Gran Turismo Sport

Don’t hold out for Gran Turismo 7 – this is it

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Upon be­ing asked whether this is GT7 or a pre­lude to it, Polyphony Dig­i­tal leg­end Kazunori Ya­mauchi pon­ders for a mo­ment, be­fore say­ing “think­ing back now, we could have called it GT7”. That’s that sorted, then. And with the same physics en­gine pow­er­ing the ac­tion, this does feel like an en­hanced ver­sion of PS3 podium-top­per GT6. While there are new fea­tures such as PS VR sup­port in a ded­i­cated Tour Mode, new tracks, and in­te­rior views for ev­ery car, it’s the on­line side of the game that’s re­ceived the big­gest over­haul. It’s now a le­git­i­mate mo­tor­sport, recog­nised by the FIA it­self. Yep, the era of es­ports has ar­rived in Gran Turismo, and it’s won­der­ful. You’ll be able to sup­port your favourite mar­quee on­line in the Man­u­fac­turer Cup or get pa­tri­otic in the Na­tions Cup, with the fi­nals streamed to the world each week – and we’re promised a full com­men­tary team and TV-style pre­sen­ta­tion to frame the lat­ter. Oh, and if you ac­tu­ally win the on­line world cham­pi­onship? You’ll get pre­sented your tro­phy in Paris like all the other rac­ing driv­ers. Amaz­ing. It’s still the Gran Turismo you know and love, but it just got se­ri­ous. We can’t wait.

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