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Nintendo Switch game saves cant be backed up

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 5, 2017 5:42 am

Although Nintendo's new handheld-and-console Switch hybrid can be expanded with extra storage via SD cards, users won't actually be able to copy their saves over.




Nintendo has confirmed that game saves are locked to the Switch's internal 25.9GB flash storage, meaning gamers have no way of exporting or copying their saved games progress to SD cards. So what happens if you play 300 hours of Zelda: Breath of the wild and your Switch console bricks?


You lose everything. Ditto if your flash memory ever has any issues. Digital libraries will also compete with game saves on the Switch, so if you plan to go digital, get an SD card and store your games onto it. So all your progress could be at risk and there's nothing you can do about it.

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Nintendo Switch JoyCons work 37 feet away from console

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 5, 2017 3:37 am

There's reports floating around the Nintendo Switch JoyCons are still having de-sync issues, and we decided to test out the functional range of these nifty wireless gadgets to just how far they could go without disconnecting. And they can go pretty far.




During my time with the Nintendo Switch I've experienced zero de-synchronization issues with the JoyCon controllers (except when I purposefully went out of range for testing purposes). The left JoyCon works flawlessly alongside the right one at ranges in excess of 30 feet--or about 10 meters.


I tested the JoyCons' range in two different ways: both detached in either hand and combined in the JoyCon Grip. The results were the same either way. I also tested the range with the Switch docked in TV Mode, and in Tabletop mode with tablet set up on its kickstand. Rather than shooting the JoyCons' Bluetooth signal through walls, I stayed in a regular linear path and kept a line of sight with the system,and the system faced me except when it was docked. I managed to get about 37 feet away (11.2 meters) from the system while docked and in Tabletop Mode, before I quite literally ran out of linear space.

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Nintendo Switch handheld battery life test results

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 4, 2017 9:34 pm

One of the biggest worries about Nintendo's new Switch handheld-and-console hybrid is on-the-go battery life. Unlike most handhelds on the market (phones excluded!) system pelts out gaming at 720p HD resolution, but the battery life is actually pretty impressive given Nintendo's original projections. Here's our analysis.




To conduct this battery test I played the Switch's most demanding game, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, in handheld mode. Using a stopwatch app on my phone, I proceeded to play while writing down battery capacity as the stopwatch counted upwards. The console's brand new 4310 mAh battery was fully charged, and hadn't really depleted much charge since I got it as I kept it docked for the most part. The JoyCons were attached for this test, and both the left and right controllers were fully charged too. The brightness was set at about 65% or so.


The battery itself discharged at a fairly consistent rate, and throughout the session, the Switch didn't get very warm. In fact it was surprisingly cool even during intense battle sequences and areas with dynamic lighting and atmospheric effects. It's worth noting that this session consisted of both freeform exploration and main quest adventures with cutscenes. All in all a fully charged Switch battery gave me approximately 3 hours, 18 minutes and 38 seconds of consistent, active play in Zelda: Breath of the While in Handheld Mode.

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By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Mar 4, 2017 5:14 am

Global entry! We have teamed up with MSI to give away an MSI Z270 GAMING M7 motherboard and CORE FROZR L CPU cooler.




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Nintendo Switch Pro controller size comparison

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 3, 2017 9:32 pm

The Nintendo Switch Pro controller is exceptionally well-made, but it's also quite...small. We size up the Switch Pro against its DualShock and Xbox competitors--even the now-dead (but not forgotten) Wii U Pro controller.




When I saw the box for the $70 Switch Pro controller, I surely thought it was the wrong device. But alas, the box mirrored the controller's actual size. But unlike other controllers, none of its space is wasted. It's a compact, stylish and immensely comfortable piece of hardware that will bring 40 hours of pleasant gaming.


