Gran Turismo 5 Demo Available Now!

December 17th, 2009 by Jordan


The Gran Turismo 5 Time Trial demo has just become available for download in the Japanese PSN Store, and it should start popping up in your region soon. Of course, anyone can create a Japanese account (video instructions available here) and the demo’s in English, so first impressions are already starting to roll in around our forums. Head over to our dedicated GT5 Time Trial Demo message board to share your own opinions and see what others have to say about it! The demo file itself weighs in at around 201 MB, so you shouldn’t have to wait too long if you’ve got a slower ‘net connection.

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  1. Shadynader

    Yamuchi is down to 15th in the tuned. LucasOrdonez is 11th. Fellow GTPlaneteer GTP_StoredBart 4th. Im 1000th :(

  2. when will it be available here in the US?

  3. S3 Racer

    Berlino Bear:

    funny and Kind of right…. was working on the finish of the accounting… boring and not much to do. + tomorrow last day…

    Now set up my buttkicker and ready to crack some times…

  4. JeffT417

    I’m not too concerned with the alleged poor graphics quality. This is a heavily COMPRESSED demo. It’s sole purpose is to show off the new physics engine. When GT5 ships, it will surely have a much higher level of visual quality.

  5. Flagmo-T

    Uhh The Live adjustment for the GT-wheel isn’t supported in this demo, even though you can set it up.. I’m talking about the Red Dial on the GT-wheel :O)

    Again probably for fairness in the Academy Race..


  6. Demo is not playable in standard definition or offline.

    What a heaping turd.

  7. Excellent graphics, amazing physics and a great track. Well done PD!

  8. Redcoat88

    Still not on the us store grr

  9. GTP_Davey07-O37

    Done about 10 laps up to now. Very big improvement over GT5P, and I love it with my G25….

  10. i am standing 169 ranking

  11. Maybe he’s secretly posting this from one of the office computers.

  12. Berlino Bear

    @S3 Racer : CLeaning the office. Why does it need cleaning? You havent done any work, you have been on here posting all day! ;-)

  13. After playing it some more…meh. I personally think the stiff camera ruins the whole thing. The menus have some small improvements, like the start button highlighted in green, but the whule thing is mainly still a dull sea of grey. I like the fact that the jazzy muzac is still there. I personally hope this demo gets slated so they can work on the glaringly obvious flaws.

  14. Captain_Liu

    53 min till off work and counting, lol.

  15. S3 Racer

    @ Luke: Nice.

    @luke & dr boss
    yes obviously the graphics (engine) here are not the same we saw on so many pictures that PD and jordan showed us. I think it’s GT5P engine.

    Dr boss. you begin work and I m cleaning my office and am ready to go home now.

    See ya all in the rankings ;D

  16. Dr.Boss.

    n 8 hours i will be home from work, and cannot wait to play this.

    With regard to the lackluster graphics, can anyone confirm that the game is infact running at full 1080p. If we all remember, Prologue was not quite 1080p, they skimped on either the vertical or horizontal resolution (i cant remember)… But, Kaz has said many times that GT5, will be full 1080p (1920×1080)… if this demo has the same cheated 1080p that Prologue had… that is a pretty good indication that the graphics we see today are actually NOT GT5’s graphics engine.

    On to the more important topic, Physics. From what i am reading i have a lot to be happy about. I hope more than anything that the controls/physics are as tight and technical as everyone on these boards makes them out to be. T-minus 7 hours 50 minutes, and counting. This is going to be along work day.


  17. @S3 Racer
    Yeah, i saw your ID in the comments, will add you as soon as my PS3 is ready to go at home, downloading 220MB should be enough time to enter some letters :)

    Still surprised over the small demo size, but that is a very good argument against all people complaining about lowres textures, obviously they didn`t pack the highres stuff into the demo.

