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  • Nintendo Switch powered by Nvidia Tegra, custom APIs

    A few months ago, we wrote a piece speculating that Nintendo could rope in Nvidia to help power its upcoming console. Today, Nvidia revealed that it is in fact the brains behind the Nintendo Switch. The Switch will use a custom Nvidia Tegra processor running on the Pascal architecture. This will also make it pretty simple to develop games on the console. That, and the new API the console employs. "The Nintendo Switch’s gaming experience is also supported by fully custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries," Nvidia claims on its blog. "NVIDIA additionally created...

  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild trailer drops before NX reveal

    Oh Nintendo, you big tease. A mere hour before the big Nintendo NX reveal on YouTube, the company posted its latest trailer of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild -- the company's upcoming NX and Nintendo Wii U title -- on its Japanese YouTube channel. Breath of the Wild will be Nintendo's final Wii U Zelda title, and first for the Nintendo NX The game, which was showcased in depth at E3 2016, uses a quite gorgeous animation style, alongside new physics-based mechanics and what seems like a Ubisoft-like radio tower system (that last one was a joke, but...

  • Samsung CFG70 gaming monitor debuts with quantum dots

    Samsung has today announced the global availability of its first gaming monitor with quantum dots, the CFG70. The screen, which first debuted at Gamescom 2016, is available in 24-inch and 27-inch guises, and also boasts a curved face. Gamer-friendly features are also listed, including a 3000:1 contrast ratio, a 125% coverage of the sRGB colour spectrum and quantum dots. "With the introduction of quantum dot technology to our pioneering curved monitors, Samsung offers a look into the future of gaming, along with a level of picture quality like the industry has never seen before," notes Samsung's SVP of Samsung's visual display...

  • RetroEpic bringing Flash Point: Fire Rescue board game to PC, iOS

    SA game developer, RetroEpic, is bringing the widely popular board game Flash Point: Fire Rescue, to PC and iOS in 2017. The turn-based strategy game has players taking on the role of firefighters as they attempt to rescue seven to 10 victims from a burning building. During the game, the fire will spread, making it harder for the players to achieve their goals. Players will need to strategise as a range of hazards will block their way. RetroEpic's digital take on the game will include both solo and co-operative play, two different burning houses, and eight different firefighters, each with their own...

  • PlayStation 4 Pro listed on South Africa’s Raru for R6999

    We're just a few months away from gaming on consoles at 4K (or something incredibly close to it) through the conduit of the PlayStation 4 Pro. Announced in early September 2016 at a New York event, the PlayStation 4 Pro will be Sony's most powerful gaming console ever launched, and probably the most powerful available for now. But how much will it cost, and when will it arrive in South Africa? Sony PS4 Pro launched, with PS4 Slim in tow Sony finally took the wraps off the PlayStation 4 Neo in New York last night, revealing that it would also be called...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #3: are big companies neglecting the budget smartphone space?

    Hey you, using that swanky flagship over there, have you ever stopped to think if companies are doing enough for budget smartphone users? It's great if you can tote a R14 000 metal slab around, but what about those who can't? What about those users who need a simple, cheap and reliable tether to the digital world? In this week's episode, we focus chiefly on the budget smartphone space. Sure, it might not be as sexy as the Gorilla Glass- and USB Typc-C monsters atop the hierarchies, but they are important. If anything, when companies limit themselves to a strict...

  • Watch 11 minutes of Gravity Rush 2’s gorgeous gameplay

    Debuting on the PlayStation Vita back in 2012, Gravity Rush was a pretty promising game on a less promising platform. Thankfully, the game came to the PlayStation 4 in 2015, and later this year, Sony's Japan Studio will be launching the sequel. Starring Kat and her cat once again, the game reuses the popular and rather gorgeous art style of the first title, with improved lighting effects, physics and performance tweaks. Overall, that makes for a pretty beautiful experience. This of course, is at least according to 11 minutes of gameplay published on PlayStation Access's YouTube channel today. If you're interested in...

  • Hisense announces extended smartphone warranty plan

    Chinese electronics manufacturer Hisense has announced it will now offer new smartphones purchased in South Africa with a 24 month warranty. This is in effect for all devices purchased from 1 September 2016. According to the company's SA brand manager, Ryan Curling, the warranty ensures that the company continues building its brand in the country. "For the past 20 years, Hisense has worked hard to build strong brand loyalty and trust in South Africa. This 24-month warranty on newly purchased phones shows that we are confident to put our money where our mouth is, providing customers peace of mind when buying...

  • No Man’s Sky: Sony’s Yoshida criticises Hello Games’ PR strategy

    Sony is slowly distancing itself from the No Man's Sky aftermath, that's at least according to comments made by Sony Studios' president Shuhei Yoshida. Speaking to Eurogamer at the Tokyo Game Show, Yoshida criticised the head of Hello Games Sean Murray for promising more than the developer could deliver. "It wasn't a great PR strategy , because he didn't have a PR person helping him, and in the end he is an indie developer," he explains. "I understand some of the criticisms especially Sean Murray is getting, because he sounded like he was promising more features in the game from...

  • Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection leaps onto consoles November

    Scaling walls, traversing rooftops and performing the Leap of Faith are but a few things that made the Assassin's Creed franchise such a success. More so, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, probably the most notable Assassin's Creed character, returns to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in a new collection. With the franchise selling over 100-million copies to date, and the release of the latest game just over a year away, fans of the franchise and new players alike have the opportunity to relive the Ezio saga. Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection bundles three iconic AC games into one package The Ezio Collection...