GT5 B-Spec “Remote Races” Coming Early February

January 16th, 2011 by Jordan

One of the more interesting and unusual GT5 features announced before release was “Remote Races” (also known as “Gran Turismo Anywhere”), enabling you to control your B-Spec races on your PS3 from your PC or mobile device. Obviously, this was missing from the game when it shipped last November, and its future has been uncertain – despite the fact that it remains listed (with this screenshot) on Polyphony Digital’s official GT5 feature list.

Now, however, Kazunori Yamauchi has finally confirmed via Twitter the feature will be available in “early February”. It is unknown if enabling this functionality will require another update of the game, but considering v1.05 is nearly a month old already, this may be the target release date for the next revision. Regardless, though, it looks like this update won’t be coming soon enough for participants of the B-Spec-based Signature Edition Challenge.

Thanks to Rob Groove for the tip!

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  1. Feb. 2, 11:42pm
    SuperAguri

    Kaz please provide the right to set the password in the Online Louge and add more tracks such as Motegi, Sugo, Okayama and Autopolis please please please !

  2. Jan. 19, 9:51am
    Shazbot

    And come April, there will be a similar news update … “Kazunori Yamauchi confirms that GT5 B-spec arriving sometime in June.”

  3. Jan. 18, 8:47pm
    Spade

    Well B Spec will still be flawed all together whether you’re using the races via PS3 or the PC! They should focus on adding more things to B Specs such a “Training” option or make more commands for you’re driver and make the AI drivers more improved!

  4. Jan. 18, 3:14pm
    TheProphessional

    Question: I know the PS3/GT5 game have to be on, but can leave home and RESTART races remotely (So, I’d be able to leave the house all day and still grind the American Championship over and over)? Or will you have to manually start a race, B-Spec it remotely until it’s finished, then manually start another race?

    • Feb. 3, 5:25am
      Nikez

      I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but I’m pretty sure you can’t do the regular B-Spec races as we know them. The remote races is for putting your own drivers and cars against the drivers and cars of your friends. The drivers will get experience, but I don’t think it will count for B-Spec rank.

      So the way I look at it, it’s gonna be some fun you can do with GT5 when you can’t play the actual game. Just go to gran-turismo.com and chose your language and then search for B-Spec. The B-Spec page from that site is where I got the basis of my information in this post. If I have misunderstood, I appologize.

  5. Jan. 18, 7:55am
    Berlino Bear

    87th!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Jan. 18, 6:37am
    ripcde

    DAMN YOU Kazunori Yamauchi!!!!!!!! Hasn’t my home life suffered enough? Now you must take over my work as well?
    (Shakes angry fist)

    • Jan. 18, 6:40am
      ripcde

      PS I don’t feel all that bad now for the stupid PSN accounts I made to get free birthday cars. Anyone else use Mike Hunt as their name?

  7. Jan. 18, 2:22am
    Deathsarthe

    Just a terrible idea, IMO.

    I think we can all agree that the B-Spec from GT4 was more of a useful tool more than it should’ve ever been a feature that’s 1/2 of the career portion of GT5. It should’ve stayed that way…

    Though, I am a GT fanatic it doesn’t change the fact that the A-Spec and overall game still feels incredibly rushed, incomplete, and just sub-par – which are things that Polyphony and full GT titles aren’t known for.

  8. Jan. 17, 11:27pm
    jeff waters

    it need to be accesable from psp

  9. Jan. 17, 11:26pm
    jeff waters

    Yes i can play gt5 from school

    • Jan. 19, 9:43pm
      JimInPT

      Yeah, that’ll look quite impressive on your resume …. if you somehow manage to graduate. ;-)

  10. Jan. 17, 11:26am
    Max

    I read on a German site that you can only “remote race” against the Bobs of your friends. You won’t get any Credits or XP for this. There will be no possibility to “remote race” B-Spec events…Where is the sense???

  11. Jan. 17, 11:00am
    HumanDestroyah

    I work 12 hour shifts behind a computer…… I don’t know about the rest of you but I can’t wait for this.

  12. Jan. 17, 3:37am
    Waltermydoinhere

    I want more admin controls in ONLINE racing.

