Made to take on Microsoft's XBox 360 and Nintendo's Wii, the Playstation 3 by Sony Computer Entertainment broke out into the game console world on November 17th, 2006 in North America with a previous debut in Japan six days before that. The PlayStation 3 features a slot-loading 2x speed Blu-ray Disc drive for games, Blu-ray movies, DVDs, CDs and other optical media. The basic model came with a 20 GB hard disk drive and the premium model arrived with a 60 GB hard drive and several additional features. Many revisions have been made to the console, with the latest modification being the new slim model.
BMW has unveiled a new concept car. Normally, we’d be really excited to see it once it makes its debut in a major auto show and you would’ve thought that with the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show just around the corner, this concept would be one of the main attractions, right?
Unfortunately, that won’t be the case because the BMW Vision Gran Turismo — that’s its name, by the way — will only appear as a virtual concept in Gran Turismo 6.
Here’s the thing, though. Once we washed away the disappointment of not seeing the Vision Gran Turismo in real-scale, we couldn’t help but get even more excited about the release of GT6, not only because of its incredible playability, but because of the rash of new features it’s going to come with.
The BMW Vision Gran Turismo is one of them and by the looks of how it was designed, the dynamic sports coupé’s combination of BMW’s unmistakable racing genes with the design freedom that you can have on a virtual car has given birth to a concept that goes beyond even our already bloated expectations.
But the best part about the unveiling of the BMW Vision Gran Turismo is that this concept won’t be the only one that will be prominently featured in Gran Turismo 6. Expect to see even more concepts from some of the biggest automakers and design houses in the world, a lot of whom will create their own unique concepts that will be exclusively used in the game as part of Gran Turismo’s "Vision Gran Turismo" initiative.
You don’t even have to be a BMW fan to appreciate how big this project is going to be. The BMW Vision Gran Turismo is only the beginning and more concepts will be unveiled from 2013 to 2014 as gifted downloadable content (DLC) to owners of Gran Turismo 6 through online updates.
Talk about raising the stakes. Your move, Forza.
Click past the jump to watch a trailer of GT6 Concept Movie #4: Vision Gran Turismo
Recently after its official release, the Gran Turismo 6 demo topped more than 1 million downloads, so it is pretty easy to imagine that the full game will be a real success. To be really ready for when the game arrives on the market during the holiday season, the world’s first virtual-to-real race driver, Lucas Ordonez , is offering us a few tips on how to handle the powerful cars of the game.
So, here are the four tips he offered: take steering wheel in the right position, look as far as possible, use all track available and find the limit on corners of the track.
The tips were offered during a practice session he had on a Gran Turismo simulator at the Suzuka racetrack. This might be pretty helpful for him, considering this weekend he will get behind the wheel of a real car — the GT-R Nismo GT3 — in the Super GT 300 session.
We don’t know if you’ve noticed, but "retro" has become a staple word in the world of consumerism these days. Whether its sneakers or classic teams now being made available on sports video games, everybody’s digging the whole reliving the glory of the past in the modern-day setting.
Codemasters, the video game developer behind the Formula One racing game, is jumping on that trend after announcing that it would be bringing Formula One’s past into its latest game, F1 2013.
From old race tracks, to past drivers, and even the classic racecars , all of them will be made available and playable in the game. It’s the dream for F1 racing fans. Think Gerhard Berger can win in today’s racing scene? Well, we might have an answer soon enough. In addition to the Austrian great, F1 2013 will also features a number of greats, including Nigel Mansell and Mario Andretti, as well as five previous race cars from Ferrari, Williams, and Lotus , and old tracks like Jerez and Brands Hatch.
And that’s just for the 1980’s content. Move on to the 90’s and you’re treated to racers like David Coulthard and Alain Prost, tracks like Estoril and Imola, and more new cars from Ferrari and Williams.
Believe us when we tell you that F1 2013 may have jumped to the top of our must-have video game list. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long for F1 2013 to hit shelves because it’s expected to drop sometime this fall.
Click past the jump to watch the trailer for F1 2013 Classics Edition and read the accompanying press release
Earlier this month, the new GRID 2 racing game received a sweet Super Modified DLC Pack. Today, it’s time for another one called the Drift Pack. It includes four special-edition cars specially designed to deliver optimum performance and a stunning racing experience across GRID 2’s game modes.
The first of the four car is the Daijiro Yoshihara Nissan 240SX - a 650-horsepower Nissan raced to victory in the 2011 Formula Drift Championship by Daijiro ’Dai’ Yoshihara. Next there is a Team Orange Mitsubishi Evo X - a model that delivers 570 horsepower and was been driven by Nobushige Kumakubo, General Manager of Ebisu Circuit.
The third one is a Chevrolet "Tyler McQuarrie" Camaro . It is powered by a COPO LS-7 V-8 engine that delivers a total of 750 horsepower. Tyler McQuarrie took the helm of the Camaro in Formula D. The last car is the NOS Energy Nissan 370Z , a model driven by Chris Forsberg, one of the most successful drivers in Formula Drift history.
