Does GT Sport Represent a Generational Leap Over GT6?

Gran Turismo Sport 80 June 2, 2017 by

Last week, Digital Foundry showed us how much of a difference the PS4 Pro makes on GT Sport’s performance. In this week’s video, Digital Foundry explains why GT Sport can be considered a worthy generational leap over GT6.

The graphical quality of the latest Gran Turismo is the leader of the charge. Compared to the previous games on the PlayStation 3, GT Sport outputs a much cleaner image overall. Features such as improved anti-aliasing and a native resolution of 1920×1080 place GT Sport ahead of its predecessors.

In the world of graphics, lighting and materials go hand in hand with each other — both of which are areas that GT Sport expectedly excels in. By utilizing physically based rendering, materials have a more realistic appearance under the different lighting conditions. As a result, objects such as trees, buildings, and even the tarmac “take on a more organic, realistic look,” as stated in the video.

Not only does GT Sport feature improved lightning, but Polyphony has also upgraded the tracks themselves. With the addition of more spectators, buildings, foliage, and cars in the scenery, PD has worked on giving race tracks a better look and feel.

In terms of performance, GT Sport definitely sees improvement over GT6. While GT6 struggled to maintain 60 fps at 1080p, for the most part GT Sport stays at 60 fps at the same resolution. The only exception to this is during scenes with multiple cars on screen, where the fps dips to the low 50s and high 40s. Either way, the game’s performance overall is more stable compared to older GTs.

With all that said, this doesn’t mean there aren’t things that could be improved. Shadows are slightly on the rough side, and shadow cascading while driving is still present. Furthermore, texture resolution is inconsistent on some tracks, as seen on the mountains of Dragontail Seaside.

In the end, Digital Foundry concluded that GT Sport is no doubt a generational leap. With all the minor and major improvements made, the newest entry of the GT series looks to provide players with an optimal gameplay experience. We look forward to seeing how the final game turns out.

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