Gran Turismo 5 Just Got A Hefty Tune Up

The real driving simulator just got a little more real, thanks to a big update to Gran Turismo 5. Weighing in at more than 600MB, the GT5 update brings a long list of changes and welcomes the GT Academy.

Gran Turismo 5 gets even more finished today with new seasonal events, a new "hot car dealer", and even more changes under the hood, like the choice of custom background music. Fan site GT Planet is uncovering even more changes, including streamlined licence test menus and mechanical damage in the game's practice mode.

For details on the newly launched GT Academy competition, head over to the PlayStation blog. For high level changes in Gran Turismo 5's version 1.05, read on.

  • Seasonal Events - The Seasonal Events area has been added to the main GT Life screen. From here you can participate in official online events that will be open for a limited time only. Each event has specific entry and race conditions, and completing events earns you rewards and experience points. Compete here to see how you stack up to the rest of the world on the global leaderboards in the time trials and drift trial events.
  • Online Race Rewards and Experience - When you complete a race in the [Open Lobby]or [My Lounge] , you will now gain rewards and experience. 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] .
  • Hot Car Dealer - A new specialised dealership has also been added to the main GT Life screen, making it much easier to find popular and rare used cars compared to the standard Used Car Dealer.
  • Distance Driven and Number of Wins in Online Races - Your total distance driven online, and the number of wins you achieve in Open Lobby and My Lounge will now add to your Profile and Garage stats.
  • Improved Rewards for Playing - Earn increased rewards for winning races in both A-Spec and B-Spec mode through the end of January only. Now's the perfect chance to rack up points, build up your garage, and get ahead in the game.

Comments

    5 years and it still wasn't ready

      What are people so obsessed with the 5 year development time for gt5? Its an ambitious project that had no financial need to be rushed, I wish there were more games like it!

        Why?? Because we have seen another car simulator game released twice in that time and everything that is wrong or an issue we have in GT5 is not those games yet they where developed in half that time. Without a doubt GT5 was an ambitous project but the game failed to deliver on it's own hype. If you go back and see what they promised for this game you would be crossing of more stuff that did not make the game that actually did. 1000 cars sound impressive, but when you get 800 cars that look like cardboard cut outs created from lazy development then there is an issue. So when you get Forza developed in the half the time as GT5 and Forza is a pretty close experience to GT and in some case does certain things way better than GT5, you have to ask youself

          Stop flame-bating and posting under different user accounts troll.

          Gran Turismo is head and shoulders above Forza. The experience doesn't even come close.

          "800 cars that look like cardboard cut outs created from lazy development then there is an issue"

          So you haven't played GT5 I take it? If you assume regular models look like shit. The difference comes in tinting, polygons and car internals. Not to mention the Premium models are already far far more detailed than any competitors.

          GT5 took a long time and Polyphony is notorious for procrastination but remember they did make GT for PSP in the middle and packed GT5 with features that weren't even expected to come in the final release.

          I do love Forza fanboys. Hell, I've had my 360 longer than my PS3 and played the hell out of both and there's no comparison. Gran Turismo will always be the premiere driving simulator. It's the car that is used for exhibition, testing, a system seller.

          Go back under your bridge please.

            Yeah, talk about trolls.

      • Why?? Because we have seen another car simulator game released twice in that time and everything that is wrong or an issue we have in GT5 is not those games yet they where developed in half that time. Without a doubt GT5 was an ambitous project but the game failed to deliver on it's own hype. If you go back and see what they promised for this game you would be crossing of more stuff that did not make the game that actually did. 1000 cars sound impressive, but when you get 800 cars that look like cardboard cut outs created from lazy development then there is an issue. So when you get Forza developed in the half the time as GT5 and Forza is a pretty close experience to GT and in some case does certain things way better than GT5, you have to ask yourself what has polyphony done in those last 5 years

          so bitter and twisted...

          you got your money back, go play forza3, the rest of us wont care and the circuits/roads of GT5's online mode will be a safer place for us all.

          double posts with different names FTW too mate ;)

          Because you know how many work hours went into the game, are an expert in programming and could do it all yourself with one arm tied behind your back?

          Typical.. Haters gonna hate. Go play Forza then.

      The fundamental structure of a GT game was complete as is when it first launched.