  18. S3 Racer

    @Max Mosley: thx to clarify, misunderstanding from my side. I only could take a quick try,… but in 30 min, finished with work, and then …….(Homer mouth open and salvating, *need that icon*)

  19. TeamTurismo

    I have been excited all week for this and honestly cannot be more disappointed in what I just played and witnessed. It looks “cold”, depressing and empty compared to the other racers I’ve played this generation. As disappointed as I am with the overall looks that is not my biggest disappointment. No, my biggest disappointment by a longshot is how boring everything feels. It simply isn’t an enjoyable experience in any way. You have no idea how letdown I am about this demo. Someone, anyone, please help me out here and find some way to restore hope. Doesn’t have to be a ton of hope, any slither would do right now.

  20. Dr.Boss.

    In 8 hours i will be home from work, and cannot wait to play this.

    With regard to the lackluster graphics, can anyone confirm that the game is infact running at full 1080p. If we all remember, Prologue was not quite 1080p, they skimped on either the vertical or horizontal resolution (i cant remember)… But, Kaz has said many times that GT5, will be full 1080p (1920×1080)… if this demo has the same cheated 1080p that Prologue had… that is a pretty good indication that the graphics we see today are actually NOT GT5’s graphics engine.

    On to the more important topic, Physics. From what i am reading i have a lot to be happy about. I hope more than anything that the controls/physics are as tight and technical as everyone on these boards makes them out to be. T-minus 7 hours 50 minutes, and counting. This is going to be along work day.


  21. Max Mosley

    @ S3 Racer & GaBe_loGaN

    Ahhh! I see where the confusion was now. In regards to the physics, I was talking about the actual driving physics – only professional is available. In regards to the steering type if you are using a driving wheel,there are indeed 3 settings; amatuer, professional and simulation.

    I don’t think anyone was trying to misinform anyone.

    Just to clarify – Driving physics, only 1 setting (professional)
    Steering type if using a wheel, 3 settings.

    By the way I am talking about and playing the UK version of the demo.

  22. Hellenic_Force

    God why they put the demo??? haha i mean they put it and now i can’t wait for the full game… before the demo i had enough patience to wait till summer but now that the dero rocks hard i can’t wait!!! Qow the 370z is awesome!!! Especially the tuned one without TC is a pleasure to drive sideways!!!

  23. Some of the comments here actually make me quite mad, complete ignorance of other peoples opinions just because you disagree.

    Personally I find this track boring, no matter what history it has I still think it’s a boring track. The physics seem nice but are definetly made for wheels and not for pads, not so good.. :/ And you cant really feel the surface, it feels completely flat, i was hoping for a bit more exiting physics like in NFS Shift.

    And the graphics, they’re quite bad, I know that it’s only a demo of the physics but it isnt helping sales really and I see no reason for doing this…

    Like someone said it does feel like a rush job and trust me, I love GT as much as you who will flame this, but I’m just judging the demo for what I think it is.

  24. juhaniman

    What, no clutch!?
    C’mon, try this: Switch to non-sequential mode and press Triangle while driving and try the clutch… does it work?

  25. ravellron

    no clutch, it is right…
    everybody must play fair and equal…

  26. No offline play?

    Say it ain’t so

  27. S3 Racer

    @ lans : yeah forza4 will be crushed brutally in 2010

  28. juhaniman

    @ Adam

    “But is their clutch support in the GT5 Prologue?”

    G25 Clutch support was already in GT5P so why it wouldn’t be in this time?

  29. yanfloist

    I can’t wait. Sounds like a lot of fun is headed our way!!

  30. S3 Racer

    @flagmo-t : not you but phil, you seemed quite happy.
    And yeah ps3 is not the strongest system (compared to new pc chips, but in console is genius, but very hard and tricky to program on it AS IT SEEMS). I think PD will take 80% out of the ps3 now and the hole 100% in GT6 . they still need playroom. (like gta which lacked a lot of features from the old….)

    @Luke: ja klar versteh ich dich ;D, Did you got my id from the other thread ?

