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  • Nintendo has sold more than 19m Switch consoles to date

    Nintendo has sold more than 19-million Switch consoles to date, this according to the Japanese company's Q2 2018 earnings report. "For Nintendo Switch, hardware sales in every region have been trending upwards since the video game expo, E3, was held in the US in June," the company writes in its report. It has now sold more than six-million more units than the Nintendo Wii U, and less than 20-million short of the failed console's total software sales. Speaking of which just under 87-million software units were sold for the Nintendo Switch as of the end of Q2 2018. As for its top selling...

  • You can now play Overwatch’s Hammond on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

    Hammond is now live on Overwatch's stable build. After hitting the public test realm earlier this month, Wrecking Ball (as he's officially known) is now available to play on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Sporting 600HP and a kit that screams "dive tank", Hammond isn't yet available on the game's competitive tiers but should make for entertaining scraps in quick play. "He’s equipped with tools of both destruction and strategy, including automatic-firing Quad Cannons to take down foes from a distance, a Minefield for setting traps or lighting up a pre-existing battle, and an adaptive shield generator to provide more protection from...

  • Fornite heading to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 as timed exclusive

    If you want to be among the first to play Fornite on Android, you might have to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 9, according to reports. 9to5Google suggests that the phone, which is due to launch next month, will be the exclusive carrier of Fortnite on Android for at least 30 days after its launch. After this, the game will be available for other Android devices. Furthermore, continuing Samsung's love of launching their devices with big-name player in attendance, XDA Developers reports that pro-gamer Ninja may be in attendance at the launch event. Samsung has confirmed none of this to the publications, but...

  • Fallout Miami gets its first official trailer

    The Fallout 4 mod community is still going strong, this even as the latest game in the franchise is just a few months away. The latest candidate is Fallout Miami. A stark departure to the survival-heavy Frost, Miami brings the feel of Fallout 4 to the southeastern American city. While the mod is still deep in development with no signs of release, the team behind it released its first official trailer on Tuesday. Styled in a similar vein to Bethesda's official game trailers, the nearly three-minute clip showcases a world littered with palm tress, neon signs and ghouls on a beach wearing floatees....

  • Steam Chat relaunches with Discord-rivalling features

    Steam is today offering gamers a "richer chat experience" courtesy of its updated Steam Chat service. Yes, yes, Discord is already established, and for those who use the service daily shouldn't really see a need to switch to Steam's. But it's notable that Valve sees a need to keep the chat platform's rise in check. Steam Chat is the company's shiny new beta weapon, currently available to test for users of the game distribution platform. It adds a number of tweaks that Discord has had for ages too, including multimedia support, the ability to add friends to a chat session, and the...

  • rAge’s NAG LAN adds more creature comforts in 2018

    The 2018 NAG LAN -- South Africa's largest bring-your-own-PC LAN event taking place at rAge in October -- will be a lot more comfortable than previous years "For the first time ever, gamers will be able to pre-select their preferred experience in three dedicated LAN areas when purchasing their tickets," notes Michael James, project manager at rAge, in a press release. "Two of the areas will be fully carpeted, one area will have padded chairs, and two areas will be quieter and more secluded from the noisy expo show floor, ensuring that the NAG LAN experience is more tailored to everyone’s...

  • Microsoft’s building a new Xbox called ‘Scarlett Cloud’ – report

    The next Xbox could arrive as early as 2020, but its set to be unlike anything the company has built before. A report by Microsoft enthusiast site Thurrott suggests that the company's currently developing two consoles, but it's the game-streaming service codenamed Scarlett Cloud that's causing the biggest buzz online. The console will be "low-powered" but it won't require discs to play games. Instead, it's the console's purported streaming wizardry that's most intriguing. Scarlett Cloud will run two instances of the game simultaneously: one on the Microsoft servers, and another on the local console itself. The will then stitch the two instances...

  • Sony unveils 48MP smartphone camera sensor

    Sony has announced a new smartphone sensor, and it's a big one. Named the IMX586, the Japanese company's latest CMOS image sensor squashes each pixel into just 0.8μm, the smallest pixel size of any smartphone sensor at present, Sony claims. With all that extra space, there's room for 48 megapixels, the highest pixel count of any smartphone sensor available. "The new sensor uses the Quad Bayer color filter array, where adjacent 2x2 pixels come in the same color, making high-sensitivity shooting possible," the company adds. It also has some fancy low-light technology using super-sampling. "During low light shooting, the signals from the four adjacent...

  • Ana buffed, Mercy nerfed as Overwatch’s supports receive PTR changes

    Overwatch's supports are once again the latest candidates for nerfs and buffs on the game's test servers. According to Blizzard developer Geoff Goodman, Ana, Brigitte, Lucio, Mercy and Moira will all receive buffs or nerfs on the PTR servers this week. Most notably is Ana. The healing sniper's ultimate Nano Boost will receive a massive buff, instantly healing the recipient by 300HP. "This new change allows Ana to use her ultimate as a clutch save on a dying teammate, or even use it in combination with her Biotic Grenade for a huge instant heal on even the biggest of tank health pools," Goodman...

  • 48 hours with the LG Q7

    LG's second big smartphone launch in South Africa 2018 is its smallest by quite some margin. The LG Q7, which should really be known as the LG G7 Mini for all intents and purposes, is a smartphone set to challenge the country's mid range pretenders. Huawei, Sony, Samsung, and Nokia have all snuggled into this extremely tightly-fought space over the past few years, but LG hasn't really earned its place here just yet. The LG Q6 tried, but fell short. But can the updated Q7 be the device that puts an LG into more South African hands? I've spent my first 48 hours...