March 06 2008
Vehicles, Tracks and Additional Features Confirmed for Gran Turismo™5 Prologue in North America
Famed Racing Franchise’s 5th Installment Will Include Over 60 Vehicles, Six Tracks and a Host of Additional Features for North American PLAYSTATION®3 Users
FOSTER City, Calif., March 6, 2008 – Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) announced today the robust vehicle roster, track list and a host of additional features for the April 17 North American availability of Gran Turismo™ 5 Prologue, exclusively on PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™). Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is the latest installment of the billion dollar selling racing franchise and intense precursor to Gran Turismo™5. Headlining the roster of over 60 vehicles and 14 additional tuned cars is the Ferrari 599, the Nissan GT-R and the Audi R8 4.2 FSI R Tronic. Players can race these cars and many more around six meticulously rendered tracks, including Daytona International Speedway®, London City track and a series favorite, High Speed Ring. Furthermore, additional features will be available to North American consumers, including a Drift Mode, Car Tuning, two-player split screen racing and a new set of offline and online Race Events.
“This impressive vehicle lineup and the additional features that cater to North American racing fans are great compliments to Gran Turismo 5 Prologue’s stunning 1080p graphics and revolutionary online features,” said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, SCEA. “Fans are sure to be pleased with the first Gran Turismo product for sale on PLAYSTATION 3.”
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Additional Features for North America
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will feature various innovative and revolutionary modes to harness the PS3’s capabilities while further developing an automotive lifestyle and global community. Among them is Gran Turismo™TV, a new dedicated online channel available exclusively from PLAYSTATION®Network that delivers worldwide motorsport programming and manufacturer content. A new in-cockpit view features real-time gauges and human animations that accurately represent the true performance and handling of each vehicle. More dynamic and adjustable Artificial Intelligence, a user homepage called My Page and a new physics engine round out some of the other features players can expect in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. To extend the realistic driving experience, Prologue is also compatible with the new DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controller, which has vibration functionality.
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will be available for $39.99 SRP on Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) and as a download via PLAYSTATION®Store. The BD version will offer added value with an exclusive behind-the-scenes High Definition (HD) video feature called "Beyond the Apex".
The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is “E” for “Everyone.” For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org.
About Gran Turismo™
With more than 48 million units shipped worldwide, the award-winning Gran Turismo™ franchise for the PlayStation®, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PLAYSTATION®3 is regarded as the best and most authentic driving simulation ever created due to its true-to-life graphics, authentic physics technology and design. Since the inception of the Gran Turismo franchise, famed creator Kazunori Yamauchi and Polyphony Digital Inc. in Japan have revolutionized the racing category as we know it today. Polyphony Digital’s offerings provide users with the most true-to-life driving simulation in the industry and a unique medium for automotive manufacturers to showcase their products.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, and the ground-breaking PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system and its online and network services PLAYSTATION®Network and PLAYSTATION®Store.
Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets, and distributes software for the PS one game console, the PlayStation 2™ computer entertainment system, the PSP™ system and the PS3™ system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
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