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TGS07: GT5 Prologue is most expensive demo ever


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Hidden away in Sony's TGS catalog was a shocking revelation: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue's Japanese release date and price. Scheduled for December 13th, the game sample (demo, as we used to call) will retail for a whopping ¥4,980 ($43.10) on Blu-ray and ¥4,500 ($38.95) when downloaded through the PlayStation Store. Although the game will feature stunning graphics and many features of the final game, this seems as much too high for a game that has a limited track and vehicle selection. We hope that this kind of sticker shock doesn't come across the Pacific into other territories.

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21. I'm dissapointed that it will retail for 40 bucks on bluray but in the scheme of things the price is relative to the amount you play it. For many people this game/demo paint it how ever you want will be well worth the money.

If you played it online 40 times or got 40 hours of enjoyment out of it, then I think it would be worth it for most people. GTHD had to be free because you could blaze through it with little need to replay after you unlocked everything. Once you through in online play the door is opened to charge more because of re-playability.

I kay have contradicted myself to some since I disagreed with the price, but I disagreed because I don't feel as though I would get that much use out of the product warranting it's price tag.

As stated above it is all relative to the amount of time (hours) and enjoyment you plan on getting out of the product. I see this title as doing rather well because the rabid GT fanbase out there will eat the online play up.

Posted at 3:34PM on Sep 21st 2007 by jtedesco33

22. Even this is "tradition," it's still pretty silly. You'd really have to be a sucker to buy this AND the game when you might as well buy a full game now and wait for GT5.

Posted at 3:41PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Ghaleon

23. thanks for finding the info i was talking about re # of cars and tracks. still more than MotorStorm, and that game was fun AND more expensive.
here's to hoping the money / licenses you get in Prologue can be applied to GT5...

Posted at 3:51PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Solace

24. thanks for the info re: cars / tracks.
i can hardly see calling 5 tracks, 40 cars a "demo" or to think of it as "less than a full game". heck, motorstorm had the same number of tracks and way fewer cars and that turned out to be fun.
i hope they let you keep the money / licenses you earn in here and apply them to GT5...

Posted at 3:53PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Solace

25. I am still playing GTHD after having it for 8 months and will be planning on buying Prologue the first day. As stated before the Prologue games have never been free. They throw us rabid GT freaks a bone so we can play something.

Posted at 4:04PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Murry

26. Can you say: RIP OFF

Posted at 4:11PM on Sep 21st 2007 by TRUTH

27. Dunno what all you plebs are whining about, GT4 Prologue and the Gran Turismo Concept series all cost $40

The GT5 Prologue is hardly a demo, and if you think it is and dont want to pay for it then don't, just wait for GT5 to be relased.

Posted at 4:52PM on Sep 21st 2007 by gooftroop

28. Sony's decision translated by Tony Soprano:

"Hey stuipid! Yea I'm talkin' to yaz...get ova here and buy this demo.....hey...shadap! I know demo's are supposed to be free!"

Posted at 5:32PM on Sep 21st 2007 by L2

29. stop your whining, children. go mow the lawn, or something if you want the game. if you can't muster up the balls to recognize that they're providing premium content and not a "demo", then shut up and play your wii.

Posted at 6:20PM on Sep 21st 2007 by ben

30. Let me get this straight?

No one has a US confirmation of $40 dollars and all of a sudden thats the going rate? I remember when at LDC someone said 60 euros or some crap and everyone started quoting $60 USD.

So lets us a bit of rheteric, say this game/demo/whatever launches with a $20USD Retail and $10USD PSN, who would buy it? I know I would.

Aside that, when where the Concept/Prologues ever classified as "demos" and "free?"

This generation of gamers is truly a handful of whiners.

Posted at 7:48PM on Sep 21st 2007 by railven

31. What works in Japan (charging for this) will not work in America. Charging $40 will be crazy considering i'm going to have to pay another $60 for the final version. At most I think most people would pay is $20. And even that is pushing it.

Posted at 8:23PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Cartman86

32. 2 Words. Fuck. That.

That is almost too much for it as a retail game no to mention a god dam demo! FUCK!

Posted at 9:09PM on Sep 21st 2007 by Tim

33. $40 for a demo of a gt5 prologue?! what a joke. sony never learns to lower their damned prices on things. not my problem though. i won't be getting a ps3 till next year some time.

Posted at 10:06PM on Sep 21st 2007 by MetalKingSlime

34. dont need to argue about this super high price. let me just say i will be waiting for the real thing.

Posted at 12:27AM on Sep 22nd 2007 by hawkeye

35. you guys must be retarded if you are gonna waste this much money on a glorified demo. it IS a demo, it is a VERY small portion of the real deal. some of you say 20 bucks but i dont think i would even pay that for it. 5-10 bucks tops and i'd still bitch about it because DEMO"S SHOULD BE FREE. and no i dont mow lawns for money, i have a job, a very good one at that, my job title is gynocologist, yep i look at vagina's all day, sorry for all you guys that have yet to see one. but hey soon you can say you have something i dont, a fucking demo that cost your 95 year old parents 40 bucks. MOVE OUT FROM THE BASEMENT.

Posted at 1:04AM on Sep 22nd 2007 by wont pay for DEMO

36. Sony, why did you say it was gonna be free when you have to pay? the 360 fanboys are gonna love this... but then again, they have to PAY for their online service..

Anywho, i'm not gonna get this now, i'll just wait til GT5 and buy that.

Posted at 1:54AM on Sep 22nd 2007 by insane257

37. To those defending this as "well its a prologue, not a demo" . . .
what is the difference between demo, prologue, and game?
To me, demo is a small portion of a game. In a racing game, that would be some cars, some tracks and some game modes. The idea is to let you try it, to see if you want the full thing. If you buy the full game, you get all the cars, track, game modes, plus bells and whistles.
If its not a demo, but not a full game, then . . . what? A micro game? So Sony could sell another version in 3 months with more cars and tracks, then charge $50? I suppose the could call it GT Table of Contents.
If this is a sop to the GT fans that want to start playing now, fine. Let them trade it in and apply the 40+ cash to the "full" version. That I would understand.

Posted at 2:11AM on Sep 22nd 2007 by busboy33

38. haha - you guys are paying for a demo/prologue?

you guys must really be die hard sony fanboys & sony's taking advantage of that fact...

next thing you know they'll make you pay for betas

Posted at 3:24AM on Sep 22nd 2007 by marklar

39. Didn't you have to buy Crackdown to get a chance of playing Halo 3's initial beta?

Posted at 4:16AM on Sep 22nd 2007 by Phil

40. It's an effective way to leech money off of anyone stupid enough to pay for an unfinished product.

A smart marketing move, too bad most people wont realize how much of a sucker they are for paying $40 for this crap now, and $60 for the full game when its released.

Posted at 4:38AM on Sep 22nd 2007 by Compyadmin

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