After a long wait, PlayStation VR will be landing on shelves across the globe this Thursday, October 13. In a surprising twist, Sony has opted to show off Gran Turismo Sport as a part of the new accessory’s launch media blitz. Despite a delay pushing the title into 2017, and no public examples of the game’s VR capabilities before now, you can catch it mixed in with the other immersive experiences in the launch trailer above.
It’s been almost exactly a year since GT Sport was first officially announced at Paris Games Week 2015. Since the very beginning, we’ve known Polyphony has been testing Sony’s virtual reality tech: Kazunori Yamauchi stated “the experience looks to be something that’s very good, and very natural” during the game’s unveiling presentation.
While GT Sport gameplay only occupies a handful of seconds of screen time in the video, it does (seem to) reveal a new car to the roster: the road-going McLaren 650S. Originally introduced in 2014 as an update to McLaren’s mid-range “Super Series”, the GT3-spec racing version already exists in the game.
The interior shot is the biggest giveaway, showing the road-car innards instead of the pared-back GT3’s. While it’d make sense for the street model to be included alongside the racer, it’s worth pointing out that the original MP4-12C — a car that has already featured in the franchise during the PS3 era — looks largely identical from the driver’s seat.
What’s most surprising about the launch trailer is the absence of Driveclub VR. We’ve played it, and deemed it a worthy showcase of what’s possible for the driving genre and virtual reality. Considering it not only has a solid release date, but is in fact launching simultaneously alongside PlayStation VR itself this week, it seemed a shoe-in for some time in the spotlight.
There could be numerous explanations for the decision: perhaps the closure of Evolution Studios is one, or the increased name-recognition of a 76-million strong franchise. Either way, it’s encouraging to see confirmation of the game’s VR initiative, and we hope this means Polyphony will soon begin ramping up the pre-release media machine.
Hat tip to queleuleu for first posting the trailer!
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