Gran Turismo Sport Released
Sony Interactive Entertainment and Polyphony Digital have released the highly anticipated Gran Turismo Sport racing title for the PlayStation 4. Gran Turismo Sport was originally scheduled to be released late 2016 but was later on delayed to ensure the best possible racing experience.
Gran Turismo Sport is the latest iteration of the world-renown PlayStation exclusive racing simulation franchise by developer Polyphony Digital. This VR-compatible racing game is the first console racing title to feature online competitions sanctioned by the FIA (Federation International Automobile).
The game features over 170 premium cars and 19 locations featuring 27 layouts. GT Sport comes with three different game modes: Campaign, Sports, and Arcade. For the first time in the 20 years of Gran Turismo, the game content includes the iconic German Porsche brand.
Gran Turismo Sport is available in a variety of versions, ranging from a basic digital download to a few boxed exotic special editions and PS4 Console bundles.
- Gran Turismo Sport Standard
- Gran Turismo Sport Day 1 Edition
- Gran Turismo Sport Steelbook Edition
- Gran Turismo Sport Collectors Edition
- Gran Turismo Sport Standard Digital
- Gran Turismo Sport Digital Deluxe
- PlayStation®4 Gran Turismo Sport Limited Edition
- Bundle – Gran Turismo Sport Jet Black PlayStation®4 1TB edition
- Bundle – Gran Turismo Sport Jet Black PlayStation®4 1TB +
extra Jet Black DUALSHOCK®4 edition
- Bundle – Gran Turismo Sport Jet Black PlayStation®4 Pro Edition
As with most modern game releases, it will not surprise you that the title comes with a set of day 1 issues. It is stated that Polyphony Digital is already at work on a first update which will be available soon.
Known Issues (17/10/2017) – Issues planned to be fixed in the next update
- An issue wherein there’s excessive force feedback strength when using the Thrustmaster T500RS steering controller causing understeer (this will be addressed at a later date);
- An issue wherein the steering speed sensitivity when using a standard DUALSHOCK®4 is not high enough, making it hard to handle cars while oversteering and drifting (this will be addressed at a later date).
In Progress Issue
- Game Save – An issue wherein manually saving your data will occasionally result in failure due to a communication issue with the server. This can be mitigated by playing the game for approximately 15 minutes before attempting to save your progress.
Email Address Deletion
- An issue wherein repeatedly deleting your email address from [Options] > [Email Address] will cause the game to crash.
- An issue wherein participating in a Drift Trial with a car featuring an exterior livery created with a custom color chip would result in the game crashing after the result screen.
Steering Wheel Controller
- An issue wherein the THRUSTMASTER® TH8A ‘H pattern shifter’ is not properly recognized when connected to the steering wheel controller. While we’re working towards a fix, please connect the peripheral directly to the PlayStation®4 via USB until this problem is resolved.
Regarding the Release of the [Decal Uploader] Feature
On the official Gran Turismo website (gran-turismo.com), Polyphony Digital is planning to provide online features linked to Gran Turismo Sport. These online features include ‘My Profile’, ‘Activity Feed’ and ‘Discover’, as well as ‘Decal Uploader’, which allows you to upload decals made by users to be used within Gran Turismo Sport ‘Livery Editor’.
In order to maintain a good gaming experience by alleviating extreme server loads immediately after the start of the service, Polyphony Digital is planning to release these online features gradually. They will notify users about the start of service for the additional online features in-game and on the news section of gran-turismo.com.
Regarding Gameplay Broadcast
When uploading or broadcasting ‘Gran Turismo Sport’ gameplay, the sound may be restricted due to the copyrights of the in-game music tracks.
Polyphony Digital is currently evaluating the possibility of automatically removed the music in a future update, but in the meantime, it is possible to avoid this restriction by turning the ‘Menu BGM’, ‘Race BGM’, and ‘Replay BGM’ off by setting their volume to 0 (off). You can control the sound volumes from [My Menu] > [Options] > [Global] > [Sound Volume].
Official GT Sport Feature List
Compatible with the best imaging technologies available today, providing 4K, 60fps, HDR and Wide Color. Not only has the output been made to support HDR TV signal formats, a True HDR workflow was specially established in order to maintain true HDR and wide color processing from the initial material capturing processes to the final output.
The development actually started with the development of an HDR wide color capture device in cooperation with the Sony Corporation.
