A national competition, a selection of real super cars and a mocked up
"pit lane" in London greeted the European preview of Sony
PlayStation's newest version of race driving videogame Gran Turismo
Red Ferraris, a yellow Lotus convertible and the newly unveiled Nissan
GT-R were some of the 17 cars assembled in an underground car park in
central London decorated to look like a pit lane and packed with
gamers, models, a bar with staff dressed as pit crew and a DJ pumping
Guests were invited to test out the latest version of the game in four
arcade-style "cars" at the Thursday evening event.
Any one of 71 cars can be raced virtually in 'Gran Turismo 5
Prologue', which is, as the title suggests, an introduction to the
full game, due for release at an undisclosed time in the next year or
There are six tracks, including a route through central London that
would make most of London's boy racers salivate, and gamers can also
challenge other revheads worldwide thanks to an online function.
Sony is hoping games such as Gran Turismo will help PlayStation 3 claw
back market share lost to cheaper consoles produced by rivals. The
company says more than 50 million copies of previous versions of Gran
Turismo have been sold worldwide.