Sony has announced that the Gran Turismo Sport Closed Beta will commence on the 17th March for PlayStation 4 in the USA. Owners of the console are being encouraged to watch out for messages to see if they have been invited into the Beta.
Participants in the preview will be able to use a rotating selection of cars and tracks which will change daily and race against others online.
The Gran Turismo Sport Closed Beta will be the first time that the Driver Profile system is seen and how it integrates with GT Sport. It introduces a Sportsmanship Rating which grades your behaviour and manners on track. So if you s
- It introduces a Sportsmanship Rating which grades your behaviour and manners on track. So if you slam into people on the first corner like most online racing games, your rating will be low.
- It also brings the Driver Rating, this one grades you on your overall speed and performance on track.
Combined, they will be used in match-making to help you go up against people of similar skill and behaviour attributes.
The Gran Turismo Sport Closed Beta will be available initially only to US-based PlayStation 4 owners that get an invite. Those players will only have access to the servers at set times which allows the developers to get valuable information on how the whole system holds up. As with most Closed Beta’s, the number of invites will increase to meet the developers requirements for data.
Sony didn’t explain how it would pick the players who will be invited but we can assume it is related to how much you play other Gran Turismo games on your PlayStation 4 and what kinds of times you historically play.
Gran Turismo Sport is due to launch on PlayStation 4 this year. However, if previous releases are anything to go by, it may not be the case.