The new re-imagined Acura NSX made its debut just yesterday and it is already the star in a video for Gran Turismo 5, joined by the original NSX . This isn’t exactly an official confirmation of the future sports car’s entrance into the gaming world, but it’s a pretty solid hint. Think of it this way: The same thing happened with the recently launched Toyota GT 86 and it is now being offered in the 2.02 update of GT5.
The Acura NSX Concept previews the future NSX supercar and presents the first application of Acura’s innovative new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system. This system combines a unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system that allows the car to instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering. Throw in Acura’s next generation VTEC 3.5-liter V6 with direct-injection and a dual clutch transmission with a built-in electric motor, and you’re looking at a future production car with insane capabilities and killer style.
Apparently, some people just can’t get enough and the fact that they’re willing to splurge on an "XL version" of a game they already have is proof that Gran Turismo 5 is alive, kicking, and more popular than it ever has been.
Taking advantage of all of this, Polyphony Digital and Sony Digital are releasing a new XL Edition of GT5, which is set to drop on shelves on January 17, 2012. In addition to all the content the standard game already has, the GT5 XL Edition is expected to have all of the game updates, including the latest ‘Spec 2.0 that was just released a few months ago. On top of that, buyers will also receive a voucher that will get them an additional $20 worth of DLC content. Among the packs included are the Racing Car Pack, the Car Pack 2, the Course Pack, the Paint Pack, and the Racing Gear Pack.
There’s no denying the popularity Gran Turismo 5 has over casual and hardcore gamers alike. The release of the GT5 XL Edition is further proof that when it comes to real-like game play and overall features, GT5 is always chalk-full of those. And all for the bargain price of $39.99 in North America.
One of the most talked about sports cars of the year was finally revealed a month ago, and since then, it’s been popping up everywhere, including in the popular racing franchise, Gran Turismo.
For fans of Gran Turismo 5, the thought of finally getting behind the wheel of a Toyota GT 86 is certainly worth the $3.99 price tag attached to the second round of downloadable content for the game.
Polyphony is set to release a Car Pack 2 program and Update 2.02 through the PSN Network just in time for Christmas. For the former, that means you can finally play a slew of new vehicles in the game, including the 2011 Mini Cooper S, the 2010 Volkswagen Golf VI R , the 2010 Volkswagen Scirocco R , and the 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition R35 . Other fixes and improvements that are part of the Car Pack 2 program include the ability to change wheels on Standard cars, free coupons that allow you to wash cars, change oil, overhaul your engine, or refresh the car body in GT Auto. The CP2 pack also allows you to see how the oil changes, aerodynamic parts, engine overhauls, and racing modifications will affect performance points and engine power in GT Auto. Meanwhile, in screens where the [Garage] and [Driver List] buttons are displayed in the A/B Spec events, Special Events, and Seasonal Events, pressing the ’square’ button will lead you to the [Garage], and pressing the ’triangle’ button will bring up the drivers list.
Then, there’s the Update 2.02, which is important to get as soon as possible if for only one - and only one - reason. By downloading the update, you finally get your hands on a 2012 Toyota GT 86 .
It’s not every day you get to sit across from one of the most phenomenal minds in the gaming industry, so when we got the chance to have a chat with Gran Turismo creator, Kazunori Yamauchi, we took it with open arms.
We did our best warming up to him with a few questions about how he got into the industry and whether he figured himself to be a programmer or a business man, before we got down to the nitty gritty. Unfortunately, being the professional that he is, Yamauchi stayed tight-lipped about any of the new features to be applied to the recently confirmed Gran Turismo 6 .
He did, however, agree that the Gran Turismo franchise did not provide gamers with enough room to play around in the tuning of their chosen vehicles. He stated that it would be better for gamers to have wide freedom when tuning their vehicles, but that it all really came down to a battle against time. And anyone who remembers the number of delays the gaming world had to deal with before we got GT5 , understands exactly what he means.
That being said, if Gran Turismo 6 does show up with significant improvements in tuning, we’re totally taking the credit for suggesting it to Yamauchi.
Hit the jump for more information on Gran Turismo 6.
We knew that it was all but hypothetical, but it was still nice to hear the words straight out of the horse’s mouth.
In an interview conducted at the SEMA Auto Show ’s Gran Turismo awards, Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi confirmed that Polyphony Digital is already hard at work in the development of Gran Turismo 6, the sixth installment of the hit racing franchise.
Talking about the game’s status, Yamauchi said: “Of course we’re working on GT6 already and I think what really will be the separating factor is something that we can’t update through a DLC is something that obviously has to be saved for GT6."
That piece of confirmation should be music to the ears of fans of the Gran Turismo franchise, but on the flip side, all these expectations should be tempered considering that there will be inevitable delays before the game is officially released.
Another question is whether the game will be available on the Playstation 3 or if it will end up being developed for the 3’s eventual successor, the Playstation 4.
