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.
Just yesterday, we reported that the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 will feature a total of 1,200 cars. Today, Mercedes announced that three of these model will come from AMG and include: the SLS AMG GT3, E63 AMG and A45 AMG. These models will join the current lineup already offered by Mercedes in the GT5 which includes a total of 21 vehicles.
The three AMG models deliver a combined output of more than 1,400 horsepower: 500 from the SLS, 557 from the E63 and 360 from the A45 AMG.
The new Gran Turismo 6 will be released just in time for the holiday season, so this might be a good gift idea if you’re drawing a blank for the car lover in your family. The new GT6 will be initially available for the Play Station 3 platform, but it will be offered for the PS4 at a later date.
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Sony is celebrating Gran Turismo’s 15th anniversary with the announcement of the sixth installment of the series. Gran Turismo 6 was announced today by legendary Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi and will be released later this year. Sony’s exact wording in the press release was “Holiday, 2013,” but we are unsure if that is a typo or if it means Christmas of another holiday. We are awaiting a reply from Sony on an exact release date.
Gran Turismo 6 will bring a total of 1,200 cars; it will retain the models from Gran Turismo 5 and will add new ones, including historic, road and race cars. The game will also offer a stunning new tracks and cars, and a revised user interface.
The new GT6 will also add 33 locations - including seven all-new ones, with 71 different layouts available; 19 of the layouts are brand new. There will also be regular additions of new tracks available online.
The celebration of 15 years of Gran Turismo event at Silverstone included a demo of GT6, featuring the famous Silverstone circuit itself. Guests were able to play the game in the familiar circular Gran Turismo race pods before having a chance to take to the real track in cars provided by Audi, Ford, Jaguar, KTM, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Toyota.
Click past the jump to learn more about the new Gran Turismo 6 features.
The first installment of the Gran Turismo video game arrived in 1997 and since then, Sony has sold more than 68 million copies, making it a hit among virtual racing simulators. The latest series - GT 5 - arrived in 2010, and only three years later, Sony is already preparing the launch on the Gran Turismo 6.
The official release will be on November 28, 2013, but the first details on the game will be released on June 10th during the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles. The new Gran Turismo 6 will be initially offered for the on the PlayStation 3 platform, but we are pretty sure it will also be offered for the PS4 once it arrives.
As for the cars featured in the game, we are pretty sure we are going to see all the latest supercars, plus a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro that has been specially developed for the game.
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Video game developers, especially for platforms like the Playstation and the Xbox 360, have relied on expansion packs to keep gamers on their toes when it comes to their racing games.
It’s a formula that has worked and every developer worthy of mentioning knows the value of fresh new expansion packs.
For Turn 10 Studios, it all means a new expansion pack for Forza Horizon. It’s called the 1000 Club Expansion and, as the name evidently suggests, it comes packed with a host of new challenges - 1,000 in total - as well as the treat of two new bonus cars that should keep players pretty occupied in the near future.
It’s gonna to be tough going for the players because the challenges are pretty difficult and varied enough to require some practice time. But if you can finish all of them, then that’s a pretty remarkable achievement in its own right.
As far as the two bonus cars are concerned, the pack will give you a 1995 RUF CTR2 and a classic 1956 Ford F100 pickup. Pretty sweet deal, if you ask us.
Click past the jump to watch a preview trailer of Forza Horizon’s 1000 Club Expansion Pack
One of the marks of a great racing game is its ability to host races in various part of the world. It’s not enough that you have all the cars, but if you don’t have real-world racetracks to whip them around, then what’s the point, right?
Fortunately, the developers of GRID 2 understood this; that’s why this latest trailer, once again featuring the voice of the fictional Patrick Callahan, gives us a sneak peek at some of the European racetracks that will be included in the game.
The teaser is dominated by the voice of Callahan, who once again does his best to entice teams and drivers to sign up to his racing league, all while showing a multitude of racecars competing in various circuits around Europe.
Among the list of tracks that are expected to be part of the game include: the streets of Côte d’Azur, the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal, the Red Bull Ring, the streets of Paris and Barcelona, and Brands Hatch, to name a few.
If there’s also one thing this new teaser has shown us, it’s that GRID 2 is doing the whole full-court press in its attempt to get gamers interested in the game. We don’t necessarily see why it has to do it because there’s already a significant level of interest in it.
But if it means more titles flying off the shelves, why not, right?
If there were any awards for best video game teasers, GRID 2’s latest release would be a contender.
Veering away from the tried and tested method of action spliced with fast-paced music, the new GRID 2 teaser takes a much more calculated approach, introducing us to "racing visionary" Patrick Callahan.