  31. Overall it’s worth it.. But it also has many flaws;

    – The bad things about it ;
    -Horrible textures through out the track
    -The bumper view is extremly stiff
    -The cockpit view camera is too high up
    -Horrible and when I say this I mean it horrible track Indy
    -Shadow AA problem
    -The main menu is very laggy, and poorly designed

    The good things about it;
    -The physics engine is greatly improved
    -Car feels much more responsive then Gt5p
    -It was a small file

  32. Im using a ds3 im getting times of 1.41.366 for tuned settings i can probably make it 1.40.200 or slightly less am i at the limits of using a dual shock controller?

    Fantastic Demo i would even pay money for it.
    This is real racing, i entered a forza competition in november with pro settings but it never felt this hardcore! it was always easy to drive.

  33. ravellron

    3rd in italian rank… Ronnye_Petterson ;-)

  34. @S3 Racer
    Luxemburg ? So if my knowledge about Europe is correct you should be able to understand was ich hier nun gerade schreibe, oder irre ich mich ?

    Maybe i`ll download it tonight and play for a hour, but i`ve already packed my PS3 :(

  35. Flagmo-T

    I’ defiantly not complaining :O) I’m Happy as a Little child that got a nice yellow rubber duck! for Christmas :O)

    To be Honest, I’m beginning to think, That the PS3 system is to blame, for the Lack of details in the overall Concept of GT5.. To Balance a Game like this, for the System it uses (PS3 engine), is a Pick in the dark, but my hope is that PD, will be spending more time on Raising the overall Quality, That’s All Folk’s :O)

    PS. It could also be scaled down, so it will run smoother on a PC system, and then to be released in near Future :O)
    ( We could hope so ! More interesting Championships, and £ $ Money to earn) ( Track editor ) your own Team Skins on Cars Etc..


  36. faburisu

    + 00:09:001 in the french ranking oO LOL to hard for me

  37. 959th, get in! Daan is representing pretty nicely though, last time I checked he was in the top 10, pretty good going!

  38. S3 Racer

    “I stop now, because the people with some knowlegde are not complaining” like alex ;D

  39. S3 Racer

    As i think physics can be choosen in the demos apart jap demo. Cause in my menus i had to switch to sim!!

    Complaining about the graphs, is poor judgement on your side. It clearly stats that only CAR physics are from GT5.

    I stop now, because the people with some knowlegde are not complaining.


  40. @ Phil,
    Indy is the most uninspiring track in the world? what are you smoking? do you even know the history of the track? why it was built? it was built by a guy who wanted to race but couldn’t since the roads in midwest USA were kinda bad so he decided to make a closed circuit for high-speed racing. The track first opened in 1909 but closed during WW1 and WW2 so the “500” will be 100 years old in 2016 and I WILL be there! Also one important thing to note is that Formula 1 has lost it’s biggest audience. The IMS attracted more fans to America’s 6 or so years of F1 Glory…or Farce? (cue 2005 “race”) than any F1 track in the world, think about that. It must be pretty damn f***ing inspiring to just be there, yea? :-P.

  41. Flagmo-T

    Yes Thank you PD..

    Great discoveries in the Demo:
    1. if you drive wrong into the pit, you’ll be send back in the right direction.
    2. Every name on the ranking can be used as a Ghostreplay ( downloadable )
    3. You can now see, what controller is used on every driver on the ranking.
    4. when you are in the start menu, and want to quit, when you press O you go straight to Exit!
    5. More features for setting up you screen .
    6. Great New Physic Engine :O) Wau great Work PD :)

    Not so Great Discoveries:
    1 SOme places the Textures are to Low quality, that can be done better ( lazy ness)
    2.Trees are Billboard 3D technic, which is like 2 squares add together in a Cross ( 90’s like ?)
    3. Extra texture on the Surface ( is Blurred, and to pixeled (staircases))

    –(O: * :O)–

    Merry Christmass To you all, and of course to PD, for this Fine Gift!
    It will be better yet!!