      Within less than a month, they have provided 5 updates to the game. They didn't have to do any of this, they are continually trying to improve the experience, is that such a bad thing? Personally, I would love more developers to actually care about their product with more post release support.

      Most importantly with this latest update, they have listened to a lot of feedback from the community and pretty much implemented them as soon as possible also thrown in new events, options, etc...

      The joke will never stop and it's unfortunate because GT5 v1.00 is still the largest feature content game of the series, there is no denying that. However, because they have said they would be continually supporting the game post launch with these events, tweaks and changes, the game is and always will be "incomplete".

      So the fact that the developers continue to add new features and improvements to a product after launch means it's "not ready"? In that case it's hard to think of a game of recent times that has been released "ready".

      Hell, never mind development time - World of Warcraft has been RELEASED for 6 years and by your definition it's still "not ready" because they're still changing it and adding to it.

        I'm a big fan of GT and GT5 is the most fun I've had yet playing a driving sim but i wouldn't call the game finished.

        The 800 "standard" car look like total shit compared to the premium cars and the online play was buggy as hell for the first week or so after launch.

        If the driving wasn't as exellent as it is this game would be total trash.

        I don't know what they were doing with the 5 years and many millions of dollars they have spent on this game but it should have been MUCH more "complete".

    Sweet.. will be playing a bunch of this over the next couple of weeks.

    I was reading thinking..

    improved loading times, improved loading times,improved loading times,improved loading times,improved loading times,improved loading times,improved loading times... NOPE!

      Agreed. Went into the wrong game mode and want to go back to the main menu? Say goodbye to 5 minutes of your life!

        5 minutes my arse (unless you are getting network lag, it is still affecting some people apparently, but if you read the patch notes/notices you'd know how to fix that)

        online racing XP = WOOT! we're racing tonight!

          Link or more info please. I was talking about the single player loading times but if you know how to fix please advise me.

          I have done the maximum install at initial set up and the extra 8gb optional load... is there more i can do?

            comment was in game, in the notices/patch notes, gone now that patch 1.05 is out....
            iirc they just suggested if you were getting extra long load times (i havnt really seen anything over a minute unless its network lag, but its not like i sit there watching the second hand go around either...) that you disconnect from the psn and turn off auto-login or something like that.

            and my comment was more about the "5 minutes" 5?
            2 minutes, at worst.

            how full is your HDD? i noticed that when i cleaned mine up the other day load times improved... well i think it did... like i said im not sitting there watching a second hand.

            I don't have the link but destructoid had an article saying that installing a solid state drive into the PS3 will halve the install, loading times. This is obviously an expensive option and not everyones cup of tea.

            The only other way to speed things up a bit is the advice given by Polyphony in their news updates, which are available in game before you enter GT Life (top right hand corner of screen). This advice says to turn your internet access off on your PS3, which is fine if you don't want to play online.

            Me, I have it online all the time and do not have 5 minute lag times in any part of the game. I can wait 15 or even 30 seconds for a track or race to load, I live in the bush and am used to things happening a bit slower than some of you city folk.

            Although this is mainly due to my shite internet connection.

    Bought this game on day 1 and took it back to EB on day 4. Good to see they are in the process of finishing the devolpement of the game via updates. 600meg is no where enough to fix all those nagging issues with the game. I will give it a year and a half when we have had 10-20 gig of updates to fix the issues, hopefully by then all is good and I will repurchase the game.

      I hear what you're saying, but the size of the patch does not necessarily indicate the quality or effect of the changes.

      Many are done in code, and can even shrink the size of the game..

      I'm impressed at the level of after-ship support for this game. It shows they are dedicated to delivering the best game possible - this is the kind of commitment that separates the good from the great.

    Updates are nice and all, but this game is straining my PS3's hard drive space.
    Maybe getting that SS hard drive won't be such a bad idea...

      The Nazis had hard drives? They must be good, Germans make good stuff.

    "So when you get Forza developed in the half the time as GT5 and Forza is a pretty close experience to GT"

    No where near! Forza is a hack of a game compared to GT5....

    • I'm guessing you have never played the game and are one of those fools who support one console and support it like a football team..... They have a name for those sort of boys don't they. If you had actually played Forza you would see the experience is very similar and looking at game reviews the average score given shows Forza is in front. I guess trying to convince a GT fanboy is like trying to convince a DJ who is shit, he is playing his music, he is really into, but there is no one on the dance floor.....they don't want to listen.....

        so ass-pained, you are.

