Gran Turismo 7: State of Play recap and your first few hours with the game

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Gran Turismo 7: State of Play recap and your first few hours with the game

Settle in for 30 minutes of new PS5 gameplay

Thanks for tuning into our in-depth look at the modes and features of Gran Turismo 7. You can view the full VOD below, which contains more than 30 minutes of new gameplay footage, insight into various modes, and more.

Gran Turismo 7: State of Play recap and your first few hours with the game

As you can see, there’s a lot going on in GT7 and there is something for everyone regardless of whether you are a new player, or an existing fan of the franchise. This is the purpose of GT7, it was produced to celebrate the idea of car culture in the modern day and inspire people to want to be a part of it, whether you are interested in racing, scapes and photography, livery design, tuning, or collecting cars. 

Now let’s get into the detail. Once you get behind the wheel on March 4, how do the modes seen in State of Play reveal themselves as you play? Here’s a quick rundown of what you will experience when you first access the game.

Music Rally

The first thing you’ll do is hop into a Porsche Carrera Speedster ’56 and race through the Music Rally. On the surface, it’s an arcade-style race where you enjoy some motivating, up-tempo tunes while trying to reach checkpoints before time runs out. For new players, this is also a way to experience GT’s driving simulation gameplay and an opportunity to set your steering and pedal operation type and driving assist presets (Auto Brakes, Braking Zones, Driving Lines, etc.).

Purchasing a car

As seen in State of Play, the World Map is your home base in the resort-themed world of GT7. The first task to complete is using some provided in-game credits to purchase a used car of your choice (in this case, a Toyota Aqua S ’11). With a set of wheels at your command, stop by the Garage and then head to the new Café.


This comfy locale offers you “Menu Books” of activities to complete for new cars and other game-progression goodies.* The first Menu Book request is to acquire three Japanese compact cars, one of which you already purchased earlier. So that’s one down… but how do you obtain the other two? By winning them from specific races called out in the Menu Book. Venture out to those courses in the World Circuit area of the map, fulfill the placement requirements (3rd place or higher in this case) and voila, new cars are yours.

License Center

Next you unlock the License Center, featuring rigorous driving tests know to GT veterans all over the world. Luckily, obtaining the initial B license isn’t too demanding, so even novice players can tackle this in time, and obtain the B license. Getting B, A licenses (and so on) will teach you valuable skills you can apply throughout your GT7 journey.


With a handful of cars now in your garage and new skills at your command, a Café menu will direct you to the newly opened Tuning Shop. As you can imagine, this place is loaded with parts of all shapes and sizes (peep some of them in the full VOD), with even more to be unlocked as you play. As you acquire new cars, for instance, you build up your Collector Level, and hitting level 4 unlocks the “Club Sports” category in the Tuning Shop.

So race, collect, unlock, tune… whatever you do, you’re probably helping build out some other element of the game. The Café Menu will also guide you to new areas and modes, so fulfilling those is a great way to ensure you’re taking advantage of all the sights & sounds of GT7.

All this content is experienced within the first hours of the game (depending on winning races, fulfilling Menu Books and so forth), at which point you’re off to a special championship event at the High Speed Ring. This will open the Brand Central, where you can purchase brand-new vehicles from over 50 car manufacturers and tuners.

This is just the tip of the iceberg though, as you progress through the game you will open many more features to explore, such as the GT Auto where you can dress up your cars and perform maintenance, the Livery Editor, Scapes, Race photos, and more. Watch the full State of Play VOD for more information.

I hope having seen this update into Gran Turismo 7 you are as excited for this latest installment as we have been to make it! Releasing on March 4th, you can pre-order Gran Turismo 7 at the PlayStation Store for either PS4 or PS5.

And the 25th Anniversary Edition not only includes the PS5 version but also comes with the digital code for the PS4 version, so it’s perfect for those who only have a PS4 now but are thinking of purchasing a PS5 in the future.

*Internet connection required for game progression to access most vehicles, races, and tuning features.

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  • I’m very excited for this game! I’m not the biggest car enthusiast, and I’m pretty bad at racing simulation games – BUT Gran Turismo is such a VIBE kind of game! I love that GT can show me why different aspects of the automotive industry are important or meaningful, and I genuinely feel like I’m learning and gaining a greater appreciation for cars and where they fit in the technological landscape when I play. The enhanced museum and showcase features, and the addition of the Music Rally make me very excited to lose hundreds of hours to just vibin’ with some beautiful machines and slick tunes! <3

    • I’m generally a fan of the more arcade-style racers with a touch less realism, where I don’t have to be as precise and can throw my weight around. A little road rage won’t hurt anybody in an arcade game. I miss Motorstorm.