    Make driving backwards a PENALTY that AUTO-KICKs the person.
    Like in some 1st person shooters on the PC, if someone amasses too much ‘damage given’ points to other cars, (like Team killing), AUTO-KICK

    Make all tracks “Reversable”. I’d love to give the Ring a go going the OTHER direction…

    More parameters for “RESTRICTIONS” on the multi-player settings. Such as:

    Year limitations. (1965-1969 cars only)
    Country Limitations (German cars only etc…)
    “Race Car Only” or “Street Car Only” settings

    Give US control!! It sucks to have a great server going where everyone is complying with the ‘communicated’ settings and someone comes in and takes a car that falls within the current restrictions but is a total cheater car compared to what everyone else already agreed on. With some of the above restrictions, it would be so much easier to have a successful, on-going online race server.

    Thanks ahead of time for listening..(yeah right)

    As for B-spec. Those of you who say it’s useless obviously haven’t gotten the cool cars it gives out. Either that or you’ve already gotten them through some ‘duplication’ method. Either way, I don’t care but I do think it’s a nice way to earn extra$$. I put “Bob” to work on the lvl 24 “Dream Car Championship” and he earns over $1 million/hour. I just click start and check back every 15 minutes or so whilst watching TV. Easy Money.

  13. Jan. 17, 3:16am
    Dave-o

    First we had A Spec, where you drive the car. Then we had B spec, where you watch the PS3 drive the car. Now we have remote driving, where you don’t watch the PS3 driving your car for you. What’s next? Imaginary driving, where you don’t even have a PS3.

    BTW, I am unbeatable at imaginary driving.

    • Jan. 17, 5:25pm
      XtReMe98

      ROFL..

      I “imaginarily” just overtook you in the last corner…..

  14. Jan. 17, 2:24am
    Cynical Simon

    I think Sony made PD invent Bspec to increase the wear and tear on the PS system.
    Now my PS3 can be on all day when im at work too.

    • Jan. 17, 5:23pm
      XtReMe98

      This is why i endorse duping/bday car cheats..

      Why burn out my REAL ps3 just to unlock DIGITAL cars i want?

  15. Jan. 17, 12:32am
    daics69

    I, and many of my friends have waited years for GT5 to be released. Purchased the original PS3 for almost $1000au the day after it was released in anticipation of GT5. Picked up the signature addition for $300au, purchased a steering wheel for $200au. WHY THE F… WOULD I WANT TO WATCH AN A.I. DRIVER RACING MY CARS!?!?!?! ridiculous!!!

  16. Jan. 16, 11:42pm
    syaieya

    Looking back at that article from September makes me wish they would implement more stuff for point to point racing.

    They have great potential for online rally racing and touge and point to point create a track races

  17. Jan. 16, 11:42pm
    Bearcut

    How about a real online community? Online classifieds? Online events (NOT MORE SINGLE PLAYER EVENTS, BUT ONLINE EVENTS vs OTHER PLAYERS)

    It’s rare to get a decent race going online with this antiquated lobby system, you’d think that PD has been out of the loop for over a decade.

  18. Jan. 16, 11:04pm
    BubbleBelly542

    What about online B-Spec?

  19. Jan. 16, 9:53pm
    pudge

    And I will be level 40 by then, most likely … will there be more to play for, beyond $$?

  20. Jan. 16, 8:16pm
    BWX

    A-Spec in GT5 has less than 1/4 of the races that GT4 A-Spec has, and there’s tons of things missing completely that we were told would be in GT5 like marathon race and mid championship saves and poin to point generated rally stages, etc…, yet Kaz and PD spend their resources adding garbage like this that nobody cares about. WTH FIX GT5, then add BS features later.

  21. Jan. 16, 8:00pm
    sinister_300zx

    OMG!kaz you are wasting you time..portable B-spec half the people i know arent even past level 4 on there B-spec and this is gonna be the 1st up date of the year? FAIL!! why not give us a update with some new premium cars or new maps i got 148 cars in my garage and im bored with all of them already we need new cars!! and instead of wasting time on this why not keep workin on that free roam so it can out earlier..5yrs im sorry but 5 yrs doing what? all this could have been done in at least 2 1/2 yrs

    • Jan. 16, 8:40pm
      mark

      ummm, ya, your not getting free roam. He said he had wanted it, past tense, not that he was doing it for an update. The PS3 has a hard enough time with 12 cars on tracks that are nothing compared to a free roam enviroment. You might see it in GT6, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Kaz loves to talk about concepts, post release, but that’s often the last time you hear of them has well. At least from PD anyway.

