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  • PS4 firmware 5.0 to bring 1080p/60fps streaming and more

    Sony has confirmed that firmware 5.0 is coming for the PS4 and PS4 Pro, but what does the new system update actually do? Fortunately, Eurogamer has obtained the release details, and the headline feature might just be the ability for PS4 Pro users to stream over Twitch at 1080p/60fps. Of course, you'll need a relatively decent internet connection to do this. Another noteworthy feature is an overhaul of the sub/master account system, with multiple adult accounts in a family and parental controls on a per-account basis (e.g. if you have several children using their own sub-accounts via your account). The last big...

  • New PS4 firmware coming: here’s how to sign up for beta testing

    Sony and Microsoft both allow you to sign up for beta testing of console firmware, giving users a sneak peek at new features and tweaks. Now, Sony has announced that it's looking for testers for its new PS4 firmware update. Of course, you won't just be playing with new features, as you're strongly encouraged to suggest changes/features and give feedback on the state of the firmware. "As with previous updates, we're recruiting for beta testers to get a head start with these new features, road-test them with us and provide feedback to help fine-tune and improve the way you play on PS4,"...

  • Nintendo Switch Online: what to know before downloading app?

    The Nintendo Switch Online app is now available to download for Android and iOS, although the servers aren't actually up yet. Of course, it should be available once Splatoon 2 launches on 21 July. Fortunately, Nintendo has published a frequently asked questions (FAQ) guide for the app, so what's some of the more pertinent information you should know? For starters, the app is free to use for now, but come 2018, it'll require a subscription fee (the fee also includes online play). "After the free-trial period, the online play portion of most games and the Nintendo Switch Online app will require a paid online service subscription from Nintendo," the...

  • Nintendo Switch Online app finally hits Android, iOS

    The Nintendo Switch has truly been a sales phenomenon since its launch in March 2017, but one of the biggest issues has been the requirement for a separate app to use voice chat. Now, the app in question has finally been pushed out to Google Play and iTunes. The Nintendo Switch Online app comes ahead of this week's launch of Splatoon 2, being an eagerly anticipated multiplayer shooter and one of the bigger Nintendo titles of the year. As for features, the app lets you voice chat and invite social media friends to gaming sessions. However, Nintendo adds that you can...

  • 4 hacker-friendly gaming consoles you should get right now

    We've seen some great strides towards having proper PS3 emulation on PC, allowing gamers to put the console in the cupboard but still play their cherished titles. But what about the other way around? What about emulation and general homebrew on consoles? There have been a ton of consoles that feature homebrew apps, but these are arguably at the top of the pile when it comes to being bedroom-friendly (for bedroom coders, we mean). Microsoft Xbox The original Xbox was basically a PC in a fancy box, owing to its Intel Pentium chip and 8GB/10GB internal hard drive. So was there any...

  • Can’t wait? SNES Mini now available to preorder on Raru

    Nintendo's miniature NES was a sensation upon its release last year, being produced in small numbers but seeing great demand. So we were happy to see the company announce the SNES Classic console, giving the Super Nintendo the miniature treatment. The console is only set to launch in September 2017, but South African online retailer Raru has listed the machine for preorder on its website. Raru lists the console at R1249, adding that it's expected on 29 September. The retailer adds that they're limiting preorders to one per customer -- presumably to combat reselling. As for games, the SNES Mini comes packed with:...

  • 4 other classic consoles that deserve a Mini release

    Last year saw Nintendo release the mini NES (review), being a diminutive version of the NES machine, delivering well over a dozen preloaded titles. It was quite the sensation upon launch, leading Nintendo to reveal the SNES Classic this week. The new console features just over 20 iconic titles, ranging from Super Mario World and Final Fantasy III to Secret of Mana and Super Metroid. And this has us thinking, what about other classic consoles that deserve the Mini treatment? PlayStation One Sure, these games are playable on a variety of current PlayStation models, but aside from the adorable hardware, the preloaded nature of...

  • SNES Classic is real: Star Fox 2 playable for first time

    We heard murmurings of a mini SNES console earlier this year, following the success of the mini NES. Now, Nintendo has officially taken the wraps off of the SNES Classic console. Much like the mini NES, we've got a miniature console in the same style as the original machine, as well as two SNES controllers. The console officially launches in the USA on 29 September and comes in at US$80. No word on a local release date or price just yet, but we've asked Core Group for more information. Still, a console lives and dies by its games, and the SNES had a...

  • These video games will run at 4K/60fps on Xbox One X

    Microsoft's Xbox One X is easily the most powerful console ever produced, shaping up to be more capable than the PS4 Pro on paper (exclusives are another story though). At its E3 2017 presentation, Microsoft constantly touted games that were enhanced for Xbox One X, with Forza Motorsport 7 leading the way. Packing 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, Forza might be the most technically demanding console game around. But there are a few more titles offering 4K and 60fps on the new console... For one, we've got F1 2017, with Codemasters telling Gaming Bolt that it was targeting 4K and...

  • Nintendo Switch 3.0 update brings some small but welcome features

    The Nintendo Switch is enjoying very healthy sales, thanks to the likes of Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart. However, it's not a perfect console, with the biggest complaint being the barebones nature of it all. Nevertheless, Nintendo is hard at work on crafting system updates, with the latest version 3.0 update being pushed out last night. So what does it bring to the table? For starters, you can now get news for specific games (news>find channels), add friends from your Wii U and 3DS friend lists (my page>friend suggestions) and get alerts when your friends go online/offline (system settings>notifications>friend...