By Paul Iuzzolino 09/14/13
Gran Turismo 6 is currently scheduled to release on December 6th, 2013 on the PS3, but will not be fully ready for a PS4 release. By the time Gran Turismo 6 releases, the PS4 will out for sale in North America and Europe. According to Famitsu (a Japanese video game magazine), Kazunori Yamauchi, the creator of the Gran Turismo series, stated that Gran Turismo 7 will be a full sequel, and will be ready for release in about a year or two. Fans would be forgiven, however, to doubt this timeline; if this game does come out in a year or two, the turnaround time would be faster than Grand Turismo 3: A-Spec, which released less than two years after Gran Turismo 2. 1 It took five years for Grand Turismo 5 to come out, and Gran Turismo 6 will have gone through Polyphony's process for three years when it arrives in stores. Yamauchi also stated that there are changes between the generations, which are less significant to the Gran Turismo series, so his word could be kept. Yamauchi goes on to further state that the PS4 memory is very unique, but when it comes to CPU performance, the PS3's Cell chip, while difficult to handle, is really capable.2 According to Yamauchi, the online community aspect of GT is the most fun aspect of the game, but it has nothing to do with the platform. Yamauchi's comment about the community aspect and the platform doesn't sit well with Sony, who has used the community-driven and social networking capabilities as the key selling point of the new console. 1 Shuhei Yoshida, Sony's Worldwide Studios President, said that social interactions and “discoverability” are the main features that set apart the gaming experiences on the PS3 and PS4. For instance, on the PS4 gamers can see if they have any challenges from friends on the home screen. Even though this game might come out on the PS3, Yoshida expects gamers to have a much better experience playing Gran Turismo 7 on the PS4, rather then on the PS3.