Gran Turismo 5 at Tokyo Game Show: Community Features, Legacy Tracks, Weather Effects, X1 Prototype

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At last night’s Gran Turismo 5 panel at the Tokyo Game Show in Makuhari Messe, Polyphony Digital’s Kazunori Yamauchi gave an extensive update on new features coming to GT5. Highlights included new community features related to My Home, weather effects such as rainfall, returning legacy tracks, and new cars. For more details, see the full announcement on But first things first! Watch the new Tokyo Game Show trailer for Gran Turismo 5 below.

My Home Detailed

Gran Turismo 5 will include a big focus on social media functions and community interaction. The record of your playing experience, as well as your future objectives, are all organized on the “My Home” screen — a sort of “home base” for GT5 players. In addition to your PS3, My Home will also be viewable from your PC’s web browser starting on November 2nd, GT5’s release date. Kazunori explained that while console gaming and web browser gaming are separate fields, GT5’s My Home function will help bridge this gap.

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: My Home

My Home is made up of three modes: GT LIFE, Profiles, and Community. Today, Polyphony Digital primarily touched upon the Community element. Kazunori explained that, while the major feature of the Community element is the ability to privately communicate with and race your PSN friends online, there are many other communication features built into GT5. Sharing photos and user-created courses, mail, and even a BBS bulletin board will all be included in the Community section of GT5. These functions will also be available for use in a web browser on as well as your PS3. You’ll also be able to “gift” cars or car parts to your PSN friends.

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Special Events Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: My Home

Inside Community is “My Lounge,” in which up to 16 friends can gather to hold online races. Lounge rules are up to you and can be changed from lounge to lounge: A Spec allows you to race from behind the wheel, while B Space allows you to give commands to an AI driver as a sort of “director’s mode.” The AI driver feature also allows you to “rent out” AI drivers, and they’ll gain experience as they race.

Remote Racing is a special mode in Commmunity that also ties into the AI drivers and web browser support. In Remote Racing, you can set up an AI driver as “public,” and he may race against one of your PSN friends while you’re away. When you return, he’ll have gained experience while you were away. In Remote Racing, you’ll be able to watch these races, but not give AI commands like you would in the standard B Spec mode.

New Cars and X1 Prototype Reveal

With over 1000 cars in the final game, Polyphony Digital showed off a selection of new cars, starting with the X1 Prototype Project, a dream car that was designed in a partnership between Red Bull Racing and Polyphony Digital. See the mysterious X1 Prototype in the new video below.

Kazunori explained that both teams were interested in building a car that “throws aside all rules and regulations,” and was built for maximum performance — “the fastest racing car on land.” The X1 Protoype will be playable in GT5. In addition to the X1 Prototype, Kazunori also introduced a selection of new cars that will make it into GT5 on November 2nd.

Isuzu 4200R ’89

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Isuzu 4200R '89 Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Isuzu 4200R '89

Citroën GT by Citroën Race Car

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Citroën GT by Citroën Race Car Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Citroën GT by Citroën Race Car

Volkswagen typ2 (T1) Samba Bus ‘62

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Volkswagen typ2 (T1) Samba Bus Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Volkswagen typ2 (T1) Samba Bus

Volkswagen Kubelwagen typ82 ‘44

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Volkswagen Kubelwagen typ82 Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Volkswagen Kubelwagen typ82

Volkswagen Schwimmwagen typ166 ‘42

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Volkswagen Schwimmwagen typ166 Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Volkswagen Schwimmwagen typ166

Returning Legacy Tracks

Kazunori also confirmed that some popular legacy tracks from GT’s history have been rebuilt and remodeled for GT5. Check them out in the screens below.

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Trial Mountain Circuit Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Trial Mountain Circuit

Trial Mountain Circuit in Gran Turismo 5

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Laguna Seca Raceway in Gran Turismo 5

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Sarthe 2009 Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Sarthe 2009

Sarthe 2009 in Gran Turismo 5

Weather Change Effects

Finally, the Polyphony Digital team also confirmed that environmental changes due to rain and snow have been implemented — down to functional windshield wipers. Combined with other new visual effects such as day-and-night cycle, lightning and tire smoke, Kazunori explained that the weather effects will allow for more immersive racing experiences. Kazunori also confirmed that the weather effects wouldn’t be available on every course, but primarily courses focused on endurance racing.

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Eiger Nordwand

Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Eiger Nordwand Gran Turismo 5 for PS3: Eiger Nordwand

For more details on Gran Turismo 5’s Tokyo Game Show announcements, visit

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  • WOW just wow, MIND BLOWN at the level and number of everything in this game. Cant wait

  • omg i preorderd the collectors ed!

  • Rain!! I was hoping there would be rain! Thanks (:

  • Too freaking awesome!!! Polyphony you guys are awesome! Can you set-up weather though in individual tracks like say for a 3 lap race in the Nurburgring and you just want it to rain?

