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  • iStore reveals new iMac, Macbook Pro pricing for SA

    Apple used WWDC last week to reveal its latest software and hardware, with Apple's computers receiving plenty of time in the sun. Now, South Africa's iStore has announced the availability of the new iMacs and Macbooks. The iMacs sport 4K/5K displays, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, seventh generation Intel processors and upgraded graphics. Meanwhile, the Macbook and Macbook Pro lineup has also received various upgrades, most notably in the chip department. The iStore says it will offer these new models from "this weekend" at selected stores and online. What will you be paying though? Check out the table below.

  • Sony explains lack of cross-platform online play

    We've seen titles like Minecraft and Rocket League being announced with cross-platform play in recent times. Both titles will be playable across PC, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, making for a cool, overdue proposition. However, Sony is curiously absent in both instances. So why is this the the case? "It's certainly not a profound philosophical stance we have against this. We've done it in the past. We're always open to conversations with any developer or publisher who wants to talk about it," PlayStation's Jim Ryan told Eurogamer. "Unfortunately it's a commercial discussion between ourselves and other stakeholders, and I'm not going...

  • Nintendo at E3 2017: Metroid Prime, Super Mario and more [Videos]

    Last year saw Nintendo hit the ball out of the park during E3 week, delivering a pre-recorded presentation filled with killer titles and Switch goodness. Now that the Switch is in millions of hands around the world, what has Nintendo delivered at E3 2017? Here are some of the major highlights. Metroid Prime 4 is coming for Switch The Metroid Prime series is one of gaming's most beloved, delivering a first-person adventure back in 2002 and going from strength to strength since then. Now, Nintendo has used to E3 to merely confirm that the game was in development for Switch. No gameplay or...

  • 11 original Xbox games we’d like to see on Xbox One

    Last night saw Microsoft announce that original Xbox games would be coming to Xbox One via the magic of backwards compatibility. The company only revealed that Crimson Skies would be compatible at the event, promising more details later in the year. But there are definitely a few OG Xbox games that should make the cut... The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind It's got one of the largest and most captivating maps around, some crazy spells and doesn't hold your hand at all. Yep, it's Morrowind, being our first pick on the list. The title was released to critical acclaim back in 2002 on PC...

  • Sony or Microsoft: who won E3 2017?

    It's one of our favourite periods of the year, when gaming studios and console manufacturers descend on LA to showcase their new wares at E3. EA, Bethesda and Microsoft held their conferences earlier this week, while Sony followed through a few hours ago (as of writing). So the real question is, who "won" E3 between Microsoft and Sony? What about the Xbox event? The company's fans no doubt wanted Xbox Scorpio details and new exclusive games. Did the firm bring the results then? Well, Project Scorpio certainly had plenty of time in the sun, with a final design, pricing and a release date...

  • Sony at E3 2017: what did you miss? [Videos]

    You'd be forgiven if you missed out on Sony's E3 2017 conference, taking place at 3am SAST, for one. So what did they show off? Any new exclusives? Check out the major highlights below. Shadow of the Colossus It's one of the most iconic PS2 games. Hell, it's one of the most iconic games ever made. And it's receiving a PS4 port. Set for a vague 2018 release, we can expect the same towering colossi and heavily upgraded visuals, if the trailer can be believed. Spider-Man We finally got a better look at Spider-Man, being done by the Insomniac people. Due for 2018 as well, the trailer...

  • E3 2017: Miyamoto, Ubisoft reveal Mario in XCOM clone

    We already know about the likes of Far Cry 5, the new Assassin's Creed and The Crew 2. And they predictably made appearances at E3 2017. But Ubisoft has also used E3 to reveal a few brand new titles. Nintendo and Ubisoft team up One of the biggest surprises was Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto on-stage at the event, to present new title Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. A turn-based tactical strategy game of sorts, the title seems to be heavily influenced by the likes of XCOM and Fire Emblem, with cover being an important element. Expect this Switch-exclusive to launch on 29 August. An online...

  • Most popular game at Xbox E3 event wasn’t an exclusive

    Assassin's Creed: Origins was the most talked-about game at Microsoft's Xbox event at E3 2017. This is according to data collected by social analytics firm Brandwatch. The company found that 420 000 social media posts were made about the conference in general between 2pm and 3.45pm PT. As for a gender-based breakdown, it found that 79% of authors were male and 21% were female. Brandwatch added that the constant stream of games from the Microsoft event made for quite a challenge. "We searched for mentions of all of the games that had extended trailers or mentions by the speakers (basically, skipping games that...

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 now in South Africa

    The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (review) was one of our favourite phones of last year, owing to its capable specs and wallet-friendly price tag. Xiaomi released the Redmi Note 4 in China back in January though, slowly making its way to the rest of the world. Now, after confirming their intentions to bring it to the country last month, local distributor MIA Group has quietly listed the device for South Africa. MIA's website lists the 32GB model for R3599, actually coming in slightly cheaper than the Redmi Note 3's original price. In saying so, it's worth noting (heh) that the new phone is...

  • Xbox Scorpio is now Xbox One X, SA price in tow [E3 2017]

    Update: Microsoft's website has revealed a R7499 price tag for the console when it hits South Africa. We've asked Microsoft's representatives for local details but they said they would "hopefully be sending out a statement later today or tomorrow". Original article: We all know that Microsoft would use its E3 briefing to deliver more Xbox Scorpio details. So what did it reveal? For starters, the console now has an official name, in the form of the Xbox One X. This goes contrary to rumours of an Xbox 10 S name to bring it in line with Windows 10 S. The company claims that the...