Gran Turismo Sport Closed BETA Announced

The long-awaited car simulator enters the final stretch

Gamers around the world, rejoice! Polyphony Digital officially announced the start of Phase Two in Gran Turismo Sport's development.

This means some lucky gamers will receive a copy of Gran Turismo and contribute to the game's final fine tuning. It also means that the launch will not be postponed… again. Hopefully.

"The initial phase of the closed BETA, starting on March 17th, will only be open to selected US PSN IDs, so be sure to check your “Messages” on the PS4 dashboard to see if you’ve been invited.

As with most BETA programs, in order for the development team to capture data in an optimal manner, the sample size needs to be increased gradually and in stages. While we begin to roll out the BETA, we have decided that the time differences across the U.S. are best matched to the development team in Tokyo," Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital Inc. stated.

The announcement came with yet another teaser clip (along a bunch of in-game footage images), just to remind us how amazing this game looks. The GTS will be available on PS4 and will be playable in 4K resolution or with a VR kit on the PS4 Pro.

We don't know if the Polyphony Digital studio will keep GT's tradition of offering an extensive line-up of cars from the start, or if these will become available in a progressive manner.

We do know that the game will be a worth-buying package, rendering an immersive experience thanks to impressively detailed graphics and realistic gameplay. Also, via a well-crafted (hopefully) online platform, the players will be ranked depending on their behavior during the competitions. Just like Forza Horizon, only with the realism bar raised a bit more.

For the first time in many years, the Gran Turismo Sport now has a strong rival — Project CARS 2. The two have very similar packages — neat graphics, user-friendliness, but also realistic gameplay, interchangeable weather, a well-organised online platform, and more.

We can't wait to get our hands on both of them and decide which one is better. All we need is a good racing sim setup.