Sony explains why Gran Turismo 6 is debuting on PS3, not PS4

SCEE CEO Jim Ryan says PlayStation 3 still has "a lot of potential," would rather launch on platform that has 70 million units sold already.

Sony has spoken out to explain why upcoming racing simulator Gran Turismo 6 will debut on the PlayStation 3 and not the company's next-generation PlayStation 4.

Speaking with the PlayStation Blog, SCEE CEO Jim Ryan said Sony is confident that the PS3 "has a lot of potential" that developer Polyphony Digital can make use of.

"You had GT1 and GT2 on PS One; GT3 and GT4 on PS2; then there's GT5 on PS3 and a space next to it. The difference between Gran Turismo and GT2 is unbelievable, but they're both on the same platform," Ryan said. "The difference between GT3 and GT4 is huge. We're absolutely confident when GT6 comes, you'll see a big step change up from GT5 too. There's still a lot of potential on PS3 that a developer like Polyphony can really exploit."

Sony added that if it were to release Gran Turismo 6 on the PS4, it would be doing so with a day-one install base of zero, compared to the more than 70 million PS3 units already sold.

"And the other factor is that on PS3 we have an install base of 70 million units. On PS4 on launch day we'll have an install base of zero units," Ryan said. "There'll be plenty of games to help drive PS4--not least DriveClub in the racing genre from Evolution Studios, a studio with a fantastic pedigree."

Though Gran Turismo 6 has been announced only for the PS3, Polyphony Digital president Kazunori Yamauchi said last week, "We have a PS4 version in mind for the future."

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BigB-65
BigB-65

Make it so that all cars have an inside (dashboard) view and all of them are of equal quality, upgrade the background graphics to current gen (not PS2 era as it was in GT5!), make races and events less complicated to access and most importantly, don't make me pay twice the price of the original game for cars and courses just to get the feeling that I finally have a complete game! Do these and as a long time GT fan I won't care what console it will be on. Oh and don't make us wait another 5 years Sony!

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

Simply Sony is saying that PS4 will have GT-7..

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

As if no one is going to trade their PS3 for the PS4 !!! 

Aaron Szostak
Aaron Szostak

It's a racing simulator, if you don't understand cars go play nfs or forza.

euphoric666
euphoric666

ps3 still has a lot of 720p jagges all over the place potential, and i`m an ps3 owner and i love my console but no, enough with this jagged generation.

garysingh34
garysingh34

makes sense if you ask me! best start dusting of my logitech drive force gt!

griver_heart
griver_heart

They'll probably release a ps4 version if driveclub isnt doing well.

Takeo Yagami
Takeo Yagami

I hope Gran Turismo 6 Never Come on PS4, I do hope to The Next Gran Turismo 7 Come To PS4!!!

obsequies
obsequies

it's coming to ps3 cause the xbox one is crap

jark888
jark888

As far as I see, there's no major graphic improvement.

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

this is the reason why I waited a couple of years to buy a PS3 - core franchise games that I love didn't have a new gen version.  So unless at least half of those games are lauch titles for the PS4 or near launch titles, I'll wait again to buy a PS4

CRHaloGod
CRHaloGod

where are ps4 exclusives???? thats why im not buying a ps4 ;)

RealWreckless
RealWreckless

Except GT4 came out 2 years before PS3 came out....

Daniel Turner
Daniel Turner

There is no potential left in current gen systems there like 10 years old , a 10 year old PC couldn't play new games the potential part is compleat bs it's all about the money, that's why most games will come out on both systems, hell upto a couple of years ago you could still buy brand new ps2 games. The sad thing is as long as the keep bringing out games floor the ps3 and 360 the games for the next gen won't be as good as they could be because devs arnt gonna make 2 different games

Alana Veliz
Alana Veliz

"They want to keep supporting it" Wrong :) It's for profit. Larger install base = more sales. Why not whine about GT6 not being on the PS2 then if you think their true motive is not wanting to forget about their consoles. As for Driveclub, it isn't even an estabished title like how GT is a well known, successful, ongoing franchise that would have been a deal breaker for people considering to buy a PS4 on launch. Everything you have said, with regards to install base and not wanting to double release 2 car simulation games on PS4 launch all reverts back to profit :) At the end of the day it's called business.