      But while this isn’t my normal comfort zone, it looks impressive enough to make me want to give it a try anyway.

    • GT7 looks phenomenal.

      The weather technology is beyond anything I expected. The way puddles dry up depending on different parts of the track and how clouds and weather are dynamic. It could be raining on one part of the track and dry on another. The sky will be different depending on the region. Based on real world data. Temperature will impact driving conditions. Unbelievable.

      I love how the physics are improved particularly the chassis.

      Ray tracing in actual races.

      Split screen.

      Drag races.

      Music modes.

      Informative show. GT is coming strong.

    • @FeistFan
      GT has never been a real sim racer anyway, you can crash into the guardrail or the opponent at 300 km/h and continue your race as if nothing had happened.

    • @barrow40 totally agree , I hate that there is no damage model , or if there is Im sure it wll be almost non existant. That puts me off somewhat. I’ll wait for the reviews I think

  • This game will be so exciting and even for people who are bad at driving sims.

  • Did they drop the always online single player drm yet?

  • Very excited for this game! Though I do miss the B Spec mode and the remote racing feature from GT5. Would be great if you brought those back. In today’s world we could have had a remote racing app on iOS and Android which we could use to control the remote races.

    • B-Spec mode was part of GT6 too, it came as an update, months after the release! So who knows, maybe it will be the same case with GT7 too.

    • GT6 didn’t have remote racing though. Hopefully they can add these features in a future GT7 update.

  • I think they stealthily mentioned 2 player split screen. That’s a surprise to me. Absolutely ready for this game.!!!

  • Ok that was impressive, you sold. Im about to sink so many hours into this game lol.

  • This got me excited to play this, looking forward to March! Can’t wait to experience driving with the dualsense.

  • I am very supportive in his products, who makes Gt. Both virtual reality and an better cd drive PlayStation, I would agree is correct? Cya you in the Ferrari dealership.

  • I was hoping for a system update with vrr etc. maybe in March?

  • Super excited to play GT7! Now I need a new TV to experience the full visuals of this game.

  • Glorious and what an incredible presentation. Can’t wait. Hope to see more classic tracks added.

  • Awesome! Thank you Polyphony Digital for making the true 7th Gran Turismo game! Looking forward to driving in GT7 @March 4.

  • Games looks amazing, please do a Offline version, because right now the physical version is useless if you can not even play it offline.

  • Looks nice but kinda bored of racing sims. I’ll probably pick it up when it’s dirt cheap in a sale.

  • Why even have a State of Play livestream when it’s always 1080p but the moment it ends you upload the same content in 4K? You could simply set the 4K upload as a premiere and it’ll be the same thing..

  • Well cars are phenomenal as always. Background well im not sold. I mean they
    are not bad but not next gen (i know it is a cross gen game) but still. The main thing im happy about is that they upgraded the physics 😌

  • I have already pre-ordered and this SoP just made me super excited to play it.
    (a former GT6 & GTS player 😉)

  • Is there going to be a demo?

  • Wow I gotta say I’m not a big fan of car sims but this looks amazing. I’ll give it a try for sure.

  • Is there any word on if the logitech racing wheels are compatible for PS5 version?

  • Wait, do you really get an extra code for the PS4 version if you get the 25th anniversary edition? This is not mentioned on PlayStation Store where I pre-ordered!

    • Under the “Game and Legal Info”: Dual PS4™ and PS5™ entitlement

    • No no, the entire point is getting a code for the PS4 version that I can apply to another account. Why in the world would I want the PS4 version of a game that I’m already buying the PS5 version for??

      It specifically states it comes with a code, so we should get a code.

    • Yes Sarah, that’s what it means. It doesn’t say that you have both games in one disc, ofc it comes with a code…

  • Dear Kazunori-San and PD Team. Thank you for the wonderfully insightful and exciting look at GT7 presented during the recent “State of Play”. As a life-long Gran Turismo fan who has wasted far too many of his most productive years chasing “gold” licence test medals, I can honestly say that i’ve not been this excited for a video games since the “Clubman Stage Route R5” demo was released on PS1 back in 1997!!! I love the care with which you appear to have crafted each aspect of GT7. Your attention to detail and love for the automobile and automobile culture really shines through. I don’t want to add too much to the already exhaustive list of “fan requests” you must surely receive on a daily basis, but respectfully, please consider the following suggestions for future DLC content:

    Cars: BMW M3 Competition G80, Audi RS5 Coupe, Mercedes AMG C63s, Porsche 718 Cayman S/GTS, BMW M2 Competition, Audi RS3 Sedan, BMW M5 Competition, Audi RS6, Mercedes AMG E63s.