    Team_MoFF-No2 aka Flagmo-T

  42. Sam__ NY

    Still not out in the US yet. But I’ve got a mountain of work to do anyway.

  43. GT4Ever

    Yep nice. Hope the full game is going to be more like this with more cars and tracks. Its time to put some details in. PD is king in making detailed car models, but if they are so perfectionistic, how can they ever leave tire marks out and make the track look so empty and detailless, and the sound: ARGH!


    great physics, very noise beautiful engine sound. but still the shadows problems.
    i can´t wait fot march 2010

  45. Hi guys. I just bought PS3 2 days ago and have already tried GT5 demo.
    I got some questions. Is it worth to buy GT5P nowaday? or should I continue playing GT5 demo and wait until the full game is released????

  46. In my opinion, this “demo” thing was awful. The camera is stiff, and looks and feel totally unnatural. You can’t play it offline, which is ridiculous. The menus are dull. Writing is small and hard to see on a standard definition TV, and the physics feel odd. Also, the Indy circuit is the most uninspiring circuit in the world. When I tried to push one of those warning markers on the circuit, they jerked across the screen like a shopping trolley, and when I pushed one against a wall, it went through the wall. Th interior view is too high above the steering wheel and I can’t even choose the colour of the car. But most of all it’s THAT camera which needs fixing. This feels very much like a rush job before Christmas to remind us that GT5 may indeed be coming out next year, and guess what, this demo has made me worried and fearful for the full game.

  47. physics definitley feel more realistic but i use the a joypad to drive and am finding it way too hard and not enjoyable to drive at all, going on this demo alone if u gave me a choice of physics between prologue and the new physics then id choose prologue, these physics have been brought in to suit steering wheel drivers

  48. At last!
    I will download it but I have to wait till Monday to try it :-(
    Have a nice play!

  49. GaBe_LoGaN

    @Max Mosley

    Fine, I just purchased my G25 last Tuesday =)

  50. rofajole

    Is it just me or in the N3 tires you can’t unlock the Traction Control? I really like the N3 tires better, but with TC, I feel like I’m being limited…

  51. S3 Racer

    Jap demo is 201Mb, euro in my store 220mb. Maybe the difference it’s physics settings’?

  52. S3 Racer

    @ Max
    what demo u playing (jap/euro/us)

  53. Max Mosley


    Only Professional physics are available.

    Makes sense really, when you consider what prize is available. PD and Nissan, obviously want the best and most capable drivers, who can transfer their virtual skills into reality. And after noticing the improvements in the physics engine in the new demo over Prologue, the fine line between fantasy and reality is getting more blurred! :)

  54. S3 Racer

    Ok guys. Just give it a quick try during my mid-pause:
    There are 3 options for physics (arcarde – pro- sim)
    I played in sim with the g25 and let me put it like that : HEAVEN

    It’s better than GTR and Rfactor 2gether!!!
    Over- and understeering is the most realistic i seen so far. Every little mouvement is reflected directly to the car. The little bump just before the finish line is soooo sweet.
    Did 2 laps with each car and beeing 74th combined and didn’t even try. (It seems I am the only Luxemburger for the moment :D). The lack of clutch is sad but understandable.
    tameen didn’t exagerated,… it’s simply huge. I hope that all the guys who were trashtalking the demo down(with the vids), are flushing red by now. Shame on u.

    Now I feel really sorry for luke who has to wait till tomorrow. Now I just hope it will be playable till GT5 comes out. Now the hardest will be 4hours of work, knowing what awaits me at home!!
    Ps: Lucas is first!! Good job. 3-4 guys in front of kaz.

    THANK YOU KAZ 4 THE X-MAS PRESENT, u made my day, week,…

  55. GaBe_LoGaN

    I’m at work and I won’t be able to play until the end of the day :(, Could anyone tell if there is a physiscs choice between normal or professional?

  56. Hey Dom, I am in the top 20’s with a controller, whats the deel with 200/900 degree wheels?
    This demo is great! don’t understand why they dont just put more cars and tracks in!

