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Cruising Through the Gears: Gran Turismo – A Celebration of Automotive Passion

The roar of an engine awakening, the asphalt blurring beneath your tires, the sun glinting off a perfectly sculpted curve – these are the sensory symphonies that Gran Turismo orchestrates. More than just a racing game, Gran Turismo is a love letter to the automobile, a digital cathedral where petrolheads congregate and horsepower hymns reverberate.

Since its 1997 debut, Gran Turismo has carved its own lane in the racing genre. While arcade racers focused on over-the-top spectacle, Gran Turismo dared to be different. It prioritized realism, meticulously replicating the handling, performance, and even the emotional connection one develops with a cherished car. Every purr of the engine, every squeal of the tires, felt like a conversation, a dialogue between driver and machine.

This dedication to authenticity extends beyond the cockpit. Gran Turismo boasts one of the most extensive car collections in gaming history, from legendary classics like the 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe to futuristic hypercars like the Bugatti Chiron. Each vehicle feels distinct, demanding respect and mastery. No two cars handle the same, no two races unfold identically. This depth ensures that Gran Turismo is not just a game of reflexes, but a test of understanding, a dance between driver and digital steed.

But Gran Turismo’s journey isn’t solely about collecting trophies and setting lap records. It’s about the pilgrimage, the gradual ascent through the ranks, from humble hatchbacks to fire-breathing GT3 beasts. Each win feels like a personal triumph, a testament to honed skills and countless laps burned into the virtual tarmac. And when you finally conquer that seemingly insurmountable corner, the rush of adrenaline is as real as the sweat beading on your brow.

The game’s meticulous attention to detail adds another layer of immersion. Weather systems transform tracks from sun-drenched playgrounds to treacherous ice rinks. Time of day influences not just lighting but also track temperature, demanding constant adaptation. This environmental dynamism ensures that every lap is a fresh challenge, a test of not just speed but also adaptability and resilience.

Of course, Gran Turismo isn’t a solitary pursuit. The online landscape pulsates with competition, from friendly track battles with friends to white-knuckled championship races against the world’s best. The thrill of outmaneuvering a skilled opponent, the agony of a last-corner defeat, the camaraderie of celebrating a hard-fought victory – these shared experiences bind the Gran Turismo community together, forging friendships forged in asphalt and fueled by a shared passion for cars.

So, buckle up and prepare to immerse yourself in the world of Gran Turismo. It’s more than just a racing game; it’s a celebration of automotive passion, a gateway to a virtual garage overflowing with automotive dreams. It’s a journey of self-discovery, a constant quest to push your limits and refine your skills. And above all, it’s a reminder that the open road, whether digital or real, beckons to be explored, one exhilarating gear shift at a time.

The Beautiful Game: A Journey Through the Digital Pitch of FIFA

Football, soccer, the beautiful game – call it what you will, its magic transcends borders and languages. But for millions across the globe, the joy of football extends beyond the green field, spilling onto the virtual pitch of the FIFA video game series. More than just a game, FIFA has become a cultural phenomenon, a digital arena where dreams are crafted, skills are honed, and rivalries are born.

From its humble beginnings as a pixelated kickabout in 1993, FIFA has evolved into a breathtaking spectacle of athleticism and artistry. Every new iteration pushes the boundaries of realism, capturing the electrifying atmosphere of packed stadiums, the delicate touch of world-renowned players, and the heart-stopping drama of last-minute goals. With each virtual kick of the ball, FIFA whisks you away to the heart of the action, transforming you from a spectator to a maestro, orchestrating your team to glory.

FIFA is no longer a football game

But FIFA’s brilliance lies not just in its technical prowess. It’s the tapestry of stories woven within its code. The underdog rising from the ranks, the teenager blossoming into a superstar, the team of friends conquering the online world – these narratives unfold with each controller vibration, each pixelated roar of the crowd. The game becomes a canvas, and the players, both digital and human, the artists, etching their triumphs and defeats onto the digital pitch.

