Gran Turismo 5 v1.05 Update Brings New Events & More, Available Now

The latest update to Gran Turismo 5, version 1.05, was made available just a few hours ago and weighs in at 608MB. Here’s a quick, official summary of all the new changes, but users are discovering a few more new tweaks in our forums as well:

  • Seasonal Events: [Seasonal Events] have been added to the [GT Mode] – [GT Life] screen. From here you can participate in official online events from the Polyphony Digital team. In these events, all participants are under the same regulations, and if you complete the event you will win rewards and experience. Compete on the leader boards with players around the world, in Time Trials and Drift Trials!
  • Online Collector’s Dealership: An [Online Collector’s Dealership] has been added to the left and centre of the [GT Mode]-[GT Life] screen. In here you will find popular and rare cars. You might just come across that one car you’ve always been looking for, that you haven’t been able to find in the [Used Car Dealership].
  • Online Race Rewards and Experience: When you complete a race in the [Open Lobby] or [My Lounge], you will now gain rewards and experience points. Even if you are focused more on playing online, you’ll still be able to gain rewards and levels that you need to progress in [GT Life].
  • Driving Distance and Number of Wins in Online Races: The driving distance and the number of wins you achieve when you complete a race in [Open Lobby] or [My Lounge] will now affect your stats in [Profile] and the [Garage]. Here the results from your online play will cumulate within [GT Life].
  • Improved Rewards: The rewards for winning races in both A-Spec and B-Spec in [GT Mode]-[GT Life] have been increased for a limited time only. (This applies until the end of January 2011.) This is a great chance for those who were previously having difficulties getting ahead in the game, due to a lack of funds for tuning and purchasing required cars.
  • Race Information Display: It is now possible to set the [Race Info Display] in [Start]-[Quick Options]. (You can also set this in [Race Display] in [Options]).
  • Save Data Backup: You can now copy and restore your save data. For details, please refer to the in-game [Manual].
  • User BGM (Menu): From [Options]-[Hardware]-[Audio Settings], it is now possible to set the [User BGM] (Menu)]. (This can also be set from the [Music Library] within [GT Mode]).
  • Car Name Change:  The official name of “Red Bull X1” has been changed to the “Red Bull X2010”.
  • Integration with the Website: The main features within [GT Mode]-[Community] can now also be accessed through the “” official website.
  • [Important Note:] We have made improvements to the [Log] within [GT Mode]- [Community] section, in order to make its operation more stable. Please note that the information that was contained here from before the update has been reset.


  • The license test menus have been streamlined. After winning a bronze or silver trophy, for example, you have the option to immediately restart the test without having to sit through the animation sequence. (Thanks, Alex.)
  • GT Academy USA has now been listed in the new Seasonal Events (I’m writing up a full post on this now).
  • Mechanical damage has now been implemented in the game’s “Practice Mode” – the first time the feature has been usable outside of the custom online events.

One interesting thing to note is that today, December 20th, was set to be the launch date of the US GT Academy. However, as of writing there is no mention of this in the latest update, though presumably it may appear in the new “Seasonal Events” later. Stay tuned for more, and thanks to all who sent this in so quickly!

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Comments (179)

  1. VicodinNightmare

    You know what I would like to see is a place where we could sell our cars to one another online for GT credits. For instance making it possible for us to post cars for sale in the online dealership.

  2. CaliBoy1990

    Do you guys need an online connection for the PS3, btw? I don’t think I’ve received any updates yet………..

  3. Rios

    I’m sure this is already known about by a lot of people but just in case anyone missed it, (export all to XMB) is now available from the photo gallery. I wanted this big time, very happy they added it.

  4. pikalulz007

    This update is freakin’ awesome. Love it.

    Also I wasn’t having a very good time with using the online features (kept failing to connect) but after this update it has worked 100% of the time so happy for that aswell although idk what the reason for that is.

