On February 21, the day before the PlayStation VR2 virtual reality headset went on sale, Polyphony Digital released another update for Gran Turismo 7 — 1.29. It supports PSVR2 – in addition to racing, you can experience the benefits of virtual reality in this car sim in a special VR Showroom, which is available in the player’s “Garage” and in car showrooms and allows you to view cars in various locations. The developer separately notes that Gran Turismo 7 supports the “eye tracking” function, which is also used for high-quality rendering of the part of the image that the player is looking at.
The PS5 version of Gran Turismo 7 1.29 also adds a new Race Together mode, in which the player competes with a specialized AI named Sophy. The developer assures that this artificial intelligence was specially trained to act as a virtual driver in GT7 and that it has “superhuman abilities in driving a car” – although it does not specify how exactly this AI differs from ordinary virtual rivals. Race Together has so far been launched as a kind of “tech demo” – the mode will be available until the end of March.
Good news for fans of the previous parts of Gran Turismo: GT7 brings back the classic location of Grand Valley, a “fictional” track that first appeared in the first part of Gran Turismo 25 years ago and was present in all the main parts of the game, except for Gran Turismo Sport.
And, finally, replenishment of the car fleet. The February update adds five new cars to the game: the classic F1 car Honda RA272 ’65, “a historic vision of the future from France” – the Citroën DS 21 Pallas ’70, the first Porsche model with the RS badge – the Porsche 911 Carrera RS (901) ’73 and two new Vision Gran Turismo concept cars from the legendary Italian company ItalDesign.