The controller feels solid in your hands, if not a bit heavy (certainly heavier than the Wii U Pro). But the way it's shaped also makes it feel light, and your fingers easily curl around the sides. It genuinely fits like a glove. The face buttons are well-placed, with the ABXY buttons enhanced to reduce the time needed to press them. The buttons themselves are easy to press--there's no pushing needed like with Xbox One controllers--and the triggers are absolutely fantastic. The triggers hang, but not too much, nothing like Sony's DualShock 4. Like the rest of the buttons they press in very easy.

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Google confirms they will release the Pixel 2 this year

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 3, 2017 8:32 pm

MWC 2017 - Google's Pixel smartphone was one of the best phones of last year, and the company has just confirmed that its successor will come this year.




Rick Osterloh, VP of Hardware at Google, confirmed this to Android Pit in a briefing at MWC.


There is an annual rhythm in the industry. So, you can count on us to follow it. You can count on a successor this year, even if you don't hear a date from me now.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium awarded Best new smartphone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 3, 2017 7:29 pm

MWC 2017 - Sony has announced their new flagship powered by Qualcomm's latest processor, the Snapdragon 835, and the Xperia XZ Premium was awarded the "Best new smartphone" title.




The Xperia XZ Premium is the world's first smartphone that has a 4K HDR display. It also features 960fps slow motion video, something that the company pointed out as one of their biggest accomplishments, and anti-distortion shutter.


As noted before, the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 835 and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card.

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NieR: Automata comes to PC on March 17

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 3, 2017 6:19 pm

After long bouts of silence, Square Enix has finally announced NieR: Automata's PC release date: March 17, 2017.




NieR: Automata will be exclusive to Steam and apparently won't launch on Microsoft's Windows Store platform, which isn't a surprise since the game won't come to Xbox One either. The incoming PC release will be a simultaneous global launch similar to Final Fantasy XV's cross-regional release.


If you're interested in pre-ordering Square Enix is pulling one of their signature goofy pre-order bonuses for the Steam launch: pre-orders will unlock an awesome Valve gear accessory for 2B that resemble's the face of Valve.



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Switch Pro controller recharges via USB 2.0 Type-A

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 3, 2017 5:14 pm

The Switch's $70 Pro controller has a nifty USB Type-C port at the top that will make it much more future proof than other controllers. However, the device won't actually use the Type-C protocol to refill the Pro controller's internal 1300mAh battery--that's why it takes 6 hours to charge up.




The Nintendo Switch Pro controller 's Type-C integration is apparently only for convenience, not faster recharges or data transfers--at least when you use the included cord. The Pro controller comes with a fairly common USB Type-C to Type-A recharging cord. What's interesting is that the Type-A end, which channels energy from the Switch dock to the controller, is actually USB 2.0. This means the Pro controller won't see faster recharges and the standard 5V 1.8A recharge rate should apply.


Now how do we know all this, especially since there's no markings on the Switch Pro USB cord other than the HAC-010 model number? I admit I wasn't able to find exact specs of this USB cord. However I did find a clue. Nintendo has confirmed the Switch dock's single USB 3.0 port will only be USB 2.0 until a firmware patch is rolled out: "USB terminal (side × 2 [USB 2.0 compatible], back side × 1 [※]) ※ It will operate with USB 2.0. We plan to support USB 3.0 in future updates," the Switch dock spec page confirms.

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Switch Pro controller comes with 60-inch Type-C cord

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 3, 2017 4:10 pm

Nintendo doesn't skimp out on the Pro Controller's charging cord, but it's a bit shorter than we'd like.




If you use your Nintendo Switch in a sizable living room, you'll be pleased to know the included charging cord isn't pathetically short. Since the Switch Pro controller can be played wirelessly via Bluetooth connectivity, it's a nice option for families and gamers who want to play on their couch without being tethered. But when those inevitable Type-C charging sessions occur it's good to know that Nintendo included a decently sized USB recharging cord.


We got our hands-on a Switch Pro controller and did some measurements, concluding that the HAC-010 charging cord measures at 60-inches, or about 5 feet. The original NES controllers are still longer in sheer length (they measure 91.5 inches or about 7.6 feet) but we at least get double the insanely tiny NES Classic's 30-inch cords.

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