Polyphony Digital: PC version of Gran Turismo should offer 60 FPS in UHD

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The developer behind the Gran Turismo racing game series, which has always been released exclusively on Sony's PlayStation consoles, Polyphony Digital, has commented on a possible port to the PC – and this is definitely being considered. Recently, more and more PlayStation productions have also appeared for the PC.

Gran Turismo on the PC is no longer unthinkable

Gran Turismo is essentially Sony's counterpart to Microsoft's Forza motorsport racing game series. But while the latter has also arrived on the PC for years, the highly rated Gran Turismo 7, released in March 2022, is exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Kazunori Yamauchi, vice president of Sony Computer Entertainment and executive director of Polyphony Digital, indicated that this can change again in an interview with GTPlanet on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the series. When asked whether Gran Turismo could make the leap to the PC, he said yes – Polyphony Digital is dealing with the topic and is definitely considering porting it. However, there are caveats.

Gran Turismo is a very finely tuned title. There are not many platforms which could run the game in 4K/60p natively, so one way we make that possible is to narrow down the platform. It's not a very easy subject, but of course, we are looking into it and considering it.

Kazunori Yamauchi

Because while on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 the developer can ensure that a game achieves its own graphic and performance goals, this control is not given on the open platform PC. On the PlayStation 5, Gran Turismo 7 runs natively at 3840×2160 pixels and even ray tracing at 60 FPS, whereas the PlayStation 4 version comes with compromises in terms of resolution, textures and level of detail, for example.

There is no question that modern gaming PCs can also offer this graphical level – but Polyphony Digital is apparently concerned that jerky frame rates on older systems could negatively affect the gaming experience and cast the racing game series in a bad light. And that is exactly what should be prevented; Gran Turismo should also always be able to be displayed on the PC with 60 FPS at UHD; so the interpretation of Yamauchi's statement. The fact that a PC version of Gran Turismo 7 is actually in the room is not clear from the interview – the step is potentially only possible with later offshoots of the series.

Sony is drastically expanding PC engagement

It has become increasingly clear over the past two years that Sony wants to expand its own commitment to the PC platform. In the summer of this year, however, the publisher underscored the extent to which this undertaking should take place: games for PC and mobile devices should already account for around 25 percent of the publications of its own brands in the current fiscal year 2022. In fiscal year 2025, Sony is planning around 30 percent for PC games and 25 percent for mobile games – only half of all Sony releases would remain exclusive to the PlayStation 5. For the PlayStation 4, however, there should be no more new releases by 2025 at the latest.

In the past few years and months, some formerly exclusive flagship titles have already made their way from the PlayStation to the PC found, including Horizon Zero Dawn (test), God of War (test), the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (test) and most recently Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered (test) and Spider-Man: Miles Morales (test ).