Grand Theft Auto V Reviews, Send Money Via Snapchat, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, Spotify teams up with Uber, Microsoft pits Surface Pro 3 against MacBook Air, Goat Simulator becomes MMO, and Tony Hawk rides a hoverboard.
Is GTA V Worth Buying On PS4, Xbox One?
When Grand Theft Auto V was launched last year on PS3 and Xbox 360, it broke sales records on the back of almost universal critical acclaim. Can this year’s updated release on the PS4 and Xbox One repeat that feat? And is this new version of the game worth buying if you already own the original? The early reviews of GTA V should help us figure it out.
GameSpot claims this is “the definitive version of GTA V,” calling it “beautiful, and thought-provoking, and thrilling throughout.” The review concludes, “Even if you’ve played through GTA V once already, it’s worth going back just to be reminded of what an outstanding achievement it is.” And it’s clear the new first-person perspective has a lot to do with that.
Kotaku reveals all with the title, “Yes, You Should Play The New Version Of GTA V.” This game “has better graphics, new music, and a new first-person mode.” That first-person mode is important, as “GTA V now feels like an open-world game for the GoPro era.” However, using it means losing that connection to the main protagonists.
God Is A Geek focuses on the visual overhaul, saying “there’s more here, all packed tighter within a smoother, cleaner framework,” and “the power of GTA V on next-generation consoles is a force to be reckoned with.” The review concludes, “It can’t be easy to make the re-release of a year-old game feel essential, but Rockstar have done exactly that.”
Gaming Nexus praises the upgraded elements, stating, “the first-person perspective manages to make a year-old game feel new again, and the changes made to the graphics, gameplay and online mode are substantial.” This makes GTA V “the rare remastered port that manages to still feel fresh,” and there is “more than enough incentive for returning players to double dip.”
These are just the pick of the early reviews, so there are likely to be some negative reactions to the new GTA V posted over the coming weeks. However, as it stands right now, it looks as though Grand Theft Auto V is a must-buy for PS4 and Xbox One owners, regardless of whether or not they played the original version.
Grand Theft Auto V is out today for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with a PC version launching on Jan 27, 2015.
Snapcash Sends Money Through Snapchat
Snapchat has launched Snapcash, which allows you to send money to a friend using the Snapchat app . Sending money using Snapcash is as easy as typing “$5” into a message, which the Snapchat app recognizes, prompting you to activate the cash transfer. Unfortunately, Snapcash is limited to users in the United States for the time being.
Snapcash is all thanks to Snapchat partnering with payments company Square. In fact, the Snapchat cash transfer will be entirely handled by Square, with the latter storing your bank details and providing the terms of service. This means it will be Square to blame when something inevitably goes wrong .
Spotify Hitches A Ride With Uber
Uber has partnered with Spotify to allow passengers to play their choice of music on their ride home. Spotify subscribers can connect their music streaming account to their Uber account, and decide exactly what tunes to have playing inside the car for the duration of the journey. Let’s just hope Uber fans aren’t also fans of Taylor Swift, who recently broke up with Spotify after a row over money.
The Spotify integration begins on Nov. 21 in, among others, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Stockholm, and Sydney, with a wider rollout planned for the coming weeks. It remains to be seen how long it will take for an Uber driver to fall out with a passenger over their terrible taste in music. I’m guessing weeks, not months.
Surface Pro 3 Vs. MacBook Air
Microsoft has released the latest advert designed to persuade you to buy a Surface Pro 3 this Christmas. As with all the recent ads, this one pits the Surface Pro 3 against the MacBook Air. But this one uses a version of the classic holiday song Winter Wonderland to sell Microsoft’s tablet/laptop hybrid.
This may well persuade some people to choose the Surface Pro 3 over the MacBook Air , but please don’t let that guy sing again. Ever again. Please.
Goat Simulator Becomes MMO Simulator
The already-amazing Goat Simulator is about to get even more amazing, with the addition of the free Goat MMO Simulator expansion pack. Just to be clear, this doesn’t turn Goat Simulator into a Massively Multiplayer Online game, but a Massively Multiplayer Online Simulator game. It’s an important distinction.
Anyone wondering what Goat Simulator is in the first place should check out our video playthrough . Those who already own the game on PC can instead look forward to the MMO Simulator expansion being released as free DLC through Steam on Thursday (Nov. 20).
Tony Hawk Rides A Hoverboard
And finally, skateboard legend Tony Hawk has ridden a real-life hoverboard. The Hendo Hover, the development of which is currently being funded through a Kickstarter campaign, uses opposing magnetic fields to levitate off the ground.
While this is still only a prototype in need of further fine-tuning, seeing Hawk ride it like a boss certainly helps Hendo’s cause. Move over, Marty McFly, Tony Hawk is in town. And the future is looking awesome .
Your Views On Today’s Tech News
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