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Gran Turismo 5 ‘Spec 2.0’ Update Detailed |

With over 1,000 cars, 26 different locations, and 71 different tracks available in the game, Gran Turismo 5 is easily PlayStation’s most respected and exclusive racing simulator. The game was developed by Polyphony Digital and published by SCE, then released on November 24th, 2010 as the first entry of the Gran Turismo series to be developed for the PS3.

As the release date of the Xbox 360 exclusive racer, Forza Motorsport 4, is closing by, questions were rising of what team Polyphony Digital has been up to? The answer came shortly after …

In a series of twitter messages, Gran Turismo Series creator Kazunori Yamauchi started to reveal more of a Gran Turismo 5 major, FREE update to be released in the second week of October. The major update, entitled “Spec 2.0”, will answer some of the fans requests, including a few technical patches and improve some of the game features.

The coming Gran Turismo 5 Spec 2 update is an update that contains the feedback from the users playing GT5 online every day. We have added cars such as the newest NASCAR race cars, but many of the updates are those that improve usability and expand the field of game play. I believed from the initial release of Gran Turismo 5 that it would be the users that would make the game grow thereafter, and we added things like interior views for the standard models because there was a lot of request for it from our users. You could say that this update is the shape and form of GT5 that was created through the opinions of our fans … Kazunori Yamauchi

[spoiler intro=”Spec 2.0 update: Full List of Improvements”]Simplified interior view added to all standard cars.
User control of the weather change feature.
Added a setting sheet feature allowing you to save multiple car settings.
Spec 2.0 opening movie.
Improved UI usability and response.
Replay rewind and fast forward.
Ability to save during a race
Online Lounge Expansion (Ability to narrow down car types via search, shuffle races).
Expansion of the B-Spec remote race you can play from (a graph display now shows changes in race rankings.).
Expanded Photo travel features. You can now take photo’s of cars together with your avatar.
Added a “NASCAR Pit Scene” stage to Photo Travel
Added eleven 2011 model NASCAR cars.
Added the Nissan GT-R N24 Schulze Motorsport.
Improved physics and AI.
Support for the Logitec G25/G27 Steering wheel.[/spoiler]

One of the new Feature in the Spec 2.0 update is the User control of the weather change feature

According to the official PlayStation blog, there will be a future DLC, which probably will include a racing car pack, a track pack and a racing gear pack. Don’t get your hopes up, because it is not yet clear if the DLC will be free, which I highly doubt, at least for PlayStation Plus subscribers. On the Plus side, as of this week you can pick GT5 up for only $39.99!

Gran Turismo 5 ‘Spec 2.0’ update will be available on October 11th for all fans worldwide. Between the price drop, the free update and the future DLC, it will be idiotic not to include one of the greatest and most respected PlayStation racing simulators in your collection.

  • Jay

    a lot of welcome features there. Better weather control, interiors for standard models, and ability to save during a race (endurance races, woohoo)? Yes, please!

  • Unfortunately, I don’t think this will be enough to compete with Forza. Saving during endurance races is great (those were nuts-my roommates and I took turns playing them when we were off to get them done once and for all).

    I’m a little disappointed there are no new track, and I’m still waiting on a custom track feature. This in particular is where I think GT5 really dropped the ball.

  • I am picking this up, about time. Better get your cars ready Jay, i am gonna give you a run for em lol

  • well, i’m happy with all but 2 of the features, what i would have loved to seem them do would have been remove the stupid nascar events and replaced it with more rally or drifting or good lord something that is not nascar. As if there were enough nascar cars in the game already. All in all a pretty sweet update to jump start my interest in the game again.

  • I don’t play this game much anymore, but I appreciate the fact they’re still tweaking it.

    However, Forza 4 really looks a lot better (not graphically) but the features and cars are much more interesting… for those who own both consoles, this wouldn’t be the best time to decide on this purchase I think…

  • Isli: I’m a little disappointed there are no new track, and I’m still waiting on a custom track feature. This in particular is where I think GT5 really dropped the ball.  

    I believe Yamauchi mentioned that a racing car pack, a course pack, and a racing gear pack will be offered as new DLC after the update. The dlc won’t be free though.

  • @Sakinah: That helps, but they still should have pumped out more of the famous courses after release. I know a lot of people that didn’t buy the game just because of that.

  • Its been a while since I played this as well, I’ve been playing a decent amount of NASCAR 2011 the game, but I’m still holding out for DLC cars and tracks ETC

  • dragon290513

    perhaps I will wait for it to go be cheaper

  • Ajescent

    I’ll have that thanks.

  • wolfkin

    that’s nice for your GT5 guys.. I’m happy for you.