    • Sid Shuman

      Kazunori did clarify that not all tracks would support the real-time weather, and that the ones that did support it would veer closer to endurance race-type races. No details beyond that for now, though.

  • purplestream

    this is like the best game ever. definitely goty!

  • the_1driver

    HOOOOOOLY [DELETED]!!!!!!!!!!! This is like, omg!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Airwalkinman17

    Simply Astounding…

  • BigBadLanTerN

    I think I’ll just take the whole month of November off work. Between this, LBP2 and DCU:online, I’m going to be very busy. Great job PD. This game is going to be amazing.

  • This game looks really cool!

  • bonemandust

    Can’t wait!!!

  • Another first day purchase! Man I will be broke

  • It’s great to have blu ray, so much content.

  • Is this the last racing game I will ever have to buy? Forza may have released 2 games since the last gt but both combined don’t have this much content.

    • Sid Shuman

      Yeah. The browser stuff particularly blew me away — it’s a very smart idea, tying together the PS3 gameplay with the web elements.

  • poweredbyzen

    already pre-ordered my limited edition copy with amazon – i can’t wait!

  • I have my racing wheel ready.

  • HAHA I know what Forza’s thinkin’ right now.

    “Oh crap…..”

  • i should seriously stop drooling over GT5 cause if i dont ill end up buying more then 1 controller before it comes out and tons more after it comes out.

  • already preordered my Limited Edition , man i cant wait !!!! oh and of course i will be getting God of War Ghost of Sparta and Little Big Planet 2 Collector’s Edition too, what a month !!!!! 3 AAA titles !!!!

  • Oh man! this is so good….I was so mad when the game did not release in March…I am not mad anymore! this game is not coming off my PS3! Thank u sony!

  • midnightshade

    Hell yeah… Can’t wait for this!! Bring it!

  • bonemandust

    ….how bout they put that best buy demo on PSN for everybody to play eh?….eh?…..EH?

  • Holy sh……

  • I just want you guys to stop now….I am frothing at the mouth for this. I cant look at another video or screen shot my brain will explode.

    Waited to long but it looks like it will be WELL worth it!

  • OMG GT5 FTW!!!!!!!

  • I have been waiting so long for this game, and I can’t believe its actually just about here. This game was such a slow, empty year for me, only two games worth buying, but at least this and LBP2 will make up for that :)

    Thinking of getting a steering wheel just for this game, not sure which to get though :P

  • omg….can i get my copy now!? :)

  • guitarman3210

    Will there be a midnight premier at Bestbuy or Gamestop?

  • Also, I have some questions if you could answer. Though I’m not sure if you can answer them all.

    How many rally tracks?

    How many tracks will support weathering?

    Will rally tracks support weathering?

    Can we customize these tracks to include weather etc… in any mode for practice or is it all random?

    I would greatly appreciate it if you could answer any of these, there are of course more, but with weathering being such a new topic I’m most curious about those :)

  • Man, that trailer is unreal. I have GT5 pre-ordered and I have been on the fence at times, but this trailer has officially won me over.

  • I came.

  • how will they make GT6?

  • Genesisfury

    OMG, I just can’t wait to drive the Volkswagen typ2 (T1) Samba Bus ‘62!!!!! LOL

  • So glad to see that all the development time on this game has been well spent adding more features than I could have thought of. November 2nd can’t get here soon enough!

  • A Schwimmwagen? Really? Aren’t there like 5 left in the _world_ that still run? Who would know what that is outside of WWII and VW buffs? I hope it has the 50cal mounted… >:-}

  • Amazing! Cant wait!

  • Im going to suck at this game. Can’t wait for it.

  • First video is “Pure Stunning”

  • So Basically This game will be more realistic than driving in real life huh????

  • Each month this game adds more and more…simply amazing !

    Had it on pre-order pretty much since the start of the year…can’t wait for the release.

    Keep up the great work.

  • Hey anyone else notice that around 1:03 in the trailer that the brake rotors are lit up? This game has some serious attention to detail!!

  • SyphonFilter-

    Dam best game this year!

  • Why don’t they have F1 cars?

  • fuzzyclutter

    I’m having a hard time seeing the ps3 web browser , work well for this , I mean … i hate being the one throwing the turd in the punch bowl … but , the browser at times cant handle simple java script .

  • jimmyfoxhound

    Would PD PLEASE show us some footage of the 800 standard cars? These shots of the premium cars are awesome but I really want to know what the other 80% of the cars in the game are going to look like.

  • :D

  • I wonder how many trophies they’re going to pack into this one – there seems to be endless things to do in this title.

    Will everyone’s favorite license challenges be returning? I for one hope so…

  • Enkei-Xpress

    Incredible stuff

  • canada1234567

    Wow cannot wait for this keep up the good work.

  • Awesome stuff cant wait,
    any news on a PAINT/DECAL shop???

  • I pre-ordered collectors edition, I have every gran turismo game and they are all great I cant wait for this game!

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