When Kazunori Yamauchi said Polyphony Digital would continue to support Gran Turismo 5 , he really wasn't kidding.
Update version 1.05 for the masterful racer has arrived and it clocks in at a super-hefty 608MB. Why? Because, as GTPlanet reports, the upgrade offers a ton of improvements and alterations. GT Mode now has Seasonal Events, where you can "participate in official online events from the Polyphony Digital team," there's the Online Collector's Dealership, Online Race Rewards and Experience, Improved Rewards (rewards for A-Spec and B-Spec races have been increased for a limited time), and the ability to set the Race Information Display. In terms of a stability upgrade, the team has "made improvements to the [Log] within [GT Mode]-[Community] section, in order to make its operation more stable." GT5 is a driving simulator and deserving of constant tweaks, as one would constantly tweak a race car. It takes a few laps before you really get it running well, but the core mechanic is what matters…and when it comes to realistic physics, there's nothing better.
So next time you log in, prepare to wait a bit as the update downloads. If you're a hardcore racer, it's worth the wait.
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5