Jim Ryan and Kazunori Yamauchi have been interviewed on the Playstation Blog regarding Gran Turismo 6. They were asked why Grand Turismo 6 will be released on the PlayStation 3 first. The short answer was that traditionally the GT series have seen two releases per PlayStation console. An additional factor was that there was a greater base for installation of the game on the PS3 initially as opposed to the PS4.
Why is Gran Turismo 6 debuting on PS3, rather than PS4?
JR: You had GT1 and GT2 on PS one, GT3 and GT4 on PS2, then there’s GT5 on PS3 and a space next to it. The difference between Gran Turismo and GT2 is unbelievable, but they’re both on the same platform. The difference between GT3 and GT4 is huge. We’re absolutely confident when GT6 comes, you’ll see a big step change up from GT5 too. There’s still a lot of potential on PS3 that a developer like Polyphony can really exploit.
And the other factor is that on PS3 we have an install base of 70 million units. On PS4 on launch day we’ll have an install base of zero units. There’ll be plenty of games to help drive PS4 – not least Driveclub in the racing genre from Evolution Studios, a studio with a fantastic pedigree.
Other interesting comments made include on convergence of real-world and the virtual world created in game. GT Academy was used as an example to show how the game used to train developing racing drivers. Immersion is clearly a big principle in the development of the series.
Ironically, when Jim Ryan was asked about real world motor racing, he stated that real world racing was not something he enjoyed, rather preferring the virtual racing world of the GT series.
JR: I’ll play whatever comes up! Personally motorsport isn’t one of my great passions. I do enjoy the game a great deal, but real world motorsport… fast is not what I do. I drive slowly, and not very often!
I have to admit that the more I read about Gran Turismo 6, the more interesting it gets. As more details emerge expect more coverage from us as more is revealed.
Gran Turismo 6 is intended for release on the PlayStation 3 with a separate PlayStation 4 intended later on.
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