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Gran Turismo boss Kaz Yamauchi did not like the PlayStation 3 very much

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It’s been a long time since we’ve had truly great Gran Turismo game. For many, Gran Turismo 6 was a crushing disappointment after 5 showed so much potential for the series. In the meantime, Turn 10’s Forza series has eclipsed Gran Turismo as the ultimate in console racing.

According to series boss Kazunori Yamauchi, much of that has to do with the PlayStation 3 and its horrible hardware; something he very clearly didn’t like very much.

“We always have the pressure that we have to sell numbers,” Yamauchi told IGN when asked how much pressure Polyphony is under with Gran Turismo Sport and its success.

“At the same time, the conditions for GT6 were really against us, mainly because the PlayStation 3 hardware was a very difficult piece of hardware to develop for, and it caused our development team a lot of stress.

“So [GT]5 and [GT]6 was really a nightmare for us.”

Yamauchi doesn’t seem to have the same reservations about the PlayStation 4.

“Compared to that the PS4 is a piece of hardware that really has the ability to answer to our expectations,” said Yamauchi. “I’ve said this over and over again but this, Gran Turismo Sport, it really has the level of innovation you haven’t seen since Gran Turismo 1 and we’re having a lot of fun developing it, and we’re discovering a lot of things as we develop it.”

“So it was actually good for us that we started developing for PS4 later on because we then really had the time to do [research and development] on the performance of the hardware which enables us to do things like the physics-based rendering, so it was really good for us that we weren’t in a rush to get something out.”

Gran Turismo Sport really does seem like it’ll deliver the goods, and is shaping up rather nicely. Let’s just hope that for once, a GT game has decent engine sounds; something that’s always detracted from the series in my opinion.

Last Updated: July 1, 2016


  1. VampyreSquirrel

    July 1, 2016 at 09:36

    Most devs didn’t like the PS3 at all… some of them got really adept at getting around those dev issues though.


  2. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    July 1, 2016 at 09:42

  3. Original Heretic

    July 1, 2016 at 09:50

    Ok, don’t lynch me for this, but I’ve never actually played any of the GT games. Having the Xbox360, I got into the Forza Horizon series.
    But now that I’m on PS4, Forza has been taken from me.

    Is GT perhaps a good way to go instead?


    • Greylingad[He Charges!]

      July 1, 2016 at 09:56

      Yep! GT is quite well done, they usually also develop the games with support for the controller and steering wheels in mind, it can also be scaled quite well, between beginner level all the way through to sim level racing, they also have multiple disciplines, like rally, open wheel and as per the name states, GT racing. Yes, you might not get the vibrating triggers as per Forza, but this should be quite good non the less…


      • Original Heretic

        July 1, 2016 at 10:06

        I don’t need no stinkin’ vibrating triggers. I just wants me some awesome racing ack-shun, son!


    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      July 1, 2016 at 09:57

      Forza… Is it like Mario Kart?


      • Original Heretic

        July 1, 2016 at 10:05

        I, uh, haven’t played Mario Kart either. So I’m afraid I cannot answer that question truthfully, in good conscience, or with any degree of accuracy.


        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          July 1, 2016 at 11:27



    • Darren Peach

      July 1, 2016 at 15:47

      GT was always the daddy. But Forza has edged it in recent years. Considering this article, I hope GT comes back and delivers the type of experience that we fans expect. The low point for me was when they included old gen cars in the last couple of versions with the black interior models. That was friggen pathetic.


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