GT Sport releases this month exclusively on PS4, and we had a chance to go hands-on last week. 

The Gran Turismo series has been around for 20 years now, and is getting reset thanks to the release of GT Sport on the latest generation of gaming consoles.

Featuring a 130-strong roster of cars, and more maps and tracks than you can shake a shifter at, GT Sport is one of the most extensive racing sims available on the market today. It’s also one of the most immersive, with the Gran Turismo series renowned for its Nissan GT Academy that helps translate console gamers into bona fide, real-world racers.

The first part of our hands-on involved an hour or so in a racing seat with a wheel, and we’re certain this is the only way to play it. You just don’t get the same feel with a controller in your hand. Sitting in front of the screen, with a steering wheel in your hand, and pedals at your feet is the best way to race. Thankfully, JB have a rather wide selection if you’d like to find out for yourself.

Next, we got a chance to check out Gran Turismo in VR, which is an experience unlike any other. You’re literally there, sitting in the cockpit of the fastest car you’ve ever driven, speeding down the main straight of a racetrack you’ve only ever seen on TV. It gives you a new appreciation for how fast those drivers really are going when you can see it from a first-person point of view. We had the chance to rip around Bathurst in a Nissan GT-R, as well as take to the Tokyo Speedway in a Toyota 86. While of course the VR isn’t rendered in 4K, the scenery still looks good enough that you feel like you’re there and it’s good to able to race some of the tracks that ordinarily you’d never be able to drive on.

When you aren’t being distracted by the ridiculous speeds that you’re travelling at, the scenery and tracks in the new Gran Turismo are beautiful – especially in 4K on a PS4 Pro. It appears that Polyphony have gone for quality over quantity with this one; a much smaller garage of cars than usual allows for a level of detail in the vehicles you just don’t get in other games. Even the crowds cheering in the stands are detailed.

When you’re not racing or checking out the cars, you have the opportunity to deck out your vehicles in custom liveries, with most panels able to be painted or altered. You can apply any number of alterations to your chosen car, save them for later, and even share them with the rest of the community so expect to spend as much time perfecting a car here as you will driving it on the track.

GT Sport is a true competitor in the racing genre. The driving is responsive and realistic, the maps and car detail are astonishing, and the VR is second to none. This is the real deal.

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