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  • 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...

  • An inside look at the Xbox One backwards-compatibility programme

    The Xbox One backwards compatibility (BC) programme has enjoyed a constant stream of titles, from big-hitters like Red Dead Redemption and Call of Duty: Black Ops to the likes of Skate 3 and Shadows of the Damned. However, the head of the initiative has shed light on the processes behind getting an Xbox 360 game on the service. In a note published to Twitter, Microsoft's Bill Stillwell wrote that BC releases have always "ebbed and flowed", with some months being full of releases and others being light on titles. He wrote that while you should expect blockbuster titles in the "near future",...

  • 7 really cheap smartphones for WhatsApp [Tech Savvy SA]

    Our initial list of cheap smartphones for WhatsApp back in 2014 was quite a hit, still attracting views today. But the smartphone world moves at an incredible pace, and 2014's budget devices are likely to be obsolete now. Additionally, the sector has exploded, making for quite the variety of quality phones. With that in mind, we thought it would be a great idea to refresh our list of affordable WhatsApp-enabled handsets. And when looking at the sub-R2000 category, there are plenty to choose from. Vodacom Smart Kicka 2 At R499, the Smart Kicka 2 is the cheapest phone on the list, with some...

  • Xbox Game Pass: South Africa not part of initial rollout

    Microsoft announced the Xbox Game Pass subscription service earlier this week, being an all-you-can-eat service for over 100 Xbox 360 and Xbox One games. Available on Xbox One, the service sees users paying US$10 a month for unlimited access to a revolving library of titles. Prominent titles expected to appear on the service include Halo 5: Guardians, Megaman Legacy Collection, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Mad Max. The service also sees gamers being able to purchase titles in the catalogue at a 20% discount. Additionally, Microsoft says that Xbox Live Gold members will have first dibs on new titles entering Xbox Game Pass. At...

  • Evolve, Borderlands 2 among March Xbox Games With Gold titles

    Microsoft has announced its latest batch of Games With Gold titles for Xbox One, which are set to rollout from 1 March. Fans of the console may find these offerings a little underwhelming. First up is Layers of Fear on the Xbox One, which will be available from 1 to 31 March. This title is a "first-person psychedelic horror game with a heavy focus on story and exploration". Easily one of the strangest additions to the line-up is Evolve Ultimate Edition, which you can grab from 16 March until 15 April. The four-on-one multiplayer title has been plagued with numerous problems and controversies since before...

  • 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...

  • We talk South Africa’s indie gaming scene with Microsoft’s Clifford de Wit

    Whether it be puzzlers or role-playing titles, there is no shortage of indie video games. As shown by our Digital All Stars pieces on indie gaming companies and the community, there's a significant indie gaming scene in South Africa. Memeburn had a chance to sit down with DPE Lead at Microsoft, Clifford de Wit, at the recent Microsoft Tech Summit event in Johannesburg. Aside from the general information on Azure and systems, we also spoke to him about Microsoft and the indie video game scene. The Windows store "The store is getting unified now and that makes a big difference," explains de Wit,...

  • Watch: Halo Wars 2 launch trailer hits the web

    Microsoft's Halo Wars made for quite an impression upon launch in 2009, offering a refreshing strategy take on the Halo formula. Of course, Halo was originally intended to be a strategy game, so Halo Wars was really about bringing the series to its roots, in a sense. In any event, Microsoft has published the launch trailer for Halo Wars 2, set years after the events of the first title. "After experiencing a pyrrhic victory following the events of the first Halo Wars, Captain Cutter and the brave crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire wake up after 28 years of cryosleep...

  • Xbox One Creators Update starts rollout: what to expect?

    Microsoft has announced that the Creators Update for Xbox One is slowly making its way to gamers enrolled in the Insider Programme. Now, we've already covered some of the key features, such as tapping the Xbox button once to open the guide, but there are a couple of less notable features too. For one, the Home screen has received a fresh coat of paint, with the goal of making it intuitive and faster. "You’ll notice the main tile for what you’re currently playing has changed. Now, you’ll see a smaller icon for the game and a few options to dive deeper...

  • Creators Update brings new Xbox One, Windows 10 features

    Thanks to the Xbox app and native media capture capabilities, Windows 10 is arguably the best Windows for gaming. But Microsoft is hard at work on the Creators Update, set to bring even more gaming-focused features. The biggest feature in the new update is Game Mode for Windows 10, which effectively optimises your computer for better gaming. "Windows Insiders will start seeing some of the visual elements for Game Mode this week, with the feature being fully operational in builds shortly thereafter. Our vision is for Game Mode to optimise your Windows 10 PC for increased performance in gaming," Microsoft's Mike Ybarra...