GT5 Hits 1.06, Is Now Awesome

When we reviewed Gran Turismo 5, we didn’t give it a score. We wrote lots of words, but no little number at the end – which made some people a bit confused but, as far as we were concerned, was justified by the simple fact that the game was much bigger than we could possibly ever get through in a limited timespan.

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Now, after several updates, Gran Turismo 5 is finally the game it should have been.  Version 1.06 has landed – the one we mentioned earlier – and it’s a cracker. Thanks to our resident GT expert, JamboGT, we’ve got the whole list of changes and improvements, and it starts with the first big hitter – remote racing.  Yes, you can now start a B-Spec race via the internet, watching how your PS3-controlled drivers are doing remotely.  Incredible.

You can also now use the course maker in online races and the introduction of PP points – as we said – will finally mean that online races are properly limited to specific “numerical index” ranges.  There’s loads – it’s a proper, balls-out amazing update and yes – this makes the game something far above what we got late last year.

Major Changes and New Features

  • Remote Racing – [Remote Races] have been added to the bottom left of the [GT Mode] – [Community] screen.  Here you can start a fully automated B-Spec race using yours and your friends’ “My Drivers”, and gain rewards and experience from it. For details please see section 8-4 [Remote Races] in the [Manual] accessible from the main menu, and also the new “Remote Race” page on gran-tursimo.com, under the GT5 product information section.
  • Remote Racing from a Web Browser – In [Remote Races], you can visit the official “gran-turismo.com” website using a web browser, and remotely control your PS3® at home. You can start races, monitor its progress and check results from the website. This is a new playing style allowing you to play Gran Turismo anywhere.  Sign in from the [GT5 My Home] button on the upper right corner of the website to get started.
  • Using the Course Maker in Online Races – You can now use one of the “My Courses” created in [Course Maker] for your online races (in Open Lobby, My Lounge), or select themes and generate courses on the spot. (Please note you’ll only be able to use My Courses created after this update).THESIXTHAXIS
  • Introduction of Performance Points in Online Races – We’ve now introduced Performance Points (PP), a numerical index of a car’s performance for online races. You can set PP restrictions in the online race regulations (in Open Lobby, My Lounge) to limit participating cars. For details, see 6 -15 [Performance Points] in the [Manual] accessible from the main menu.
  • Increased Rewards and Experience Online – The amount of rewards and experience gained from online racing (in Open Lobby, My Lounge) have been increased.
  • More Event Settings in Online Races – [Auto Race Start Cycle] and [Tire Wear/Fuel Consumption] have been added to the event settings for online races (in Open Lobby, My Lounge).
  • More Penalties for Special Events – Penalties for improper driving such as driving off course and hitting walls have been increased for the [Special Events] under [GT Mode] – [GT Life].
  • Event Rewards and Experience Adjusted – The rewards and experience gained in [License] and [Special Events] in [GT Mode] – [GT Life] have been adjusted. Experience for A-Spec and B-Spec events have been increased, while rewards have been reduced back down to levels seen before the 1.05 update.
  • Car Loan in Events – In A-Spec, B-Spec and [Special Events] in [GT Mode] – [GT Life], you can now borrow cars that your Friends have set to share with friends. For details see 6-16 [Borrowing and Lending Cars] in the [Manual] accessible from the main menu.
  • More Car Settings – Gear ratio adjustment, power limiters, and weight adjustment have been added to the settings. For details see [18. Settings Guide] in the [Manual] accessible from the main menu.
  • Multi-Monitor Feature – From [Options] – [Hardware] – [Multi-Monitor], you can now access the multi-monitor display settings using multiple PS3™ systems. You can now enjoy Gran Turismo 5 in a wide display environment combining multiple PS3™ systems and TV’s/monitors. For details please see the support section on gran-turismo.com.

Changes and Additions to Gameplay

  • It is now possible to replay and save [2P Battle] races.THESIXTHAXIS
  • [Controller Steering Sensitivity] has been added to [Driving Options].THESIXTHAXIS
  • [Corner Bank Angle] has been added to the section settings in [Course Maker].THESIXTHAXIS
  • In A-Spec events including endurance races, a confirmation prompt has been added before restarting a race from the beginning.THESIXTHAXIS
  • In replays, B Spec and while watching races, you can now change viewing targets directly from the screen without having to use a separate window list.
  • Personal BGM can now be used when voice chat is disabled in a [Lounge].
  • Cars in your garage that are not registered as ‘Favorites’ can now be used in a [Lounge].
  • When tire restriction is enabled in a Lounge regulation, only cars with tires that qualify will be displayed in the garage.
  • Driver and car display selections during races will be saved.
  • Karts now have [Quick Menu] settings.
  • You can now select multiple items in some important menu screens, such as when registering your favorite cars in your [Garage].

