Gran Turismo 5 GPS Functionality, 3D Confirmed

January 15th, 2010 by Jordan

Here’s some of the first news to come out of the Tokyo Auto Salon 2010: Polyphony Digital has partnered with auto technology company Denso to develop a “GPS-track day unit”, one of which will be included in the new Toyota FT-86G. It works by monitoring your position as you put in hot laps around a real-world track (which is also in GT5, of course). Pull the memory card out of your car and plug it into your PS3, and the data collected will be used to reconstruct your lap within the game. From there, you’ll be able to watch your replay or compete against yourself by loading the replay as a “ghost” car.

According to MotorTrend, Polyphony and Denso’s GPS unit was tested in a race-spec Lexus IS-F at the Nurburgring last October (probably during Yamauchi’s VLN race). MotorTrend editor Peter Lyon was also able to confirm that a “3D version” of GT5 will be available “as soon as 3D TVs become available on the market,” (Sony’s 3D TVs will be available this summer).

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  1. Jan. 15, 6:45pm
    FORZA_SUCKS

    i have a 3d tv. just need the game now. damn it

  2. Jan. 15, 5:43pm
    Icant55

    Very smart and cool concept,but too bad i don’t live near any real world tracks and i dont have any cars that are in gt5 lmao!

  3. Jan. 15, 5:21pm
    jamaicangamer

    …wut would be 3d in it?

  4. Jan. 15, 4:48pm
    Sm0k3:D

    LOL!!!!
    You sound like PD has created something new! it’s just a GPS! Y can save the telemetric data of a track just using my mobil phone!
    You now can load this data on a computer (or PS3)? WOOOOW AWESOME!

    I guess this “awesome” stuff has a price betwen 30 and 40$

    They has just implemented this in a cars game. Yo can now try to beat Stig? Yo just need to know his time lap…

    IMO this stuff has been “developed” to sell a special edition (to sell it 60$+ normal price…)

  5. Jan. 15, 4:03pm
    vampire63

    twinspark24 Says:
    January 15th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    This was exactly what I was waiting for…Driving a concept car on a track and then racing against myself in a game that will never be launched because of wasting time on such stuff…

    i have nothing else to say

  6. Jan. 15, 4:03pm
    Tate

    For PD is great, but for us… i don’t see the real deal. I mean, is great for PD and GT make some business. But I, as a gamer, i want to see details and ground-breaking features that i can enjoy.

    And we’re still waiting for reverse lights and skidmarks!

  7. Jan. 15, 3:09pm
    Spriggers

    You guys might be missing the bigger picture here. Could it be that PD will get some real racers track times and ghost laps and upload them for all GT5 gamers to compete and race against? That’s the really cool potential. A lot of real drivers love this game and just might be happy to post a good ghost lap or two for us to go up against. This also shows that PD have nailed the tracks to be able to have ghosts align on top of the tracks.

  8. Jan. 15, 3:06pm
    ChicoMaloXD

    I think this feature will improve the quality of the GT series.
    They will be able to get the info of every detail of the cars on the racetrack. And will help to improve feature games.

  9. Jan. 15, 2:56pm
    Pedz

    This 3D will probably work with Nvidias “3d Ready” screens, so to all the people with those pc monitors, there is no extra cost (for those who don’t know, there’s been 3d screens for about a year now…).

    This also means I’m guessing the 3D is done using the nVidia RSX graphics card with Nvidias 3d stereoscopic technology. This means we will get high quality 3d images and not some horrible ones (not that PD would do that anyway). So yeah I think the 3D is all processed by the Graphics unit.

    This also means there is no different “version” to those of you wondering, it just means you have to have a 120 or 240hz screen and compatible glasses with the screen. Admittedly at the moment you can only get 1050p(not 1080, even though they can be forced to 1080) 3D screens as of yet.

    So all in all I’m going to love the 3D function, as I was going to upgrade my pc rig to support 3D gaming anyway ^^.

  10. Jan. 15, 1:59pm
    Jakemania

    It’d be cooler if they used the Nascar GPS thing that they use to track the cars during races and use it to actually race against real drivers while on GT5… Crazy out there, but I think it would be extremely cool. Maybe sometime in the distant future something like that could be possible?