As a result, not only is the output compatible with HDR TV’s, the images produced achieves a level of realism never seen before, even when viewed on a conventional TV.
*A PlayStation®4 Pro and a 4K compatible TV is required to enjoy 4K images.
**An HDR compatible TV is required to enjoy HDR.
From stock cars, race cars to concept cars, a total of over 150 cars have been recreated for the tame. Excluding the CAD data used by automobile makers for their manufacturing, the 3D models created for the game are the highest quality, highest precision models in the world. From the curves of the body, edges, spacing between body panels to the headlights and turn signals, every detail of the car has been precisely recreated.
From high-speed ovals to an urban expressway, 17 locations are provided with 40 different layouts. From popular real-life race circuits, oval tracks, dirt tracks set in nature and an urban expressway based on public roads, a large variety of tracks have been provided in game.
The True HDR workflow has enabled the recreation of light and colors that is true to nature, and it is possible to drive the tracks in a large variety of daylight and sky conditions.
High-level driving assist features for anyone to enjoy. Gran Turismo Sport contains auto driving features that allow you to leave the brake and steering controls to the AI. Even those who are driving cars for the very first time can drive with confidence.
The high-level driving assists aids in steering, throttle control, brakes, and stability control, etc., and each of these can be turned ON or OFF to match the skill level of the player.
The best automotive simulation in GT series history, balancing both realism and ease of driving. In parallel to the development of its vehicle physics simulation, Gran Turismo has performed technical support for cars racing in the real-life Nürburgring 24 hour race as well as the LMP1 class of the Le Mans 24 hour race.
Gran Turismo Sport is equipped with the latest vehicle physics simulation that includes knowledge gained from both the real and the virtual. A physics simulation that is ‘easy to drive because it is realistic’ has been achieved.
Getting cars. Knowing the brands. Brand Central is a new portal for discovering brands. You can, of course, purchase cars here from a particular brand, but in the Brand Central you can also see the history of these brands from their birth until the present day, and even enjoy premium movies made by each of these companies.
Arcade & Open Lobby
Enjoy quick and easy race customization. The Arcade mode where you can enjoy time trials and racing against the AI has gotten even better. Custom races have been added, allowing you to set your own rules. And of course, there is a lobby where you can race freely with online friends. You can make your own room to host races, as well as participate or spectate races hosted by other players.
Designing the next 100 years of Motorsports. The Sport mode is the future of online racing, proposed by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) and Gran Turismo. The ‘Advanced Matchmaking System’ matches players with the same level of skill and sportsmanship together, and the BoP (Balance of Performance) will equalize the performance of the race machines, creating a fair and exciting motorsport in an online environment.
4 modes to learn driving and enjoy races. By taking part in 4 different modes with different objectives including the Driving School where you learn skills for racing, and the Mission Challenge introducing the joy of racing, you’re sure to be enthralled by the depth of car racing and driving before you know it. Real life video tutorials are provided for the missions, allowing you to learn strategy for the more difficult challenges. Even beginner racers will learn to progress through the lessons with ease.
The New World of Photography. Go on a photography trip with your favorite car.The ‘Scapes’ feature is a new format of photography, borne from a True HDR workflow and physics-based rendering technologies. Each photo spot contains all the light energy information of that scene as data. Even the incredible brightness of the Sun is physically recorded and contained in each of these photos; and because each image also contains spacial information for that scene, it is now possible to ‘place’ cars into real-world photographs.
Designing the car’s exterior. The ‘livery’ refers to the body colors and designs on the outside of race cars. The highly functional livery editor of Gran Turismo Sport allows the player to freely design the exteriors of their cars. From stock cars to race cars, possibilities for exterior designs are limitless, and these newly created designs can be seen and shared with other players in the game.
A communication space between friends, expanding through cars and driving. A variety of rich social features for connecting with friends has been prepared, including a gallery in which you can display the content you have created, and a timeline of you and your friends’ activities. A variety of information including replays, photos, livery sets, and decals can be shared among friends. The social feature can also be accessed and enjoyed from the gran-turismo.com website as well as through the companion app for smartphones.
Realism of the driver’s seatThe game is compatible with the PS VR, providing the user a 360 degree 3D environment to experience. There is a dedicated VR Drive mode in the Arcade Mode where you can drive one on one races as though you are really sitting in the driver seat, surrounded by a real car interior. (PlayStation®VR is required to enjoy the VR feature.)
Official Webpage – www.gran-turismo.com