Gran Turismo 5 Prologue

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Which Gran Turismo game sold most?

Clue: it's not the PSP one.

Why does Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of Gran Turismo, get special dispensation from Sony when he makes a game? Because each main Gran Turismo release has sold roughly 10 million copies - or more.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue

The new cars: GT by Citroen, Ferrari California and Lotus Evora.

The new cars: GT by Citroen, Ferrari California and Lotus Evora.

Gran Turismo TV Euro date confirmed

Gran Turismo TV Euro date confirmed

Same as the US, says SCEE boss.

Gran Turismo TV will launch properly in Europe at the same time it does in the USA.

That's 1st August in case you missed Sony's E3 press conference.

"The prices for the GT TV offerings will be announced within the next two weeks," SCEE president David Reeves said at an event in Santa Monica today.

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Gran Turismo could come to PC

So says Kazunori Yamauchi.

Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi has said that a PC instalment in the hit racing series is something he'd consider doing in the future.

FeatureGran Turismo's Kazunori Yamauchi

On damage, online and perfectionism.

Kazunori Yamauchi is a man living the boy racer dream - or rather, he would be, if boy racers even dared to have this kind of dream. As the creator of what is arguably the world's most authentic, most comprehensive simulation of race driving, he lives and breathes cars and motorsport.

PS3 Store updated, Sony apologises

PS3 Store updated, Sony apologises

GT5 Prologue and friends emerge.

Sony has apologised for the problems with the PlayStation Store yesterday and updated it with all the bits we were expecting and a few more.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is now there in all its downloadable glory for GBP 24.99, along with a UEFA Euro 2008 demo, the Unreal Tournament 3 (free) and Turok map packs (GBP 1.99), and the Eye of Judgement "Bio Rebellion" card set (GBP 6.99).

Not only that, but PSone title Reel Fishing has been added (GBP 3.49) to both the PS3 and PSP stores.

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GT5 Prologue misses PSN launch date

GT5 Prologue misses PSN launch date

Hopefully still in shops today.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue appears to have missed its March 27th PlayStation Network launch date, with the game unavailable from Sony's PAL store at the time of writing.

Speculation grew as the day wore on with no new files that Sony was holding off until it was possible to include the new Grand Theft Auto IV trailer - the embargo on that was 10pm - but as the hour came and went still the storefront remained unchanged.

In fact, a big fat nothing has gone up on PSN overnight, despite us staying up until our eyes bled, and Sony hasn't said anything to the press yet, or on the European PS3 forums, where people are not very impressed.

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With just a few days to go until the release of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, it's been revealed that there's still around a year to wait for the full version.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue

Running rings around the PAL version.

Doing things in high definition takes longer. We all know that. The average car in Gran Turismo 4 was made up of over 4,000 polygons. The figure for GT5 Prologue is meant to be higher than 200,000. Being pretty goes a long way, but with 71 cars and just six tracks (High Speed Ring, Daytona, Fuji Speedway, Eiger Nordwand from Gran Turismo HD Concept, Suzuka Circuit and a section of central London), it will have to go a very long way, right? That's not a lot of content, even when you factor in a second variation of each track. GT4 had 721 cars. GT5 Prologue launches in Europe with 71. We may be 11 million polygons ahead, but we're 650 cars behind.

Fortunately, Prologue does a lot with the means at its disposal. 30 race events are split evenly across three classes. Initially you're hauling cheap Suzukis and Hondas to the front of 8 to 12-car packs for two or three laps, reinvesting the prize purse in faster cars. As the field thickens with Skylines, Imprezas, Mustangs and Ford GTs, you're asked to go further, the AI pushing you harder.

Complete A-Class and you unlock a Quick Tune feature - new for the European Prologue - that lets you adjust weight ratios, aerodynamics, ride heights, camber angles, torque balance, gear ratios and other performance-related settings, with your work graded against a performance index. You can make real-time performance adjustments during races by assigning custom configurations to buttons on the Sixaxis or Driving Force GT wheel, and a further run of ten S-Class events specifically for tuned cars pushes you harder still, penalising you for ramming or taking shortcuts, in a field of 16 cars just as if not more tricked out than yours. Even if you coast through A-Class, S-Class will force you to regroup and work out what all the dials do.

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GT5 tournament starts next week

Prizes to include branded helmets.

Sony has announced plans to hold a Gran Turismo 5 Prologue tournament, with time trials set to take place at venues across the UK.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue

Small but perfectly formed.

Nobody does demos quite like Polyphony Digital. There are times, in fact, when it feels like Sony's celebrated racing studio has given up on making games entirely in favour of turning out an endless series of demos - drawn in, perhaps, by the allure of offering up games in bite-sized chunks rather than preparing three-course feasts.

GT5 Prologue demo hanging on

Sony extends lifespan.

Sony has decided to keep the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue demo on the Japanese PlayStation Store until the end of the month, instead of yanking it down on the 11th.

GT5 Prologue demo this week

In Japan. Shouldn't stop you.

Sony Japan has said it will be releasing a free demo for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue on its regional Store this Saturday, 20th October.

European GT HD future uncertain

Japan version extinct on Sunday.

Sony has revealed plans to pull Gran Turismo HD Concept from the Japanese Store, in preparation for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue next month.

TGS: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue

Back to the driving board.

The last Gran Turismo mini-release, HD Concept, ended up being very good. Removed from the typically dismal AI competition and focused on one very good track, Eiger Nordwand, getting the most out of every car proved very enjoyable - especially when you factored in the Drift Trial element, which took GT's exacting race model on a tour of Project Gotham-style power-sliding demands. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, which is set to debut on the Japanese PlayStation 3 Store and at retail in the region on 13th December, appears to be a lot more traditional.

TGS: GT5 Prologue this year

In Japan, anyway, says Hirai.

Sony worldwide boss Kaz Hirai has announced that Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will be released for PSN and Blu-ray in Japan on 13th December.

GT5 Prologue price undecided

Sony rubbishes rumours.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue's price is still to be decided, Sony said today, following a report on Dutch website Fok! which claimed the Blu-Ray edition would cost EUR 45.

GT5 Prologue for PSN/Blu-ray

Sony clarifies details.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will be released on Blu-ray disc as well as PlayStation Network at the end of 2007, Sony said today. We also got some swanky new screenshots.

Gran Turismo 5 next July

In Japan. Euro plans scarce.

Sony Europe has kept its lips sealed over the release date of Gran Turismo 5 in Europe, following news that the racing game is expected in Japan next July.

Of all PlayStation 3's forthcoming releases, the most interesting and significant is neither a game nor for sale. Home, Sony's more structured, sanitised and solid attempt at a Second Life world might seem innocuous enough but with the screenshots of its cinema space and the implied possibility of fully downloadable movies, there's the chance it might eventually outgrow even its host platform in significance.

GT5 Prologue in October

In Japan, anyway.

Polyphony Digital has revealed that Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will be heading to the Japanese PlayStation Network in October.

E3: GT5 Prologue this year

Sony plates another taster.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will be coming to the PlayStation Network later this year, Sony announced at its E3 conference yesterday evening.