Gran Turismo 5 is officially imminent. It's 'gone gold', which means it's finished and is now being mass-produced. But its producer, Kazunori Yamauchi, isn't satisfied. In fact, he says that he's been limited by PS3's technology. We wonder exactly what he means. Is head-tracked 3D not enough?
Above: Exactly which part of this doesn't meet his vision? The man is a serious perfectionist
In an interview with Esquire Magazine, he says that he's always been limited by the hardware, ever since the first game.Clearly he got more out of PS1 and PS2 than 99% of other developers, but there's only so far you can go with a PSone. Likewise, he says it's the same with PS3:
"Software has to be created under the restriction of the hardware. With each new PlayStation, the vessel has become bigger, but it's still not enough. With Gran Turismo 5 we've made it as clean and beautiful as possible within the confines of the space we're given - but of course there's a lot more that we want to put in."
There are some sayings that come to mind. The harsher critic would say 'a bad workman blames his tools'. But the optimist might offer 'aim for the moon and you might just land in the stars'. Sorry to get all Mei Ling on you, but if Yamauchi's vision really is grander than the wealth of features we've seen so far, you have to wonderwhat'szipping around the racetrack of his mind.
And what kind of machine would actually be able to realise his vision? Perhaps it doesn't exist. Maybe it would require a supercomputer of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy proportions:
So we can probably expect GT6 to be powered by the Earth itself, only for the Vogons to destroy it in, what?2012? Hang on a minute, that actually makes perfect sense...
Anyone got beer, peanuts and a towel?
08 Nov, 2010