Gran Turismo is arguably one of the best-known and most compelling real-life inspired racing games. However, the game has long been a PlayStation-exclusive title, leaving PC gamers to either invest in consoles or turn to far less polished and exciting titles. That may all be about to change as Polyphony is looking into porting its resident high-stakes racer to Windows PCs.
In a recent interview with GTPlanet, the creator of the Gran Turismo series, Kazunori Yamauchi, expanded on this statement. Speaking on the possibility of a Gran Turismo PC port, Yamauchi said: ‘Gran Turismo is a very finely tuned title. It’s not a very easy subject, but of course, we are looking into it and considering it.’
The ‘finely-tuned title’ and its potential port to PC, as Yamauchi put it, is a topic of contention for developers due to the different constraints that PC-based games face. One of the issues that Yamauchi is most concerned with is whether the devs will be able to achieve a 60 frame-per-second running speed in 4K resolution across all platforms. However, with the current availability of GPUs and CPUs, we’d expect that a PC port of Gran Turismo would result in even more advanced graphics and performance.
Gran Turismo has been running in various iterations for 25 glorious years. During that time, the game has never been playable anywhere other than on PlayStation. Even the latest installment, Gran Turismo 7, was released for PlayStation 4 and PS5 exclusively. Even the previous iteration, Gran Turismo 6, was announced as an exclusive title for PS4. However, should the game be ported to PC, it wouldn’t be the first time that a previously PlayStation-exclusive title would execute an expansion into the PC market.
We’ve seen other gaming titles expand their platform suitability in the past, such as God of War, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves, and Horizon Zero Dawn. This trend isn’t even lost on Sony, the company behind the PlayStation consoles. During an investor presentation held in May of this year, Jim Ryan, the president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, stated that the company expects that within the next five years, half of its offerings will be available on either PC or Mobile, as well as on the next-gen PlayStation 5 console.
We don’t yet know conclusively whether we’ll get a PC port of Gran Turismo, but thanks to Yamauchi, we at least know that the company behind the incredible realistic racing simulator is considering it at length.