  5. Jerry

    I downloaded and installed this update and it did create some problems. Firstly, I received an error message, secondly my PS3 crashed (first time ever), secondly, I had to reinstall GT5(!), thirdly, I lost my two stealth cars. Looking at my garage, some of the thumbnails for some of my cars have disappeared…

    Really, it made for an annoying night. At least I could watch Top Gear while GT5 reinstalled…

    Has this happened to anyone else?

    1. Christian

      Yeah, I got an error message. But it recovered. Saw a bugatti on the online server, bought it, LAGS ATON. Don’t buy it.

    1. Yaycandy69

      I aint not never gonna take a comedy class in chicago. Wisconsin is done too far away for me to take comedy classes,,,,,,,,

  6. Nato_777

    Finally downloaded the update on the fourth attempt. First 3 tries failed after 11-18% downloaded. The server must have been overloaded. Must say I’m really pleased with this update – well done PD, keep up the good work. It’s good to see that Kaz and the team are committed to improving the GT5 experience and not just saying ‘it is what it is and we’ll fix everything in GT6’.

  7. brainfade

    riiiight so after 600mb we only get 5 easy races, and a corny dealership? …but its nice to see the AI appears to have been tweaked while playing it.

  8. Kickstart-88

    small thing i’ve noticed (dunno if it’s been mentioned already, haven’t read all the comments) is that a glitch with the rev counter on the Nissan Silvia S13 Dia has been fixed, previously the rev counter was working like the speedo ie increased steadily with speed, not with revs, but that’s been fixed now

  9. Tripotiou

    Hey just found out you can take off all the information when you are playing, like the position, the speed everything except the map. That is really good now we can enjoy all the cockpit view :)

    1. Rios

      You can turn the map off as well, separately, in the quick options menu under the ‘Course Map Display Mode’ drop down. So it is possible to turn everything off.

  10. Mekanaizer

    “Mechanical damage has now been implemented in the game’s “Practice Mode” – the first time the feature has been usable outside of the custom online events.”

    True, but if we check the 2 players mode (off-line) we will see that mechanical damage was added there too.

    Just hope PD implements the options of GT4 for the 2P mode, more features are welcome too.

  11. Saiyavenger

    Is there a reason the “enable personal BGM (menu)” checkbox ALWAYS resets for me? I’ve chosen songs and enabled the box about 5 times now and it keeps resetting every time.

    1. Saiyavenger

      Follow up: Now my in-race custom BGM has been disabled as well, after working perfectly from the first day I got the game. What gives here?

  12. Yaycandy69

    I boughted an indee car and i done goed to fast in indee car and i smished it like a toothpik in a ice cream sandwich.

  13. Adam

    Mechanical damage is available in arcade mode now too. Maybe that’s not new, i don’t really know – today was the first time I played arcade mode.

  14. Codename6

    Just ran my Ferrari on a couple laps of the ring with the HUD and MAP turned off. Amazing! Thanks so much for that option!

    1. CaliBoy1990

      That’d be nice, too, I think…………may take a little bit away from the realism, but it’d be nice, especially for guys like me, since I’m hoping to get to college one of these days.

  15. mrdinosaw94

    my grind race is worth $20,000 more!!! i can restart it as soon as i finish it!!! my music is playing in the menu!!! and i can turn off parts of the hud!!! online has rewards!!! there is more events!!! and i am stupidly happy!!!

    1. bigguy733

      Yes, some awesome updates in there. Really liking custom menu music, I definitely was preaching about that one a couple weeks ago. Totally going to upload some old GT menu music!!

  16. Super_Colossal

    I also noticed that when you play custom menu BGM, it will randomly decide to return to game BGM after a bit. Annoying.

    1. J-KiLLA24

      Probably a stupid question but if I’m getting this game for Christmas do I have to download all the updates starting from number 1??

  17. glitched

    Found another change. It’s not just license tests.

    Now when a B-spec race finishes you are brought back to the beginning race menu so you can start again right away.

