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Metal Gear Solid 4

Devil May Cry 4

Final Fantasy XIII

Ninja Gaiden Sigma

Gran Turismo HD
Plus shocking news of a Gran Turismo without cars

In addition to the information of PlayStation 3’s pre-launch price cut, Ken Kutaragi’s keynote address at this year’s Tokyo Game Show revealed some new facts on Sony’s next-generation console.

 Most should already expect the PlayStation 3 to be backwards compatible with original PlayStation and PlayStation 2 software, but the new word is that Sega MegaDrive/Genesis and NEC PC Engine/TurboGrafx systems will also be emulated. Certainly, this mimics Nintendo Wii’s Virtual Console feature. Pricing structure has yet to be revealed, but we expect something in the $5 to $15 range. 

As was the case with previous PlayStation ramblings, Kutaragi described his long-term vision of the PlayStation 3 being capable of everything from global mapping systems to online shopping and banking.

Of course, actual games were on display at the TGS. All the usual suspects were there, including Metal Gear Solid 4, Devil May Cry 4, Final Fantasy XIII, Ninja Gaiden Sigma, and Virtua Fighter 5 (original, risky game ideas to soon follow, we hope). Of particular interest is Gran Turismo HD, which is on demo currently at TGS. 

According to a Beyond3D forum poster with a copy of the latest Famitsu, GT creator Kazunori Yamauchi detailed two different versions of Polyphony’s driving simulator. Gran Turismo HD Premium will include 30 cars and 2 courses, with that number to double eventually with downloadable content. Despite the name, Gran Turismo HD Classic is much more radical – the game is bundled with no cars or courses! Instead, cars are purchased for 50 to 100 yen from a selection of over 750 cars and a course for 200 to 500 yen from over 50 available. Assuming that one manages to purchase/unlock every single car and track in the game, the total costs could be equivalent of up to USD$637.50 for cars and USD$213 for tracks. Perhaps something was lost in translation from Famitsu’s interview, but if not, then Sony’s probably rubbing its hands together at the thought of this cash cow.



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By GhandiInstinct on 9/22/2006 10:38:00 AM , Rating: 0
I just will not concede to this way of "shopping."

Figure that dreamcast games cost less than "$5-$15", I have a computer than can run them just fine and free, in fact I can get emulators for all systems and download the games free and enjoy them.





RE: No
By Hemipower on 9/22/2006 10:56:45 AM , Rating: 1
How about the Gran Turismo HD thing. The game looks stunning, is an understatement, it even looks like a real pic was used. Anyway as stunning as the game might look, I will never do that micro purchase mess.

I have the 360 and have yet to purchase anything online. I think its insane that thses games are already 60 dollars and 30 for the same game on the pc. And yet you still have to pay for extra content (free on the pc by the way). Lets see the final verdict on that GTHD online mess.


RE: No
By Phynaz on 9/22/06, Rating: 0
RE: No
By Ard on 9/22/2006 11:39:40 AM , Rating: 1
I don't consider emulating pirating at all. First of all, show me where I can legitly get old school NES/Genesis games and a system to play them that isn't used crap. Second, I refuse to pay for something that I bought 10-15 yrs ago. I simply will not do it. As far as I'm concerned, emulators are perfectly fine. The only reason Nintendo and Sony are doing this back catalog shit is so they can milk more money out of 10-20 yr old titles. Well, this is one person who will not be participating.

And as far as GTHD goes, Polyphony is smoking some serious crack.


RE: No
By AncientPC on 9/22/06, Rating: 0
RE: No
By Motley on 9/22/2006 12:25:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
If I go and lose my copy of XP, does it make it acceptable to download a second copy?


Umm... Actually I believe it is. You own the media, but technically only license the software. Your license should still be valid even without the media. Although I guess that also depends if it was truly "Lost/Stolen" or "Destroyed".


RE: No
By Vertigo101 on 9/22/2006 3:56:37 PM , Rating: 2
All you need is your COA with your key on it.

Download away.


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