  11. Jan. 15, 1:50pm
    inflation

    Now we know why japan release was pushed back 3 months.

  12. Jan. 15, 1:45pm
    Johnno

    What you complainers FAIL to notice is what this means! It means real live data from actual racers can be made available for you to race against in the game! It a real world application that you too can use if you can afford it too. What the hell are you all complaining about???

    The 3-D option will probably appear as a patch when Sony updates the PS3 firmware.

  13. Jan. 15, 1:26pm
    ralph89

    I’m loving the complains! Keep coming. Maybe KY will read your comment and send a copy of GT5 on your door step.

  14. Jan. 15, 1:15pm
    maxpontiac

    I honestly see the ghost of professional racers being put out there on all these tracks for Gran Turismo players to compete against.

    Take your time PD, and bring us something amazing..

  15. Jan. 15, 1:09pm
    Devedander

    I wonder if the “3d version” means an update or a whole nother purchase… maybe the 3d version will be stripped down a bit to accomdate the extra workload. Perhaps only tracks that are less demanding and lower number of cars on track…

  16. Jan. 15, 12:15pm
    Viktor Navorsky

    Too many people, too many opinions… but just one truth… GT5 WILL KICK SOME SERIOUS A**ES!

  17. Jan. 15, 12:06pm
    Lemminkainen

    I’m sure people who live north of the Arctic Circle will also be escatic when PD adds real-time simulation and tracking of dog sled races as well.

    I know it probably took only 1 programmer less than 2 weeks to code it, with a week more for validation, but still – when you announce a delay in Japan and immediately follow it with an announcement that a feature like this is being added, it sends a bad message even though the two are unlikely to have anything to do with each other.

    I think the point is that there comes a time to stop mucking about with features no one cared enough to ask for in the first place, and just release the game.

  18. Jan. 15, 11:47am
    99EKB18

    Well said Geoff & Luke. I also goes to lapping event / track days. I’m in Canada. I won’t have a chance to use it only if in the future that DLC will include new tracks like Mosport for Canada. I still think is a great feature. Most of the people that can use it will be in US, Europe & Japan. I don’t think is just the GPS. It might even have brake, acc, g force telemetry built in to it. Just a thought.

  19. Jan. 15, 11:34am
    Luke

    Please realize that GT5 now is mostly finished, with all features. They are just bugfixing and testing now. Just because you hear the news now doesn`t mean they just started programming that feature. Many people here seem to think that way, same discussion with that weather feature from a few weeks ago. So quit your whining, wait until it`s finished and be surprised about the massive amount of feature never seen before.
    If you`re tired of waiting buy a X360 and play Forza 3, we patient people don`t care if you`re gonna miss one of the greatest racing games ever.

  20. Jan. 15, 11:01am
    Geoff

    The average age on this forum is obvious. A fair amount of people who play GT5 actually do go to real track days. One weekend will cost well over one thousand dollars (I’m in the States), considering you have to replace brake pads, tires (sometimes can get one more weekend out of them), and change the oil. Throw in the track day fee and it is an expensive weekend and worth every penny. So spending say, three hundred dollars on a device like this for a little bragging rights between your friends would make for some very good entertainment.

    I agree the game is taking a long time to release but the GT5 TT demo brought the game a huge step forward. So much better than GT5P was. Keep up the good work PD!

  21. Jan. 15, 10:52am
    Maximou

    You got some important point here. We have to put this news on his actual context wich is a show for automotive’s future and new technologies.

    Tim, maybe Kazunori thought about it years before GT4 and PD dreamed about it silence, working about it secretly. Maybe they felt it was time to release it because technology let them do it well.

    It seems like people are thinking : Kaz talks about it now so they just put the last 3 months efforts of 140 people working only on this feature, so it will delay…

    Every news, we see whiners and guys who keep complaining, it’s very tiresome for all of us. Moreover, most of time, the complain isn’t justified. Guys who don’t complain, are waiting might be pissed too. Please relax, be more zen, more positive, play Forza 3, have sex.

    Sometimes I thank god because I’m glad that people around there who think they know better how to do a good game than Polyphony, aren’t game developers.

  22. Jan. 15, 10:49am
    Mickle Pickle

    the kind of news we like to hear… keep them coming!!