        I'm guessing that you love Forza? Really? As someone with 90%+ on both previous GTs and working through this one, I'd say they're apples and oranges.

        I played Forza until... GT5 came out. Superficial similarity, but completely different gameplay. GT will always be the premiere driving simulator. The experience doesn't even come close. Only the hardcore Forza fans will want you to believe there's any sort of parity between these experiences.

        Spoiler: There isn't.

    Just my 2c.

    I like Forza3 (and 2), I woudl argue that in terms of experience, the cars and tracks (quality not quanitity) are comparable. I also much preferred the forza interface and loading times than the confusing GT5 dashboard.

    In saying that, both games are really fun to play and I have been enjoying GT5 heaps. I am cool with the updates coming and appreciate the fixes introduced. I do seriously hope load times are improved as It detracts from the overall experience of this game.

    I'm cool for heated debate to continue, just wanted to say that I enjoy them both and they both have good and bad points.

    Overall, Forza3 frustrated me much less when you talk about interface design and speed but i love the additional variety of cars and tracks GT5.

    Depends on what you want really.

    Can't we all get along.... and

    Won't somebody think of the children?

      Well said daddy FatShady.

      I really love the aesthetic and ergonomics that is Forza. I loved marvelling at the amazing decals and the sheer amount of customisable content in place for all cars. Rarely, was there a car I couldn't upgrade.

      I love the way Forza used to throw cars at you for anything. Finished this? Car.
      Did that race/tournament/levelled up...have a whole swag of cars.

      GT5 offers redeemable colours? That when attempting to paint, shows the most banal colour swatch yet doesn't paint the whole car!?!? (please advise if this is wrong)

      But boy is it pretty !
      The premiums are amazing! The camaera mode (still can't FF/RW) and detail astonishing.
      GT5's driving model is still the most demanding and most pure simulator there is. And that's what brings me back for more.

      So in short, GT5 is the strict father, with his stringent rules and his no BS attitude, making you strive to be the better (drive)man he expects you to be.

      And Forza, the easy going and ever thoughful mother, with her MILF like accessibility, where everyone wants to have a go, easy on the eyes and fun for all.

        Sounds awesome.

        Can I have your mum's phone number?

          Top stuff bukake.
          Guys, i beleive his mum is 555-community award for the week award.
          Dont be fooled by the long digits.
          Its an international call.

            ummmmm cheers imposter Bukake Kane!
            Were you just congratulating urself for myself....in the 3rd dimension?

            I'll take all the help I can get !

    Lol all these haters in this comment section. Clearly they haven't played GT5 if your going to say they are updating the game because it "isn't finished".

    Updates are expected in GT5, you look at prologue and thing received 2gb's worth of updates over 2years.

    Well thats a relief! I bought myself a driving force GT wheel today and I thought that the 600mb download was just drivers!

    Definitely worth getting a wheel if you can afford it, makes it a completely different experience

    Gran Turismo is an experience. You are either into or you are not. If you have been a Gran Turismo fan for the past 13 years you have learned to love the game, with all faults intact. By no means is it perfect, but for me it is still the premier driving 'simulator'. It has a love for motorvehicles that comes across in it's gameplay, it's graphics and it's attention to detail. Sure, there are going to be detractors, people who make fun of the damage engine and make numerous comparisions to the Forza series. That's fine. You are not a Gran Turismo fan. Guess what? I'm not a Forza fan, but I'm not going to try and convince anyone it's shithouse. People enjoy what they are into for their own reasons. I haven't spoken to any long-term GT lover that doesn't love GT5. It brought back all the things we loved about the series, no matter how infuriating they are to us. Tough as shit licenses? Well, I better learn to drive a bit better. Crappy damage modelling? Well, I better not crash. Not much in the way of customisation? More time spent improving my racing skills. The already ancient standard/premium model debate? That to me is an incentive to save up and buy the cars I really want new and appreciate them when I get them. I love GT5, even though it pisses me off. It sure ain't perfect, but somehow it always has me striving to do better, what more could you want from a game?

    Yeah Forza is a better overall game.
    GT5 is more of an arcade racer

    Good news, I've been putting off putting it back in until they get it all patched up to something resembling a complete package.

    It's like I'm really on a forum for 12 year olds.

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