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  • 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 explains lack of cross-platform online play

    We've seen titles like Minecraft and Rocket League being announced with cross-platform play in recent times. Both titles will be playable across PC, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, making for a cool, overdue proposition. However, Sony is curiously absent in both instances. So why is this the the case? "It's certainly not a profound philosophical stance we have against this. We've done it in the past. We're always open to conversations with any developer or publisher who wants to talk about it," PlayStation's Jim Ryan told Eurogamer. "Unfortunately it's a commercial discussion between ourselves and other stakeholders, and I'm not going...

  • 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...

  • Sony at E3 2017: what did you miss? [Videos]

    You'd be forgiven if you missed out on Sony's E3 2017 conference, taking place at 3am SAST, for one. So what did they show off? Any new exclusives? Check out the major highlights below. Shadow of the Colossus It's one of the most iconic PS2 games. Hell, it's one of the most iconic games ever made. And it's receiving a PS4 port. Set for a vague 2018 release, we can expect the same towering colossi and heavily upgraded visuals, if the trailer can be believed. Spider-Man We finally got a better look at Spider-Man, being done by the Insomniac people. Due for 2018 as well, the trailer...

  • 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...

  • GT Sport beta: here’s what we love and loathe thus far

    The PlayStation 4's more recent exclusives have looked and played incredibly well. Guerilla's Horizon Zero Dawn is a great example. But what if I don't want to shoot things with arrows? What if I desire fossil fuel-burning madness? The console has had few challengers for best racing simulator in recent months. Sure, we had Assetto Corsa and Drive Club, but the former was a bit too inaccessible for casual players, while the latter was just plain drab. Project Cars is perhaps the one game that stood out in this genre, and with the second edition of this title incoming, Gran Turismo developer...

  • Exclusive: Sony Xperia XZ Premium to hit SA in July, price in tow [Update]

    Update, 8 May 2017: Sony Mobile's local representatives have confirmed that the Xperia XZs won't be making its way to South Africa. The XZs features a smaller form factor, an older Snapdragon 820 chip, and a 5.2-inch full HD screen. However, it also supports 960fps slow-motion video recording. Original article: Sony's Xperia XZ Premium will be available "around July in SA", the company has confirmed to Gearburn. The Xperia XZ Premium will also carry a price tag of R17 499, the company said in an emailed response to a query. This matches the price of Samsung's Galaxy S8+. Sony's latest device stands out...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #11: Single v dual cameras

    There are plenty of smartphones coming out this year touting their inclusion of dual cameras, but is it really all it's cracked up to be? In this week's Gearburn Podcast, Hadlee Simons and Andy Walker talk through the advantages and disadvantages of single and dual cameras alike to figure out if the hype is really worth it. On the single camera side, we have one big camera instead of two small cameras -- meaning a bigger sensor, and often, higher quality results. But the dual camera allows for after-the-fact refocusing and beautiful depth of field effects. The team grapple with it all in...

  • PlayStation VR hands on: the Powerglove of Sony

    Here at Gearburn we've had many discussions around the PlayStation VR. 'Will it work?', 'will it be feasible?', 'would you buy one if it were cheaper?', these were the questions we asked ourselves, and the resounding answer was 'no' . I wish it were that simple though because that answer might not be a testament to the enjoyability and the potential of the device. Although I might be speaking too soon. Setting the device up was a chore in itself (once you've done it the first time, it becomes easier), with the multiple wires and...

  • 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...