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Gran Turismo Franchise Tops 60 Million; GT5 Sells 5.5M in 12 Days

Sony announced today that the cumulative worldwide sales of the Gran Turismo racing franchise across the original PlayStation, PS2, PS3 and PSP, has exceeded 60 million units as of December 6, 2010. This remarkable 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 has continued to evolve alongside the PlayStation platforms. With its outstanding gameplay, beautiful graphics and true-to-life driving simulation, the franchise is recognized as the world’s number one automotive game title on the PlayStation format, receiving high regard not just from game fans, but from professional racing drivers and enthusiasts in the automotive industry.

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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. To date, Gran Turismo 5 has sold 5.52 million copies worldwide, including 1.25 million in the Americas, 3.56 million in Europe and over a half million in Japan.