156w ago - Today world-renowned classical Pianist Lang Lang has shared details on recording the Gran Turismo 5 PS3 soundtrack, as follows:
Gran Turismo is my absolute favorite racing game - the speed, combined with the realism of the graphics and the sound, really gets my heart pumping.
My schedule gets really crazy, and it feels great to just be able to relax and enter this thrilling world of car racing.
I was so excited to be asked to perform music for the soundtrack. Combining music and technology has always been something I'm passionate about, and this was the perfect opportunity.
It might seem incongruous at first - classical music and video games - but the more we delved into what we could do with the music, the more excited I got.
Classical music reflects the same passion and intensity as racing, and hearing these musical pieces that have stood the test of time for centuries brings a whole new element to sensation of racing.
When I recorded the music for GT5 in the studio, I felt like I was racing on the track - it was really thrilling. I'm sure this music will bring more passion and excitement to the game when you play too.
157w ago - Today another Gran Turismo 5 PS3 update has arrived, with the v1.03 patch weighing in at 149MB in size.
According to GTPlanet.net (linked above), the update includes an option for mechanical damage added to the settings for online races.
To quote: As can be seen in the online “My Lounge” options for an online race, a new “Mechanical Damage” setting is available for the event with three settings, as described by the scrolling information bar on the bottom of the screen:
None – No mechanical damage.
Light – Mechanical parts can be damaged, but will “automatically be repaired after a short time has passed.”
Heavy – Mechanical damage will be more severe, and can only be repaired by making a pit stop. Damaged parts will be indicated with on-screen icons.
I just downloaded it and can confirm it does add mechanical damage to online races.
159w ago - While GT5 PS3 hit the Internet a few days back, today Producer Chris Hinojosa-Miranda has announced that Gran Turismo 5 for PlayStation 3 officially races into stores today and shared a new launch trailer!
To quote: Christmas has arrived a little early for all you GT fans across the world with today's release of Gran Turismo 5.
That's right, it's been five years in the making and it's finally here – the most realistic and comprehensive driving experiences in one of the most highly-anticipated games ever released. And what better way to spend the 4-day weekend than diving into the world of Gran Turismo 5 head first?
To celebrate today's release, check out our new GT video with never-before-seen footage of the game.
Not only will you be able to play with over 1,000 licensed cars from the world's top manufacturers, race on more than 20 tracks with over 70 variations of famous world circuits, city courses, snow and dirt, and original environments popular to fans, but experience new features BRAND NEW to the franchise.
159w ago - Sony's Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman has made available a video today showcasing the unboxing of Gran Turismo 5 Collector's Edition for PS3.
To quote: Jeff and I got our grubby paws on the first in-house box and have defiled its pristine shrink wrap for your viewing pleasure in the video above. Love that new-car smell!
What does your $99.99 get you? Read on for the full contents. Not enough detail for you? Head over to GranTurismo.com for even more specifics and images.
• Gran Turismo 5 on Blu-ray: 1000+ cars, a wealth of tracks, new Course Maker, stereoscopic 3D, kart racing, and more features than we could possibly list here. Seriously – this game is huge.
• Collectible Diecast Car: Exclusive limited edition 1:43 scale diecast 2009 Nissan GT-R Spec V with custom Gran Turismo livery designed by Polyphony Digital, produced by well-known collectible car maker Kyosho.
• Exclusive "Apex" Car Guide: 300 pages of advanced GT5 driving techniques, a crash course in modern automotive history, track reference material and much more straight from experts at Polyphony Digital.