The upcoming Gran Turismo 6 will feature a total of 33 locations, with 71 different layouts. One of these locations is the 1.86 km (1.15-mile) hill climb at Goodwood, which joins famous locations, like Silverstone and Willow Springs.
At the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed , Gran Turismo will launch a new demo that will allow the expected 185,000-plus spectators to challenge Nick Heidfeld’s 41.6-second course record set in a Formula 1 car in 1999. Players will be able to race a range of stunningly recreated cars, thanks to the numerous PlayStation "race pods" installed at the event. Nissan and Alfa Romeo and Ford will also have pods on their Moving Motor Show displays.
Gran Turismo’s decision to feature the hill climb in the game comes in the same year as the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s 20th anniversary, so for sure participants at the event will have lots of surprises prepared.
Without question, Gran Theft Auto V is one of the most unique video games to have ever been developed in recent years. Races, for example, are taken in the context of GTA V as surviving the day without getting killed even if it means you having to run over a pedestrian or 10.
The franchise is already rich in history, something that has come to be expected from Rockstar Games’ super gaming franchise. Now in its fifth installment, GTA returns packed with improvements on just about every aspect of the game.
The graphics are sharper, the controls have been refined, and the story is still as complicated as ever. But as is the case with the GTA franchise, it’s not so much of a thinking man’s game as it is pure survival - in the context of trying to complete as many missions as possible.
The game is scheduled to hit shelves on September 17th, which makes it a little more than two months before we get our hands on one. And that’s when all the fun begins.
Click past the jump to watch more trailers of Gran Theft Auto V
It’s been just a little over a month since GRID 2 hit shelves and the racing game has turned out to be a rather enjoyable diversion from our everyday lives.
It still doesn’t hold up to Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsports, but it’s the newest racing game out these days and as such, deserves our full attention. But if there’s one thing about the game that disappoints us, it’s the relative lack of some spicy aftermarket racecars ; a problem that Codemasters addressed with the release of a new DLC, called the Super Modified Pack.
There’s already a ton of excitement surrounding the upcoming release of Gran Turismo 6.
Though the game isn’t scheduled to hit shelves until November 28th, a lot of promotions involving GT6 have already been sprouting, hoping to catch the attention of gamers and car enthusiasts alike.
Recently, Sony announced that, beginning on July 2nd, players will now be able to download a free demo of GT6 , one that’ll sure to drive up interest of the game even further, thanks to a contest in the Nissan GT Academy to race against each other for a chance to win a seat in a real-life Nissan race car.
But if that doesn’t suit you, you can always opt for what Amazon is offering. The online store is offering the kind of promotion that’ll definitely raise your Gran Turismo 6 excitement level a few notches.
You can pre-order GT6 on Amazon and receive $1 Million in in-game credits to buy and build your dream garage from 1,200 cars. You’re not exactly getting actual money, but for that treat of $1 million in virtual currency, you can pretty much have your way in designing and upgrading your sports car any way you see fit.
Sony announced today that starting July 2nd, 2013 players will be able to download a free demo of Gran Turismo 6. The demo can be downloaded starting July 2nd for PS3 users.
Along with offering players the chance to test the upcoming game, the new demo will also offer contestants in 2013’s Nissan GT Academy the possibility to race against each other for a chance to win a seat in a real-life Nissan race car.
To enter the Nissan GT Academy competition all you have to do is have a Sony Entertainment Network account and access to a PlayStation 3 connected to the internet. Next you’ll need to download the Gran Turismo 6 demo and race for the best qualifying times. The finalist will compete for a place in the Silverstone race camp where he or she will compete to win a spot on Nissan’s real-life racing team and a chance to drive the Nissan GT-R GT3 NISMO ina full racing season.
The demo will offer you the chance to test numerous cars, including: the Nissan Leaf , 370Z and GT-R . In total, the full game will bring more than 1,200 cars to choose from.
Click past the jump to read more about Gran Turismo 6.
Gran Turismo 6 is a big deal to anyone who has ever played the video game racing franchise. It’s been that way since we fell in love with the first one and it’ll be that way until the game’s developers decide to finally hang up its proverbial boots.
That being said, we’re all interested to see the technology behind the development of a game like Gran Turismo 6. Seemingly acquiescing to our needs, Polyphony Digital released a new video behind the development of the game, giving us a never-before-seen look at the preparation and time needed to ensure that we see a game that’s never before seen in the annals of car racing video games.
Don’t be surprised to see the word "new" pop up multiple times during the video. Chances are, Polyphony intended for it to appear there because a whole lot about the game really is new.
Pretty much everything, really, which is to say that we’re expecting, as always, to be blown away once we get our hands on the game when it hits shelves on November 28th.
Click past the jump to watch the original trailer of Gran Turismo 6