Ever since it was announced that Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) would be bringing virtual reality (VR) to the PlayStation 4 back in March 2014, fans have speculated on what first-party franchises could offer their support to the tech. Many would like to see platformers such as Ratchet and Clank or Jak and Daxter make the transition to the PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD), as it’s called, while others picture driving simulators such as Gran Turismo as the perfect companion for the device. It seems that SCE Head of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida agrees with the latter.
“Many trial tests we’ve been doing, some genres just work fine,” Yoshida said when the popular racing franchise was brought up in an interview with Eurogamer released earlier this week. “One of those genres is racing games. So when Gran Turismo comes out on PS4, I’d like to see it support PlayStation VR, yeah.” Gran Turismo would presumably arrive on PlayStation 4 as Gran Turismo 7, but such a title is set to be announced. The series has come to every PlayStation platform with the exception of the PlayStation Vita, so it’s not hard to imagine it showing up later down the line.
Back when PlayStation VR was first revealed – then known as Project Morpheus – Yoshida confirmed that SCE-owned Evolution Studios had also tested support for its own racing simulator, DriveClub. Ultimately the team decided against its inclusion, but perhaps possible support for the Gran Turismo series could go some way to making up for that. As it stands, SCE is yet to announce that any of its classic IP will support VR in the future, though has announced entirely new ones such as RIGS: Mechanised Combat League from Guerrilla Cambridge.
VRFocus will continue to follow PlayStation VR closely, reporting back with the latest updates to the title.