In this week’s Mosh Pit, we’ve got EVERYTHING. Well, maybe not everything, but we’ve got SOME THINGS, okay. And those some things are pretty cool things.
Dive below the break to feast your eyes on some of the hottest gadgets, anime, keyboards, SSDs and more doing the rounds right now.
Sony DualShock 4 Steel Black edition (and others)
If you’ve been looking to bag yourself a new DualShock 4 controller, Raru has you covered. They’re running a few specials as part of their Easter sale, and this sexy DualShock 4 Steel Black version 2 controller can be yours for R903. Steel Black is easily one of the most attractive controller colour options Sony has on offer – enough so that it actually makes some of the other colours look depressingly dull.
Raru is also running discounts for the red, white, and blue versions of the same controller.
Ready Player One
Mosh Pit generally goes up on a Friday, but there’s a much-needed long weekend incoming, so it’s here early. That same long weekend probably has you eagerly eyeing the clock, waiting for the hours to tick by so work can be over with. While you wait, maybe you should look at grabbing some tickets to Ready Player One, a movie set in 2045 that depicts a bleak, dystopian society, peppered with virtual reality-powered worlds that people escape to in order to manage their depression in the real world.
You should watch Ready Player One for all the nerdy little tips of the hat we’re likely to see on-screen, but more importantly, you should also watch it because it’s written and directed by Steven Spielberg. And because the poster looks just like a Star Wars poster. Grab some friends, sneak in some Astros, and turn off your brain for a little while to enjoy the adventure and the futuristic synthwave beats.
Mechanical keyboards hit a very particular spot in the pleasure centres of the brain – or at least that’s what keyboard enthusiasts would have you believe, if you were to poll the people over at the r/MechanicalKeyboards subreddit.
It’s not a new category of peripherals, of course – examples of the buckling spring design have been around since the 1980s. Cooler Master’s MasterKeys MK750 builds on the age-old tradition started by IBM, and adds lovely things like per-key individual RGB lighting, a leatherette detachable wrist-rest (which uses magnets to glue itself to the base), and genuine Cherry MX switches.
ADATA has been making great SSDs for years, and their XPG line is a fantastic choice if you’re looking for performance on a budget. Their latest, the SX950U, is their first drive to utilise 3D NAND memory, a new standard of flash memory that increases capacities dramatically while also reducing cost thanks to stacking the memory dies on top of one another.
The SX950U, which comes in a 2.5-inch form factor, ships in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB drive sizes, and uses the Silicon Motion SM2258 controller, which is often used in high-performance drives.
ADATA promises read and write speeds of 560MB/s and 520MB/s respectively, along with a five-year warranty on all capacities. The local RRP for the 240GB model is R1,289, and R2,249 for the 480GB model. The ADATA SX950U should show up in stores soon.
Xbox Game Pass
Subscribing to games-on-demand services instead of buying games via traditional methods seems to be the way things are going these days. It’s actually a great, relatively inexpensive way to test drive games to see if you’ll like them before committing to a full purchase. Microsoft recently announced that Xbox Game Pass now has more than 100 games available in the Xbox and Windows online stores, and if you subscribe to Game Pass on Windows 10, you get the same benefits the Xbox peeps do.
In the future, this will become one of the easiest ways to pre-load and play games on launch day on Microsoft’s platforms, and the program has several benefits over similar services from its rivals. If you’re just looking for a way to play games without limiting yourself to what you can play, this is a great option. There’s a 14-day trial to get a feel for the service, and subscriptions are set at R159 per month – which is just a tiny bit more than what it costs to subscribe to 4K Netflix streaming.
Of course, it’d be nice if the Xbox Live Gold subscription had an option to slightly increase the price to allow Gold subscribers to use Game Pass without having to pay for two monthly subscriptions, but hey – we can’t have everything, you know.
Ready Player One (novel)
While you’re thinking about booking tickets to see the Ready Player One movie, you might not have known that it’s based on a best-selling novel, written by Ernest Cline. Released back in 2011, the novel burst onto the scene with a lot of fanfare and expectations. Cyberpunk, dystopian-themed novels aren’t difficult to come by, but this one hit the sweet spot for gamers in particular.
If you can find the 2016 edition of the book, it includes an additional short story by Andy Weir, author of The Martian and Artemis, called Lacero. It ties into the universe of Ready Player One and acts as a prequel.
A sequel was confirmed to be in the works in 2015, but no launch date has been set.
Dragon Ball Super
We know, we know… after the mess that was Dragon Ball GT, no-one really wanted to admit they ever liked the Dragon Ball series at all. GT was the sequel to Dragon Ball Z, but it ended up being not much more than a shadow of the legendary series that Akira Toriyama had created. Pan, Baby, Super Saiyan level 4…the world would rather forget such things ever existed. Dragon Ball Super fixes all of that. The GT storyline is banished forever courtesy of a wish from Shenron, and Super picks things up four years after the defeat of Majin Buu.
Toriyama-san’s new plot pits the universe’s greatest fighters together in an original series (of course, there’s a special tournament as well), and we gain a new set of complex villains to love and hate, just like Buu. Toei Animation hired seasoned veterans of the Dragon Ball series to work on Super, including entire art, animation, and writing teams from popular arcs that made Z so famous – like the Frieza, Future Trunks, and Dr. Gero story arcs. The result is incredible, and Dragon Ball fans have a lot to look forward to as Toriyama-san takes a bigger role in writing the story.
Super’s second season was recently dubbed by Funimation using the original voice actors from Dragon Ball Z, and it’s available on Crunchyroll with the original Japanese audio and subtitles. Adult Swim has also syndicated the show.
If you’re still itching for more Super action, several of the show’s villains have made their way into Dragon Ball FighterZ, available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.