Yet, FIFA is more than just individual glory. It’s a testament to the power of community. Millions connect online, banding together under the banners of their favorite clubs, forging friendships and rivalries that transcend the digital realm. From coordinated tiki-taka passing moves to nail-biting penalty shootouts, the shared experience of virtual competition binds players together in a global footballing fraternity.

Of course, no FIFA journey is complete without its fair share of controversies. Errant referees, dodgy physics, and online lag can turn a passionate gamer into a red-faced rage monster. But even these quirks contribute to the game’s unique charm. They become shared battle scars, war stories whispered within online lobbies, adding a layer of human imperfection to the otherwise polished digital world.

Ultimately, FIFA is a love letter to the beautiful game. It captures the essence of football’s raw emotion, its breathtaking skill, and its unifying power. It’s a playground where anyone can be Messi, Maradona, or even your local park legend. So, whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a wide-eyed rookie, step onto the virtual pitch, raise your controller aloft, and prepare to be swept away by the magic of FIFA. Remember, it’s not just a game – it’s a journey, a community, and a testament to the universal language of the beautiful game.

Very Sophisticated! PS5 Joystick Can Now Drive Afeela Electric Cars

Sony showed something extraordinary at the 2024 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, United States. Because the PS5 controller, namely DualSense, can apparently be used to drive Afeela car.

This sophistication was demonstrated directly by Izumi Kawanishi, Boss of Sony Honda Mobility. At that time he wanted to show off an electric car created by Sony and Honda, which was named Afeela.

The feature-rich DualSense controller remotely pilots Afeela to bring her to center stage. Then the headlights illuminated the dark stage, and the camera installed in the cabin proved that the vehicle did not have a hidden driver.

However, here Kawanishi immediately clarified that the sophistication of the DualSense that he showed was merely a technology demo. The aim is to show that the software can determine new functions and values, as reported by Game Station from Gamerant, Thursday (11/1/2024).

Apart from being able to drive with DualSense, Kawanishi also wants to highlight the artificial intelligence (AI) he embedded in Afeela. This technology can be used to help drive the car automatically.

Afeela The Car Control By PS5 Joystick

Not only that, Afeela is also equipped with an Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) Simulator, which runs Epic Games’ game engine, namely Unreal Engine 5. Its role here is to display a road map with three-dimensional (3D) visuals.

The trick of presenting Afeela with DualSense certainly impresses people. How could it not be, this is like the opposite of PlayStation’s technology, namely PSVR2. Instead of presenting an immersive virtual world, Sony actually shows directly how sophisticated its hardware (DualSense) is in the real world.

Some people might be a little disappointed, because the ability to control a car with a PS5 controller is just a demo, not for real sale. But from here people can see that DualSense has a variety of functions that can be integrated apart from playing games.

Epic Games Holiday Sale 2023 Held, Game Discounts Up to 90%

It looks like gamers won’t be bored during the New Year holidays. The reason is that there are many quality games at low prices that you can enjoy.

Apart from the Steam Winter Sale 2023 which is being held by Valve, it turns out that Epic Games also has interesting offers for its fans. Through their newest program entitled Holiday Sale 2023, now gamers can add to their collection of games to play during the holidays.

The 2023 Holiday Sale actually took place from December 13th. Well, here Epic Games is holding it for approximately 29 days, which ends on January 10 2024.

Of course, this is encouraging news, because gamers can find a variety of cool games at quite large price cuts. Some of them, such as Hogwarts Legacy, get a 40 percent discount.

Epic Games doesn’t want to be outdone by Steam, which gives huge discounts

Then there is God of War which is priced at IDR 364,500, from the initial price of IDR 729 thousand. Apart from that, the game by Insomniac, namely Spider-Man Remastered, is also discounted by 40 percent, bringing the selling price to IDR 527,400 from IDR 879 thousand.

There are still many quality games that are getting discounts. As a reference, you can check the list below.

Who knows, maybe you might be interested in bringing him in. But keep in mind, the prices listed below are after discounts.

