A new area of the Experience PlayStation app is hinting at a beta for the upcoming Gran Turismo 7 that could be exclusive to PlayStation 5 owners.
PlayStation 5 owners may soon be in the driver’s seat for a Gran Turismo 7 beta test according to a PlayStation website that may have jumped the starting line. The highly anticipated simulation racer was officially announced in 2020 amid the lead-up to the PS5 only to eventually see a delay into 2022. There has also been some confusion as to whether Gran Turismo 7 is a PS5 exclusive or if it will also launch on PS4. With continued retail shortages for the PS5 across the globe, it may be a situation where the publisher would be losing sales if the next big entry in its signature driving franchise was only on current-gen hardware.
Fans familiar with the Gran Turismo series will recognize this setup for an exclusive pre-launch beta from the last cycle, as Gran Turismo Sport had a similar early sampler. Back in 2017, the game was announced and players were soon after able to to play an early version of the game after going stepping through a few hoops. A beta for Gran Turismo Sport made a lot of sense considering how much it tweaked from the standard franchise formula, but it may have provided other insights that the developers at Polyphony Digital might want for Gran Turismo 7 as well.
As discovered by GTPlanet Monday, Sony is seemingly set to launch an online beta for Gran Turismo 7 that will be open to all PlayStation 5 owners. Access will run through the Experience PlayStation app, and those who are curious can still see the related Italia Quest on the website. After watching the game’s announcement trailer, the app spits out a code that supposedly unlocks the beta early, although that code is currently a placeholder that doesn’t work on the store.
This whole portion of the app seems to be some sort of test that was accidentally published to the masses, so it’s entirely possible that there a Gran Turismo 7 beta could just be placeholder information. However, considering its similarity to the beta launch for Gran Turismo Sport, it’s more likely that PlayStation simply made a mistake and put the word out too early. Considering how little Gran Turismo 7 information is known at present, a beta allowing players to get their hands on the wheel would be viewed as a good move by the racing game community. It would also be a chance for players to use Gran Turismo 7 to test the PS5’s limits, as proper technical showcases of the new hardware has been in short supply for owners since the console’s launch.
Whether or not Gran Turismo 7 gets a beta on PlayStation 5 is still up in the air, but the excitement surrounding even a possible demo shows how much PS5 owners are looking forward to this signature franchise returning. While Xbox fans get a Forza game almost every year, the Gran Turismo series has been a slow burn. This makes every game in the series feel somewhat fresh, but the years in between driving experiences can be a pain for fans who just want to experience the latest in ultra-accurate motorsport simulation.
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