  22. Jan. 16, 7:06pm
    GT MAniac

    YES!!! Finally! been waiting for this!

  23. Jan. 16, 6:23pm
    Carlos Fandango

    Sorry, trophy (fail)

  24. Jan. 16, 6:21pm
    Carlos Fandango

    Dishonourable trophey – first person to get the sack for B-speccing at work…

  25. Jan. 16, 5:50pm
    pasigiri

    Well along with this “update” from PD, please fix the fully customizable tranny to be fully customizable, put back in the turning angle setting (it was in GT5P), allow paint colors infinite usage, allow any wheels to be put on any premium car, and include the ability to pause or stop+continue an endurance race.

  26. Jan. 16, 5:31pm
    ToreDL87

    No offense but I dont want those weirdo races, I want more premium cars and a-spec races.

  27. Jan. 16, 4:37pm
    Rich S

    NO!!! Raise the level points. Dont make it playable 24/7!!! GRRR….

  28. Jan. 16, 4:21pm
    GTbyPlaystation

    Now I can study and play GT5 at the
    Same time. Great!

  29. Jan. 16, 3:36pm
    rb26x

    I just lost my ipod too, so I can’t use this.

  30. Jan. 16, 3:03pm
    Sasek

    What about B-Spec online races? It’s a must for this game…

  31. Jan. 16, 2:53pm
    IDCI

    Thnx for the Iphone app Jordan :D , great news 2

  32. Jan. 16, 12:05pm
    Strikey182

    I don’t see why people are complaining? Oh no, they are giving us more features! jeez. They are adding more stuff when they didn’t need to so stop complaining!
    Having said that, i would like events with stricter criteria. I.e Front Wheel drive and less than 340bhp, just so you have a reason to buy a wider selection of cars and also they will be closer and tougher races but there is no need to whinge about them giving us other stuff first

    • Jan. 16, 1:16pm
      Nell

      Ok, so if they add the option for fuzzy dice, rolling down windows, hitchiker pickups, and McDonalds drivethru durring endurance races, over the next six patches, but you never get your race event regs, you’ll be ok with that just because PD didn’t have to add any of it?
      Because I think most people would find the features I have listed to be silly, pointless, and a waste of dev time, and would rather have the event regs.
      Point being this: All the above complaints are from people who find b-spec to be in the silly, pointless, and/or waste of dev time catagory, and would rather the dev time be spent on other things.
      Does that mean I agree with everyone, and think b-spec should be ignored? No, certainly some people play it and would benifit from this feature, but I also think people who don’t care for b-spec have a right to speak out, just has you or I, and are wise to do so given that PD seems to pay attention to the comunity feedback. In the end it’ll lead to a more balanced set of feature upgrades with a higher chance that everyone gets some of what they want.

    • Jan. 16, 8:21pm
      idlestation

      Well the content is free.. if they were forcing a subscription of dlc charges then I understand but yea people are just complaining

  33. Jan. 16, 11:22am
    Olegonic

    Online racing experience points and stats are wellcome as well

  34. Jan. 16, 11:20am
    Olegonic

    Instead of waisting time for development of dat B spec mode they’d better off give us drift events and drift tracks like Ebisu Circuit. It a great game but Kaz’s forgotten dat Japan is a homeport of drift and we got nothing from Pd about drift, exluding those boring single drift runs on the track without any heat of battle. WE NEED DRIFT BATTLE and DRIFT GP EVENTS. I’m very surprised dat there is no discussion on forum about willing of having those events. May be Kaz would give’em us in the future updates or DLC

    • Jan. 16, 3:38pm
      rb26x

      Stop saying dat

    • Jan. 17, 11:05am
      FlareKR

      He does have a point though. I know many would like to have campaign, split-screen (we’re just playing around with regular split-screen giving each other 10-scale points, lol) and online drifting added.
      B-Spec drifting anyone? Bob’s already too damn good at it already.

  35. Jan. 16, 10:38am
    Evillseed

    This is kind of a meh feature. The biggest story is the fact that it’s a slap in the face to those of us who had to sit at the ps3 and guide Bob while not being able to play ourselves. Now we can have people who spend a few minutes a day (probably while at work) to move through B-Spec and get all the benefits we did but late adopters don’t compromise their own A-Spec/Online race time.