Alan Wake 2 – Rp. 456,400

Dead Island 2 – Rp. 395,400

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor – Rp. 379,500

Assassins Creed Mirage – Rp. 405,300

Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rp. 211,200

GTA V: Premium Edition – Rp. 150,375

The Last of US Part I – Rp. 588,930

Dead Space – Rp. 263,600

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales – Rp. 437,400

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – RP 588,930

Not only that, Epic Games also offers a series of games with even bigger discounts. Examples include the Victorian Admirals Marianas Incident 1887 (90 percent), Ash of Gods: Redemption (80 percent), Greak: Memories of Azur (70 percent), Botanicula (80 percent), The Lord of the Rings Return to Moria (50 percent) , EA Sports FC 24 (60 percent), and many more.

Playstation Holiday Sale 2023: PS4 and PS5 Games Up to 95% Off

Sony is holding a game discount at the end of the year with the title ‘Holiday Sale 2023’. Various games that have been discounted can be accessed on the PlayStation Store page.

This discount will last from Wednesday, December 20 2023 to January 17 2024. In total, Sony is giving discounts on 1,908 games. In this discount, Sony gives a big discount of up to 95%.

Some games that get a 95% discount are Star Wars: Squadrons, Need for Speed ​​Heat Deluxe, Anthem and XCOM which are PS4 games. Apart from that, several PS5 games such as Deliver Us The Moon, Record of Lodoss War and Quake also get discounts of the same amount.

List of Discount Games on the Playstation Store

Compiled on Thursday (21/12/2023), Game Station presents a list of games that will receive a 2023 Holiday Sale discount on the Playstation Store.

1.Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition PS4 which gets a 50 percent discount to IDR 214,500

2.Elden Ring PS4 and PS5 get a 40 percent discount to IDR 449,000

3.Cyberpunk 2077 PS4 and PS5 which gets a 40 percent discount to IDR 419,400

4.Star Wars Jedi: Survivor PS5 which gets a 50 percent discount to IDR 504,500

5.Lies of P PS4 and PS5 which get a 20 percent discount to IDR 663,200

6.Tales of Arise PS4 and PS5 get a 50 percent discount to IDR 289,500

7.Assassin’s Creed Mirage PS4 and PS5 which gets a 30 percent discount to IDR 517,300

8.Red Dead Redemption 2 PS4 which gets a 67 percent discount to IDR 740,000

9.Mortal Kombat 1 PS5 which gets a 40 percent discount to IDR 990,000

10.God of War: Ragnarok PS4 and PS5 which has a 43 percent discount to IDR 586,530

11.Hogwarts Legacy PS5 which gets a 50 percent discount to IDR 495,000

12.EA Sports FC 24 PS4 and PS5 which gets a 60 percent discount to IDR 403,600.

This is a list of PlayStation games that are selling well on PC

Even though Sony has never revealed data regarding PlayStation games that have been remastered for PC, it was recently revealed that these games are selling well on PC.

This information comes from leaked data that spread as a result of the ransomware attack on Insomniac Games. Of the 1TB of data spread around, one of them is the financial report of the game developer who is part of PlayStation Studios.

From one of the presentation slides distributed, it was revealed that the game, which was previously exclusive to PlayStation, also had successful sales when it was re-released on PC.

For example, Horizon Zero Dawn, which was released for PC in August 2020, or three years after it was first released for PlayStation. As of February 2023, the game has sold 3.3 million copies on Steam. That’s quite big for a game that is three years old.

What If All The Games Of PS, Can Be Play In PC ?

Then there is Days Gone which was brought to PC in May 2021 and God of War which was released on PC in January 2022. As of February 2023, the two games have sold 1.7 million copies and 2.5 million copies respectively.

It was also revealed that Spider-Man Remastered almost caught up with Days Gone’s sales in just six months. However, this is certainly not strange, because the Spider-Man game series has sold 33 million copies on PlayStation (and Days Gone only 5.8 million copies).

