The Tokyo Motor Show might be ongoing in Japan currently, but there’s big news for driving simulation fans straight out of Paris as well. The big reveal here is Gran Turismo Sport, the latest entry in the game series by developer Polyphony Digital, which will launch in 2016.

Announced as an exclusive title for the PlayStation 4, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s president and CEO Jim Ryan was quick to point out that this is not an announcement for Gran Turismo 7, but it will be more substantial than the Prologue games that served as precursors to main Gran Turismo titles of the past

The attached announcement trailer previews what to expect from the upcoming next-gen sim racer, including improved graphics, physics, and sound, to deliver the most realistic driving simulator to date. As before, a large assortment of cars will be up for selection, along with various Vision Gran Turismo concepts.


However, there is a lot more to GT Sport compared to previous editions. Touted as a figurative “rebirth” of motorsports, Polyphony Digital has actually created two FIA-sanctioned online championships for gamers to duke it out in, with real, physical prizes awarded for winners. That’s right, GT Sport is looking to enter the growing world of e-sports and they’ve partnered with the motorsports federation to do so.

The two FIA online championships are known as the Nations Cup and Manufacturers Cup. For the former, players will represent their home country, whereas the latter sees players will be driving on behalf of their favourite car manufacturer.

If you were upset that Gran Turismo 6 stayed on with the PlayStation 3 platform, this piece of news should get you excited enough to rush out and purchase a PlayStation 4 in preparation. You need not wait long either, because the GT Sport beta will begin in early 2016.