Sony facilitates national Gran Turismo 5 gaming tournament in 3D

Today saw Alex Ingram from Edinburgh, crowned as the winner of the nationwide Sony Gran Turismo 5 (GT5) 3D gaming tournament with a fastest lap time of an incredible 4.015 minutes. Some of the UK’s leading gamers descended upon HMV Oxford Circus in London for the final, which was hosted by F1 personality Jake Humphrey.
Close to 700 GT5 fans entered the competition across a 10 day period but only ten could make it through to the grand final which put gamers through their paces on the most challenging tracks and cars in the game*. All entrants played on Sony BRAVIA 3DTVs and PlayStation product installed in HMV gamerbase stores around the country.
The tournament – which is the first ever UK gaming tournament in 3D, was launched to celebrate the release of Sony Computer Entertainment’s hotly anticipated GT5 – which has already sold in excess of 5.5 million copies worldwide since November 24. Heats ran on a leaderboard system from Saturday 27 November for ten days, with the fastest two players from each region qualifying for the final.
Since launch, Sony has continued to show its commitment to 3D technology with the release of a further five 3DTV models, two 3D Blu-ray systems and a host of 3D content – with more on the way in the coming months. Sony was the first to bring 3D gaming to the UK in June this year with the launch of four 3D stereoscopic titles through the PlayStation Network, available to download completely free when buying a Sony 3D TV.
Christian Brown, Senior Category Marketing Manager, Sony UK says: “The tournament has been a perfect opportunity for consumers to experience 3D technology first hand – and it was fantastic to see so many world class gamers get involved. We are also very proud to announce that GT5 publisher Polyphony has officially endorsed Sony BRAVIA 3DTVs as the best for realising the picture and sound quality in 2D and 3D in the way intended by the GT5 game creator”.
Alex Ingram says: “Running this tournament in 3D was brilliant as GT5 really is the first decent full blown 3D game out there.”
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