    & Let’s see that from Turn 10 ;)

  23. Jan. 15, 10:43am
    Flagmo-T

    One thing we still miss Info about is the Rally Part, Ky and SL is the best of friends, well that must be a great friendship both ways.. but then Lets hear something about the Rally specs/track/driving technic and such.. ? we have only notits 3-4 Cars That’s It!! Rally is one of the Hardest Driving sports there is, and defiantly one of the Hardest Sims to create.. so I’m Waiting on some news on that.. Ex:New cars, gimmicks as this, Just make me more irritable.. sorry, I should just stay away from GTp untill it’s released.. Sorry guys.. I’m full!! I will Drive My Time trails in Peyo’s Championship and stay away from this News section.. because I really feel like a Joke here.. they make us look a like a Hungry bunch a Nonames that is just waiting for throwing money after the latest technic.. and it won’t make the games better.. just more things to suck up the power of the PS3.. tsk tsk.. Have a Nice summer release..

  24. Jan. 15, 10:37am
    magicalgin

    This would actually be fantastic for rally, not?

  25. Jan. 15, 10:30am
    twinspark24

    This was exactly what I was waiting for…Driving a concept car on a track and then racing against myself in a game that will never be launched because of wasting time on such stuff…

  26. Jan. 15, 10:24am
    d3br34k5

    Stop greifing, vampire63.

    I don’t think there’s a better cross-industry feature that PD could’ve unveiled at a major AUTOMOTIVE EXPO. Read that, NOT A VIDEOGAME EXPO. This is right up there with their involvement in the development of the GT-R.

    PD is trying to cement an influential spot in the automobile industry and really isn’t concerned with quelling the whiners by revealing working reverse lights. Again, this new information was released at the Tokyo MOTOR Show, not the Tokyo Gaming show.

    I’d like a solid release date, confirmation of working reverse lights and skidmarks on trees too but I’m still very impressed that video game drivers will be able to take on real-life laps completed by any compitent race car drivers.

    Obviously, PD is very confident with the accuracy of their tracks.

  27. Jan. 15, 10:18am
    S3 Racer

    1st : this is Not purly designed for GT users. That’s just a gimmik.
    Business wise having only one market is risky (PD= Gt, even if it runs good), this is a hole new market for sony (automobile industry)

    Second it’s from denso so designed for racers not wannabe racers.

    And Pd will make money with every device sold. If this is what i believe it is, this will be standard in a few years in every competiton car.
    Think outside the box. or in: this is for track use, not ps3 use. Ps3 use is a gimmik.
    on track you will know where you are, which corner comes next… very useful. Even if you know the track. And the evolution of this device can and will be huge. Add this to telemetric data… it’s a dream. Let’s the heart of racers jump in cercles.

    @vampire63: Also I didn’t know you represent the entire community.

  28. Jan. 15, 9:55am
    vampire63

    S3 Racer Says
    Even if you don’t use it, this will be a seller. Every racer, racing team, professional and amature will buy it!
    I want to know how many of you who are visiting GTPLANET are racers racing teams or professionals .

    Yea WE wouldn’t use it and WE are the people that are paying PD’s
    and SONY’s bills so they must take care of US not for the racers and c.t
    WE are important cuz we will decide if it’s a good game

  29. Jan. 15, 9:16am
    Kilborn230

    @ Cigol

    Seems as though you have, to bad.

  30. Jan. 15, 8:58am
    Viktor Navorsky

    Ok…maybe a little bit useless for most of us… but incredible innovative , really merging virtual to real… something that a very portion of the atual race games do… I think its really a great improvement for the GT series credibility as a simulator…

  31. Jan. 15, 8:49am
    Flagmo-T

    Come ON PD. !! what a waste of time.. GPS LOL for what!! you can’t drive out side the trrack anyway, just follow the direction that’s it.. Nøgenberg nordsliefe could be 400km’s long, and it still wouldn’t make a difference…. GPS is for finding the road, not following the road.. Blah blah burp!!

  32. Jan. 15, 8:47am
    Luke

    It would be very interesting if it would work with every car or motorcycle, a standalone GT GPS device. Some time in the future i plan on driving a few laps on the Nordschleife with my motorcycle. If possible i would record my laps and load it into GT5, to see how my driving line looks like from behind, or from a replay camera.

