Gran Turismo 7: Gameplay, Release Date and More in State of Play

PlayStation is scheduled to have a State of Play showcase this week on February 2.

PlayStation made the showcase announcement on PlayStation’s official Twitter account. The new presentation is expected to start at 14:00 PT/17:00 ET/22:00 GMT and will be broadcasted for about 30 minutes on PlayStation’s official Twitch, Youtube, and Facebook accounts.

However, PlayStation does not plan on having a pre-show during the showcase, so viewers are expected to be joining in on schedule.

This week State of Play will focus heavily on one of the PlayStation upcoming exclusive releases, Gran Turismo 7. PlayStation has confirmed that fans can expect Gran Turismo gameplay footage running on PlayStation 5 and there will be commentaries from the developers.

More about Gran Turismo 7

Developed by Polyphony Digital and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, the racing video game Gran Turismo 7 is the newest installment for the Gran Turismo franchise. It is set to release exclusively for PS4 and PS5 on March 4, 2022.

The game was expected for a release date sometime in 2021 and there has been a rumor surfacing online of a possible delay as the game is approaching its release date. The fans will have more look into the game on the showcase and days continue forward.

The original Gran Turismo installment itself was first released on October 1, 2009, alongside the original PSP at Sony’s E3 press conference.

Next-Gen Consoles

The seventh installment could be the most ambitious PlayStation exclusive release to date having to utilize the many possibilities of next-gen consoles.

The upcoming racing game will utilize the PS5 DualSense controller and 3D audio to provide players with a taste of the sim-racing experience. With the DualSense controller, fans of the franchise will be treated with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.

Unlike the previous installment, fans can expect the feeling of subtle bumps on a road’s surface or whether the car’s tires are slipping. There will be vibrations that mimic the car’s engine and drive-train, anti-lock brakes (ABS) experience, and the resonance as the car speeds passing through the winds. The DualSense adaptive triggers are able to tell players of any slight differences of weight on the brake pedal and across various car models.

However, it is reported that the built-in speaker of the controller won’t be used.

At a recent preview event, Polyphony Digital has confirmed that Gran Turismo 7’s 3D audio supports will have an equal 16 channel audio system and has confirmed the game is best experienced with headphones. The developers are able to achieve this through PS5’s Tempest 3D audio tech.

PlayStation exclusives fans may be familiar with the 3D audio tech from another PlayStation exclusive game, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection which utilizes the same audio tech. The fans were promised to experience rival cars’ position within their vicinity, helicopters passing through above, and the little details like the sounds of rain hitting the car’s roof and windows.

While this is not the first time PlayStation has dedicated an entire showcase for a single game, Gran Turismo 7 without a doubt and by far the best-looking racing game.