By Jason Collins | Published
When it comes to Gran Turismo games, PC gamers have lingered in the rear-view mirror of the PlayStation console for nearly 25 years. Well, that could change in the future; Thanks to Sony’s shift from exclusive exclusives to timed exclusives, the PC market is bursting with new titles that weren’t available before. This could also include the Gran Turismo 7 — a PlayStation exclusive that could have its own film adaptation.
As reported by Polígono, grand tourism developer Polyphony Digital is considering bringing the famous racing series to PC. The idea was pitched by series creator Kazunori Yamauchi, stating that the series could come to PC. However, he also warned that bringing grand tourism to the new platform could also mean lowering the quality of the game, as there aren’t many gaming platforms in the PC realm that can run a game title at 4K resolutions, with 60 frames per second.
This would limit the game to very high-end machines, which actually make up a smaller slice of the PC gaming market.
It is quite possible that Yamauchi did not consider the scalability of grandtourism 7, the first GT game that was released as a cross-generational title for both PS4 and PS5. The decision to make the game a cross-generational release was Sony and Polyphony Digital’s response to the semiconductor shortage that had hit the current generation console market hard. But it’s the decision that could tip the scales in favor of PC gamers; Sony could easily use that scalability to bring the game to a broader spectrum of PC gamers.
There is also the possibility that Sony is putting pressure on Polyphony Digital to release its game on the PC platform, which aligns with the company’s plan to expand its share of the PC market by 2025. Sony Interactive Entertainment has been bringing some of its biggest exclusives to PC. , after a period of timed exclusivity, with great success. These titles include God of Warthe Horizon series, as well as Spiderman games, all of which were welcomed with open arms on PC.
With Microsoft about to partner with Activision Blizzard, Sony needs every advantage it can get.
Gran Turismo 7 was released on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in early March of this year, with notable differences between the two versions of the game. The title also initially received disappointing reviews which revealed that Sony had implemented massive monetization tactics that make the game overly reliant on in-game purchases to progress. Not to mention the messy launch for which both Sony and Polyphony Digital issued a public apology to the grand tourism gaming community
Fortunately, most of the issues related to the game have been fixed in the last few months, including the monetization segment of the game, which players previously paid for, which was promised at launch. Sony should learn from the mistakes of others; even Activision Blizzard has scaled back its monetization practices. Electronic Arts, which has become synonymous with Avarice in the minds of many fans, also scaled back its monetization practices following a political witch hunt that targeted massive tech companies preying on kids with access to credit cards.
With all said, it would be nice to finally see a grand tourism I play on a PC.