Sony’s Grant Turismo franchise continues to shift into high gear. The 3D racing game for PlayStation 3 has sold 6.37 million copies worldwide through the end of 2010. That brings the franchise total to over 63 million units sold globally. While those numbers don’t match the 100 million-plus sales Electronic Arts’ Need for Speed franchise has experience, EA rolled a lot more titles into retail than Sony has over the years.
GT5 has already outsold the last installment of the game, GT5 Prologue, in every territory but Japan. GT5 remains most popular in Europe, which saw sales of 3.9 million copies compared to 1.5 million sold in North America. GT3 remains the bestselling game in the franchise to date.
Gran Turismo launched in December 1997 on PlayStation. The genre-defining racing and car-life simulator has been released on PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PSP over the years. GT5 introduces stereoscopic 3D gameplay to the mix.
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, delivering a more intuitive driving experience than ever before. The game also features an impressive line-up of more than 1,000 licensed karts and cars from the world's top manufacturers. Other 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.
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John Gaudiosi has been covering videogames for the past 20 years for outlets like The Washington Post, CNET, Wired Magazine and CBS.com. He has focused on the convergence of entertainment and videogames for outlets like Video Business, Home Media Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Gamerlive.TV and is also a freelance game columnist for Reuters and writes for outlets like Forbes.com, NVISION, Official PlayStation Magazine, EGM Now, Geek Monthly, PrimaGames.com, and Yahoo! Games. John also serves as the video game expert for NBC in Washington D.C. and has produced videogame documentaries for The History Channel and Starz Entertainment. John was named one of the Top 50 Game Journalists in the world by Next-Gen.biz in 2007. He is the co-author of Scholastic Books' How to Get into Videogames, Prima Publishing's Madden: Twenty Years of Videogame Football and Electronic Arts: The Official History.