As far as PlayStation games go, Gran Turismo is kind of a big deal. So imagine everyone's surprise when Sony and Polyphony revealed that the new Gran Turismo 6 would be a PS3 game, not PS4. Odd choice, considering so many upcoming titles are at least trying to cover current and next generation platforms. Well, the companies do have their reasons for this decision.
It comes down to two main issues: the PlayStation 3 still has enough potential to "exploit," and also has an existing install base.
In a recent interview, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan noted the PS3's capabilities, stating that it was enough for Polyphony to work with.
"You had GT1 and GT2 on PS one. GT3 and GT4 on PS2, then there's GT5 on PS3 and a space next to it. The difference between Gran Turismo and GT2 is unbelievable, but they're both on the same platform. The difference between GT3 and GT4 is huge. We're absolutely confident when GT6 comes, you'll see a big step change up from GT5 too. There's still a lot of potential on PS3 that a developer like Polyphony can really exploit."
And the install base? Well, the PlayStation 3 has been around a good while, and over the years, the platform has brought in millions of users. PlayStation 4, on the other hand, is starting out with none, and that concerns Sony.
"And the other factor is that on PS3 we have an install base of 70 million units. On PS4 on launch day we'll have an install base of zero units. There'll be plenty of games to help drive PS4 – not least Driveclub in the racing genre from Evolution Studios, a studio with a fantastic pedigree."
All that said, Sony might bring Gran Turismo 6 to PS4 eventually. Series creator Kazunori Yamauchi had previously expressed an interest in the next-gen PlayStation, but noted that the company "thought it would be best for users to release on PS3 for now."