  57. I’m doing a 1.38.0 with a 200 degree wheel – I think I have to upgrade to a 900 degree wheel for the last tenths. It’s very tricky to have perfect traction out of the corners, when your wheel angle is limited. I even lose a tenth in the oval part I think.
    Still great demo and love the physic upgrade!

  58. Phosphor112

    @ Luke.

    Engine sounds?

    My ears rumble.

  59. Phosphor112

    I’m not sure why it feels more exciting.. maybe because I’m pumped that GT5 has improved so much? Or maybe just the fidelity of GT5 compared to the GTR series.. it makes GTR seem low quality. The physics definitely is a HUGE improvement. I’m at my friends right now, so my wheel isn’t here, but I can just tell it’s so much more precise. Everything feels like it matters now.. if that makes sense. Like… before results were sluggish… idk, I’m gonna stop trying to explain it.

  60. hmm it might not be a GT5 demo but the demo is built on the Gt5 physics Engine , Since I dont hold a full DL I cannot compete in academy the but I am still downloading it so that I can have a look at the car quality and sounds etc.

  61. missionfailed

    for once I made it in the top 25 !! at Pos 23 with on N3…. but that didn’t last long.. lol .. it was a rubbish time anyway.

  62. S3 Racer

    @Phosphor112 yeah you can. And if it is better than GTR, I will pass a lot of time with it, and the wait 4 the final version will be so much harder
    @ Luke : I will put down a donut for u lol

    20 min to go, so impatient…

  63. Whaou, a little bit desappointed by graphics (I now it is not GT5 and I see the shadow greater resolution), but not by the physic engine, it’s hard, but it’s good (with a G25 it’s madness…).

  64. I hate you all, i just came to work and in the evening there is the company Christmas party. To be honest i don`t really want to go there, but otherwise i would be an ass to everyone :(
    I won`t be able to play it until friday evening, so please keep me updated here ;) What about the new engines sounds ?

  65. Phosphor112

    I came buckets.

    It feels like GTR.. but dare I say.. more intense?

  66. S3 Racer

    sounds not!

  67. Berlino Bear

    So can you not play it off line?

  68. S3 Racer

    same here lucky me i work 2 blocks away from home, my bro dl it for me now,… so in an hour i can give it a shot. Will be painful to just play for 45 min. Just hoping servers working then… :S

  69. Berlino Bear

    Hurry up Post Office and fix my fecking connection already!!

  70. 7woodman7

    log day at work for me to!
    is damage on cars enabled???

  71. deadboy1975

    its going to be a very long day at work.

  72. S3 Racer

    one question : why is the euro /(us?) demo a hole 19mb bigger??

  73. Just woke up and it’s up in the belgian store so I’m right on time ;)

  74. Why do people keep saying the graphics are poor? Why on Earth would they release a playable demo of GT5 with the graphics toned down? I’m expecting GT5:P graphics with improved anti-aliasing and shadows, nothing more… and what we see here will hardly change for the GT5 release, if at all.

  75. owaldock

    up on nz psn site but server is all kinds of broken….

  76. Just downloaded from EU store, and WOW…
    …server’s already down so the DEMO is unplayable!! Fan-bloody-tastic!!

  77. Bruno Silva

    Server is down!… can’t even race without a server… Can’t wait! must go to work! :(

  78. Djcorrosive

    Guys pls don’t forget it’s only a DEMO!! the gfx aren’t that good cause it’s for physics only. I think the sounds will be even better in the final version! They could be beefed up a bit! Tire sounds are about 70-80% real sounding

  79. [UK] LB33

    Been on PSN for a while in the UK, but get a server maintenance error when playing ;(

  80. well just downloaded it off the jap store… I’m sorry but I fail to see what the fuss is about!? doesn’t look any better than prologue actually worse.. and yes I know it’s just a time trial thing to show off physics but after doing 1 lap i’m bored of it already it certainly isn’t anything flash but what would you expect from a 200mb download, if this is all they can give us after 5 years of dev time.. I fear the worst for the end product.