But of course there are also game series that were not successful when re-released on PC. For example, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure, which sold less than 500 thousand copies. In fact, Sackboy only sold 63 thousand copies.

The weak sales of this series of games can be caused by many factors. For example, some of them are not very well known and the market preference is to wait for the presence of exclusive AAA games. For example, Gran Turismo will probably explode if it is re-released for PC.

Sony Sells 50 Million PS5 Units in 3 Years, Almost Matching PS4 Record

Sony managed to sell 50 million PS5 units. This mark was achieved in three years since the fifth generation game console was launched at the end of 2020.

Last July, Sony announced that it had sold 40 million PS5 units. This means that the Japanese technology giant managed to sell 10 million units during the second half of 2023, with the highest sales time in November.

PlayStation 5 sales almost equal the PS4, whose sales also reached 50 million units in three years. PS4 was released in 2013 and sold 50 million units in 2016.

But the PS5 took a week longer than the PS4 to reach sales of 50 million units. According to Financial Times data, PS5 took 161 weeks while PS4 took 160 weeks.

This achievement is quite impressive considering that initial PS5 sales were marred by supply chain problems in the midst of the pandemic, while PS4 sales did not experience similar problems.

The Era Of PS4 Is Over

The supply chain problems that haunt the PS5 will continue until 2022, making it difficult for many gamers to buy the console at normal prices on the market. Finally, in early January 2023, Sony announced that the PS5 shortage was over.

“We’re incredibly grateful to all the players who have joined the PS5 journey so far, and we’re thrilled this is the first holiday season since launch where we’ve had the consoles in full inventory — so anyone who wants to buy can get one,” said the President and Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan, as quoted from The Verge, Thursday (21/12/2023).

PS5 sales were also helped by the release of several popular games such as Spider-Man 2, Baldur’s Gate 3, and Alan Wake 2. Sony recently released a new version of the PS5 with thinner dimensions than the original version.

Sony also managed to win the console war with Microsoft this year. According to Ampere Analysis estimates, Sony managed to sell 22.5 million units throughout 2023 (up 65% from the previous year), while Microsoft sold 7.6 million Xbox Series S/X units, down 15% from 2022.

Latest PS5 prices in Indonesia December 2023

PlayStation 5 or commonly shortened to PS5, is a game console made by Sony which was released in November 2020. When it was first released, PS5 was sold at a very high price, namely around IDR 20 million. Approximately how much does the latest PS5 cost now?

The latest PS5 price in December 2023 can be said to still be the same as in previous months. The price has decreased quite significantly compared to when it was first released several years ago. This is because the PS5 had limited stock when it was released. This is what caused the price to soar at that time.

Now, the price of the latest PS5 is just under IDR 10 million. This price applies to both types of PS5. Previously, Sony released two types of PS5, namely the PS5 without Optical Disc Drive (ODD) which can only be used to play digital versions of games, and the other is the PS5 Disc Edition or disc in bluray format.

Last November, you could get a PS5 for just IDR 8 million. So what is the price of the latest PS5 in December 2023? To find out what the price range is, let’s look at the discussion below.

Latest PS5 Prices for December 2023

The following is the price of the PS5, both the bluray version and the digital version entering Indonesia. As monitored by Game Station from several online stores.

1.PS5 digital version IDR 6,699,000 – IDR 8,399,000

2.PS5 digital bundle version (Marvel, Spiderman, etc.) IDR 8,652,000 – IDR 11,349,000

3.PS5 disc version Rp. 7,098,000 – Rp. 10,141,000

4.PS5 disc bundle version (God of War, Final Fantasy, etc.) IDR 7,899,000 – IDR 11,599,000.

The prices above may experience decreases and increases.

Price of PS5 New Look

In November 2023, Sony released the latest version of the PS5. This latest version is called PS5 New Look. Quoted on the PlayStation page, the PS5 New Look comes with a lighter size and weight than the previous model.