    Why? These cars represent important sports saloon/coupe rivalries that many of us dream to live-out but can rarely afford. The closest thing many of us will ever get to these wonderful machines is their virtual representation in games like GT7. I’m sure they are all expensive and potentially problematic to license (or surely they would already be in the game) but I assure you, make these cars available, even as paid DLC and you will please millions of fans globally and most certainly make a solid return on your investment!

    Tracks: Clubman Stage Route R5, Tokyo R246, El Capitan, Apricot Hill, Rome circuit, London Circuit, Circuito de Madrid.

    Truly some of the very best tracks of Gran Turismo’s Illustrious Past! Would love to see them recreated in GT7!

    Thanks Kaz and PD team. Keep up the terrific work!!!

  • I am Pumped for the 7th main game in the series, also love everything I have seen. Hoping to love the 3D sense features, Haptics can give cars more personality. If GT7 can offer a larger driving area in the future to fully speed my tuned 370z, that would be awesome. no bushes or off-road, just Street vibes for those not interested in Track Racing, I think this would broaden the reach for casuals and ties into a potential multiplayer free-roam. The game is already Online Only to access the content, might as well go in further on that decision.

  • Can’t wait I got add to collection

  • So really?! No Cadillac V black wing?! It’s the last of its kind! Would have been a great send off for those of us that will never afford one.

  • No zombie mode, no sale.

    Just kidding. Def looks tempting, will wait for (legitimate) reviews first.

  • 💯 This is awesome 🤘😎🤘

  • I’ve been digging through everything as much as I can. One particular thing I’m confused about, and a little disappointed by, is lumping career mode into World Circuits so that I’ll have to complete the progression one track at a time, instead of various championships and series’. Nothing was mentioned in this write up regarding this unorganized mess compared to even GTS’ reactionary career mode, but even then on such short notice it was better represented than what has been shown so far. (Unless GT League was destined for GT7 and pulled for GTS). Not to mention being driven to complete the Menu Book in GT Cafe, instead of voluntarily completing it at our leisure. I was really hoping for an open minded approach to the career, to let the player decide where they want to spend their time and their money, but instead we’ll have to utilize the GT Cafe to unlock content one step at a time. I hope this was still a work in progress, but judging by the timeline that’s left, I don’t think this afterthought will be ironed out in time.

  • Hi, is there a way to play the beta version of the game on play station 5? if yes, how?

  • I am proud to work for LUCID Motors and I am very interested at the prospect at seeing EV’s make their way into this amazing game in the very near future. Fingers crossed!

  • Wish they could option damage on or off. My son and i race on rigs and he needs to learn to drive, brake and corner properly. He has learnt about the cautions received when dueling with cars.

  • I really enjoyed the city tracks in GT5: Côte d’Azur London, Madrid and Circuito di Roma. As soon as they are added to GT7 I’ll buy the game. They bring visual interest to the game and it was a joy to ride them.

  • What would be really cool, if you were able to take your own pictures of a parking lot or something like that upload it to the game and have your own backdrops with the cars that you own for instance your own driveway a parking garage something really cool like that and upload it into the game with the cars…

  • Why doesn’t preordering the hame give you 24 to 48 hr jump on the release date

  • I hotspot with my 5G Samsung S21 for Internet.What will Ibe able to play?Any offline features? I can play some games online but not all.

  • I received my GT7 n have been playing it ssince February 27th n now this morning it says it can’t read game or app n now i can’t play. Anyone else having this problem

    • I can still play but lost all my data, happened this morning. Have you reinstalled your game already or repaired it?

  • I was really enjoying the game and just unlocked the Multiplayer/Sport mode and had almost everything on gold with the first two licenses. A good 5 to 6 hours of play time but then with one of the challenges it got stuck on the daily miles driven count screen and I had to force shut GT7. Once rebooting GT7 I re-entered the setting up options (what controller and video settings ect) and had to rewatch the opening scene. Once in the GT World I saw that I lost all my progress (I was level 7). I do not care too much about losing all my data because I can redo it, it was “only” roughly 6 hours but I am afraid that it will happen again down the line.. I never had this saving problem on my PS5 or ever had problems with my internet connection here in Holland. I have checked the cloud data and storage data but both give me the all data lost progress. Checking online with my profile or even in the game on the top left with my page, I can see I’m still level 7 but in game on the World I have nothing anymore. Anybody else who has encoutered this problem?
    Kind regards,

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