When Gran Turismo 6 was announced, some gamers were surprised to learn that it would debut only on the PS3. A PlayStation 4 version might eventually arrive, but not until later (likely 2014).
So…why? Well, SCEE CEO Jim Ryan has tried to explain the reasoning behind this move over at the Euro PlayStation Blog . In so doing, he gives us a brief glance at the history of the franchise:
"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 of course, there's the other obvious factor: The installed user base of the PS3 (which could be at 77 or 78 million, but Ryan cited as 70 million) is a little different than the initial user base of zero for the PS4. Furthermore, it's not like the PS4 won't have a great driving game right off the bat; MotorStorm developer Evolution Studios will bring us the very promising DriveClub . That one could be pretty darn special…
And remember, GT guru Kazunori Yamauchi has said that his team has a "PS4 version in mind for the future."
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 6