AI Adjustment

  • Race choreography and opponent car AI controls for licence tests and A Spec events have been adjusted.
  • Opponent car AI controls during B Spec races have been improved.THESIXTHAXIS
  • The evasive maneuver of opponent cars when a players car blocks the track has been improved.

Correction of Issues

  • Corrected an issue where it was possible to gain points unfairly in drift trials.
  • Corrected an issue where it was not possible to view the 4th sector in the live monitor.
  • Corrected an issue where the sound effects would not change when replacing the exhaust system or turbo kit.
  • Corrected an issue where the save data becomes unable to load when exceeding a certain file size.

Other Changes

  • A searchable item called [Race Type] has been added for room creation in the [Open Lobby].
  • The lap times for the [X Challenge] in [Special Events] have been adjusted.
  • Game save speed has been optimized.
  • The HDD access warning message that was displayed at game startup has been disabled for faster startup.
  • Car demo backdrops during an [Auto Demo] is now displayed randomly in 4 types (Morning/Day/Night/White) as is in the [Dealership].
  • The “S-AWC” integrated four wheel drive system of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X has been adjusted.
  • The [Force Feedback Strength] of the Thrustmaster T500RS can now be adjusted across a wider range.

Simply load the game when you’re signed into the PSN to get this update.

Wonderful.

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96 Comments

  1. I lent this off my bro during the week so only did the last patch yesterday. Now i’ve got to do a new one.

  2. i have finally got bronzes on the sebastian vettlel challenges had bronze on monza before the update and now i’m a spec level 35 so looks like 24 hour le mans over this weekend oh joy. like the ticks in the 3 car dealerships showing which cars you don’t have which is a big help i have 850+ cars and its a been a nightmare working out which ones i have got or not got. the game does feel a little quicker in loading and saving. overall quite happy with the update but the one gripe i still have and has just got worse with 1.06 is the lack of money.

    • Yeah, you do have to grind pretty hard to get the decent money, especially since the crackers of the seasonal events have gone!

      • there is a new set today which ive already done but there was a volkswagon naldo concept and mitsubishi pajero rally raid in used car dealers which i needed and a couple others which i forget so that was the majority of that load of cash gone straight away lol. i need 4 cars in the online dealership which will cost over 8 million credits so looks like i’ll just have to keep grinding the dream car championship and hope i get them before they all change again.

  3. Wow, that is an epic update, will have to wait for a bit as i’m downloading some content off the store but once thats finished I can get this downloading and check it out.

  4. I give this update 2 thumbs up and an inappropriate fumble in the supplies closet.

  5. This is amazing, my day at work has just become approximately 1.06 times better thanks to the addition of remote racing! Excellent. I’m strangely looking forward to monday, somebody slap me!!

  6. Brilliant. Or at least it would be if my 7th PS3 hadn’t died this mmorning, with my GT5 disc stuckin it too. Hurry up with my replacment – and with sending my disc back Sony!

    • 7th?
      Can I ask what the hell you’re doing to the poor machines?

    • Jebus, how have you managed to get through SEVEN PS3’s? I’m still on numero one and it’s been 4 years.

    • What!? Have you got it locked in an oven all day?

      • must be. Im on my phat 60 gig still. It died again due to the room air temp getting too hot, but im fixin it myself and not gonna be ever place in a small room again.

  7. 7th PS3??

    Yep, still on my 1st PS3, phat release day version.

    • Just unlucky I think. 1st one lasted 18months or so fromAprilof launch year. They’ve all been well looked after.Dusted once a week. Well ventilated and not heavily used. Should be said that 2 of the 7 were faulty refurb replacements delivered by Sony that lasted less than a week.Number 8 gets delivered Tuesday. Wish me luck with this one chaps, it’s getting rather tiresome.

      • Unlucky is an understatement. Good luck!

      • Ive always considered refurbs to be better than brand new in most cases…but you’ve managed to dispel that long thought fact of mine right there.

  8. I love how Polyphony keeps updating GT5 with cool features. Sort of reminds of Burnout Paradise…

    • It is both good and bad. If you look through and read some of the replies to this article there are some saying how all this is too late and they have already given up on this game as it was not the finished article when first released.

      I tend to lean to your side of the fence. For game companies, being able to update your product like this must be so valuable. I believe they should take full advantage of this .

      What they shouldn’t do, however, is release an unfinished game early just because they know they can get away with updates.

  9. Oh, if I only had more friends that had GT5 that played B-spec….( Kamokazi is my psnid )

  10. Oh, if I only had more friends that had GT5 that played B-spec….( Kamokazi is my psnid )

    • Huh? double post? Sorry, dont know how that happend.

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