  33. Jan. 15, 8:37am
    Djcorrosive

    Pointless garbage

  34. Jan. 15, 8:35am
    tameem

    @dbarrade

    that makes perfect sense. this GPS thing PD have made is going to change everything. it is going to bring real racing cars into our homes. i can imagine all race cars having them on board just for Gran Turismo. NASCAR, SUPERGT, STIG, omg if this is true this is going to be HUGGGEE!

  35. Jan. 15, 8:34am
    Mustangmiha

    How ugly dashboard.

  36. Jan. 15, 8:29am
    tameem

    where is all the info??
    i mean GT5 is being shown in 2 different motor shows TOKYO and BRUSSELS

  37. Jan. 15, 8:24am
    blubb

    edit 2

    bought not buyed – sorry

  38. Jan. 15, 8:03am
    blubb

    edit

    it (3D) will take it’s time to be not only a marketing gimmick – but if we had to wait for GT6 as long as for GT5 it’s not a mistake to implement it now.

  39. Jan. 15, 7:58am
    Tim

    I can’t imagine that PD’s GT5 team are spending much of their development time on this.

    It is far more likely to be developed by a seperate team within PD, or even a third-party developer.

  40. Jan. 15, 7:57am
    Cigol

    @dbarrade; Oh come on, don’t get our hopes up :(

  41. Jan. 15, 7:56am
    blubb

    @Dom

    i only mentioned the 5 years because of the post by “Maximou” – i also think it will take 2, max. 3 years to get a good 3D TV for a payable price (payable and not painful – for me). The problem is most people and gamers (like me) already buyed a HDTV and now they come with the 3D thing so it will take it’s time until it’s payable, not only a feature of three or four games and the most new actually buyed HDTVs at home are broken.

    My grandparents already have a white SD TV since 10 years and they are very happy with it. ;)

  42. Jan. 15, 7:48am
    dbarrade

    I can’t believe no one has figured this out yet…

    How else are we going to race the Stig around the Top Gear Track?

    Every week when he takes a car around the track, he will have the GPS on board, and as the show goes to air we will be able to race the Stig.

    We will be able to race the Star in the low price car.

    We will be able to race Schumaker around Monaco.

    We will be able to watch a Nascar race from inside the car and even join in.

    This is imho one of the most exciting features announced yet…

    How cool is it going to be when DHolland or someone else from GTP laps the top driver at the Le Mans 24 Hour, or beats the AMG test driver around the Ring in the latest Merc Concept Car.

  43. Jan. 15, 7:38am
    Maximou

    Gamers usually can’t afford 2500 dollars a screen because of their youth… Don’t laugh about grand parents, some have lot of money that they just don’t want to give to their children… So they just spend/waste it to see, before dying, what the technology on Earth can provide best… :p

    Ok, ok, bad joke, sorry. But it might be true in certain case.

  44. Jan. 15, 7:29am
    mike smith2

    wow well done kaz. This is a great feature. , i just wonder wether we will get the new toyota when we pre order or when the game comes out. what a waste of time. 99.9% of gamers will never use this feature, kaz is just sucking the johnson of the car industry and has forgot about his real fans

  45. Jan. 15, 7:27am
    Dom

    The Sony 3D TV’s are not that expensive. The 52″ LX905 will cost 3099€ and comes with 2 3D glasses. The HX905 will cost 2699€, will have better picture quality, but needs to be upgraded with glasses and emitter for 3D. Other brands will offer full LED backlight with LD at the same price or even cheaper – and the design will be much better too.
    Anyway, if you ask me, street prices will be below 2000€ soon and calling 3D a gimmick is ok, but it’s not that it will take another 5 years. If you have played with the Nvidia Vision glasses, you won’t go back to 2D gaming.
    Of course, they will attract early adapters in the first stage, but seriously, if not we, the gamers, who else will buy a 3D TV? Your grandparents?
    I think and hope 3D gaming will be big in 2-3 years. I for myself will buy a new HDTV this year and it will be 3D ready for sure. Product life-cycles for TVs are like 4-6 years at maximum, nowadays. It’s not that we still live in the SD-era. I think within the next 5 years, all people who are potential customers will be 3D customers. If you haven’t upgraded to a HDTV yet, you are not a customer anyway. And it’s not that the TV market is small.

