PSN Update: Summer Blast sale starts today, Gran Turismo 6 demo, BF3

PSN Summer Blast Sale 2013The highlight of today’s PS Store update would be the kickoff of the PSN Summer Blast sale, a multi-week event that discounts games all across the network. A wide selection of games have been discounted up to 60% for regular members, and up to 80% for the same items for PS Plus subscribers.

As for the store update, two new full PS3 games, Bladestorm: The Hundred Years’ War ($19.99) and Tour De France 2013 100th Edition ($49.99), are now available. MLB The Show: Home Run Derby is now on the PSN for $5.99. And there’s even more. Catch the full update here.

Catch the full lineup for the Summer Blast sale after the break. Continue reading

Gran Turismo 6 demo launching next Tuesday

GT Academy 2013If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on Gran Turismo 6, then get excited for a hands-on as the game’s demo will be released next Tuesday, July 2. And guess what? The demo is free and doesn’t require that you’ve owned any Gran Turismo product.

Also, if you happen to live in a GT Academy region, then you have a chance at racing with a real Nissan GT-R GT3 NISMO.

“GT Academy in the United States, along with Russia and Germany, will each have standalone qualifying contests to designate the countries’ top Gran Turismo drivers. Europe’s 2013 Academy includes France, Italy, UK, Spain, Portugal, Benelux, Nordics (Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway) and CEE (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia). The winners of each of the GT Academy competitions will then be put through an incredibly intensive and thorough Driver Development Program, rated among the best in the world, in order to qualify for the ultimate competition prize – a full season racing a Nissan GT-R GT3 NISMO in a top-level championship.

‘GT Academy is testament to why Gran Turismo is the true racing simulator,’ said Asad Qizilbash, senior director of product marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America. ‘The PlayStation community has proven time and time again that Gran Turismo’s racing mechanics translate to the real world of race car driving, with racers who first cut their teeth racing in Gran Turismo now competing on the world stage. We encourage gamers of all skill levels to enter the contest, not just to be among the first to play Gran Turismo 6, but also for a chance to turn their driving passion into a career in the race world.'”

The contest ends on August 31, but the demo will still be available after that.

You guys ready?

Gran Turismo 6 pre-order trailer: What would you do with $1 million?

The Gran Turismo 6 15th Anniversary Edition was revealed yesterday along with regular pre-order bonuses. Ordering from GameStop would net you 20 special cars (among other bonuses), while going with Amazon will bring with it $1 million in in-game credits and four bonus cars. So if you can’t decide where to pre-order GT6 from, Polyphony Digital has released a pre-order trailer for Amazon, showing off just what you could do with $1 million in cold, hard, virtual cash. You can place your order at Amazon here.

It’s our fault Yamauchi won’t talk about Gran Turismo 6

Kazunori YamauchiAt the Gran Turismo 5 Asia event this past Saturday, Kazunori Yamauchi once again confirmed that Gran Turismo 6 is in development, but was tight-lipped about a release date and other details, all because of us.

“If I carelessly say when it will be released, you’ll end up with people saying things like ‘it’s been delayed again!?’ so I will no longer say at this type of event.”

Yamauchi discusses Gran Turismo 6 and Gran Turismo Vita at China Joy

Kazunori Yamauchi at China Joy

At Sony Computer Entertainment’s Gran Turismo 5 event at China Joy this week, series producer Kazunori Yamauchi discussed two possible additions to the series: Gran Turismo 6 and Gran Turismo Vita. Answering questions about GT6, Yamauchi said that he’s been working on the future game’s framework since GT5 was finished, adding:

“We’re always aiming for the latest technology and the latest expression.”

Regarding the possibility of Gran Turismo on the Vita, he said that “If we were to make it, we’d like to make use of the ability to play anywhere and the ability to use 3G at any time.”

When asked by the local media about Shanghai Circuit in the series, Yamauchi mentioned that he’ll be to visiting the circuit tomorrow to look at elements to be included in the next game. When asked about mod-like functionality in the next game, he replied that “If we can find a good balance, we’d like to increase the areas where users can make modifications.”