Yesterday Sony’s official blog reported the street date and price for the highly anticipated Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. Sony has decided to opt for digital distribution and a retail Blu-ray version
“The BD version will offer added value with an exclusive behind-the-scenes High Definition (HD) video feature called “Beyond the Apex”. This video will offer some awesome access to the folks at Polyphony and give some background on how they are able to create such a realistic and beautiful driving simulator.”
As much as I love the Gran Turismo series, I do not really care for the behind-the-scenes stuff, but I would rather own a disk vs. a digital copy of the game. This is not a matter of over coming some mental ownership hurdle of being able to physically touch a disk versus not being able to touch something on my PS3 HDD. After all, I download music from iTunes all the time. For me it is much simpler. I like having the ability to sell my games, so I will be picking up the Blu-ray version of the game. Besides, downloads from PSN take forever and a day.
There is only so much more time I can spend with the Gran Turismo HD Concept demo, but it looks like I still have another 10 or so weeks of Time Trial action.
If you are wondering, the price tag of the Prologue “demo” does not really bother me. I expect this $40 demo to be better than most racing games, so this should be a non issue for most fans of the series.