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Top Gear coming to Gran Turismo TV in 2008


A partnership has been announced today between the BBC and Sony, in collaboration with Polyphony Digital. The partnership will allow Polyphony Digital to distribute forty episodes of the hit UK car show Top Gear as part of the Gran Turismo TV service. GT TV will launch on the PlayStation Network in 2008 as an online car television channel for motor enthusiasts.

Not only that, but a new level based on the Top Gear test track will also be included in Gran Turismo 5. Certainly, car enthusiasts should be excited by this announcement. Top Gear is a great piece of entertainment, even if you're not a huge fan of motoring. Having free downloadable episodes for the PS3 sounds great to us.

Gallery: Top Gear on GT TV

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1. Nice :)
Top Gear is a cult show with a strong following. Being able to set your own times on the Top Gear track will be great fun.

Posted at 8:47AM on Oct 24th 2007 by JamesF

2. Excellent news. Now we can all have a go at the infamous Gambon corner!

Posted at 8:48AM on Oct 24th 2007 by Lee

3. Haha Amazing!

I wonder if you can reenact the Hamster's crash!

Will you have to own GT5 in order to download these?

Posted at 8:51AM on Oct 24th 2007 by elephant_stone

4. How much will the episodes cost?

Posted at 9:04AM on Oct 24th 2007 by Pete

5. @4, it says they will be free

I hope they're not free for everyone... only us british tv license payers... bah humbug

Posted at 9:14AM on Oct 24th 2007 by Higgyfella

6. @3 yes

@4 To my knowledge they will be free. I havent heard anything about fee for GT:TV yet.

GT5 is going to be amazing

Posted at 9:17AM on Oct 24th 2007 by HAAS599

7. in 1080p HD goodness?

Posted at 9:44AM on Oct 24th 2007 by speedjello

8. great i love top gear

now i am going to get gt5 for sure

Posted at 9:58AM on Oct 24th 2007 by jason

9. Sweet, I've always wanted to watch the old floppy-faced British dudes getting pelted with rocks in Alabama on my PS3. ;)

Posted at 10:14AM on Oct 24th 2007 by Popfrogs

10. Honestly, as a Canadian, I never expected that a show about reviewing cars could be considered entertainment, but Top Gear is very enjoyable to watch. I found the episode where the gang goes to Miami to see if they could buy a car and drive it to New Orleans cheaper then renting one to be hillarious and good fun. Being run out of Alabama by the angry locals was a particular highlight. While there are reasons to get GT5 without this incentive, it will be a welcome bonus for any North Americans not familiar with the series and hopefully will not be limited to the EU version of the game.

Posted at 10:25AM on Oct 24th 2007 by chris.westermann

11. @6 There has been somewhere, whether its on wiki, gtplanet(news) or on here im not sure, but it was either commented on being $1 or £1.. it was 1 unit of someones currency, but that doesnt mean all content will be charged, just some will.
Again, wouldnt mark it as fact, ive definately read it somewhere, though whether it was pure speculation by the author or insider knowledge it wasnt made clear that much im sure of.

Posted at 10:30AM on Oct 24th 2007 by P

12. Had a hunt round, cant find a specified price for the content, however there are a few references made on wikipedia about paying for the full video content, however the links to the original announcements dont use any terminology suggesting a fee, however i doubt it will all be free to be honest.
"They will cost though, but they will not be too expensive either. On 24 October, a press release confirmed that Top Gear will be featured in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue[2]"
I find it a little naive to think anything but samples of the episodes will come free for all content, i'd bet 75% of full length content will come at a fee. But thats just me, i have nothing to back that up nor claim its fact.

Posted at 10:40AM on Oct 24th 2007 by P

13. till date this is the best driving/racing game ever in my books!!

http://www.spymac.com/details/?2276113

Posted at 10:42AM on Oct 24th 2007 by lopez

14. OMG! YES!!!!! I love Top Gear! Jeremy, Richard and James are awesome! Best show on TV! In hindsight maybe not James but he's cool. :)

Posted at 12:04PM on Oct 24th 2007 by Tim

15. ah, i thought that in car driver was from the game. maybe they'll have graphics like him for GT 6 and PS4.

Posted at 12:06PM on Oct 24th 2007 by ryano

16. @7 - doubt it, the show isn't recorded in HD. Even the current series isn't shown in HD in the UK.

Posted at 1:54PM on Oct 24th 2007 by MGSteve

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