Sebastian Vettel made history when he became the youngest driver ever to become an F1 champion, and not just once, but twice in two consecutive years. Polyphony Digital will commemorate this historic event by offering the Red Bull X2010 fantasy vehicle for a limited time to anyone who logs into Gran Turismo 5.
The Red Bull X2010 racecar is the ultimate driving machine. A fantasy vehicle found exclusively in Gran Turismo 5, the X2010 was created as a joint project between Red Bull Racing and Gran Turismo makers Polyphony Digital. It was designed with only one purpose in mind: to go fast as possible, free of any and all racing regulations. A perfect vehicle for just about any enthusiast, don’t you think?
Next to this, GT5 will receive a series of improvements including a cabin view for all the cars, 11 new NASCAR racers, and the possibility to save within the race. All this and they still decided to drop the price, from $59.99 to $39.99.
It’s been a year since Gran Turismo 5 was released and it seems a little strange that they’ve waited this long to release the ’Spec 2.0’ update for the game. Oh, wait...Forza 4 is dropping on shelves next week. Now it all makes sense.
Whatever motives they might have, the fact is that Polyphony Digital will be releasing the major game update on October 11, where it will feature a number of new - and long overdue - elements, including a new in-game save feature that allows gamers to save their progress while competing in a race, especially of the endurance variety. In addition to that, the game will now carry a simplified interior view of the non-premium cars. The instant replay and photo tools have also been tweaked to become a little more user-friendly, and of course, plenty of new cars too, including 11 new 2011 NASCAR race cars and the Nissan GT-R Schulze Motor Sport.
Finally, the Spec 2.0 update will also carry an added support feature for both the Logitech G25 and G27 racing wheels to serve as accepted add-on accessories for the game.
Every year, the SEMA Show in Las Vegas showcases some of the biggest and brightest aftermarket tuning projects in the world. It’s an absolute haven for car enthusiasts because it offers a different approach in automotive enthusiasm.
SEMA offers no shortage of special events and one in particular has drawn significant attention from all the exhibitors in attendance: the Gran Turismo GT Awards.
The GT Awards is held each year during SEMA to give exhibitors the unique opportunity to have their aftermarket creations featured in a future installment of the critically acclaimed Gran Turismo video game franchise. This year, the GT Awards will have a number of categories, including Truck/SUV, Asian Import, European Import, Domestic Auto and Hot Rod.
One vehicle will be chosen from each of the five categories, where they will fall under the scrutiny of the man behind the Gran Turismo franchise, Polyphony Digital CEO Kazunori Yamauchi.
Of these five cars, Yamauchi will be the one to choose one car that will win the "Best in Show" prize and more importantly, the opportunity to be featured in a future installment of Gran Turismo.
A year ago, the winning car - a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro with a 7.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 762 horsepower and more than 800 lb/ft of torque - came from the ’Hot Rod’ category and was modified by GM engineer Mark Stielow.
Who’ll take the cake this year? We’ll have to wait for SEMA to find out.
We’ve seen a lot of racing simulators in our time, but we haven’t seen anything quite like what Sony and Audi have done. It’s a Playstation Racing Simulator that has been built in the style of a carbon-black Audi R8 LMS race car.
Granted, the simulator wasn’t based on an actual production model of the Audi racer, but the whole thing was custom-built by the people over at quattro GmbH. The set-up features a bucket seat for the driver, another seat for the passenger, and a roll-cage that’s really more about aesthetics than it is for actual use. Once the driver is comfortably seated inside, he uses a race steering wheel that comes equipped with paddle gear shifters, which together with the foot pedals, are all connected to a Playstation 3. For a more realistic time inside the car, the engineers also added pneumatic cylinders in place of the suspension to bring centrifugal force to the driver during high-speed acceleration, braking, and cornering, and a Dolby Surround system that makes for a realistic time around the track.
The whole set-up first made its debut in Cologne, Germany as part of Gamescom 2011 where European GT3 champion Christopher Mies was on-hand to present the machine to the awestruck audience.
There are plenty of simulators out there that we’d love to own, but there’s nothing quite like this. Imagine having an Audi R8 LMS sitting as the centerpiece of your game room.
The mythical unicorn of Gran Turismo 5 – the Red Bull X1 Prototype – may very well be accessible only in the virtual gaming world, but the folks over at Red Bull, together with Polyphony Digital and Industrial Design Consultancy, are in the process of piecing together and building a mock-up design of the car that, if it was road legal, would shatter just about every land-speed record known to man.
Unfortunately, regulations are preventing it from fully taking shape so the people behind this ungodly machine have decided to build the next best thing: a real-life scale mock-up of the newly named ’X2010’. And Red Bull has released a new video that shows how the X2010 (aka X1 prototype) was transformed from a Gran Turismo 5 fixture into a full-scale model.
The car was born when Polyphony Digital CEO – and the man behind the Gran Turismo franchise – Kazunori Yamauchi sought the help of Adrian Newey to design a car without any limitations. Translation: build me the fastest and most powerful car your imagination can think of.
Hit the jump to see what they came up with, as well as get a look at the press release.