Right around this time every year, there's a spike in desire for cars we can't afford, largely due to the known as the Geneva auto show. The debuts of rides like the , the , and the have us suddenly searching eBay and Craigslist for the most attainable Ferraris and Porsches we can find. Thankfully, there's another way to experience these megabuck cars: video games. The highly anticipated Gran Turismo Sport has opened in closed beta this weekend to a select group of PlayStation 4 gamers.
Now hard-core fans of one of the most realistic video game series ever will get their first chance to explore the new world of Gran Turismo Sport. Invites for this session were limited to gamers in the United States; did not guarantee a spot, but PlayStation has opened an for future updates and possible invites. The GTS team will slowly roll out more availability as development and data collection expand.
After numerous delays that pushed the game's release date from 2016 to 2017, this launch is a good sign for fans that the full game is nearing. Paired with the beta announcement are new images of the in-depth player profiles and racetracks along with a new trailer. The image on the profile offers a look at the Driver and Sportsmanship ratings, which draw from individual driving characteristics and will be used to match skill levels more accurately for racing online against other gamers.
The new clip offers a second glimpse at the unbelievably lifelike graphics that Polyphony Digital and PlayStation are capable of. It shows kitted-out versions of the , the , and an , among many others. It also shows racing both on tracks and in a cityscape.
There is no official release date just yet, which is probably the right move. Nobody likes delay after delay after delay. If anyone out there has access to the beta, let us know what you think.