This Is Why The Cars From Gran Turismo Sport Are So Lifelike

No, the image you see above isn’t a photograph of an actual BMW M4, but an image from the Gran Turismo Sport. Could have fooled us.

In creating the latest addition to the Gran Turismo series, developer Polyphony Digital has gone to extraordinary lengths to accurately capture the details and colors of vehicles and their surroundings thanks to one key technological advancement.

As detailed by Digital Trends in a detailed examination of the game, Polyphony uses High-Dynamic Range, something supported by the Playstation 4 and Playstation 4 Pro. Compared to the typical sRGB profile, HDR is better able to define how many colors a screen can produce, allowing developers to make vehicles more lifelike than ever.

To give cars in Gran Turismo Sport levels of detail, Polyphony developed a camera that can capture HDR images with 100 times the dynamic range of typical cameras.

According to Gran Turismo produced Kazunori Yamauchi, “The world of HDR is something that most of the world hasn’t stepped into. It’s really uncharted territory. Three years ago when we started developing Gran Turismo Sport, there were actually no HDR images anywhere in the world.”

One key advantage of HDR is that it is able to better represent colors. As an example, Yamauchi says most the colors used by McLaren fall outside the sRGB range and cannot be accurately recreated. With HDR, however, those colors are just like the real thing.


  • Big Black Duck

    they look amazing…you only know they are fake when the location doesn’t make sense…like the amg in the middle of the forest.

    • Kaisuke971

      I know YouTube channel that starts their POV reviews in the middle of the forrest lol (AutotopNL).

    • Jay

      Also when the cars have there lights on. It tends to give if away also.

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  • Akira

    When they finally record something else than vacuum cleaners for the engine sounds I’ll say it’s lifelike.

    • elie

      They have a new audio system in place, its been confirmed

  • fabri99

    Astonishing, but they are taking to long with this new Gran Turismo. It should be out already…

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Gran Turismo Sport

      The Final Fantasy XV of cars.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I cannot tell that this M4 is in GT Sport. Bravo.

  • Ermal Morina

    well tip of the hat to them,it looks absolutely astonishing!!

  • RonK

    The problem with the GT series is that they have focussed on making things look good but all the cars feel and drive the same and sound the same now. It’s not really a good driving simulator anymore.

    • Vassilis

      No, they really, really don’t.

  • Youssef

    Beautiful! But, the tires just give it away…

  • Status

    Good enough for consoles. No where near good enough for computers.

  • Jimmy Nelson

    I’d like to see fewer cars in Gran Turismo if it meant all of them got fully rendered interiors. Yamauchi-sensei is a car god, he’d get everything right about the cockpit right down to the turn signals and LED lighting on the dashboard.

  • J Rivera

    OK I’m a skeptic, but haven’t GT cars always looked better in Photo Mode and less so in racing?

  • Mattewis Kat

    If it were in an actual game it would have looked even better. Classic case of “the enemy of good is better”. The way Polyphony gets away with ignoring deadlines to the point the game is withdrawn from the Playstation store after people have pre-ordered it, is disgraceful. It is utterly pointless to keep publishing teasers of immaculate quality with absolutely no product to substantiate them. Not even a release date! It would seem Sony do not hold these people accountable and just keep footing the massive development bill. Not even in the development of military hardware which takes a huge amount of time to develop and qualify, are people afforded the luxury of fooling around for 2+ years without producing any measurable output.

  • zamir yusof

    Considering the processing power of a PS4 (pro included), I can guarantee the car only looks better in Photo Mode. There’s no way a PS4 can achieve very high level of tessellation and anti aliasing as shown in the screenshots during racing.

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