Video: Gran Turismo 5 countdown

As the world teeters on the edge of Sony's confirmed Gran Turismo 5 launch date – next Wednesday apparently – the interweb is twiddling its thumbs with fretful impatience.

Like a ship's captain surveying the skies for a clue to the following day's weather, the blogosphere is restlessly searching for any hint that Polyphony might pull the rug from under our feet again and leave us with nothing to do this Christmas.

But we're a little more optimistic here at Autoblog UK HQ. Real life human beings have assured us the game is imminent and the appearance of a new promo in the US (does GT5 really need a marketing push?) suggests all is well.