as though Sony is finally listened to fans and will be implementing external hard drive support for games in its forthcoming 4.50 firmware update. It's not like the Xbox One and Wii U have had that for quite a while now (yeah, we know that neither console has upgradeable internal storage). The feature will be compatible with external hard drives up to 8TB in size and will only work with USB 3.0 devices. Sony also announced a slew of other features included with the update, of which there is no ETA yet. PlayStation 4...

  • Nioh review diary: git gud or die trying

    Welcome to my Nioh review diary. This will be the parchment on which I document my struggle to git gud with yet another Japanese RPG. How will it end? With me dead, probably. Nevertheless, I will be adding entries fairly frequently to this review, as I make my way though the game's grisly worlds. If you're interested, please bookmark this page and remember to return regularly. Entry #1: introducing Nioh Time played: 3 hours Chapter: 1, escaping the Tower of London Mental state: good, but blood pressure is worrying Note: although I'm still downloading the bulk of Nioh's bytes, the game does allow you to...

  • MWC 2017: the smartphones to expect?

    We're just under a month away from this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC), being the world's biggest smartphone exhibition. Whether it's the biggest brands around or upstart manufacturers, the expo usually brings a ton of intriguing devices. Last year saw the likes of LG, Samsung, Sony and Xiaomi all launch high-end smartphones, but what does this year bring? Here's what you should expect at MWC 2017. Apple If there's one brand guaranteed to be missing at MWC, it's the Cupertino company, with the firm launching devices at dedicated events instead. The company generally launches its iPhones later in the year too, with the...

  • Yup, the glacier white PS4 ‘slim’ model is coming to SA

    In an announcement from local PlayStation distributor Ster-Kinekor, the company revealed that the 'Glacier White' version of the PS4 'slim' will be making its way to the country. It will be available in South Africa "towards the end of February". Using the model number CUH-2000 series, the system will be identical to the standard 'slim' model, but with a white finish to the console and packed-in controller. A white version of the original PS4 form factor was previously released. Though the specifications in the press release mention both a 500GB and 1TB model, only the former has been given an RRP for South Africa, coming in...

  • Steam gets native PS4 controller support with new update

    Prefer your PS4 controller and want to use it for PC games? Well, support hasn't exactly been consistent, but that looks set to change with the latest Steam update. The PC gaming storefront has introduced native support for PS4 controllers with its latest update. Just how deeply integrated is the support though? Let's just say that it's actually on par with the Steam Controller, owing to gyro and touchpad features as well. "When enabled, PS4 controllers will have access to the same sort of customization/configuration support as Steam Controllers, including native API support," Valve explained in the Steam update notes. PS4 controllers now...

  • The Last of Us Part II: yep, Joel and Ellie are back

    One of the bigger surprises at the PlayStation Experience this past weekend was the reveal of a sequel to The Last of Us, in the form of The Last Of Us Part II. The game seemingly takes place a few years after the events of the first, with the trailer showing a slightly older Joel and Ellie in a house of sorts. "Like many of you, we have a deep love for the world of The Last of Us and its characters, and while a sequel may have seemed like a foregone conclusion, it wasn’t the case," wrote Naughty Dog creative...

  • PS4 Pro to officially hit SA next week, price in tow

    Sony and Ster-Kinekor Entertainment have announced the launch date for the PS4 Pro in South Africa, along with a suggested retail price. The console will be launching on 7 December with a recommended price tag of R6999.99, Ster-Kinekor Entertainment wrote in an emailed press release. The PS4 supports 4K gaming/videos, although games will need to be specifically updated to take advantage of the extra graphical grunt. Noteworthy titles taking advantage of the PS4 Pro include Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, The Last of Us: Remastered and Uncharted 4. The PS4 Pro will cost R6999, in comparison to the...

  • PlayStation 4 update 4.06: ‘quality’ update doesn’t add much

    A new PlayStation 4 OS patched appeared on users' machines today, but don't expect it to shower your console with new, exciting features. Nope. Instead, the 312MB patch 4.06 "improves the quality of the system performance", Sony explains in its usually verbose patch notes. This brief update comes after update 4.05 which improved system stability. PS4 System Software 4.06 released (now with more stability) from PS4 While we've seen a fair share of PlayStation 4 updates in the past few weeks, the last major update debuted in September 2016. This PlayStation 4 update improves the "quality" of system performance Labeled 4.00, it brought a mild...

  • 5 of the best live gig smartphones you should consider

    The LG V20 has been making quite a few waves thanks to its audio-recording capabilities, offering some unprecedented options for consumers. Between the HD audio recorder, HiFi Audio in videos and a wealth of settings, it certainly makes a case for being one of the best live gig smartphones. Still, there are quite a few phones that perform admirably in this situation (well, as admirably as a smartphone can), so we picked a few other handsets to keep in mind. Don't see your pick on the list? Then let us know in the comments section! Nokia Lumia 1020 Nokia's beastly handset might be lumbering...