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  • How well do enhanced 360 titles run on Xbox One X?

    Microsoft's Xbox One X is already delivering on its promise of better looking and/or smoother Xbox One games, but what about Xbox 360 titles? We heard earlier this month that seven last-gen titles would be getting the enhanced treatment for Xbox One X. So Digital Foundry put these to the test. Starting with Halo 3, the publication reports that we get a 1920p native resolution (a nine-fold increase in pixel count over the original), not quite being native 2160p/4K. But we also see better texture detail, improved details in general and HDR effects. Gears of War 3 delivers a big step up...

  • 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...

  • Confirmed: Microsoft is gussying up OG Xbox, Xbox 360 games for X1

    Earlier this week, we saw a purported list of original Xbox games coming to Xbox One. Now, Microsoft has made it official and revealed some interesting perks as part of the project. Starting today, original Xbox games will be hitting the current-generation console, the Redmond company explained. But in a rather cool move, Microsoft is upping the resolution for each title, claiming a four-fold increase in pixels on Xbox One and a sixteen-fold increase on Xbox One X. "The 13 Original Xbox games releasing tomorrow will look better on the Xbox One family of devices, taking advantage of the power of Xbox One with...

  • Has list of backwards compatible OG Xbox games been revealed?

    Microsoft made quite a surprising announcement at E3 this year, when it revealed that original Xbox games were coming to Xbox One via backwards compatibility. The news means that all three generations of Xbox games would be playable on the Xbox One -- at least to some extent. Now, a Twitter user has published what seems to be a preliminary list of original Xbox games coming to the current-generation console. So which titles apparently made the cut? Titles shown in the tweet are: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Dead to Rights, Red Faction 2, Fuzion Frenzy, The King of Fighters...

  • Xbox One X now available to preorder in South Africa

    South Africans won't have to endure a long wait to get their hands on the Xbox One X, as Microsoft plans to bring the console to the country in December. Now, the likes of Raru and Takealot have started taking preorders for the new console, with both noting that there's "very limited stock" available. "The Xbox One X 1TB Console release date is set for 22 December 2017 but is of course subject to change," reads an excerpt of Raru's preorder page. The 22 December date is corroborated by Takealot's preorder page, also adding that the preorder price (R7499) is down from...

  • List of Xbox One X-enhanced games grows to 130+

    Microsoft's Xbox One X is practically around the corner for a global release, promising "true" 4K gaming and visual benefits for owners of full HD screens. South Africans can also expect the console to hit local shores in December. But which games will you be able to play come release date? Microsoft has updated its list of Xbox One X-enhanced games, with a claimed total of over 130 supported titles. The company adds that users should check for one of three logos on game packaging/listings. These are "Xbox One X enhanced", "4K Ultra HD" and "HDR". The latter two are pretty self-explanatory,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Xbox One no longer excites me [Opinion]

    I've written a similar headline before about the Sony Xperia line last year, but Microsoft's Xbox One is the latest tech product to fall to the wayside in the eyes of this consumer. Microsoft's confused play for the multimedia entertainment arena back in 2013 handed the reins over to Sony, which marketed the PS4 as a pure games machine. Sony's console proceeded to sell by the shipload, dwarfing Microsoft's sales. It's a blow that Microsoft still hasn't quite recovered from, on wobbly legs at this stage of the console race. But the early days certainly played host to a few killer...

  • Xbox Game Pass comes to South Africa next month, price revealed

    When Microsoft announced Xbox Game Pass earlier this year, our first question was "will it be available in South Africa?". Unfortunately, as Gearburn exclusively confirmed at the time, the answer was no. Fortunately, at its Gamescom 2017 event, Microsoft revealed that the service would be expanding to eight new markets from 1 September. These are Argentina, Brazil, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Turkey,UAE and yes, South Africa. "Fans in our new markets can start their 14-day free trial from September 1, and enjoy over 100 great games," the company added. So what's the monthly price for South Africa? "Enjoy unlimited access to over one hundred...