Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) is pleased to announce the return of Gran Turismoâ„¢. The latest edition to the best-selling franchise, Gran Turismoâ„¢ HD Concept will be available on March 23, to accompany the European launch of PLAYSTATIONÂ®3 (PS3â„¢) and the PLAYSTATIONÂ®Network1, the online home of PS3.
PLAYSTATIONÂ®Network is the vast network that connects PS3 owners to a world of online gaming and downloadable content, and Gran Turismo HD Concept will be amongst its first offerings. A playable one-track glimpse of the next stage in the iconic motoring titleâ€™s evolution, Gran Turismo HD Concept is available as a free download for PS3 owners from PLAYSTATIONÂ®Store (PS Store), PLAYSTATIONÂ®Networkâ€™s download site.
Players start with one car on the Eiger Nordwand track in the Swiss Alps. When the track is completed within the time limit, another car is unlocked. There are nine further cars to unlock in this way, including a Ferrari 599 â€“ the first time a Ferrari has appeared in Gran Turismo. In another first, Gran Turismo HD Conceptâ€™s Time Trial will bring into effect the first Gran Turismo online rankings system. For the first time, players will be able to track who the best Gran Turismo driver is â€“ and we expect a lot of dedication to be put in.
Gran Turismo HD Concept is exclusive to PLAYSTATIONÂ®Network â€“ it canâ€™t be found anywhere else. If you know and love Gran Turismoâ€™s take on tuning up the worldâ€™s finest machines before thrashing them around the worldâ€™s most realistic courses, PLAYSTATIONÂ®Network will be the place to be once your PS3 is out of the box. Itâ€™s simple:
1) Connect your PS3 to Broadband
2) Follow the in pack instructions to sign up your PS3 on PLAYSTATIONÂ®Network
3) Go to the PS Store
4) Select Gran Turismo HD Concept and download for free
Gran Turismo HD Concept is free to download from PS Store
The first Gran Turismo title to support online rankings
Stunning 1080p High Definition graphics â€“ only possible with the power of PS3
Next generation vehicle handling makes Gran Turismo HD Concept the most advanced Gran Turismo title yet
Players can tackle the course in regular Time Trial and new Drift Trial modes
Gamers know what theyâ€™re getting with Gran Turismo â€“ 47 million Gran Turismo titles have been sold worldwide to date
Thereâ€™ll be a sneak peek of the Nissan cars in Gran Turismo HD Concept on the Nissan stand at the Geneva Motor Show from March 6th, but the best way to get involved is to hook a PS3 straight up to PLAYSTATIONÂ®Network, then hit the download button. We canâ€™t say too much right now, but itâ€™s going to be a big year for this title; Gran Turismo HD Concept is just the beginning. Gran Turismo HD Concept goes online on PLAYSTATIONÂ®Network on March 23rd â€“ as soon as PS3 hits stores.
1. At launch the PLAYSTATIONÂ®Network will be available in 44 countries, and downloadable content will be available in 23 countries across the SCEE territories.
About Gran Turismoâ„¢
With more than 47 million units sold worldwide, the award-winning Gran Turismoâ„¢ franchise for the PlayStationÂ®, PlayStationÂ®2 and PLAYSTATIONÂ®3 is regarded as the best and most authentic driving simulation ever created due to its true-to-life graphics, physics and real-life cars and tracks. 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. His offerings provide the gamer with the most true-to-life driving simulation within the industry and a unique medium for motor manufacturers to showcase their products.
About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd. As at 30 Jan 2007
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PLAYSTATIONÂ®3, PlayStationÂ®2 and PSPÂ® (PlayStationÂ®Portable) software and hardware in 102 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories. Between its European debut on 24th November 2000 and the end of September 2006, over 44 million PlayStation 2 consoles have been shipped across the SCEE territories, over 115 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history. Between its European debut on 1st September 2005 and the end of September 2006, over 8 million PSP systems have been shipped across the SCEE territories, with over 24 million shipped worldwide since its Japanese launch in December 2004.
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