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PlayStation 3 Compact Racing Wheel to Launch on June 19, 2009

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279w ago - If you've been looking for a Mario Kart style wheel for your PlayStation 3 console... here it is.

The new 4Gamers PS3 wheel takes full advantage of the SixAxis and Dualshock 3 controllers.

According to Accessories4Technology.com, the device will be released in 5 days on the 19th of June 2009.

Features include:

• Enhances gameplay with all driving games that support SixAxis control
• Fully compatible with the PlayStation 3 SixAxis and DualShock 3 wireless controllers
• Allows full access to all wireless controller buttons and functions
• Chrome effect finish with soft rubber grips adding extra confort to gameplay
 

GT5 Gets Weather Changes, Night Racing & Damage Rendering

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284w ago - Audi is obviously looking forward to being in the coming Gran Turismo 5.

After all, the Quattro company has created a [Register or Login to view links] to promote its car on the NĂĽrburgring in real life and in the game, and it interviewed GT5 mastermind Kazunori Yamauchi about what fans can expect.

To quote: Yamauchi-san revealed that the game is going to offer not only more vehicles, more online features, and increased detail, but it will also include night racing, damage rendering (previously confirmed), and weather changes.

If you watch the Audi R8 Meets Gran Turismo 5 video, one of the game developers even talks of one day providing weather reports for an entire 24-hour race, and you can read the interview with Yamauchi-san by clicking on a PDF link [Register or Login to view links]. The graphical and gameplay additions are surely welcome and long overdue, and could return GT5 to the head of the racing sim pack - whenever it finally gets here...
 

WipEout HD v1.30 Update Racing to PSN on April 8, 2009

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289w ago - SCEA Producer Daimion Pinnock announced news that the WipEout HD v1.30 Update will be hitting Sony's PlayStation Network tomorrow as follows:

Hi everybody! I'm excited to bring to you news of an awesome update for WipEout HD. And perhaps the best news is you don't have to wait long for it. Tomorrow, April 8, 2009, the V1.30 free update for WipEout HD will be available for download. The update will introduce a selection of new multiplayer features to the legendary anti-gravity racer. Check out the full details below.

Online Ranking

With over 50 ranks to progress through, there will be a new edge to online racing in WipEout HD. Your finishing position, speed class and the rank of your opponents will determine how many ranking points you are awarded as you strive to go from a Wipeout Trainee to a Wipeout Legend!

Podium Screen & Online Badges

• A new podium screen will now display the top three finishers after each online race or tournament.
• Regardless of whether you finish in the Top Three or not, every player has the chance of being awarded an 'online badge' in recognition of how they performed in the race.
• There are 33 badges in total, examples of which are displayed here.

Connect easily with your...
 

Disney Announces Groundbreaking Racing Game - Split/Second

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293w ago - Last week the video debut for Split/Second was released, and today follows the official press release:

Press Release: DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS ANNOUNCES "GROUNDBREAKING" RACING GAME - SPLIT/SECOND

Award-Winning Black Rock Studio Creating Innovative New Action-Racing Game Where Speed Meets Strategy in a City Rigged For Destruction

BURBANK, Calif. – (March 11, 2009) – Racing to the finish line takes on added excitement when competitors trigger destruction on the track to take out their opponents. Disney Interactive Studios today announced Split/Second, an intense action racing game set within the world of a hyper-competitive reality television show.

Competitors vie to be the first across the finish line in a made-for-TV city built for destruction, with the ultimate goal of becoming the season champion. Developed by Black Rock Studio, Split/Second is scheduled to be released in early 2010 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows-based PC.

Competitors in Split/Second don't just collide with other vehicles to knock them from the track - they can also trigger explosive events...
 

There's Gran Turismo 5, Any Other Good 2009 Racing Games?

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303w ago - Gran Turismo 5 is expected to be one of the best racing titles of 2009. Judging by the standards of GT5: Prologue, the combination of graphics and realistic handling, makes it one of the best titles out there.

However, what other games can we expect to be of good quality in 2009. In my opinion, none really can compare to GT5, but there are some still very good contenders. Below are some of my picks of worthy racing titles to get in 09. You tell me what you think.

Ferrari Project
Even though not much news has surfaced recently, the visuals provided are astounding and are comparable to that of Gran Turismo 5. Some even claim that the graphics look a bit more realistic than GT5: Prologue in some head-to-head comparisons. Also, a couple months ago, someone was able to get a hands on and said that the handling of the vehicles were very remarkable. This game is centred around Ferrari vehicles however, so that's what I consider one of the downfalls.

It would have been interesting to see what potential this game had if they focused on a wider range of cars. The last time we heard about this game, it was said that it would be made available in 2009. However, Blimey! games haven't given any information about this game recently. This is an Xbox 360 and PC only title. I could see this...
 
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