  36. Jan. 16, 9:57am
    Brandon

    I hope they raise the level cap. It has taken me almost 2 months to get to level 40. So I will have absolutely no use for this feature. I don’t have many complaints about this game, but this advertised feature coming out after 2 months of b spec grinding is kinda ridiculous.

  37. Jan. 16, 9:47am
    Codename6

    More tracks and events please!

    • Jan. 17, 5:19am
      TommyWizard

      Dont really need more new ones, I want the likes of Seattle and Motegi brough back

  38. Jan. 16, 9:28am
    beepbeep

    This seems like a terrible idea. at first, I thought it would be useful if you needed credits, but B-spec, let’s admit it, is not fun at all and we only do it because cars and cash is hard to maintain.

    A better fix is to have lots more tracks and events.

    I’m pretty happy with what cars we have now, so I think the future strategy for GT5 improvements should be (in this order)

    — More tracks, optionally track packs as DLC, but keep things high quality
    — New premium cars, if they are DLC, then they should not cost in game credits. This should not include things like “More skylines”, but instead cars that are very fun and unique to drive.

    If all GT5 folks did was produce more tracks, I’d be in love with them. B-spec seems like they don’t know their fans.

    • Jan. 16, 1:14pm
      Craigles

      Love the skyline bit. Lol

    • Jan. 16, 5:02pm
      Mutimy

      I think B-Spec is pretty cool once you get to about level 20…

    • Jan. 17, 11:02am
      FlareKR

      I’m waiting for that Bugatti Super Sports and the Gumpert Apollo.
      How the hell did EA get them first?!

  39. Jan. 16, 7:16am
    Pesico

    I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but I’m pretty sure you can’t do the regular B-Spec races as we know them. The remote races is for putting your own drivers and cars against the drivers and cars of your friends. The drivers will get experience, but I don’t think it will count for B-Spec rank.

    So the way I look at it, it’s gonna be some fun you can do with GT5 when you can’t play the actual game. Just go to gran-turismo.com and chose your language and then search for B-Spec. The B-Spec page from that site is where I got the basis of my information in this post. If I have misunderstood, I appologize.

    • Jan. 16, 12:29pm
      Schmo

      You are correct. I posted that in the forums before. What you stated is how its on their website and I interpenetrated it the same as you. Remote Races will only be good for leveling your (and your friends) drivers and maybe make some extra cash.

  40. Jan. 16, 7:04am
    Arda_Tirmas

    Also the gear ratio function confirmed

    • Jan. 16, 10:37am
      JasonMann

      Really? Awesome! I was shocked when i bought the so called ‘fully customizable transmission’ and couldn’t change individual gears.

  41. Jan. 16, 6:59am
    Tim

    about time , at leas now i can control the action without being tied to the ps3 , as it is quite boring to watch a b-spec race which you know you can win easily. i’d rather watch tv

  42. Jan. 16, 6:56am
    Major tom

    Bluetooth app?

  43. Jan. 16, 6:54am
    kalakanto

    Great. Do we really need this? It’s nice to hear they are focusing to this kind of bs. And ofcourse support for every kind of tikitalks what ever made.

  44. Jan. 16, 6:18am
    Craigles

    One more thing is this thing going to be an app of some sort you could buy for ipod or iphone and if it is does it require wi-fi

  45. Jan. 16, 6:16am
    Craigles

    Great news. I feel like such a downer when i do B-spec just watching them race and pressing the same buttons over and over. (alough ive only done 2 sunday cup races and then i got bored => )

    What i think is a good idea is speech recognition. If you have a ps eye or headset you could talk to the driver eg overtake, increase pace or just somthing like xbox kinect voice recognition.

    Mind you if this was in it i still wouldnt really like B-spec tehe

    • Jan. 16, 10:30am
      JasonMann

      good idea, but still though i prefer driving myself… i think b spec is for people who dont want to drive themselves, or who are not good at driving.or maybe they just want good cars… who knows…

    • Jan. 16, 1:00pm
      samdu

      B-Spec is nice in that you can run races when you don’t have the time to sit and actually drive yourself. Like while I’m doing work on my computer in front of the TV, for instance. It lets you earn cars, money and XP while doing something else.

