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‘Gran Turismo 7’ Gameplay, Features & Release Date: Sony Exec Wants Racing Game to Have Virtual Reality Support

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Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment, said that he would like to incorporate virtual reality technology into the highly anticipated "Gran Turismo 7.

If this happens, then the racing sim will most likely feature special support for Sony's PlayStation VR once the game officially debuts, according to iDigital Times.

The PlayStation VR, which was previously codenamed as Project Morpheus, was first demoed to the public last year during the Game Developers Conference. Back then, Yoshida mentioned that one of the applications he had in mind for virtual reality technology is racing games.

Then, during an interview with Eurogamer, Yoshida noted that he would like pair the concept of virtual reality gaming with the gameplay experience of "Gran Turismo 7."

"You've got some great properties that would be a great fit for VR too," Eurogamer asked Yoshida. "I'm thinking something like 'Gran Turismo.' Would that make sense?"

"Manu trials tests we've been doing, some genres work just fine," the executive responded. "One of those genres is racing games. So when 'Gran Turismo' comes out on PS4, I'd like to see it support PlayStation VR."

Of course, despite Yoshida's statement, it is not yet confirmed if the upcoming racing game will feature support for Sony's virtual reality project. However, since Yoshida is also a member of the board of directors of Polyphony Digital, the developer of the "Gran Turismo" series, then there's a strong chance that the upcoming title from the franchise will utilize PlayStation VR.

Yoshida's statements to Eurogamer seem to coincide with what "Gran Turismo" series creator Kazunori Yamauchi said last year regarding the release of "Gran Turismo 7."

"We want to make it very 'Gran Turismo,'" he said about the game according to Gamespot. "By that I mean it's going to be a game that matches the very era that we live in, in 205 or 2016."

Although what Yamauchi said might sound a bit vague, Gamingbolt speculated that he was probably talking about taking advantage of near-future technological innovations.

And since Sony is also targeting to publicly release PlayStation VR sometime next year, then like Yoshida, Yamauchi might also be envisioning to debut "Gran Turismo 7" as a virtual reality game.

Unfortunately, "Gran Turismo 7" does not yet have a specific release date but the game is expected to come out sometime between this year and 2017. It will be exclusively available for the PlayStation 4 and will feature a new roster of cars as well as classic ones.

Tags Gran Turismo 7, PlayStation VR, Project Morpheus, Sony, Virtual Reality, Video Games

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