    1. atlop

      The Ring 24h version got unlocked after the install! Nice! Don’t know for which event this is reward for, could be for all silver in AMG intermediate.

    2. barracocco

      The 24h ring was for all gold in AMG intermediate, exactly what I was trying to get just hours before the update showed up! I managed to get gold in 4 out of 5 events and well, now I lost the excitement in trying to gold the last one since they already gave me my prize :( but maybe there will be a different prize now for getting all golds. I’ll see.

    1. CleanUP-CharliE

      For Christmas you get free cars. I think that’s all.

      I read there’s another update coming Late December. Remember.. they said they would add/change Replay options…

    1. bill

      Nope. I think it’s like people that thought shadows got fixed in the last one. It’s a jedi mind trick Kaz picked up playing Star Wars games at gamer conventions……lol

    2. Darth Turismo

      hahaha yes you are more or less correct about the jedi mind trick!! however it is worth noting that there have been some improvements to the visuals… they appear to be working on the problem but it’s not entirely resolved…. just improved a little.. after playing for around 4 hours straight i can see some minor improvements in interior shadows and screen tearing in general, headlight beam angles, and the dreaded pixelating around any object within the spray/smoke aren’t quite as bad… good to see they are trying at least….

  18. Shane

    I’m so pumped for my update to finish!
    This is great!
    I <333 PD!

    I just hope when the "premiumize" the standards they don't leave out the Buick GNX! The 71 Dodge Superbee would be sick as hell too!

  19. Super_Colossal

    The online dealership doesn’t cycle after days pass! I did a quick 3 races in a row at Indy for the American Championship (which gives you 117,000 credits now instead of 98,000) and the list remained unchanged. This means I can get 5 million and when I’m done, I’ll be sure to go and get the damned FGT.

    1. Stash!

      what colour is your FGT in the online dealership? im just making sure if everyones FGT is the same colour or not, mines white with purple decals lol im not keen on that colour :/

  20. Shelby 427 1965

    Awesome, now I have all the Gran Turismo 2 Menu music to replace the GT5 music :D This is one feature I REALLY wanted :D Now a retro trip each time I play! :)

  21. BWX

    I’m fastest in NE region without ABS enabled.. 19th (at this time) overall. Pretty nice physics for the Academy time trial, but tough.

  22. AGNT009

    Enjoying my new Menu Background music. Magnum PI soundtrack sounds soo much better, lol. Unfortunately your BGM doesnt carry over to demo drives, or override the still tacky GT Auto music.

    Ah, and now playing, Live and Let Die…..

  23. mistamontiel

    It takes up to now to edit the music you want and not ?

    I still don’t have my PS3. Once I get it online each and every previous update is downloaded..? lol

  24. PSUengr

    Anyone figure out what the “Improved rewards” is yet? More money per race, more XP, or additional prize cars? All of the above :)?

    I certainly hope those of us who have already invested their time will get some kind of retroactive bump (Like a huge wad of cash and XP points when I login after the update).

    1. Madman Apex

      AGNT009 is CORRECT.
      there isnt anything new about the replays.
      NO FFW
      NO SLO-MO

  25. AGNT009

    Million dollar race for 5 laps. Playing catch up. 493 HP GT-R Special Stage route 5.

    I just brought a puppy to a horse race though and got embarrassed…

    1. pikalulz007

      ha, I tried the GT-R spec V in total stock. Probably would have won had the opponents not been so spaced out. Had to get sports soft tires and weight reduction to win.

  26. George

    What about replay controls? can anyone check it out?
    I guess update 1.04 had some features, but they released 1.05 cause they were quick enough to make some more

    (There is always logic behind X.xx numbers)

  27. YoanP

    Great news, but unfortunately, GT5 burned out my 60 Gb PS3 last Friday, after going mad in Top Gear Lotus Elise event with no aids. 100 tries or so. Turn on skid recovery, and voila! gold at first attempt.

    The next day, I leave it in B Spec, and the Red Light of Dead came to me, laughing loudly!!

