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  • 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...

  • Microsoft wins social media battle at E3 2017 – study

    E3 2017 is pretty much in the bag, as all the major publishers and manufacturers have already dished out their details. We've already looked at who won E3 (both in article form and podcast), but what about the social media war? Analytics firm Brandwatch has tallied the mentions, revealing the big console and video game winners as determined by social media. "This data incorporates mentions from across social media (we track mentions across millions of sites, including public Facebook posts, Instagram, blogs, forums, news sites etc)," Brandwatch explained to Gearburn. And the big winner was Microsoft, claiming 44% of mentions according to...

  • Sony or Microsoft: who won E3 2017?

    It's one of our favourite periods of the year, when gaming studios and console manufacturers descend on LA to showcase their new wares at E3. EA, Bethesda and Microsoft held their conferences earlier this week, while Sony followed through a few hours ago (as of writing). So the real question is, who "won" E3 between Microsoft and Sony? What about the Xbox event? The company's fans no doubt wanted Xbox Scorpio details and new exclusive games. Did the firm bring the results then? Well, Project Scorpio certainly had plenty of time in the sun, with a final design, pricing and a release date...

  • Xbox Scorpio is now Xbox One X, SA price in tow [E3 2017]

    Update: Microsoft's website has revealed a R7499 price tag for the console when it hits South Africa. We've asked Microsoft's representatives for local details but they said they would "hopefully be sending out a statement later today or tomorrow". Original article: We all know that Microsoft would use its E3 briefing to deliver more Xbox Scorpio details. So what did it reveal? For starters, the console now has an official name, in the form of the Xbox One X. This goes contrary to rumours of an Xbox 10 S name to bring it in line with Windows 10 S. The company claims that the...

  • E3 2017: all the major Xbox trailers, news

    The second E3 2017 conference (although technically taking place before E3 itself) saw Microsoft and its Xbox business take to the stage for its event. So what did they announce? For starters, Microsoft claimed that 22 of the titles shown on-stage were console exclusive games. We also got some Xbox Scorpio news, with the console now being called Xbox One X, and coming on 7 November. But the company had plenty of games to show indeed. Forza Motorsport 7 Then there's Forza Motorsport 7, running at 4K, 60fps on the new console. The Forza stage was also used to reveal the latest 2018 Porsche (seen...

  • E3 2017: get your conference times here

    The world's most prominent gaming expo, E3, kicks off in just under two weeks, promising plenty of surprises and details for gamers. Want to watch the conferences but not sure what time they start? We've got the timetable for you, found below. They'll also be streamed live on Twitch (and most companies will stream it via their YouTube pages). Electronic Arts The huge third-party publisher will no doubt show off some FIFA (and "banter"), as well as Star Wars Battlefront 2 and other wares. The company's E3 conference kicks off on Saturday 10 June at 12pm PT. In South Africa, this is 9pm...

  • Microsoft rebrands Beam to Mixer, introduces cooperative game streaming

    When Microsoft bought game streaming service Beam back in August 2016, many people were wondering just what the company was planning to do. Back then, Beam allowed viewers of a stream to interact with the streamed game. It was a great idea, and took advantage of the hype created by Twitch Plays Pokemon and the like. Today though, through Microsoft's guidance, Beam has announced a complete rebrand and direction for the streaming service. Now called Mixer, the service keeps much of its popular features and adds a slew more. "Today marks a big evolution of our interactive live-streaming platform and a new name...

  • New Surface Pro announced, but is it coming to SA? (probably not)

    The Microsoft Surface lineup popularised the hybrid form factor, resulting in Apple, Google and Huawei all copying the "it's a tablet with an optional keyboard dock/cover" design. Now, the latest Surface has been announced, and it's called the Surface Pro 5. Well, not really, it's actually just called the new Surface Pro. It doesn't seem like a massive difference at first glance, but Microsoft says it contains over 800 new parts and that they've used 99% of the space inside the design. As for specs, you're looking at a device running the seventh generation Intel Core M3, i5 and i7 family. Interestingly, the...

  • Iris scanners on phones are neat, but here’s how they can get better [Column]

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a ton of great tech packed into it. There's that gorgeous screen that experts are calling the best mobile display ever. Then there's the high screen/body ratio and great camera experience (so far). It's not perfect though, with the fingerprint scanner being in a ridiculously silly place. Fortunately, you can forego the fingerprint in favour of an iris scanner on the front. But again, things aren't ideal here either. Truth be told, the Galaxy S8 has the best mobile iris scanner on the market right now. But that's not saying much, given the number of iris scanner-equipped...

  • Windows 10 on ARM: expect laptops, convertibles, more

    Microsoft's BUILD conference this week saw it deliver a variety of news. From Apple-style cross-device functionality to iTunes on the Windows Store, the company had no shortage of news to spare. The company has been rather quiet on the Windows 10 on ARM front since the initial announcement last year, but the conference saw Microsoft open up a bit in a pre-recorded video. So what did we learn? Only one chip for now? Microsoft reiterated that Windows 10 on ARM devices would be powered by Snapdragon processors. But more specifically, the company's slides say that it will be the Snapdragon 835. There wasn't any...