Would you pay $300 for a copy of Gran Turismo 5?

By Patrick Avenell

SYDNEY, NSW: Not content with releasing one of the most anticipated console games of the year, Sony has also released a $300 “Signature Edition” of Gran Turismo 5. This certainly begs the question: just who would pay $300 for a video game?

Of course, you don’t just get a copy of GT5, the latest instalment in the super-successful racing and driving game. You also get scale model Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, a copy of Apex magazine, a leather wallet and key fob (that’s like a pocket), a USB key, six additional in-game ‘stealth’ cars and ChromeLine vehicles, and an entry into a draw to win an actual Merc SLS AMG (but only if you’re 18 years or older).

This all comes for RRP $299 — that’s $180 more than the RRP for the game itself. Sitting between these two packs is the “Collector’s Edition”. This pack includes the game, the Apex mag, the in-game ChromeLine vehicle pack, five artcards featuring exclusive artwork and an “exclusive dynamic theme to customise your PS3 XMB” (the author freely admits that he has no idea what that one means). This pack is RRP $129.

Gran Turismo 5 plays exclusively on the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3). All three of these packs are now available.

So, who would actually pay the $300 for the top-of-the-line Signature Pack? If you are already the proud owner or if you’re about to become one, please send me an email.

Some happy little Vegemites playing GT5 at Sony's Christmas Party last week.

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