  46. Jan. 15, 7:17am
    Maximou

    Dhandes, I know a guy who spent more than 300 laps on the actual Nurburgring on his light tuned 350Z. What is he doing at home ? Playing Forza 3 lapping the Nurb on a car as close as possible as the one he owns… He lapped about 1000 laps of virtual ring (GT4, Forza 3 and other sims).

  47. Jan. 15, 7:12am
    FES

    this feature GPS will be useful only for those luckers who have both PS3 (with GT5) and this Toyota FT-86 (with possibility to drive it on those tracks loaded into that GPS), as for 95% of others (including me) it seems to be useless waste of time.

    As for 3D, maybe this is not bad but… if it will take another “half a year” of developing the game, then, guys, postpone this feature, let us just play GT5, finally, we`re really cravin` for it!

  48. Jan. 15, 7:01am
    blubb

    Didn’t want to hate, sorry. But I’m not that excited as many others here. As you say “maybe in 5 years or so” – i only see that many things had to be solved to make this thing usefull – and not only a gimmick for marketing.

    It’s the same thing with 3D – cool feature – but useless for most gamer without any 3D TV’s announced and the price of the whole thing (a new Sony 3D TV – we all knew the prices of the first flat tv’s + new developed shutter glasses). It will be an expensive useless marketing gimmick – at the moment – maybe in 5 years ;)

  49. Jan. 15, 7:00am
    Dom

    I hope the 3D mode will be full 1080p (even without HDMI 1.4) and not only limited to Bravia Tv’s (as speculated). There is this Z-buffer theory that could prevent making the PS3 compatible with other TV brands. Also it won’t be real stereoskopic rendering (the PS3 has not enough power and only comes with HDMI 1.3) but the 3D effect for the PS3 is still good, as game demos have shown. CES 2010 had demos of UC2, Wipeout, GT5 and others.

    From a personal standpoint, I would love to buy the LE9500 from LG or the Samsung C9000. Those TV’s look SOOO MUCH better than the Sony 2010 TV lineup! They will probably be more value for money and have 3D as well. I really hope the PS3 will work in 3D with all 3D ready displays. The first 3D HDTVs arrive in April (the LE9500 for example), so Sony better update the firmware for the PS3 soon.
    Imagine, GT5 in full 3D 1080p plus PS-eye for head tracking on a 55″ LED!!!

  50. Jan. 15, 6:55am
    AndyC

    Gimmick. Had better not be the reason for a three month delay. The only way I can see this being most excellent is if they get track data from FIA racing meets, Rally, Group C, F1, etc. Now that would be exceptional. Otherwise, some fat blokes R35 laptime cos he’s got mega bucks isn’t going to do squat for me. And living in country that’s pretty much guaranteed not to have a track in Gt5 makes it a waste of effort. I’d sooner have it earlier or with more historic cars etc…

  51. Jan. 15, 6:50am
    ruster

    about the usefulness for 99.9% of gt5 players … this technology can allow, for example, downloading of real track runs of professional drivers to race against them

  52. Jan. 15, 6:46am
    dhandes

    If i could afford to race around a race track i would do that. What i wouldnt do is race around a track then go home and see if i can beat it on my ps3. Thats just me though.

  53. Jan. 15, 6:39am
    Maximou

    blubb, if it’s as precise as what iOpener has, I think it will be precise enough to even recreate changes in altitude.

    Don’t hate the concept, it may be what look a useless thing right now but 5 years later, with maybe some technology upgrade and some polishment, who knows what it will become ?

    At least, the thing works. It won’t be part of GT5 if PD wasn’t entirely satisfied with it and if it didn’t expand at all the experience (remember of weather ?).

  54. Jan. 15, 6:23am
    Me.Switch

    Agree with S3 Racer.
    This is freaking AWESOME.
    That is the type of Detail and bloddy love for something you need to create something really special. Not good or nice or fun to play or something else you can use for many games.
    This is Special, this is what makes the difference between a good racing game or sim and “The Real Driving-Simulator”. Possibilitys grow immense (as some comments here already showed) with this feature and its way more than a gimmik no matter how many people wil use it or not.
    Gimmiks are Headtracking, interior damage….But GPS-Functionality is epic for a RacingSim!
    GT5 is getting way better than i thought it would be. The only thing i am “missing” is a F1-Series but this just would be more and more epic.

