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Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Price and Release Date Announced

Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today that Gran Turismo 5 Prologue for PlayStation 3 will launch in North America on April 17, 2008 and cost $39.99 on Blu-ray Disc (BD) or via download from the PlayStation Store.

The Blu-ray Disc version will come with an exclusive behind-the-scenes High Definition (HD) video called “Beyond the Apex”. The video will feature a look at how Polyphony developed Gran Turismo 5 Prologue and all of its realistic looking environments, cars, and physics.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Fact Sheet

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA)
Developer: Polyphony Digital, Inc.
Genre: Racing
Release: April 17, 2008
Rating: “RP” for Rating Pending


With more than 47 million units shipped worldwide, the award-winning Gran TurismoTM franchise has raced far beyond a driving simulator experience; it is a global lifestyle. Setting the bar to unprecedented heights of realism, quality of design and physics technology with every product release, famed developer Polyphony Digital, Inc. continues to obscure the line between simulation and reality with the newest iteration of its blockbuster franchise, Gran TurismoTM 5 Prologue, exclusively for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3TM).

Available on Blu-ray Disc and as a download via PLAYSTATION®Network, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue showcases the automotive experience that is imminent with Gran Turismo 5. Featuring over 60 meticulously detailed cars - including vehicles by Ferrari, Audi and Nissan - for users to race on five beautifully rendered reversible tracks from around the globe, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue runs in stunning1080p High Definition. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will also introduce to the franchise an in-cockpit view, providing a unique perspective for racers and featuring real-time gauges and human animations that accurately represent the true performance and handling of each vehicle. Additionally, in conjunction with a robust offline experience, for the first time in the history of the franchise Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will support up to 16 players racing head-to-head online, complete with community events and leaderboards, to quell any question of who is the best driver in the “World of GT.”

Dedicated to expanding the user’s immersion in automotive culture, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will feature access to Gran TurismoTM TV, a dedicated online channel available exclusively from PLAYSTATION Network that delivers some of the greatest motorsport and manufacturer content that television has to offer.

Key Features

  • A first for the franchise, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue supports online racing with up to 16 drivers racing simultaneously on a beautifully rendered race track.
  • Race more than 60 high-performance and exhaustively detailed cars, including vehicles from Ferrari, Audi, Nissan and Mitsubishi.
  • Race on five stunningly realistic tracks, including the Eiger Nordwand, the London City Track and Suzuka.
  • A new physics engine delivers next-generation vehicle handling. True to the heritage of the Gran Turismo franshise, this new physics engine provides unprecedented realism and authentic handling specific to each car.
  • A new in-cockpit view provides a unique perspective for racers and features a customized dashboard for each of the cars in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. Real-time gauges and human animations accurately represent the true performance and handling of each vehicle.
  • All-new and improved opponent AI for a nail-biting and more strategic race racing experience.
  • Access to Gran Turismo TV: a clearinghouse of great motoring TV (video) programming (both HD and SD - all broadcast quality) online through PLAYSTATION Network.
  • To extend the realistic driving experience, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is also compatible with the new DUALSHOCK®3 controller, which has vibration functionality.
  • Quick Tune facility allows you to adjust power, tires, suspension and more.
  • Gran Turismo 5 Prologue runs in stunning High Definition at 1080p (race: 1080p-60fps, replay: 1080p-30fps)

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Comments [1]

  • flea43 - January 30th, 2008 at 10:09 am
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    Am I wrong in thinking that this is basically a beta version of the game while they finish up the real thing? It seems a little silly to pay $40 for a beta version. Then when the full game comes out pay another $60 to get the full game.

    Perhaps they will have an upgrade to download for those who bought the beta version but how much will that cost. I am really looking forward to playing this title but not sure if it is worth getting a teaser for $40. It feels like paying $5 to see a movie trailer instead of paying $9 for the movie.

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