Gran Turismo®5 Update, New Cars and Gifts Now Available

Functionality Update 2.02 and a new downloadable content (DLC) car pack.

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London, 21 December 2011: Gran Turismo®5, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe?s (SCEE?s) hugely popular racing simulation game for PlayStation®3, is further enhanced today with the addition of Functionality Update 2.02 and a new downloadable content (DLC) car pack.

GT5? was launched to critical acclaim in November, 2010 and sold 5.5 million units worldwide within the first two weeks. Since launch, the game has been improved by a number of updates, the most significant ? 2.0 ? coming in October 2011. Update 2.02 continues the trend of providing the legions of Gran Turismo fans from around the world with requested improvements to the record breaking title.

At the same time, gamers can also add to GT5?s impressive list of cars by purchasing DLC Car Pack 2 from the PlayStation®Store. The four stunning new cars include a new and improved 2012 Nissan GT-R Black edition R35, 2011 MINI COOPER S, 2010 Volkswagen Golf VI R, and a 2010 Volkswagen Scirocco R.

As we enter the festive season, SCEE is also offering gifts to GT5 gamers. The 2.02 update includes the ability to change wheels on standard cars, plus 10 free coupons that allow you to wash cars, change oil, overhaul your engine, or refresh the car body in GT Auto. Players who have installed the 2.02 update, will also be gifted the stunning Toyota 86 GT '12. Any players who downloaded any of the individual DLC packs released in October, can receive the Gran Turismo Racing Kart 125 SP and five New Car Refresh cards. The cards can be used to restore any of your cars to their ?new? condition, without losing any parts additions or paint jobs.

Another enhancement now available for GT5 is a free ?Family Upgrade?. This allows more than one user per PS3? access to the Racing Car Pack 1 and Course Pack 1 DLC (either bought individually or as part of the ?Complete Pack?) that was released in October. This means that family members or friends that share a PS3 can all access the cars and courses rather than this content being limited to the purchasing PSN ID. This function will be automatic on Car Pack 2.

?It is exciting for me to watch Gran Turismo 5 grow, evolve and improve,? explains the game?s creator and President of Polyphony Digital, Kazunori Yamauchi. ?This was always my vision for GT5 and I hope that players will enjoy this latest set of enhancements. It has been a great year for us getting feedback from around the world about GT5 and I wish all players a fantastic festive season and new year.?

Functionality Update 2.02 adds several new enhancements to GT5 as well as correcting some reported issues including:

NEW FEATURES

· The ability to change wheels on standard cars

· A ?copy? feature will be added to settings sheets

· Tyre wear speed adjustment

· In GT Auto, players will be able to see how the oil changes, aerodynamic parts, engine overhauls, and racing modifications will affect performance points and engine power, before and after their application.

· Free tickets have been added that allow you to wash cars, change oil, overhaul your engine, or refresh the car body in GT Auto (10 coupons will be distributed for free to each of those who have downloaded the 2.02 update).

· Pressing the ? button in the car ticket selection screen of the Car Delivery, will now allow you to exchange all car tickets at once.

· In screens where the [Garage] and [Driver List] buttons are displayed in the A/B Spec events, Special Events, and Seasonal Events, pressing the ? button will now show the [Garage], and pressing the ? button will show the drivers list.

· An option has now been added for 'Max. number of participants - this is featured in the room settings of My Lounge.

· Added ? marks which show the number of Gold Trophies attained in each event, in the event selection screen of seasonal events.

· Racing sound effect adjustment

· Elements of the steering assist controls (used when using certain controllers on Racing Karts) have been adjusted. This applies to steering wheels with a 200 degree turning radius including the GT Force®?Driving Force??GT Force®RX?Driving Force Wireless? steering wheel controllers. The [Steering Type] (Amateur/Professional) settings in the Game Options will be ignored, and the controller's steering angle will now directly affect the tyre turning angle of the car.

CORRECTION OF KNOWN ISSUES

· An issue has been corrected where you would overrun without resetting if the pit lane is entered at low speed on some tracks.

· Corrected an issue with performance point calculations for the Red Bull X2010 and the X2011.

· Corrected an issue where the rear wing/aerodynamic settings were being reset when switching between setting sheets.

· An issue was corrected where the car would become stuck in autopilot from the pit lane if a certain condition is met in an endurance race on the Tsukuba Circuit. Also revised the entry route during pit stops and speed judgement.

· Improved multi-monitor stability

TO CHECK YOUR CURRENT VERSION
To check the version of your software, press the "Manual" button at the bottom of the main menu screen. The version number will be located on the upper left of the index page in this manual.

If the number starts with "Ver. 2.02", you are playing the latest version of the game.

If not, please press the PS button and quit the game. The game will be updated automatically when you restart it with your PS3? system connected to the internet.

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About the Gran Turismo® Franchise
With more than 60 million units shipped worldwide, the award-winning Gran Turismo® franchise for the PlayStation® , PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 and PSP (PlayStation® Portable) is regarded as the best and most authentic driving simulator ever created due to its true-to-life graphics, authentic physics technology and design. Since the inception of the Gran Turismo franchise, famed creator Kazunori Yamauchi and Polyphony Digital Inc. in Japan have revolutionized the racing category as we know it today. His offerings provide the most realistic driving simulation in the industry and a unique medium for automotive manufacturers to showcase their products.

Gran Turismo®5 was released on 24 November, 2010 and sold 5.5 million units worldwide in its first two weeks on sale. The ninth instalment of the world?s best-selling racing franchise 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 cars from the world?s top manufacturers. Other innovative features include stereoscopic 3D support, real-time car damage, dynamic weather effects and a deep online and community feature set where players can race online with up to 16 competitors through PlayStation®Network. With the widest scope and depth of gameplay options in the Gran Turismo series, Gran Turismo 5 offers users an entertainment experience that is only possible on PS3.

Gran Turismo clothing and merchandise is now available on www.shop.eu.gran-turismo.com

About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PlayStation®3, PlayStation®2, PSP? (PlayStation®Portable) and PlayStation®Network software and hardware in 99 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories. Since the launch of PlayStation 3 in November 2006, 55.5 million units have been sold globally and continue to be sold at a record level. Maintaining its position as one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history, PlayStation 2 has sold over 153.6 million systems worldwide. Since its launch at the end of 2004, over 73 million PSPs have been sold globally, highlighting the importance of the portable entertainment market. With the huge increase in interest and accessibility of network applications and network gaming, more than 90 million accounts have registered to PlayStation Network, the free-to-access interactive environment, and over 1.91 billion items have been downloaded.

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