  46. Jan. 16, 6:07am
    Sele1981

    We have get an beta version thats a bit annoying…

    I think most of you guys have already finished B-Spec and there is no need for this anymore…

    I haven´t touched the B-Spec and I think I will never touch that BS…

  47. Jan. 16, 5:58am
    RegalFunk

    While I’m glad to see this is getting released, one thing on Kaz’s twitter that caught my eye was a message reading “I will have a real bike game to the company”. Could be that he’s ruled out bikes in any incarnation of GT, dreaming of a new TT maybe?

  48. Jan. 16, 5:14am
    omDidit

    OK, good to hear that.

    I’m ready for remote b-spec endurance :)

    Bring it on !!

  49. Jan. 16, 5:12am
    RobGroove

    Polyphony Digital should make Android and iphone apps for this,

    • Jan. 16, 8:48am
      Mr_Hansen

      +1
      I could really use that, since I’m going to purchase (prabably) an Android phone ;D

    • Jan. 17, 2:41am
      Dakoina

      and wp7 :p

    • Feb. 12, 4:26pm
      abstract

      Android and iPhone have all the fun while Blackberry is left crying in the corner…. :'(

  50. Jan. 16, 5:10am
    SSRacingUK

    More Premium cars and tracks please, thank you.

  51. Jan. 16, 5:05am
    hardvibes

    So I guess we won’t get the 1.06 update this month :( ….

  52. Jan. 16, 4:51am
    novcze

    Is this fun? … or whole B-spec thing for that matter?

    • Jan. 17, 3:31pm
      Eric

      Yes, it a lot of fun.

  53. Jan. 16, 4:00am
    x666Kris666xx

    I reckon the AMG Comp is exactly the reason this hasn’t been added yet personally…just my 2 cents…

    • Jan. 16, 7:43am
      Koolad

      It is that for sure…

    • Jan. 16, 8:45am
      Pesico

      I don’t think so. Look at my comment further down.

  54. Jan. 16, 3:46am
    priesty

    Cool, hope it come to iPhone at release, not sure my bss will appreciate me doing this all day using works PC lol

    • Jan. 16, 8:38am
      TheMasfer

      It won’t be available on iPhone by mobile device it means psp’s and sone ericson phones it will all be done through remote play

    • Jan. 16, 8:44am
      Mr_Hansen

      @ TheMasfer

      That is not what has been said. From what I understand, you just need to have your PS3 on and log unto your PSN account via the internet. Therefore I can’t see why you shouldn’t be able to use any smartphone (unless you have to have a program/application installed first..).

    • Jan. 16, 5:15pm
      CleanUp-CharliE

      Umm.. Doesn’t your iPhone have Safari?

      I’m on my iPod atm..

    • Jan. 17, 11:00am
      FlareKR

      Yes! Finaly my PSP can do something else the IPhone can’t do! I guess I know what I’ll be doing during lunch now.

  55. Jan. 16, 3:25am
    GTbyPlaystation

    Does that mean we can do our B-spec races on our mobile device without having the PS3 on?

    • Jan. 16, 3:33am
      Andy

      No, the PS3 must still be on.

    • Jan. 16, 1:17pm
      ichiyamamoto

      @Andy
      Really?
      Aw, that’s too bad.
      I always figured it’d be like racing
      ghosts of other players, or their b-spec racers.
      This way it’d have no need for me to still sit and watch.

      In other news, I’m still waiting to see if he
      was serious about that “Free Roam” mode or something.

    • Jan. 16, 1:38pm
      Demolisher_1

      This is fine with me because I can run it with my Playstation on while my brother is using the TV for his Xbox and I can still earn money. I’m happy.

  56. Jan. 16, 3:21am
    mrdinosaw94

    Great news!

    • Jan. 17, 12:21am
      Peter

      I see nothing about the Dacia Sandero…

    • Jan. 17, 1:02am
      PpR_EMOver

      NOOO!!!! NOT THE DACIA SANDERO!!!!!!! :D

    • Jan. 17, 3:30pm
      Eric

      Great, PD is finally making this available just as I’m completing my B-spec Endurance Series. Two 24hrs races to go.

  57. Jan. 16, 3:12am
    scoop2004

    At last. And. first

    • Jan. 16, 6:01am
      BMfan

      So that’s why you are at the top of the list.

    • Jan. 16, 4:16pm
      Greyum

      Yep. And. sad

    • Jan. 16, 4:32pm
      Tvensky

      very


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