    1. James

      Don’t blame your PS3 problems on GT5,if it was going to then it was going to happen.My PS3 has had the YLOD 3 times and i know it’s not the games fault but the PS3’S design

    2. YoanP

      Yes a FAT one. Resurrected by hairdryer and sent to me local shop to have new thermic paste and in-depth cleaning.

      GT5 pushed it to the limit!!

    3. CleanUP-CharliE

      Yeah, just open it and clean it up. It worked for me. Mine was super dusty inside.

      Got the red light while doing the endurance races. After dusting it out, the fan was incredibly silent.. good as new.

    4. Bernd

      @Luke – You’re right, it’s the finest-looking console ever – but with a fatal flaw. And Yoan can call himself happy, because it could be fixed with some new thermic-paste and cleaning

    5. J. Hayden-Kart Racer

      my phat ps3 lasted me since ’07 and burnt out this past summer… i like the old ps3’s a lot better (4 usb ports, and the ability to play ALL ps2 games)

  28. Narly

    i Think my HD will fill up quite easily if that amount of updates will drop like this….AND THATS A GOOD THINK…KEEP’EM COMMIN PD!!

  29. AGNT009

    NOOOOOOO!!! The Formula Gran Turismo is staring right at me in Online Dealership at $4,863,525 Lvl 24 and Im penniless at 18 grand and level 15 to do anything about it! And the dealership said it would rotate ITS cars too, so…
    I’ll give a list of what I see day one in the dealership:
    Tacoma X-Runner 04 $24,182
    Skyline GT-R V Spec N1 (R32) ‘93 $48,603
    Skyline GT-R M spec Nur (R34) ‘02 $62,300
    Skyline 2000 Gt-R (KPGC110) ‘73 $83,791
    Abt Audi TT-R Touring Car ‘02 $980,720
    Veyron 16.4 ‘09 $2,000,000 still standard :P
    Ram 1500 Laramie Hemi Quad Cab ‘04 $31,518
    Skyline GT-R V Spec LM Edition (R33) ‘96 $33,510
    Skyline HT 2000 GT-R (KPGC10) ‘70 $45,022
    Countach 25th Anniversary ‘88 $129,740
    CLK Touring Car ‘00 $1,225,325
    And the above mention Formula GT. This is the FIRST list I got, so not sure whats next or how quick it will change.

    1. Madman Apex

      i think PD heard about people hunting for the Formula GT for hours and days on end and never finding it. so they rectified it with the online garage. they will probably only have the most saught after cars. it took me 2weeks to finally see a truck in the used car garage to be able to purchase it and FINALLY complete truck series. luckily it was the toyota. being online they will probably moniter what cars people need and post them accordingly… i think its GENIUS
      +3 for PD

  30. mobiletone

    just have to say, with the HUD they got it all arseaboutface, they made it so the instruments are turned off and all the other needless junk, drivers names, lap, position etc are still all there on screen *facepalm*

    can i not just get rid of the drivers name chart please?

    turning all off is cool for the premium cars, but pretty useless for the roofcam standard motors.

    1. Razor

      So what do you want to turn off?

      You can leave everything on
      You can turn instrumentals off
      You can turn everything off.

      What else do you want?
      Your post -> *facepalm*

    2. DrTrouserPlank

      OP is right what we need is to be able to disable the map, Disable the drivers names, but leave the instruments.

      I wish they’d remove the “brake here” marker as well, or the flashing gear indicator as it’s more commonly known.

    1. AGNT009

      Yeah, it worries me the biggest problem in the video game isnt the first thing he fixed. Its starting to scare me into thinking it wont ever be.

    2. FlareKR

      On SD TVs like mine, I never noticed that problem at all.
      Then when I went to Sony Style and played GT5 there I was like “Holy $#!^ so this is what everyone was talking about, that’s horrible!” I think PD should fix that right away, but then again I could care less, I’m stuck with an SD TV.