    Go on PD, you guys do an awesome job!

  55. Jan. 15, 6:21am
    Mcav

    As some of you are saying – 95% of users will not use this feature… Guess what… the game is going to sell more than 5 million copies. So even if 5% of users make use of it, then 250,000 people will make use of it.

    There are many other people who have more money than YOU that also have a PS3.

  56. Jan. 15, 6:21am
    blubb

    That GPS thing is a useless feature for gamer. Even if you really use that – what is the affect after all? You can see a replay of your “real drive” and maybe compete with your ghost – that´s it. I promise you will be much better in-game.

    About the possibilities for “real” race driver, i can only say that there are much more race tracks and variations of them than you will find in GT – so this needs a really good track editor which also implement grip differences and so on – and then it is not very useable for a (race driver) standart pc user.

    AND – it´s only a positioning system – how exact is that? You also need much more data to make that thing usefull for a simulation of your “real” round.

  57. Jan. 15, 6:09am
    Raitziger

    Similar to iopener but not live. It would be nice if there is database in game to download professional race driver’s laptimes to ps3. Also it would be cool that racing leagues included in game would use this device so that iopener style racing would be possible against real drivers.

  58. Jan. 15, 6:03am
    S3 Racer

    Did someone understand what this is.

    You know how many professional racedrivers use a duck-taped minimap of the track??
    This is a gps for a track. You gonna have a map of the track with positioning. This is huge.
    Linking it with GT is the little of it’s features.

    Even if you don’t use it, this will be a seller. Every racer, racing team, professional and amature will buy it!

    Stop complaining about every thing because you don’t see your interest represented!

  59. Jan. 15, 6:03am
    Raagentreg

    It amkes sense for PD to make more stuff for GT5 while Sony get the release date sorted, what else are they going to do? Nice idea, but probably won’t be used, a gimmick, but I like it!

  60. Jan. 15, 6:02am
    LIVEfromNY

    Why dont you read the article… it says this was developed by denso. all polyphony had to do was make a way to import the recorded data and convert it. I highly doubt they delayed GT5 for this feature. this OBVIOUSLY has been in the works for a while, this type of technology doesn’t just appear overnight. We all know of the perfectionism at PD, so i would guess this has been in the works for a while now, a year if not more…

    On another note that is a really cool piece of tech. although i have no use for it. Im sure there is alot of little things about GT5 we know nothing about that those crafty MF’ers at PD have been keeping under wraps. this just means we are in the final stretch… we’ve waited this long just stop crying about it already, go out and do something with your life. it will be here soon enough.

  61. Jan. 15, 5:53am
    Prepaid Vergleich

    I love how they always say “as soon as…” =)

  62. Jan. 15, 5:45am
    Maximou

    iCyCo, your last sentence was very interesting.

  63. Jan. 15, 5:32am
    Marky5244

    Although this is something not many people are likely going to ever use, and although it is a diversion from what is important to most people on this site – the release of GT5 for us to play – I think it is great that PD are looking and implementing innovative ways to use Gran Turismo. Who knows how this or any other new features PD have could develop. After all, the World Wide Web was some little academic project and look what happened to that! Ditto, for things like Facebook, Twitter etc.. From little acorns…

  64. Jan. 15, 5:25am
    iCyCo

    Gt5 is the closest thing to reality and I’m not just saying that but countless real race car drivers say it. GT with it’s academy once even created a real race car driver who’ve did very well in the real world by training on GT then using that along with real world training. So I’m very sorry for the guys who are complaining who can’t see the greatness of this, I for one can’t use it but that don’t mean it must be cried down.. it’s there for the aspiring racers who knows what it takes (spending some money) to make it as a racer. They’re people who spend hundreds of dollars just to gain a few more HP but that’s just to make the car faster, now they’ll have a chance to make them self better as well as they can be at the track at day, and analyze and try to improve on their lap at night with GT only then to apply it at the next track day.

    The only negative thing about is this majority of tracks people have access to wont be included. I’m going to put something out here now that’s far fetch.. but maybe the rumored track editor can create tracks based on google maps data or something that way users can have any circuit they want.

