Gran Turismo 5 revs up for massive update

Gran Turismo 5 is still speeding along.

Nearly a year after its release, Gran Turismo 5 for PlayStation 3 is still getting huge updates based on fan feedback, according to Sony’s official PlayStation blog.

Later this month, Polyphony Digital will roll out a big refresh to the popular racing title that boasts many noteworthy improvements. The best part is that the update will be free, and that the game is getting a price cut from $59.99 to $39.99 in the U.S.

All cars will now have an interior view, a feature previously only available for premium vehicles. There’s also word of shortened load times (Gran Turismo 5 has one of the most epically long install times of any PS3 game) and improved menu response, which was a somewhat annoying issue previously when players just wanted to get into a quick race.

Another nice addition coming to GT5 is the ability to save progress during endurance races. In the past, events like the Indy 500 were very tedious, because if you shut off the PS3 you’d have to start over. NASCAR fans will also be delighted to see the addition of 11 cars from this year’s season.

Too bad we can’t control weather like this in real life.

Car physics and the A.I. of opponents are also set to improve, which should add more realism to the experience during competition. Racers will now have more control over weather settings when creating races, as seen above. We also spotted official support for the Logitech G25/G27 steering wheels, new features in the online lounge, and photo travel mode updates.

Overwhelmed yet? More updates are coming down the track, according to the PlayStation blog, which notes that “a forthcoming package of exciting downloadable content for GT5 will include new vehicles and tracks plus a host of other additional new content.”

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