  81. [UK] ANDYW

    Available in the UK and downloading! Woooooo

  82. Djcorrosive

    Lol they also put traction control on 7!!! Lol

    yes gt5p had clutch support!!!

  83. but is their clutch support in the GT5 Prologue?

    I just hope when they ship the final game it will fully support the clutch.

    Yes the sounds have seem to be improved. Could be a bit better but at least its not as bad as before, the engine sounds are better, and so are the tires sound. And yes the physics are awesome. The tuned 370z is so fun to drive! I can’t wait for the full game now. Damn!

  84. No clutch support. The reasoning is that a clutch allows you to shift faster, and in a time trial this amounts to having to buy a G25 to be able to compete at the highest level. As it’s supposed to be open to all, they’ve just disabled it instead.

  85. gtkiller

    Yes no clutch for G25 user’s I know it’s a bummer but they need to keep the playing field equal when using the steering wheel. Would have been nice to play with full clutch and shifter though.

    Physics in this demo is amazing :)

  86. Will this game support the logitech g25/g27 wheel? I do not see those models at all when going to the steering wheel options.

    and also does it support the clutch?

  87. Djcorrosive

    Lol u newwwwbs :p


    U guys should know that by now :)

  88. S3 Racer

    Question to G25 drivers :

    I read NO clutch…. ???!!!


    It pippi me off. how the heck do you want a realistic countersteer with no clutch,….

    Hope it’s just in the demo, or i read something wrong, or some hidden menu agaiin….

  89. i’m going to downlaod for the new track, couldn’t care less about the cars or getting to try the physics early.

  90. S3 Racer

    yeah i’m reading reviews in the forum now. I can’t wait to get of work. It sounds sooooo goood and that with the g25. I hope just to get a good time
    Maybe simulating sickness to get home early hahahah no, i’m pro, so i stay, but I will quick return during midday, to dl it install and install my rig. Then When i get home @ 1700 I will be playing @ 1702

  91. 201 MB, to download or not to download? i could get a lot of porn for that.

  92. @ S3 racer

    the physics have been improved heaps
    it is almost should i say “harder” and more”realistic” it feels more natural and the car reacts to every little movement. the head movement ZOMG when i went full on the main and went hard on brakes the whole car was shaking violently it was intense let me tell u

    it is hard to describe you just gotta try it

  93. S3 Racer

    ohhh maN I just started work :S grrrr…..

    Sounds good he first impression, gonna be a f///ing long day of *work*.

    @Mickle: which speed?? I have some problems with my WD, restart and then it’s fine.

    @tameen: give us more physics detail, so i can dream on at work hahah



  94. just made a JAP account and downloaded the demo
    first thoughts
    physics = awesome
    sound = awesome
    head movement = epic
    N3 tyres = crazy fun
    overall = very good, emproved alot from the prologue

    now downside

    i made another user account on my ps3 and mad a JAP psn account then i played it. after a while i went back to deleted the account i made on my ps3. and went back to log into my real one only to realise the demo doesnt work on my one :( LOL so i ended up deleting the demo

    will download the AU one once the stores update which should be in 2 hours

  95. Skillcoil

    Hehe can’t wait to go back home. But howcome it is only 203mb ? I expected more than that!

  96. What a nice gift from Polyphony Digital.

    Time to compare the physics and point of view to Forza with a critical analysis.

  97. Ok so who can give their first impression…. i am still in the process of swapping my PS3 HD 80G for a 500G…

    I will be downloading the Demo Baby within the next two hours! Pacific time !

  98. jay gatsby

    still working in the goddamn office…ah!!! FFXIII and GT5 demo…which to play first???

  99. IronM@sk

    LOL, i’ve been checking the AU store every 30 mins today :( It’s 4:30pm now. Will check soon. Still playing some DiRT atm.

  100. DaveTheStalker

    Physics are sweet and tires sound realistic.

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