We reported last month that Gran Turismo 6, “the most realistic driving simulator year,” according to Sony, supports microtransactions. This is the first title in the series that supports microtransactions or in-game purchases. Gamers will be able to purchase in-game virtual currency which can be used to purchase cars and parts. Called credits, they are available in 500,000, 1 million, 2.5 million and 7 million denominations. They cost €4.99, €9.99, €19.99 and €49.99 respectively.
The Gran Turismo 6 title is exclusive to the Sony PlayStation 3 and its release is just around the corner. The game is going to be released on December 6. While purchasing in-game currency offers gamers the easy way out when it comes to purchasing cars and partners, gamers will still be able to accumulate in-game currency by completing races. Credit can be purchased through the PlayStation Store as well as brick-and-mortar retailers. Some gamers might aruge that by offering microtransactions, the game’s progression system has been affected. However, Sony is of the view that Gran Turismo 6 microtransactions offer an alternative route for those who don’t want to ride along for the lengthy progression. For example if a gamer wishes to purchase the Jaguar XJ13, one of the most expensive cars in the game, they can either play long enough to accumulate 20 million credits or simply drop some money and buy credits to purchase the car.
After BlackBerry received a $1 billion institutional investment from Fairfax Financial and other partners, it announced that CEO Thorsten Heins would be leaving the company and former Sybase CEO John S Chen would be appointed as interim CEO. The company hasn’t said how long it will take to find a permanent candidate, however Fairfax CEO Prem Watsa has high hopes from Chen. Speaking with Reuters, Watsa said that John Chen is in it “for the long haul,” adding that he’s an “exceptional leader” who will do very well at the helm of the once iconic company.
Watsa is often referred to as the Canadian Warren Buffet, his holding company Fairfax Financial was already BlackBerry’s largest shareholder prior to pumping in $1 billion as convertible debt financing. In his investments he looks at leadership, which in BlackBerry’s case is John Chen, “he’s an outstanding leader,” says Watsa. Some might hold the opinion that it wasn’t a smart move by this group of institutional investors to pump in $1 billion when BlackBerry burnt nearly $1 billion in operating loss last quarter. However, Watsa and co. seem to have high hopes from Chen. John S. Chen used to be Sybase’s CEO in the early 1990s. He engineered a spectacular turnaround of the company. Watsa expects BlackBerry’s fortunes to get better within a year and a half, he believes that its a company “that deserves to exist and with John Chen it will.”