Jimmy Eyckmans
Jimmy Eyckmans

Why? because they know not everybody will buy a ps4 when it's still a high price so they rather invest in the persons that allready have a PS3. this way they will sell a lot more, really a lot more, games.

lance_7
lance_7

I plan on getting a PS4, but from the look of this it sounds like they don’t have confidence in their new machine.If they felt like they’d have a huge launch then having a title like GT6 would have a good amount of sales to go along with that.Were the development cost that high for GT6 that they didn’t want to risk not making their money back on the product?

Personally I think they’d have been better off waiting a year and putting it out on PS4.With people buying the new consoles as well as GTA V I think sales of this game will take a hit unless it is going to release in July/August time-frame.If I’m choosing between Forza on Xone and GT6 on PS3 then I’m going Forza.

Carlos Valdez
Carlos Valdez

the ps4 isnt working properly.thats y they had no reveal at the ps4 reveal event...just showed games to try to cover up.

bradocki
bradocki

Why the hell would they release a PS3 game on the PS4? I would feel cheated since it was going to be just a port of the game on a new machine that the game was not developed for....zzz.....zzzzz.......zzzz

Mitchell Williams
Mitchell Williams

SO is every other FPS, RPG, etc. ALL games are repetitive...

Darren Russell
Darren Russell

Not a poor decision in the slightest, the PS3 has a large install base and they want to keep supporting it. Sony aren't like Microsoft and won't completely forget about their console. Driveclub is a PS4 launch title, if they brought out GT6 on the PS4 as a launch title, Driveclub would sell terribly. By putting GT6 on PS3 and Driveclub on PS4 they are still supporting the PS3 userbase whilst also giving early PS4 adopters a similar game and giving it a chance to establish itself before the eventual GT on Ps4.

samueljeon
samueljeon

rather xbox 360 games take around 2 years to make!!

Vicheth Tuon
Vicheth Tuon

I just wanted see what GT6 can do that can not be done on a ps3.

samueljeon
samueljeon

imagine when gran turismo 5 came out....an elemetary student entered college!!!!  that's how long we waited!!!! 

Vicheth Tuon
Vicheth Tuon

it would be the right decision if Gran Turismo 6 can do much more than a ps3 can handle but from what i see; the ps3 stills a power full system. if the game still the same with just a few hundred more cars and a few more tracks with new customization features. I do really disappointment that it doesn't exist for ps3. I believe that ps3 still in its age of growing with developers. why the ps4 had to be exist now? you guy saw how awesome MGS5 looks and what a ps3 can handle with Beyon Two Souls, Last of Use and Watch Dog. with all these beautiful games had prow that ps4 should not exist now in the next 2-3 years or so.

samueljeon
samueljeon

it will take 20 years to make gran turismo game for ps4....!!!!

ArataWata
ArataWata

So really it's a matter of thinking the game wouldn't sell enough on the PS4.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

OK. That's fine. But again I ask why not scrap GT6 on PS4 and just focus on making GT7?

Triton
Triton

As slow as they are I'm betting it won't be out until PS5.

Imatyta
Imatyta

Gran Turismo is no fun. IDK!

serafin_x
serafin_x

@Aaron Szostak Forza is pretty good at being a simulator as well. As a fan of both GT and Forza there are things I feel like both series do well and shortcomings in other areas. I've never liked the NFS series though. 

Tygraph
Tygraph

@obsequies You understand this makes no sense, right? GT is published by Sony...

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@CRHaloGod lol  Yes, because Sony is absolutely known for their lack of quality exclusive titles... (that's sarcasm for those that can't tell)

TibLion
TibLion

@Daniel Turner The 7th generation consoles aren't 10 years old. The PS3 is 7 years old and still has potential (points at GTA 5).

Tygraph
Tygraph

@Alana Veliz it's a no-brainer that it's about profit. Who said it isn't? Why release a huge expensive game on a platform that will have almost no install base at launch? This is basic stuff. 

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@lance_7 It's not a matter of confidence.  GT5 sales have reached over 10 million.  I don't care how well received a system is, in this stagnant global economy it's going to take at least a year, and probably closer to 1 1/2 to 2 years to sell over 10 million consoles.  It just makes more financial sense to wait for market saturation before releasing a GT on a next gen system, especially since GT playstation bundles always do better after the console has settled in and made it's mark.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@Carlos Valdez What I remember them saying was that it still wasn't the final product, which isn't the same as not working properly.  If it wasn't working they wouldn't have had any games to show nor would it be in the hands of developers.  How can you develop for a broken system?  Your trolling needs work.  At least make it sound believable.

sylvzz
sylvzz

@Darren Russell Exactly ;D

obsequies
obsequies

@Tygraph congrats,  you get to be the densest mofo to reply to my comments in ages