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Gran Turismo 5 Gets Top Gear

To make Gran Turismo 5 even more awesome than it should be, Polyphony Digital and SCEI have partnered with BBC’s Top Gear show to be made downloadable through Gran Turismo TV (GT TV) that will be included in the PS3 game.

GT TV will be an online dedicated channel that will offer the latest news and content from the motoring world. It will launch worldwide on the PlayStation Network sometime next year. BBC will offer 40 episodes from their revered Top Gear show for download.

Additionally, the Top Gear Test Track – the track featured each week on the show, where the show’s team test the latest cars – will be digitized and made available in Gran Turismo 5.

“We at Polyphony are great fans of the world’s best motoring programme, Top Gear, so we’re delighted to be collaborating with BBC Worldwide to deliver Top Gear content via Gran Turismo,” said Kazunori Yamauchi, President, Polyphony Digital, “We’re sure that players will be as thrilled as we are when they get the chance to put their own driving skills to the test on the Top Gear Test Track in GT5, as well as enjoying classic episodes of Top Gear via GT TV.”

Below are some images from the Top Gear integration in GT TV.


Gran Turismo HD Shown

Uh… Gran Turismo HD doesn’t look so “HD”. Well, for its defense it can say that it’s a prototype!

Message from Kazunori Yamauchi
President, Polyphony Digital
Corporate Executive, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

At this year’s E3 2006, I am excited to provide you a glimpse of our vision for Gran Turismo® by showcasing the technological capabilities of PLAYSTATION®3 with a special playable demo titled “Gran Turismo HD”. Please note that this product does not represent an official product and is merely a prototype.

With the power of PLAYSTATION 3, “Gran Turismo HD” has been prepared in full HD resolution (i.e. 1920 x 1080p, p for progressive) and is displayed at a refresh rate of 60 frames per second. As you may know, this is the highest possible performance available on the latest high definition television and is three times higher in quality than the average high definition quality broadcast where HD-CAM capabilities are at 1450 x 1080i, (i for interlace). Comparatively, the visual quality in “Gran Turismo HD” is 12 times higher than Gran Turismo® 4 on PlayStation® 2, allowing for a world of true high definition, not possible in any other visual format today.

The wait for the next generation of Gran Turismo, post launch of PS3, may not be as long as you think.

Kazunori Yamauchi
Creator of Gran Turismo

And the “HD” screenshots: