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Consoles

  • Nintendo Switch paid online delayed, pricing revealed

    The Nintendo Switch is on fire right now, with brisk sales and reports that the Japanese firm is going to increase production of the console. If there is a major downside to the console, it's that the online service was quite barebones and would become a paid service later this year. Now, Nintendo has announced that the paid service won't launch in 2017. "Please note that online play will continue to be free for Nintendo Account holders until the paid service launches in 2018," the company wrote on its website. Nintendo has also revealed pricing for the online service, with a one...

  • Update: PS4 gets performance buff, new icons with version 4.70 firmware

    Update: Judging by comments online, the PS4 4.70 version firmware is causing a slew of issues. 4.70 Almost Bricked My PS4 - Anyone Else? from PS4 A Reddit thread is currently documenting the slew of issues plaguing users who updated the firmware today, from black screens, to disconnections to near-bricked PS4 consoles. "Hey, I've just had a very similar problem. The ps4 got stuck on the wavy blue thing and after 5+ restarts it finally got to the main menu. Now I've got no playstation network connection," one user writes. "Not even the safe mode will work since the screen will just freeze...

  • Nintendo 2DS XL is now official

    We've seen the Nintendo 3DS, then the 2DS and New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL. Now, Nintendo has decided to combine the family in a sense, revealing the New Nintendo 2DS XL. The revised console sees a foldable design, much like its larger stablemates. Otherwise, you've got larger screens, a C-stick, ZL/ZR buttons and Amiibo functionality. Being a 2DS model, the new console still has 2D-only functionality, so don't get this if you want 3D trickery, obviously. The New Nintendo 2DS XL offers an improved design, additional controls and more power Interestingly enough, the company also says the new console has the New...

  • SNES Mini rumoured for release

    After the success of the NES Mini (review), Nintendo has apparently decided to launch a SNES Mini console. The NES Mini, launched late last year, featured 30 NES games, ranging from the Super Mario franchise to Excite Bike and more. However, Nintendo hasn't been able to keep up with demand, opting for limited production runs instead. Now, Eurogamer, citing "sources close to the company", says Nintendo will be launching a SNES Mini console. And these sources say that development of the throwback machine is already underway. It's unclear whether the console will see a bigger production run than the NES Mini. How...

  • Xbox Scorpio dev kits revealed, detailed [Photo]

    We still don't know what Microsoft's Project Scorpio will look like, and it's expected that we'll only know at E3 in June. But Microsoft has revealed what its development kits (devkits) look like -- and it's a pretty interesting design. The Redmond company showed off the design and other details to Gamasutra, revealing a console that has a few stylings in common with the Xbox One S, such as the white colour and Xbox logo. But otherwise, it brings to mind a set-top box, with five or six buttons along the front of it. Credit: Gamasutra However, the...

  • Xbox Scorpio specs revealed: it beats the PS4 Pro

    Microsoft has teamed up with prominent gaming publication Eurogamer to reveal the specifications behind its Xbox Scorpio console. And it's clear that the machine is a notable step up from the PS4 Pro. The new console sports a 2.3Ghz "custom" octacore processor, being an evolution of the Xbox One's 1.75Ghz Jaguar CPU "but subject to extensive customisation and the offloading of key tasks to dedicated hardware". By comparison, the PS4 Pro features a 2.1Ghz octacore AMD Jaguar processor. In the graphics department, the Xbox Scorpio jumps from 12 compute units at 853Mhz in the Xbox One to 40 "customised" compute units at 1172Mhz....

  • Expect big Xbox Scorpio news at 3pm today

    The Xbox Scorpio is expected to launch this year, being the PS4 Pro to the Xbox One's PS4. So you can expect it to play the latest games at 4K, while also being compatible with older Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. Aside from Microsoft's claim of six teraflops of power and a variety of rumours, we've heard little else about the new console. That's set to change today though, as Microsoft and Eurogamer's Digital Foundry crew announced earlier this week that the publication would have an Xbox Scorpio exclusive. "To clear up the speculation: @digitalfoundry will have an exclusive Xbox...

  • PS4 Pro to actually support 4K video in media player

    It's rather weird that the PS4 Pro doesn't support 4K video files via the media player app, given the fact that 4K content is a big sell for the console. Now, Sony has announced that a new media player update will indeed enable 4K video. "Following this update, 4K videos in mp4 format saved on a USB stick or home server can be played on the Media Player app," the company wrote on its blog. Sony also reminds gamers that you can't use USB storage formatted for games and apps (extended storage) to play/store 4K video files. The media player update also has a...

  • Nintendo Switch: here’s what to do in SA for left Joy-Con issue

    The Nintendo Switch has enjoyed a load of sales so far, with reports that it was ahead of schedule to meet its first month sales target of two million units. We've also seen a few reports of hardware issues, but the most persistent niggle seems to be a disconnecting left Joy-Con controller. Is it a widespread issue though? "There are no widespread technical problems, and all issues are being handled promptly, including the reports regarding the left Joy-Con Bluetooth connection," Nintendo wrote in a press statement. "The number (of repair orders or replacement requests) is not significant. The total number of repair...

  • Xbox One S now up for pre-order in SA with no release date [Update: 13 April]

    Update: Raru has tweeted that the Xbox One S is launching on 13 April in South Africa, making for a significant delay compared to other locales. Xbox One S Console on Pre-Order. The launch late has now been confirmed for Thursday the 13th April @RaruShopping https://t.co/6nQN4jUto9 pic.twitter.com/NLsCmXRWtj — Raru (@RaruShopping) March 17, 2017 Original article: It's taken a while for the Xbox One S revision to (sort of) make it to SA shores. The device is now up for pre-order on a number of stores, but there's no date as to when it'll actually arrive. The console will set you back R4999 for...