Sony Wants VR Support For ‘Gran Turismo 7’: What Are The Chances?

Sony Wants VR Support For 'Gran Turismo 7': What Are The Chances?

Shuhei Yoshida disclosed that Sony is doing VR tests for the racing game genre. Gran Turismo 7 has a good chance of having support for PlayStation VR.
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Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Worldwide Studios president, expressed how he wants to see the next Gran Turismo installment support virtual reality head mounts via the PS4.

Sony is currently developing the PlayStation VR, previously known as Project Morpheus, a virtual reality head mount that is rumored for a release early next year along with the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

"Our goal with VR is to deliver a sense of presence, making the player feel as though they've stepped inside the world of a game," Yoshida wrote in a blog post.

The company president sees the racing game genre as a good fit for the proprietary virtual reality head mount. This becomes evident during Yoshida's interview with Eurogamer.

"[In] Many [of the] trial tests we've been doing, some genres just work fine. One of those genres is racing games," said the Sony World Wide Studios president.

Of course, talks of racing games on the PS4 cannot go on without the mention of Gran Turismo. And after being probed by the interviewer for the possibility of Gran Turismo supporting the PlayStation VR, Yoshida responded with positivity.

"When Gran Turismo comes out on PS4, I'd like to see it support PlayStation VR," the company president answered.

The first installment of the Gran Turismo game franchise was released in December 1997. The game sold over 70 million copies worldwide, which made it the best-selling video game that was released for the PlayStation.

Polyphony Digital, the game developer, followed it up with five more releases up to the latest installment, Gran Turismo 6, which was made available in 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and is yet to be ported to the PS4.

Car manufacturers see racing games as a conduit to raise gamer enthusiasm for automobiles. Most established automobile brands have enlisted their iconic cars and prototypes to the Vision Gran Turismo Challege. One of the latest is Bugatti's Vision Gran Turismo.

Gran Turismo 7Â is scheduled for a PS4 release next year. Following what Shuhei Yoshida said, GT 7Â may come with support for the PlayStation VR.

Below is Shuhei Yoshida's full interview with Eurogamer.