At the end of February, on the eve of the first anniversary of the release of Gran Turismo 7 and right before the release of PSVR 2, we received update 1.29 – one of the biggest expansions for Polyphony Digital’s “real driving simulator” since its release in March last year. This update brought five new cars, new challenges against machine-learning artificial intelligence as well as exceptional full-game support for PSVR 2 complete with a new VR showcase mode.
A little more than a month later, another update arrives; patch 1.31 may not appear to bring significant changes at first glance, but read on to find out why many Gran Turismo 7 players consider it a big game changer.
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Why Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.31 is a Game Changer?
The 1.31 update comes as a 2GB (PS5) or 3GB (PS4) free download and brings five interesting additional cars, including a DTM car (finally) and a weird racing mini-van, among others:
- Mazda 3 X Burgundy Selection ’19 – Can be bought for 37.000CR at Brand Central
- Porsche 959 ’87 – Can be bought for 1.750.000 at Legends Cars
- Porsche Carrera GTS (904) ’64 – Can be bought for 2.500.000CR at Legends Cars
- Toyota Alphard Executive Lounge ’18 – Can be bought for 75.000CR at Brand Central
- Audi RS5 Turbo DTM ’19 – Can be bought for 1.000.000CR at Brand Central
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In addition to the new cars that you will have to grind CR to unlock in the game, two new variations of the Nurburgring track have been added: Nurburgring Sprint (known as Nurburgring GP/D in previous GT games) and Nurburgring Endurance, also some new events and Cafe Menu Books have been added, as is customary with new GT7 updates.
However, the biggest change and the real reason why update 1.31 is a game-changer is a more significant change in physics. This part of the update may be missed by casual players, but the way of simulating tires, suspension, and many other elements has been drastically changed – for the better! The feeling of driving, with a good racing wheel in hands, of some so far “untamed” cars such as rear-engined – rear-wheel drive Porsches is now drastically better!
This change in physics is so significant that the target times in the License Tests and some Missions had to be changed. If you drive Gran Turismo 7 on the steering wheel with the most realistic settings, this change will make you feel like you are playing a completely new game. Combine this with the phenomenal PSVR 2 support that came with the last update and you have a “Gran Turismo 7.5” experience that makes us even more excited for future updates and the stuff that is coming in year 2 of our favorite PlayStation driving sim.
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