This new version of the PS5 will be the only version available in the future, after stocks of the previous version sold out. PS5 New Look is not yet officially sold in Indonesia.

Even though we don’t yet know how much the latest version of the PS5 will cost, PlayStation has provided a leak regarding the price range.

1.PS5 New Look digital version IDR 10.2 million

2.PS5 New Look disc version IDR 8.5 million

This price is the price converted from EUR to Rupiah. This price is not the official price of the PS5 New Look sold in Indonesia.

So, that’s the explanation regarding the latest PS5 prices that we can provide. Hope it is useful!

Breaking records, “Marvel’s Spider-Man 2” sells 2.5 million copies a day

The Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 game, which was released last Friday (20/10/2023), has set a new record for PlayStation Studios.

This exclusive game for the PlayStation 5 (PS5) console sold 2.5 million copies in its first day of release, making it the fastest selling game released by PS Studios.

This figure includes the number of pre-orders for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and games bundled with the PS5 console.

PlayStation Studios is a brand under the auspices of gaming giant Sony Interactive Entertainment, to mark the company’s exclusive (first-party) games.

Studios in this brand include Insomniac Games, the team behind Marvel’s Spider-Man series, Naughty Dog as the creator of The Last of Us series, and many more.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is indeed a long-awaited game. Because, the two prequels, namely Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales are of high quality, and received positive reviews from both gamers and critics.

With total game sales reaching 2.5 million copies, Spider-Man 2 beat the record for the game God of War Ragnarok (2022), which sold 5.1 million copies in its launch week. Sales figures were not disclosed on the first day of release.

Before Spider-Man 2 and God of War Ragnarok, the previous record for fastest sales was held by The Last of Us Part 2 (2020), with more than 4 million copies sold in the three days since its release.

There is also Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018) with 3.3 million copies sold in three days.

Seeing this positive response, PlayStation expressed its appreciation through posts on social media X (formerly Twitter).

“Thank you for making the launch (of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2) a great success,” the company wrote on Monday (23/10/2023).

Eric Lempel as SVP, Global Marketing, Sales, and Business Operations at Sony Interactive Entertainment also thanked the players who contributed to achieving this new record.

“As a representative of Sony Interactive Entertainment, I would like to thank the players,” said Lempel.

“We hope you enjoy the experience of playing as Peter and Miles (the two main characters of Spider-Man 2), in this extraordinary adventure,” he added.

Can play two Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 characters

which is the first Spider-Man game made by Insomniac Games that can only be played on the PS5 console. Both prequels can be played on PS5 and PlayStation 4 (PS4).

 

Due to unfair prices on the PlayStation Store, Sony was sued for IDR 123 trillion

Sony, as the parent of the video game giant, namely PlayStation, has to face a mass lawsuit with a fantastic value. It is known that the figure reached USD 7.9 billion or around Rp. 123 trillion.

They were accused of abusing their position as game buying and selling platform providers. The information is that Sony provides unfair prices to customers.

Actually, this lawsuit came to Sony last year. There are at least nearly nine million names of British citizens behind the lawsuit, who have purchased digital games or additional content on the PlayStation Store.

Sony lost IDR 123 trillion

Alex Neil, the lawyer who defends consumer rights, estimates that the total losses from this case will reach above the previous value. According to him, the company requires digital games and add-ons to be bought and sold only through the PlayStation Store, charging developers and publishers a 30% commission.

Reported by GameStation from Reuters, Wednesday (22/11/2023), the claim said that customers paid higher prices for games and additional content than they had to pay.

In fact, Sony’s lawyers had asked that this case be dropped. He said it was flawed from start to finish. Unfortunately the objection was not accepted and the case continues.

Here the Competition Appeal Tribunal ruled that Neil’s case could proceed. However, people who made game purchases on the PlayStation Store after the case was filed in 2022, must be excluded from the group of plaintiffs.

Neil emphasized that Sony’s actions harm millions of people who cannot afford it. Especially now that there is a cost of living crisis and many consumers’ wallets are being squeezed.

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