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Polyphony Digital hosts Gran Turismo 5 Online Event Finale

Polyphony Digital is hosting Gran Turismo 5 Online Event Finale, a month-long online event to see out the end of its PlayStation 3 racing game Gran Turismo 5, according to a post on the series' official website. Beginning April 30 at 8:00 p.m. PDT until May 30 7:00 p.m. PDT, players will be able to participate in two online events: Online Event Finale Stage 1: Mazda Roadster Touring Car '11 / Top Gear Test Track Online Event Finale Stage 2: Nissan GT-R N24 Schulze Motorsports '11 / Nürburgring 24h Participating players will have the chance to receive five cars for Gran Turismo 6, the Abarth Grande Punto ‘09, Renault Sport Megane R.S. Trophy ‘11, Nissan Fairlady Z (Z34) ‘08, Tesla Motors Model S Signature Performance ‘12 and the Subaru S206 NBR Challenge Package ‘12. To...

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Gran Turismo 5 DLC to be removed from PS Store April 30

Downloadable content for Polyphony Digital's PlayStation 3 racing game Gran Turismo 5 will no longer be available in the PlayStation Store after April 30, according to a post on the series' official website. Specific instructions on how to preserve purchased content are available on the game's website. In most cases, those with DLC already installed will still be able to use downloaded items and more, as long as they don't delete the game's save data. Other DLC, such as the Racing Car Pack and Course Pack, will require a free download from the PlayStation Store's Gran Turismo 5 section. Services for Gran Turismo TV in Gran Turismo 5 will end March 14, 2015. Sony will shut down online support, including seasonal events, online lobbies and more, May 30.

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Sony pulling online support for Gran Turismo 5, Resistance games in 2014

Sony will shut down online servers for a handful of games in 2014, including PlayStation 3 racing simulator Gran Turismo 5, according to recent changes made to the company's online support pages. Beginning March 28, 2014, online features for Resistance: Fall of Man, Resistance 2 and Resistance 3 on PlayStation 3 will be shut down as well. Gran Turismo 5's online features will be unavailable as of May 20. Additionally, as of Jan. 28, MAG and two PlayStation 3 SOCOM games, Special Forces and Confrontation, will no longer have accessible online features. MAG and SOCOM: Confrontation, since they do not have offline modes, will no longer be playable at this time. All other titles with decommissioned online services will still be playable in their respective offline modes. A full list of...

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DualShock 4 buyers test old games to create compatibility list

With DualShock 4 controllers now appearing on retail shelves, gamers are getting to grips with figuring out which PlayStation 3 games work with the new controller. A Reddit thread has been opened to handle the issue, offering an initial list of games. Users are being invited to add to the list. "I just got my DualShock 4 today, and have noticed some games work, and some don't," wrote thread organizer Lapwner. "So, let's try to create a list so people can see which games work and which games don't. Note that the motion sensing does not work, so even though some games work with the controller, if they are reliant on the motion sensing, then they probably aren't worth playing it with." The current list of compatible games includes: Working Call of Duty (MW2, MW3, Black Ops, Black Ops...

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Best Buy PlayStation sale: PS Vita $199.99, PS3 Greatest Hits $14.99

Best Buy is holding a PlayStation sale this week, with deals on the PlayStation Vita as well as the Greatest Hits versions of a variety of PlayStation 3 games. The PS Vita is available for $199.99. That applies to the standard Wi-Fi model, which regularly costs $249, but there's an even better deal: The launch bundle with the 3G model, which usually costs $299, is also on sale for $199.99. That bundle comes with a 3G-enabled PS Vita, an 8 GB memory card and a promo code good for 250 MB of data on the 3G network that AT&T provides for the handheld. (It also includes a code for a free PlayStation Network game, but the voucher appears to have expired in May 2012.) Best Buy is also offering a bunch of PS3 Greatest Hits titles for $14.99 each. The discounted games include Gran Turismo 5:...

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Flash-based 12 GB PS3 now available in US and Canada

Sony's 12 GB flash-based PlayStation 3 is now available for purchase from retailers in the U.S. and Canada, such as Best Buy and Future Shop, for $199.99. Best Buy is also offering a bundle consisting of the 12GB PS3 with Uncharted 3 and The Last of Us for $259.98. For comparison, the online retailer lists the Legacy Bundle featuring the 500 GB SuperSlim PS3 console, Gran Turismo 5 and inFamous 2 for $299.99. Earlier this month, an entry on Canadian retailer Future Shop's website briefly listed the new 12 GB hardware as available, before being removed from the site. Engadget had also received a photo illustrating a U.S.-based Kmart warning not to sell the units until Aug. 18. The 12 GB PS3 was revealed by Sony at its Tokyo Game Show press conference last year, alongside its 500 GB ...

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Gran Turismo creator on the past, present and future of the franchise

There aren't many people who've made a career creating a franchise that spans the entire lifetime of a company's consoles. Kazunori Yamauchi is one of those men. He's led the development of the PlayStation's flagship racing franchise since there have been PlayStations to develop for. And he remembers how it all began. Many years ago now, at a time when next-gen consoles were measured in double-digit bits, Yamauchi sat down to prototype a realistic racing simulator. With the tools at his disposal, he created a Formula 1 car and a simple oval track, all of which he modeled himself. As the car raced around the track, he was floored with the possibilities, rudimentary as his proof of concept was, that 3D gaming harnessed. Gran Turismo was born in that prototype. At a round table event...

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PlayStation 3 Legacy Bundle packages console and two games for $299.99

The Playstation 3 Legacy Bundle is available now and packages the console and two of its bestselling games together for $299.99. The Legacy Bundle includes a black Super Slim PS3 with a 500 GB hard drive, Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo 5 XL, including all of the game's updates on the disc and a voucher for $20 worth of downloadable content, and Sucker Punch Productions' open-world super hero game Infamous 2. The limited edition bundle also includes a voucher for 30 days of PlayStation Plus and is available now at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and more, both online and in retail stores.

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Test Drive: From Gamer to Racer

Human Angle: The Digital Road Warrior Human Angle: The Digital Road Warrior The "Car Guy" The "Car Guy" Growing up in Fresno, Heitkotter had what he terms a "very stable, almost sheltered upbringing." On the surface, it wasn't anything out of the ordinary. He got a private education up through high school and went to college after that. There wasn't much drama — no broken homes or notable financial issues or anything like that. He had friends, a loving family, a roof over his head and a good education. All the boring stuff. But what Heitkotter also had was a deep love of anything and everything related to the automobile. His parents say that he would only play with toys that had wheels on them as a little kid, while Heitkotter says that he would watch every race he...

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Gran Turismo 5 trailer shows off newly announced Acura NSX Concept

A new trailer released today from Polyphony Digital shows off the newly announced Acura NSX Concept vehicle in action in Gran Turismo 5, along with what appear to be new racing environments and locations. The Acura NSX Concept was shown today during a press conference held by Acura at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The car's exterior was first unveiled at the show in 2012, with today's reveal offering a first look at the design of the interior. The video shows how the car runs, highlighting parts of the car's engine and interior as it races along tracks. Viewers will also get a glimpse at a number of new locations, including a nighttime Tokyo glowing under fluorescent lights. The trailer does not mention when or if the car will be available as downloadable content for Gran Turismo 5.

Gran Turismo 5 Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 11/24/2010
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer Polyphony Digital
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