Since the PS1, Gran Turismo has been PlayStation’s flagship racing series, offering a balanced and realistic take on driving, rather than the arcade-style many other games provide. This set Gran Turismo apart from the pack, then inspired a variety of imitators, but no other racing series on Sony’s hardware has been able to knock GT from its pedestal.
Each entry of GT is often a showcase of the PlayStation console it’s on, with Gran Turismo 7 set to fill this role for the PS5.
The original Gran Turismo, Gran Turismo 3, and Gran Turismo 5 all served as tech demos for their respective hardware. Oddly, prior to GT7, the PS4 skipped a numbered entry, releasing the streamlined and limited Gran Turismo Sport instead. While Sport was a fitting starter, fans hope that Gran Turismo 7 will be a satisfying main course and a true example of what the PS5 is capable of.
Gran Turismo 7 will be released on March 4, 2022, on PS5 and PS4.
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The game was originally going to release in 2021, but challenges facing the industry that year forced it to be delayed.
The original trailer featured a look at the new and improved Gran Turismo Town, as well as some of the in-game engine footage. This highlighted some of the jaw-dropping environments and 4K visuals that Gran Turismo 7 has to offer.
More features such as vehicle tuning, used car dealerships, and some impressive new motors were also included in the announcement trailer. You can check it out in full below.
Gran Turismo 7 announcement trailer
2021 PlayStation Showcase trailer
Another trailer was released during the 2021 PlayStation Showcase, this one showed more breathtaking gameplay footage. In this trailer, Gran Turismo 7 looks more refined and close to the final product – which is incredibly exciting for racing fans.
2022 State of Play Deep Dive
Our best look at Gran Turismo 7 yet came during a dedicated State of Play broadcast on February 2. Over 30 minutes of gameplay was on display as devs broke down everything there is to know about the upcoming title.
GT founder Kazunori Yamauchi revealed that Career Mode will be returning in GT7. This is the first time the mode has been used since 2013, and they added that it should make fans of the high-octane racing series “very happy”.
In total, Gran Turismo 7 reportedly comes in at 89.445 GB before an additional day one patch. PS5 users can begin pre-loading and installing the game from February 25.
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Gran Turismo 7 is set to be quite a significant install on PS5, according to early intel. Thankfully, players will have over a week to pre-download the title before it goes live.
Another big point to mention is that players on PlayStation 5 will only have to contend with the usual one disc to enjoy all the content in one place. However, PS4 players will have their copies come with two discs to be able to provide all the content.
It’s quite a rare instance, but one that is simply necessary for older hardware to be able to support the crammed games that come out.
Along with Career Mode, a new trailer gave fans a look at various other features coming to Gran Turismo 7 such as the return of the popular Trial Mountain circuit, pictured below.
The trailer also gave fans a glimpse at other tracks too, such as the Northern Isle Speedway in all its 4K glory. Blue Moon Bay Speedway and Willow Springs also make a welcome return from GT Sport, both tracks were considered stand-outs from that outing.
In terms of cars, you can find a full list of returning vehicles in Gran Turismo 7 here.
Posting on the official Twitter account for Gran Turismo 7, developers have confirmed that the upcoming game will make use of new PS5 technology like Ray Tracing, DualSense functionality, and a lot more.
Gran Turismo 7 will utilize the DualSense controllers to create an immersive car control experience. The devs said that players will be able to “sense” and “feel” the other drivers on the road by using the PS5’s 3D audio and the controller’s haptic feedback.
It seems the adaptive triggers will also allow for more gradual braking and acceleration inputs in Gran Turismo 7, such as recreating the feel of ABS kicking in when the player brakes too hard. This will allow them to feel where the limit of their control is.
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The developers have committed to Gran Turismo 7 rendering in native 4K on PS5, locked at 60 FPS. However, Polyphony has no plans to make the game push to 120 FPS due to most players not owning TVs capable of such performance. The PS5 version will also feature ray tracing options at launch.
The PS4 Pro version will render in Ultra HD, but will remain at 30 FPS, while the original PS4 will be locked at 1080p.
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