Gran Turismo 5 – Gamescom News

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Shown last week at Gamescom Gran Turismo 5 was playable in an early build. In addition, many of the games upcoming features were also announced and they have me pretty excited. Among the normal stuff like 1000 cars, 80 tracks (60 confirmed), car damage, improved physics, and custom soundtracks lays a gem– Head tracking using the PlayStation Eye. What this means, is that much like TrackIR the PlayStation Eye will be able to detect your head’s movement and translate it to an amplified version of that movement in game. This means it will allow you to move your head inches and you’ll be able to check your mirrors, look to the sides of your car, lean into turns, etc. Not having used TrackIR in the past I cant really even guess how much this will add to the game, but if it works it should be pretty amazing. Since building my racing setup I haven’t really had any games to play with it so I cant wait till GT5 comes out so I can cut my teeth on it.

Gran Turismo Prologue Racing Wheel

Driving Force GT Racing Wheel

So, because of this economic stimulus check that us taxpayers are going to be getting in may I decided to splurge a little bit and buy a racing wheel. I’ve always been a fan of racing games, and I really like the Gran Turismo games. So seeing that Prologue comes out April 15th, I decided to get the Driving Force GT wheel (pictured above). The problem is this: Once I get the wheel I don’t just want to hold it on my lap. That is lame indeed! I decided to try to build a stand myself and last night Kagi sent me a link to this one that seems pretty good called “Wheel Station 2” It seems pretty simple, so today I went over to home depot and bought a drill and a saw and I’ll probably go get the wood to set it up next week. I also found some of those locking hinges thing that the wheel station uses.

I’ll post it here when its done.