    3. Goatsie

      It has already been said that there will not be a fix for shadows because it is a hardware limitation. Unless there is a Sega-CD-like adapter, this ain’t gonna happen!

    4. CaliBoy1990

      @AGNT009: Uh………..shadowing is the biggest problem? Uh, no, I don’t think so. How about the large number of missing classic GT tracks{i.e. the Test Course}, or the fact that Standard cars still can’t have body/wheel mods? That’s gotta be more important than some lame shadowing issue, dont’cha think?{No offense.}

    5. peacemon

      I thought they actually improved it with the update. The shadows seem much smoother and higher-res to me than before, at least in-game as long as cars aren’t too distant from the camera (still boxy in replays, especially at long distance).

      Or does my memory play tricks on me? Maybe I should consider upgrading then.

    6. pyru420

      What shadow problem!?. same stupid issue that damage… c’mon forget about that people.. I’m with CaliBoy1990. forget about all that S. stop B. around and lets race!!!

  31. flight50

    What about people that don’t play on line much. All these updates are still geared towards online play. I don’t play GT5 much anymore because of the lack of events and tracks. I will do the update just because I don’t want to have to do a whole day worth of updates considering there is an update every week. Do updates to the overall game, not just one aspect of it.

    1. speedthrill

      It is not the last update is it?
      No it is the 4th update in a month and a half…

      Be patient and PD rewards bigtime it seems…

    2. pudge


      First of all, they need to do online updates because GT Academy starts today, and they’ve had really poor support for online so far, and most of the updates until now have NOT been for online.

      Second, if you have already completed everything in the game and you’re bored, that’s kinda weird that you’ve done it already and DON’T want to play online.

      Third, the game hasn’t even been out a month yet.

      Fourth, there ARE a bunch of changes for non-online play, like improved rewards, backing up, BGM, and race information. And did I mention it’s not even out a month yet?

    3. Guitarplaya15

      i think everyone can agree that you should stop whinning like a little sissy. go crawl back up your moms poop hole.

  32. MasterFocus

    YESSSSS!!! the clutch is now supported with G27,G25.
    Now, when you push the clutch pedal, the car will idle instead of stalling =D

    1. researchALLwars

      the clutch has worked perfectly on my G25 since Nov. 24th.

      I’m thinking that the G27 may be the problem, which is bizarre to say the very least.

  33. Snowboardfan

    When I read ‘new events’ I was expecting more a spec events to add to the dire amount we currently have. Not really fussed about online racing at all (although I know a lot of you are). Ah well.

    1. researchALLwars


      How about being able to exit a darn championship and save? Seriously. Enter a championship series and your PS3 must stay running until you complete the whole b;!&# ?

      Lets get it done, Poly phony. Good work so far, now it’s time to make hay.

    1. FlareKR

      That would be a God-send! B-Spec in school, B-spec on a cruise, B-spec at work, B-Spec in Starbucks, B-spec anywhere!
      Didn’t PD say they were going to do that?

    1. SKYLEN-GT

      I hoped it was in this patch, but guess we have to wait til next one. But still not disapointed, this is sweet stuff.

  34. Brandon

    My jaw dropped when I read all these new features. I’m super pumped. It’s like playing GT5 for the first time again. Thank you PD! Thank you!

  35. mc959




    1. UKGTfan

      Erm, you’ve GIVEN a car to a friend, therefore you don’t have it anymore, is that too difficult for you to understand?

    2. FlareKR

      Like GIVING a gift? Do you expect for the necklace you give to your girlfriend to magically duplicate itself and rest itself upon your neck too?

    3. NLxAROSA

      @Stupid remarks above: mc959 is referring to the situation where you send a gift, it’s gone from your garage and the person you gift it to doesn’t have the car either…

    4. UKGTfan

      @MrSmug above, that is not what he says in his comment, if that is the case he should make it clear in the post. I’ve never heard of what you describe ever happening, cars usualy arrive when the other person logs on if not before. Ive had my ps3 turned off and a friend sent a car, it was there later when i logged on.

