Gran Turismo PSP - PSP

Gran Turismo PSP
Game Description: Polyphony Digital's landmark franchise goes portable with the PSP version, running at 60 frames per second. The game will offer a full Gran Turismo experience and feature both single and multiplayer.
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Gran Turismo PSP Comic-Con 2009 Preview

Gran Turismo PSP Comic-Con 2009 Preview

By Patrick Klepek - Posted Jul 24, 2009

Gran Turismo PSP

Gran Turismo on the PSP had become a running joke the last few years. Sony refused to publicly acknowledge the game had been cancelled, even though year after year, there'd be no news on its progress. The joke may have been entirely on us, though; not only is Gran Turismo PSP alive and well, it's a sexy racing beast.

The Real Deal

It's not an insult to say "this is Gran Turismo on a PSP, nothing more, nothing less" -- that's the point. It's hard to imagine even the wizards at Polyphony Digital cramming the same amount of content gamers expect from the full-fledged console versions into the PSP incarnation, but that appears to be the case here. Sony is promising over 800 cars in the PSP version, and while I was only able to play around with one track and one car at Comic-Con last night, the foundation is already there. There are hints there's much more to Gran Turismo on PSP than meets the eye, too. So far, Sony has only acknowledged the game will include local multiplayer, but a knowing nod and a wink from our friendly Sony representative suggested there's more to come on that front. Dare I hope for Internet multiplayer? It doesn't seem like a feature that should be ruled out, but right now, lips are sealed. 

Same As It Ever Was

Gamers who don't click with Gran Turismo aren't going to find much to convince them here, though. It's Gran Turismo, plain and simple. The mechanics haven't been dumbed down just because it's on a handheld; this is a serious racing simulation, not a Ridge Racer-esque take on the franchise. It might not be your thing, but like me, you have to respect the engineering work that went into making it happen. 

Gran Turismo PSP

Give Us More

The version we played feels like a proof of concept. It both looks and plays great, but the vast content being promised remains confined to paper. There's little reason to think Polyphony Digital won't pull it off. Now, I just want to see it.


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  • dythius_exnius

    ohhh cant wait!!!!
    but uhm...

    looks great and all but......
    how are the load times??
    like seriously tho
    800 cars???
    jesus friggin christ
    does it slow down??
    i would sooooooo hope not
    burnout ledgends look absolutly stunning
    however took soooooo long to load
    what do you guys think?
    is it going to take 30s+ to load one race??

    Posted: July 24, 2009 2:50 PM
  • G4gamefanUSA316

    that's a cool lookin' game

    Posted: July 24, 2009 12:53 PM
  • MjrTom

    Hey Patrick, good news for you! Online play for Gran Turismo PSP was confirmed by GTPlanet in June of last month, via an interview with Yamauchi. It's going to make use of the "Ad-Hoc Party" application Japanese PS3 owners have enjoyed for a while now. See more here:

    http://www.gtplanet.net/gran -turismo-psp-to-include-online -play/

    Posted: July 24, 2009 11:38 AM
  • mikemill

    It's games like this (and God of War Chains of Olympus) that remind us all that the PSP is simply the baddest handheld on the planet. The horsepower packed into that little PSP processor allows for gaming experiences that can't be touched any other mobile gaming device.

    Posted: July 24, 2009 11:33 AM
  • josephbloseph

    Maybe they should add a feature to let a full sized HDTV function as a rear view mirror. /s

    Posted: July 24, 2009 10:43 AM