In normal times we are always cleaning. When we opened almost 14 years ago SARS wasn't that distant of a memory so we were serious from the start. With E3 now canceling on the heals of SXSW we are happy to have taken action early. We have several cleaning methods which already included bleach. In mid February we ordered a device that produces a biocide that has proven effective on coronaviruses as an extra precaution for daily sanitation through the air. This was in addition to the hand sanitizer we already have on the front counter which we started doing last year before flu season. Well hand sanitizer has run out so we have made our own from aloe vera gel and rubbing alcohol. We now clean gaming stations including the keyboards, mice, controllers, and headsets as customers finish up playing.
The 4th thing that is helpful is we have 4 separate gaming rooms which splits up people into smaller groups. Want to game only with your group of friends. We can do that. No only are the rooms separated, but each room has a dedicated ductless AC unit. That means no ducts for air to flow through from room to room, or to spread dust, mold or anything else. We hope that soon we can forget about one of the worst flu seasons in a decade soon, and that coronavirus does not hit the Austin area. In the meantime we will remain diligent in our approach to cleaning as warmer weather approaches.
Also as a reminder you are welcome to bring your own controllers, headsets, mice, and keyboards for play! We have always supported that, and it is a good way to have some extra protection.
Let's face it. The hard drives Sony and Microsoft put in the PS4 and Xbox One are bad. They are so slow and with games getting larger and larger 500GB no longer holds enough games. We can professionally install a superfast SSD or SSHD for a lot more speed. Load times and install times will all get better. We can even transfer your data if you old drive still works. If you console is loading extra slow your hard drive may already be starting to fail, and now is a good time for an upgrade before you lose all of your data. Contact us for more details if you have any questions about your Xbox One or Playstation 4!
We have been repairing Nintendo Switch consoles since shortly after they came out. While fun devices they are prone to many issues. One of the most common issues is not charging or powering up. The charge port can be damaged as well as the internal charging circuitry. Several chips handle charging as the main battery and both joycon batteries all need charging. This can happen from rough handling when inserting the charge cable or putting it in the dock. It can also be caused by using after market chargers not from Nintendo that can allow for too much power to flow through and burn out the charging chips.
Other issues can include cracked screen and bad touchscreens. Sitting on them or dropping them are common causes. Sometimes the entire case can become bent. We also can address issues with the games not reading, and memory cards not recognizing.
Switches can also overheat if they have the fan go out or get too dirty internally. We have also seen speakers fail, the audio jacks go out, and sometimes they can no longer sync with joycons. Even if your Switch has been doused in water we can also have a good chance of repairing it especially if you get it to us quickly. If battery life is a problem we are also able to replace the internal battery to extend play back to normal.
We also are able to repair the pesky joycons. They can have the sticks drift and any of the buttons fail. Also they can stop connecting to the Switch and their batteries can start to wear out. Please contact us and check out our pricing for repairs. We are located in Central Austin of Guadalupe Street and are the only full service game console repair shop in Austin!
There is still time to get game console repaired before Christmas! We will be open Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas! We repair Xboxes, Playstations, and Nintendos including the Switch as well as controllers and gaming PCs!
So last month at E3 we got our first look at the Ryzen 3000 series as well as AMD's new 5700 series GPUs. We have been testing the Ryzen 3600 all of the past week, and we love it. We will soon begin to upgrade all Uber PCs to 3000 series CPUs. In PUBG alone we are seeing 20 to 30 frames per second increases for a CPU that will be a drop in upgrade once we update our BIOS!
Our 13 year anniversary celebration starts today! It begins with special 6 hour regular passes for $13, and Uber 3 hour passes for $13! This lasts until this Saturday the 20th. Come Sunday it is over. Also join us for brisket we are making specially for Saturday! You must buy at least a 3 hour pass to get some! Lastly have you gotten your custom Game Republik jersey? Grab one here in men's or women's sizes! See you this week!
We are adding some retro play with a Super Nintendo Classic! Its now available to play in console room. Mario, Diddy Kong, Samus, Zelda and more! Sorry we are not selling them. :(
Upgrades have come just in time for the holidays! In Orange room we are fully PlayerUnknown's Battleground ready! Uber computers 9 and 10 are upgraded with new Radeon 580s. PC 3 and 4 were the last video card holdouts with new Radeon 570s installed. We are almost fully Ryzen 5 upgraded in Orange as well. Lastly a 5th Uber PC is coming soon with a 2K 144hz Freesync monitor!
We are adding some accent lighting in all of the rooms to spiff things up a bit as we do some other cosmetic improvements as we also roll our hardware upgrades out.