  65. Jan. 15, 5:22am
    Berlino Bear

    @ Sm0k3:D… hahaha classic.

  66. Jan. 15, 5:13am
    Sm0k3:D

    If PD is wasting time doing this kind of things is because they have finished others features in the game like Track Editor wich ALL fans will apreciate a lot. (if not they are just crazy)
    Anyway is a fun stuff… You can put it in your bicycle and go around in your neighbourhood and then you import to GT5…. You can do it at night, using the Nigth Vision Gogles you get buying COD MW2…

  67. Jan. 15, 5:12am
    mboulouc

    Seems to me that PD are closer to the car industry than the gaming industry.

  68. Jan. 15, 5:10am
    BlackDog87

    There is only one way where I can see this as a “beneficial” feature for the conventional GT user (such as myself): say…sebastian loeb (just an example) used this gps unit on say…nurburgring or fuji, etc, and uploads his “replay” on GT5’s server so the conventional user can download it as a ghost replay to “race” Sebastian Loeb. Will they do this? Will the conventional player do this if they did? I would, but I’m a freak. Who’s to say?

    The comparison of real life lap times and GT5 lap times must be really, really f*ing close in order for them to be bold enough to do this. I’m not going to be bold enough to assume they are, though. What’s done is done (or…well…you know what I mean lol). Otherwise, yes, this is a waste of resources. I’m not going to continue to complain beyond that, because it’s useless. I’m kind of having fun waiting and imagining possibilities anyway, ha ha.

    As for 3-D, I’m unconcerned at this point. Too much money to invest at this point, seeing as though I’m moving and money, while it won’t be tight, but I can’t be spending on new expensive developments such as a 3-D television.

  69. Jan. 15, 5:09am
    darkerk

    AwsomThink a little bit, my dear padawan, it’s true that almost every of us wouldn’t use the GPS functionality, but if when a real race comes to a circuit the real drivers use that in the classification lap and later they upload to internet….
    We can play against real drivers!!!

  70. Jan. 15, 5:05am
    vampire63

    Im not a fan of skidmarks BUT i will preffer them INSTED OF THIS

    AM I the only one that Thinks that way

  71. Jan. 15, 5:04am
    Luke

    Well i sure hope they mean memory stick and not a memory card.

  72. Jan. 15, 5:01am
    Corbin

    Cool thing, Id use it if I was rich and actually took a car to a track. You know I have to say at this point, especially after this, we have a right to complain. Give us at least a freaking release date SONY!! THEN tell us about this update 99% of us wont use. Im ready to put countless MONTHS into this game….but IT HAS TO BE RELEASED TO DO THAT!!!!

  73. Jan. 15, 4:55am
    Wheel Nut

    Hardly a waste of their resources when such collaborations have in the past and will continue to help promote GT.

    For marketing and exclusitivity this once again establishes “Gran Turismo” as the most influencial driving game on the planet. I think its a good thing the car manufacturers and others can combine real wolrd with the world of “Gran Turismo”

    Its likely Polophony Digital have set person(s) employed that handle this area.

  74. Jan. 15, 4:51am
    P3nT4gR4m

    I’m beginning to think that someone with the faintest idea about resource management and how to keep a project on track would have probably been working on GT7 by now. How many more – only useful to three guys in the world – features have they wasted time on?

  75. Jan. 15, 4:48am
    dhandes

    What a total farce. Pd need to focus on the game, not crap like this. Surely they could have done this post release as dlc. 99.9% of us can play the game, and if u want this stupid feature you could get it later. No confirmed skidmarks,but a real time track gps feature.

  76. Jan. 15, 4:47am
    vampire63

    MJRTOM Says:
    January 15th, 2010 at 4:21 am

    If Gran Turismo 5 cured cancer, someone would complain.

    I WILL thats not GT5 is there for ( got it ? )

  77. Jan. 15, 4:45am
    vampire63

    Its Unusable for 98% of the gamers But its realy inovative and i hope that there are other things like this ( but more usable ) inside as well.

  78. Jan. 15, 4:42am
    N155AN

    lol fair point, and am i right in believing this toyota is still only a concept?

