Playstation owners, rejoice! Your racing sim is here. After a console generation of Forza giving Gran Turismo a run for its money, it looks as if Turn 10’s David has not beaten Polyphony’s Goliath. In graphics alone, Turn 10’s Forza franchise appears to have competition again.
Better yet, it seems that Polyphony has continued magically extending the graphics capabilities of the Playstation console to photorealistic levels. One can only imagine the fun kanjozoku activities to be had online on the Shuto expressway, almost like a remastered version of Tokyo Xtreme Racer.
You’d be mistaken to believe that this is a screenshot from a car commercial. Instead, it’s a scene from Photo Mode, which contains some truly iconic places from around the world.
Hopefully the days of almost all of the “cool” cars looking like they were ported over from Playstation 2 are gone. The video released by Polyphony does seem to put more emphasis on purpose-built race cars and supercars rather than average street cars. There will be 130 cars initially, all rendered with damage and realistic interiors.
It’s still up in the air if some of the more plebeian cars will be included. It would be a good decision on Polyphony’s part, as most people play with cars they can one day get like the hakosuka Skyline and FD3S RX-7 rather than the completely unattainable Le Mans GT3 and JGTC cars.
On top of the ability to drive about your dream car, there is something to be said about the advantage of digitally racing the car you own in real life, knowing the limits of the chassis in an obvious benefit.
Gran Turismo has had a rough run on the previous generation of gaming consoles, with delayed releases for Gran Turismo 5 and Gran Turismo 6 seeming like more of updates that you had to play full price for. It seems like they have learned from their mistakes and are ready to give it their all in the current generation of consoles. Will this game be the console exclusive that people buy a Playstation 4 just to get? Only time will tell, but for now watch the in game trailer here.