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Grand Theft Auto V Reviews, Send Money Via Snapchat, & More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 18-11-2014

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 GTA V On Film: 10 Great Grand Theft Auto 5 Videos We have compiled a list of 10 of the best GTA V videos released so far; all embedded below for your delectation. Read More 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 The Games, TV Shows, Movies, & Technology That Influenced GTA V As with every medium, video games are heavily influenced by other things, and there are plenty of examples of this in GTA V. Read More 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 Send Self-Destructing Risqué Photos & Videos With Snapchat [iOS & Android] So you want to text someone a private flirty or goofy photo or video of yourself, but you know that images and videos can be shared and circulated on the Internet very quickly. Well it... Read More . 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 4.6 Million Snapchat Usernames & Phone Numbers Leaked; Here's How To Check Yours Snapchat has had a security breach that affects a huge number of its users. Usernames and phone numbers of 4.6 million users have been leaked on the website, which has now been suspended. Read More .


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 Why Taylor Swift Is Wrong About Spotify In the past week Taylor Swift has pulled her music from Spotify, inspired countless song-pun laden headlines and reignited the debate about streaming music services. Read More 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 Surface Pro 3 Reviews, Happy Google Employees, Free Amazon Fire TVs [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Surface Pro 3 reviews, an update on Apple buying Beats, Google keeps its employees happy, free Amazon Fire TVs, the PlayStation 4 in China, Google+ Stories, and an iPhone ringtones dance track. Read More , 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 Goat Simulator Is Here and It's Everything You Dreamed It Would Be What happens when a joke video posted on the Internet generates so much hype that it actually becomes a real video game? Goat Simulator happens. Read More . 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 What A Futuristic City Of 2040 Will Look Like We don't need a crystal ball to show us what cities of the future will look like. Imagination and CGI are doing their bit, and today's fringe technologies that could be commonplace tomorrow. Read More .


Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Will you be buying Grand Theft Auto V on PS4 or Xbox One? Do you trust Snapchat to handle money transfers? Are you keen to ride your own working hoverboard?

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  1. Tim Brookes
    November 18, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Will be buying GTA V again. Won't be buying a Surface 3.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 21, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Did you complete it the first time? I must admit I'm only chipping away at the campaign the second time around. I'm more interested in GTA Online now.

    • Tim Brookes
      November 24, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      Yeah I completed it once, really enjoyed it too. Will probably be replaying it but got lots of Far Cry 4 to get through first. Never really found GTA Online very engaging on the 360. Hoping there's enough polish this time round to make a difference.

  2. dragonmouth
    November 18, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Inasmuch as I am not a fan of Microsoft products, I like Surface 3 and would buy it if I could replace the Windows O/S with Linux. :-)

    • Dave Parrack
      November 18, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      It's a good product. But is it really more capable than a MacBook Air? I remain unconvinced.