In the teaser, Callahan outlines his plans for a new motorsports series and introduces players to two key racing clubs where he needs drivers to be a part of. He then goes on by saying that his intention is to bring some of the best drivers in the world to compete in one league to claim the title of the best driver in the galaxy. Ok, maybe just the world, but you get the picture.
The teaser also gives us a brief glimpse of some new tracks that you’ll see in the game, including Street Racing in Chicago, Track Racing at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Road Racing at the dramatic California Coast.
Combining both elements to make a pretty interesting teaser isn’t an easy task. But GRID 2 accomplishes it by taking a more cinematic approach with the usual dramatic dialogue. In the end, we’re definitely intrigued and looking forward to see how the game stacks up against the competition.
Whether you find GRID 2 racing game as appealing as Gran Turismo 5 or Forza 4 or not, you still have to give credit to the folks over at Codemasters for putting in the work to provide gamers a game that certainly doesn’t lack in high-detailed racing.
The latest trailer, through short, proves as much with some high-octane snippets of what you can expect when the game officially hits shelves on May 28.
In the end, expectations are high for GRID 2 because it has to live up to the hype that Codemasters is putting forth. Whether that translates to a pretty good racing game is still subject to how gamers enjoy the experience of playing it.
Codemasters has officially announced the date their latest pride and joy, GRID 2, will hit the shelves. Mark the date, fellas; the game ships on May 28 for the PS3, the Xbox 360, and the PC.
We have to give some props to Codemasters for at least trying to break some ground for the GRID series, describing the game as setting "new standards for a racing multiplayer experience.” We’re not sure if those claims are going to hold up when the game is released, but at least these guys are throwing it out there.
Another wrinkle Codemasters is releasing is the chance for buyers to receive three special-edition downloadable packs depending on where you place your pre-order for the game: Amazon, Best Buy, or GameStop. If you get the game through Amazon, you get the Head Start Pack, which comes with a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT and discounts in the Car Upgrades Store and a RaceNet bonus.
If you get it in Best Buy, you’ll get the IndyCar Pack that comes with the series Pace Car and Dallara chassis, an exclusive online event and two additional routes around The Brickyard.
Finally, Game Stop buyers will receive the McLaren and Nissan GT-R Racing Packs, featuring the MP4-12C GT3 and two new ways around the UK’s Brands Hatch track in the McLaren Pack. In the GT-R Racing Pack, you get a GT-R SpecV, an exclusive online event and finally five daytime circuits at Yas Marina.
Noted auto journalist Chris Harris recently got an invitation from Codemasters — the fine folks behind the racing game series, GRID — to give the game a virtual test. This isn’t any old test either, as it pits Harris against McLaren test driver Mat Jackson in a race at Brands Hatch in the virtual UK.
In the virtual race, Harris struggles to keep up with the more experienced Jackson and voices his displeasure to one of the game’s developers. After a few tips and pointers on how to get more out of his MP4-12C, Harris proceeds to catch up to Jackson, overtake him and then beat him to the checkered flag by the slimmest of margins.
Apparently, the whole point of the series of teasers is for Codemasters to display the kind of real-life instructions you can put to use in the virtual racing game. Quite frankly, we don’t get the idea of the whole thing, given the fact that the GRID series has always been a game that put hardcore racing as its main selling point. In any case, the video’s pretty interesting if you’re a fan of the GRID franchise.
Harris’ involvement in these teasers also appear to be of the multi-part variety, which means that we can expect to see more of these teasers in the coming weeks as Codemasters prepares for the release of “GRID 2 Effect” this summer.
A while ago a heavily camouflaged Chevrolet Corvette C7 was spotted in Gran Turismo 5 and everyone imagined that the car will be making its virtual debut earlier than the real-world one. Today, Chevrolet and Sony have confirmed that Gran Turismo 5 players can indeed enjoy a first-of-its-kind driving experience of a camouflaged Corvette C7 prototype.
While developing this virtual prototype, designers from Chevy and Polyphony Digital paid attention to even the tiniest details and tried to replicate the real car by as much as possible. Unfortunately, they opted for a soft camouflage to keep the car’s design a secret until its world debut in January. You didn’t really think they would unveil the car in a video game, did you?
"Until now, only the most skilled drivers on the Corvette team have been authorized to push the test prototypes to the limits on some of the most challenging track surfaces in the world," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Global Marketing. "Through this unique collaboration with Gran Turismo, Chevrolet is able, for the first time, to give performance car enthusiasts access to such an exclusive driving experience."
Check out the above video to see the digital version of the C7 Corvette draped in its camo livery!