Gran Turismo Sport 1.08 Beta Highlights Mechanical Damage, Better Sounds, Tire Wear
Gran Turismo Sport 1.08

The latest beta for Gran Turismo Sport has added a few new features ahead of the game’s release this November. One of the new features for the game as part of the 1.08 beta feature mechanical damage. COG Connected and WCCF Tech outlined the updates that were accompanied by two videos showcasing the updates.

The first video shows the mechanical wear to a car after undergoing damage. We see that steering control goes awry, stability control goes out the window, and the axles are no longer reliable. The video is only two minutes long but we get to see how the mechanical failure affects the handling of the vehicle. You can check it out below.

The second video shows a lot more of the beta in action, including including more of the mechanic damage and the way it affects the tires. The one thing worth noting is that the cosmetic damage is no where near as impressive as some people might be hoping. However, that’s more of a manufacturer limitation than a problem on the design end. You can check out the video below courtesy of MotoGamesTV.

Sound wise, the vehicles definitely have a bet more heft than what we’re used to out of Gran Turismo games, but they still don’t compare at all to Forza Motorsport 7 or Project CARS 2. The other two games are just on a whole other level when it comes to sound engineering and capturing the weight and grunt of the road beasts.

However, do keep in mind that Polyphony apparently overhauled all the sound design for the cars in Gran Turismo Sport, so it’s definitely better than before but still a step behind the competition.

Graphically, the game looks better in the 1.08 beta than it did during its showing at E3 this past year. The smoke effects look good, and Polyphony is still the masters of natural lighting, but there’s still a sterile look when it comes to the cars due to a lack of multi-pass physically based rendering. I would have hoped that by now it would have been implemented into a game series as lauded as Gran Turismo, but sadly it’s not.

You can look for Gran Turismo Sport to launch this fall, exclusively for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro.


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