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  • 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...

  • Which Nintendo Switch storage medium is fastest?

    The Nintendo Switch differs from traditional consoles by using cartridges rather than discs, making for faster access speeds in the process. But a new report has also shed light on the read speeds of microSD cards and the console's internal storage -- and the results are a little surprising. Eurogamer compared the Switch's 32GB of internal storage to a 16GB Sandisk UHS-1 microSD card, a super-fast SanDisk Extreme Plus 64GB microSD and Switch cartridges. The result? Well, the publication found that the internal storage would beat both microSD cards all the time, suggesting a speed cap was in place for...

  • Nintendo Switch sells 1.5m units, ahead of target – report

    The Nintendo Switch has enjoyed brisk sales so far, as the Japanese firm recently revealed that it's broken its own console records in the USA and Europe. Now, research firm SuperData has found that the Switch has actually sold in the region of 1.5 million units, GamesIndustry.biz reported. It was also noted by the publication that most of the figures obtained by SuperData were for the first week, which means the actual sales figure to date will be higher. The figure is good news for Nintendo, which had previously announced a Switch sales target of two million units for its first month. And...

  • PS4 hard drive support: everything you should know

    The latest firmware update (4.50) for the PlayStation 4 has finally brought support for external hard drives, among other notable features. But before you go splashing out on a drive, there are a few things worth noting, as the PlayStation blog points out. Requirements and preparation First of all, you'll want to make sure that your external hard drive supports USB 3.0. As for size requirements, your drive needs to be a minimum of 250GB or a maximum of eight terabytes. Even if you do meet these requirements, Sony notes that there's no guarantee that your drive will work anyway. Once you've got your...

  • Has the Nintendo Switch been hacked?

    It's barely been a week since the Nintendo Switch was launched globally, but it appears that we may already have our first hack for the system. A prominent hacker known as qwertyuiop used a Webkit browser vulnerability to apparently create an exploit on the system, posting a screenshot of the hack on Twitter, Wololo reported. that's just how it goes pic.twitter.com/ztkFrbjz5u — qwertyoruiop (@qwertyoruiopz) March 11, 2017 The hacker claims they only had to tweak their existing iOS exploit to get it running on the Switch. That doesn't mean the Switch is running iOS obviously, but rather that the two devices apparently share a...