    5. LuckyRod

      I hate this bug. I noticed that when I send a gift from the garage I lose the car and the other person doesn’t get it but when I send it from the community>gift it works. But I didn’t try too many times, losing cars is not nice.

    1. FlareKR

      In Japan you first go 1 (ich), then 2 (ne), than 3 (san), then 5 (go).
      4 is an unlucky number, like some buildings and elevators here in the states skip the 13th floor.

      You do realize what I said was total bull$#!^ right? (except for the 13 part, that’s for real)

    2. Garto

      Actually they skip 4 (shi) because it rhymes with die. That’s why they do not like that.

      I do not know why the 13th floor is considered bad luck but 14 is also considered bad luck as it rhymes with “sure die”. Who would want a number that states that you’re surely gonna die?

      Japanese/Chinese consider numbers as important signs. :D

  36. dearlybeloved

    The mp3 playback issue. Does that mean that we can choose songs as we drive i.e. on the fly by going into the XMB and choosing from there? If so…..KACHING!!! otherwise can someone explain further because I hated having to go in and out of the optioins menu.

    Thanks to all in advance. Peace out.

  37. pudge

    Aw. I’m not home and can’t update.

    Maybe I can get someone else at home to turn it on and launch it for me.

    I am very very happy you can now backup a saved game … that one was really gnawing at me. I would be so ticked if my HD crashed and I lost my save. Anyone know how it works? Does it export something in game, or does it just release the copy protection, or … ?

  38. Gulyo

    Getting better and better … I’m still expecting standard cars to premium conversion and this game gonna be rate of 9.5/10 :)

  39. j8mie

    It would have been nice to see a few more tweeks to the game in this update, like offline mechanical damage and full replay controls. But that being said I’m still thankful for the freebie from PD.

  40. Ryan

    This is the kind of patches we were hoping for! That’s why I was never disappointed in the game. I knew they would keep putting out patches like this to make it even better. Keep up the good work, PD! :D

    I know I, for one, will be playing like a madman to take advantage of the boosted rewards for the next month. lol

    1. idlestation

      Haha PD is really in the christmas spirits..

      This update is just awesome, and its what most people were asking for. It takes care of the save data, finding cars, adding more events, leader boards…

      I don’t want to see people complaining after this!

    2. Madman Apex

      @idlestation and they also made it so that after a single race you stay in that event…say for when your grinding you dont have exit the race after everytime you finish your “still there” and can automatically restart!!! saves thousands of minutes and lives while grinding!!!

    3. Demolisher_1

      This fixes a lot of my qualms with this game. I hope they continue to give this kind of dedication! Thanks, PD.

    1. JT

      seriously, they’re making the game precise by changing that name, even though they did about 10 other major changes which you just completely ignored.

    1. Lyvan

      I am having a problem too…after 1.05 update, I start Gran Turismo and it doesnt work…the screen gets black, and the controller stops working as well, anyone knows what to do? Please help!

  41. joel

    Awesome, had about a week off GT5 due to having to move my nan from surrey over the weekend. Havnt really touched the online mode as of yet in gt5, may give it a venture tonight after work. Something to look foward to!

    1. Jocke85

      Noooo im just in the middle of the formula GT championship in b-spec and i see this pop up :(( Now ill miss some money but whatever awesome update anyways <3

    2. G T Allegerita

      I still can’t get online because GT wants to use some weird port on my router. All my other games work fine. And to make things worse the update lets GT5 try to get a connection every time I go back to the “My Home” menu. It takes me 2.35 minutes to get 1 car from the car delivery and 5:30 to change the oil aswell. The game is totally ruined now. Who can help me? (I cant change the router cause I’m no IT specialist and the router is from my landlord).

    3. Anes

      @ G T Allegerita, you need to DMZ your ps3. It’s not GT5’s fault, it’s yours. Google “how to DMZ PS3”

      On topic, I’m extremely happy with this patch and it came just in time. Good work PD

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