Sony claims that the cumulative worldwide sales of the Gran Turismo franchise, a popular racing and car-life simulator available on PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PSP, has exceeded 60 million units as of 6 December 2010.
This sales figure was achieved in just 12 years and 11 months since the Japanese launch of the first title in the franchise, Gran Turismo, in December 1997.
The Gran Turismo franchise, from the original Gran Turismo to the latest Gran Turismo 5, has continued to evolve alongside the PlayStation platforms.
The ninth installment of the world?s best-selling racing franchise, Gran Turismo 5 for the PS3 system, features a completely new physics engine for an improved feel for steering during turns and drifts. The game also features a line-up of more than 1,000 licensed karts and cars from the world?s top manufacturers. Other highly anticipated features include stereoscopic 3D support, real-time car damage, dynamic weather effects, kart racing, a Course Maker, and a deep online and community feature set where players can race online with up to 16 players through PlayStation Network. According to Sony and as of 6 December, more than 5.5 million units of Gran Turismo 5 have been sold worldwide.