Mosh Pit: Reclamation day arrives, Astro wants to put $200 in your hands, and more free games for your backlog

Hello and welcome to Mosh Pit. It’s a short episode this week, but we’ve still got some neat stuff to look at. The Crimes of Grindelwald is showing in cinemas this weekend, and if you’re not heading out to watch that then you’re probably playing Fallout 76 with your buddies, racing to level 5 to see who can kill each other first. Competition’s healthy, ain’t it? Also, Astro wants $200 for a game controller.

The Crimes of Grindelwald is out in cinemas

JK Rowling’s latest film piece follows 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a film about Newt Scamander’s travels to the United States and his encounter with the only other dark wizard who’s terrorised Europe, Gellert Grindelwald. It’s a sequel and a prequel rolled into one, so we’ll get to see both Newt’s and Gellert’s origins, and the film also covers Grindelwald’s trial in the US before he eventually escapes and goes back to Europe for one last attempt at domination (and that’s not a spoiler, that’s literal Harry Potter universe lore that was established years ago). Yes, it’s not looking good on IMDB, but it’s probably worth a look to see Hogwarts in the early 1900s and young Dumbledore. Book your tickets now at Ster-Kinekor or Nu Metro cinemas.

PlayStation Plus sale at Raru

For PlayStation 4 fans looking for a good deal, there’s a Black Friday sale on at Raru that includes R179 off a PlayStation Plus 12-month subscription. Usually these are R899 at most stores, and it’s not a bad saving otherwise. PS Plus subscriptions also stack, so if you’re keen on picking up two, it’ll extend your current subscription’s end date by another two years.

Sins of a Solar Empire is free on the Humble Store

If you’re a fan of space strategy titles and want to have a go at something that’s not Eve Online (even though every space sim fan eventually gives that a try), you might be interested in Stardock’s Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion. For the next two days the game is free on the Humble Store, and all you have to do to pick it up is sign in or sign up with an account, subscribe to the newsletter, and pick up your activation code. That backlog just keeps on getting bigger, doesn’t it? For Linux users using Proton, Rebellion has a Gold rating.

AMD Radeon RX 590 and Raise the Game bundle

AMD has just launched their Radeon RX 590, and it’ll be available on our shores soon with cards on sale at launch from Sapphire, XFX, and PowerColor. If you’re keen on picking one up, head on over to Wootware and pre-order the XFX RX 590 Fatboy. The cooler style takes some getting used to, but it’s quite a good performer. As part of the RX 590 launch, you’ll get Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 for free.

If you’re looking to save money and you need a new GPU, though, consider picking up a Radeon RX 570. Aside from being one of the best-value cards on the market right now in terms of its 1080p performance, you’ll also get to pick two games from the three available in the Raise the Game bundle. You can take up AMD’s offer at either Wootware or Evetech, and more retailers might have their deals for AMD’s bundle in the coming weeks.

Astro unveils the C40 TR, the ultimate controller


… For $200. That’s right, two American Benjamins, or about R3000. That’s what it’ll cost to own Astro’s customisable, arguably over-engineered piece of controller art. It’s similar in concept to the Xbox One Elite controller in that it has extra paddle shifts hidden underneath where your fingers grip the handles, and its headlining feature is the ability to adjust the controller’s look based on your personal preference. It’s designed to work with the PlayStation 4 and PC and will retain button assignments through profiles stored on the controller itself. It uses wireless-direct on PC to connect to a mini adapter which carries sound, and there’s a 3.5mm combination jack in the usual place as well. The grips are textured with rubber, and the top has a matte finish. It looks SO GOOD. I want one. Preorder it here, if you’re keen on waiting for the next four months and want to be one of the first to own one.

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