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  • Nintendo Switch: 6 new features we want via firmware updates

    There’s no doubting that the Nintendo Switch makes for an intriguing proposition, thanks to its hybrid nature. As with many gadgets these days, firmware updates are able to bring new features over its lifetime. But what should firmware updates deliver to the Nintendo Switch? Download while sleeping If there's one fantastic thing about the Switch software, it's the sleep mode, being very frugal in the power department. So it's no surprise that the reason for this is because Nintendo kills almost all connectivity to achieve this goal. Downloads aren't spared either, and the Nintendo Switch lacks a toggle to allow downloads to finish....

  • Switch it up: here’s what’s good and bad about the Nintendo Switch

    The Nintendo Switch, the newest console on the market, has hit our shores and by its marketing campaign alone has certainly turned heads. But is it everything it's cracked up to be? It's innovative and exciting certainly but can it hold its own against its competitors. We rounded up the three best and three worst features of the Switch as it launches in South Africa. The Good 8 console local multiplayer You have to admit that's pretty awesome. You can sync up to eight consoles to play both competitive and cooperative multiplayer and while it's not unique to the Switch it also has...

  • PS4 firmware 4.50 out tomorrow, Boost Mode in tow

    The 4.50 firmware update for the PS4 represents a rather exciting upgrade for PS4 and PS4 Pro owners alike. And now, gamers can see what all the fuss is about, when the update launches tomorrow. Yep, Sony has confirmed the launch date for the system update, which finally brings support for external hard drives to the platform. We've also seen other features revealed ahead of the release, such as a Boost Mode for PS4 Pro (delivering framerate/quality gains for unpatched PS4 titles) and custom wallpapers. But Sony has more features to share in its blog post. "If you're playing a game in PS VR and...

  • Nintendo Switch: what issues are people experiencing?

    The Nintendo Switch has clearly enjoyed plenty of success in its first few days on the market, as reports emerge that European and US opening sales have broken records. Still, gamers are finding that records aren't the only things being broken, as people report several issues... Scratches due to the dock Users on reddit and elsewhere are finding scratches on their screen if they don't dock it absolutely perfectly. The culprit seems to be one of the braces in the Switch dock itself, forcing some users to come up with DIY solutions in order to better protect the screen. The infamous connectivity issue with...

  • Nintendo Switch breaks company records in Europe

    Nintendo has announced that the Nintendo Switch has enjoyed the best launch weekend for a Nintendo console in Europe. "We can confirm that, across Europe, Nintendo Switch sold more in its launch weekend than any other Nintendo hardware in history," the company's local representatives wrote in an email to Gearburn. It's not the only spot of good news on this front, as Nintendo said that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild enjoyed the best first-weekend sales for a Nintendo launch title in Europe. The company added that Breath of the Wild topped Wii Sports in terms of first-weekend sales. Despite some...

  • Nintendo Switch JoyCons work natively on PC, Android, Mac

    Recent Nintendo consoles allowed you to connect your controllers to a PC with some finagling. Now, it's been reported that the Nintendo Switch's JoyCon controllers work natively on PC and Android. According to Nintendo Actu on Twitter, the Switch JoyCons are recognised natively on PC, showing up as two separate controllers. However, it's noted that a utility such as JoyToKey is needed to map out buttons, so it's not quite as seamless as you'd think. Les Joy-Con sont également reconnus nativement sur PC et fonctionnent comme des manettes indépendantes. Idéal pour la co-op! #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/fg1qIIlLZr — Nintendo Actu (@NintendoActu) February 28, 2017 The...

  • Nintendo Switch: we go hands-on with the upcoming console

    I recently had a bit of hands-on time with the Nintendo Switch before its 3 March international launch. While I only got to spend around two hours with the device, I finally have a better understanding of it. So far, Nintendo's marketing has been spot-on with its new console. The company has learned from past mistakes of the Wii U and has advertised almost everything the new device is capable of (except for the Virtual Console and UI), and what it actually is. But there were a few details the adverts haven't shown off. The weight and feel of the Nintendo...

  • Take a gander at the Nintendo Switch’s UI

    Ever since the reveal of the Nintendo Switch, the company has been strangely secretive about the interface. Now we finally have a proper look at it, but not thanks to Nintendo's own marketing. Trust a store somewhere to always ship highly anticipated games or hardware early. That's exactly what happened to NeoGAF forum user Hiphoptherobot when he received a pre-ordered Switch a few weeks before release (there is speculation that this isn't actually the case). The user has uploaded a video of himself setting up the new device and going through a range of menus to get the console going. Nintendo has...

  • Microsoft’s Xbox E3 conference will be earlier this year

    Microsoft has announced that its E3 conference will be on a Sunday this year, a change from the usual Monday shows. It will be held on 11 June at 2pm PT (12am SAST), to be precise. While I don't usually like speculating about future events (because speculation), it's interesting to not that Microsoft used the current Scorpion placeholder image for the announcement. Are we finally going to hear more about the Xbox One Scorpion project? More than likely. And what about the earlier date? There's a good chance that Microsoft will try to steal some of the thunder away from whatever Sony is...

  • PlayStation Network is down: here’s what we know

    Anyone looking to enjoy some online gaming fun on any of the PlayStation consoles tonight will be in for some unwelcome news. The PlayStation Network, for the second time this week, is down. Sony confirmed the issues on its status page, flagging the PlayStation Networks social, gaming and sign in systems in red. Checking connections on consoles also suggests that PSN is undergoing maintenance. DownDetector largely suggests that most users seemed to suffer connection issues around midnight Thursday SAST, pretty much exactly when we were kicked out of our gaming session. A vast majority of its users are reporting issues with...