  79. Jan. 15, 4:40am
    Blitz187

    Nice Gadget… but what the heck does this have to do with GT5? The majority of the people who play GT5 wont even be able to use this. Let alone buy one of those GPS units for your car. Bring out the game PD…. Your focus has taken a left turn some where and youre completely lost…

  80. Jan. 15, 4:39am
    Dimitris

    WOW!!! this will be really useful in my Peugeot 207…

    I could go doing track days downtown and then see the ghost car in GT5….

    IS THIS THE REASON FOR DELAYED RELEASE??? this is a joke feature, applying to 1/100.000 of GT5 players…

    COME ON GUYS!!! GET THE DAMN THING RELEASED N-O-W!!!!

  81. Jan. 15, 4:38am
    letdown427

    So doesn’t this mean Denso must know what tracks are in GT5 in order to enable them in the GPS monitor?

  82. Jan. 15, 4:34am
    mc959

    Damn, i hope my next demo will be this car, i want to try tthis out….

  83. Jan. 15, 4:34am
    S3 Racer

    PD is a company,which actually needs to get money in! Get new customers and new domains, extend their business scheme. And what better way to do this.

    Sure it doesn’t help GT5, but this was done a long time ago, not the 2 previous months.
    This is a great and clever way to aquire new markets, and that will grow notority and that can only help PD and the whole GT serie. If the industry helps PD afterwards, he will have more ressources to develop a real to life physics engine,…. and maybe pay porsche to get in LOL

  84. Jan. 15, 4:32am
    —Stone—

    Should’ve been prepped for optional dlc, imo.

  85. Jan. 15, 4:28am
    Rattlehead

    MJRTOM, loool, that’s a nice one!

  86. Jan. 15, 4:23am
    soLid

    While i totally agree with you Dazzi,you have to think that they are really pushing the envelope with such things. They’re merging whole industries here! Who else does that? In the long run i think they will be remembered for being the pioneers of the video game world…

  87. Jan. 15, 4:22am
    MitsuStigi

    Feature creep? :|

  88. Jan. 15, 4:21am
    MJRTOM

    If Gran Turismo 5 cured cancer, someone would complain.

  89. Jan. 15, 4:20am
    yoh

    to many cooks spoil the food, i think they are overdoing it, what is import is to launch it

  90. Jan. 15, 4:14am
    Imari

    My first thought is…who is going to use that? How many people will actually buy either GT5 or their fancy new GPS unit because of the interaction between the two. It just seems totally unnecessary.

    There’s pushing the outside of the envelope, but I think this has gone beyond into just a joke.

  91. Jan. 15, 4:13am
    N155AN

    thats kool, i picked up on it in one of the videos, but the map wasnt working, good to know in the final one it will be

  92. Jan. 15, 4:12am
    [UK] ANDYW

    Agreed, Definitely a waste of Polyphony resources though…

  93. Jan. 15, 4:10am
    [UK] ANDYW

    I would so love to take that on my nurburgring trips… seeing my laps on GT when I get home would be insane!!!!!

    I cant imagine what these unit’s will sell for though… probably out of my modest tuners’ budget…

    Nice news snippet though :-)

  94. Jan. 15, 4:10am
    Dazzi

    I dont see the point of this to 95% of consumers seriously polyphony this is why you are falling back with the release date, stop making gimicks and focus on what you originated as, seriously no one will ever remember any of this near useless stuff you make, but people will remember GT5 as either a good game, or as things are going a game that could not cover up the 6-7 year development cycle.

  95. Jan. 15, 4:08am
    DaveTheStalker

    Very cool feature! One of which the majority of GT5 purchasers won’t have a chance to use. PD better plan on adding most of the world’s famous race tracks. They can start with all of the tracks used by SCCA, IMSA, and every other weekend track day club where people can use street cars.

  96. Jan. 15, 4:02am
    yoh

    nice 3D

  97. Jan. 15, 4:01am
    ortus

    just fantastic…

  98. Jan. 15, 3:55am
    jay gatsby

    wow…just wow….

  99. Jan. 15, 3:55am
    John Marine

    Not sure whether to call that crazy or cool. Regardless, that’s awesome stuff!

  100. Jan. 15, 3:55am
    S3 Racer

    WOW that GPS would be sweet for track days.
    Merging reality with virtual. WOW

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