The great – and free – Spec 2.0 update is now available and the anticipated downloadable content has been dated.

Firstly, the Spec 2.0 update features a cockpit view for all standard cars, 2011 NASCAR cars, better load times, additional functionality and control for online multiplayer, and compatibility for the Logitech G25/G27 racing wheels. We heard about the upcoming batch of DLC a few weeks ago, but we only knew it'd release some time soon. So here comes the first paid DLC; as revealed at the PlayStation Blog , it'll be available next week on October 18.

There will be four separate packs. The Course Pack will feature SPA-Francorchamps and Kart Space layouts I and II for $4.99, The Car Pack will give you 15 new vehicles (including the Red Bull X2011) for $7.99, the Racing Gear Pack offers 90 total suits, helmets, and other gear for $1.99, and the Paint Pack tosses in 100 new car colors for $1.99. Now, if you want all four, you can get 'em for the bargain price of $11.99. Just more additions that make the best simulator we've seen even better.

Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5

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Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

This is a great addition to an already excellent production. GT5 fans are going to be very happy indeed from what I have read. The improvements definitely seem to have been worth the wait. Now, it may be the right time to take the plunge and add this game to my collection, no?

What do other PsXeXtremers have to say about the update?

Q!

"play. experience.enjoy"


Last edited by Qubex on 10/11/2011 9:33:33 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

You should have gotten this game months ago…so in other words yes. 🙂

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

I agree with Jawk. I'm enjoying it, especially the load times. It's faster now.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Qubex, you should have added GT5 a long time ago. There is still around 100,000 users active on GT5, so the support is still strong.

kellett007
kellett007
9 years ago

as others have said you should def get it.

Gordo
Gordo
9 years ago

Sorry, too late for me. Traded it!

(ducks)

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

Ok, I will add soon in the new year. I will join you all soon in the GT5 umniverse… I did have other financial priorities, but it looks like it deserves its place…

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

daus26
daus26
9 years ago

I pretty much finished the game, so there wasn't much for me. If you still got ways to go on the game though, or if you just started, this update will be awesome for ya. You'll love the fact that you get boosted XP/Credits for logging in consecutively. And as Clamedeus said, the load times are noticeably faster. You'd really appreciate this if you compare it to its early days.

My favorite is the fact that the physics have definitely change. A lot of my car setups acted wildly different. I had to adjust the suspension settings quiet a bit. In the end, the cars have a better overall feel, especially the F1GT and F2007. I love it!

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

That Red Bull car is insane. Fantastic update.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

You already updated and bought the car pack?
How fast can the X11 go?

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

I updated last night. The update went live some time in the night. They give you the Red Bull car as a free gift for after updating. So far I have gotten the Red Bull car close to 280mph.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

X10 or X11 Jawk?
Which one do you prefer?

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Hmmm, not sure. I thought the one you get after updating was the X11. It might be the X10. That said, I can't say which I prefer as the one you get with the update is the only one I have driven. I never bought the one that was made available in the game after completing most of it. It's too expensive. 🙂 I have a ton of cars in my garage and even with 14million in the bank, I still don't have enough to buy the one in the store.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

I see I see, 14 million?
Speaking of credits, any tips on how to get the "Penniless" trophy?
I think it's entirely impossible to spend all your credits down so I'm kinda lost.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Buy and upgrade every car in the store is the only way I can think of. Plus you can always buy a ton of used cars and cars from the online store. There are quite a few cars that are outrageously expensive in the online store.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

But still, spending everything till it reaches 0 is really hard.

swapnilgyani
swapnilgyani
9 years ago

That might be the X10 that everybody got because Sebastian Vettel won the championship.

I don't think they would give the X11 for free…not right now at least. That would take away a substantial amount of charm from the DLC car pack.

Mr Bubbles IGR
Mr Bubbles IGR
9 years ago

in order to get the penniless trophy, stock up on cash till you top out at $20mill and then buy the x1. no money in tha bank ^_^

Gabriel013
Gabriel013
9 years ago

Snaake, I picked up the penniless trophy right at the beginning. I knew I'd struggle if I didn't get it early on.

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

Jawk, do you drive the Bull with a wheel using manual shifting?

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

No, I don't have a wheel. I'd like to get one at some point for now the DS3 has to do. 🙂

daus26
daus26
9 years ago

The X11 can supposedly go 311 without draft. Your X10 should be able to go 290mph easy. Did you change your oil?

Btw, any of you guys beat the S.Vettel X10 Challenge in Special Event? I had to use my wheel for that.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

daus26 – I can't even Bronze Suzuka. OUCH.

daus26
daus26
9 years ago

Are you using your wheel? Also, I thought they raised the time for bronze?

I know you can bronze the online event though. Actually, 1:25 is way too easy even, for gold. Everyone should get on that. It's big money.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

Cockpit view for all standard cars eh?
So that means I can view my sweet ol' Buggati Veyron's cockpit!!!!
How could Polyphony not included the Veyron as a premium car!!!
Rant aside, is that suppose to be an update?
That's too much of a content for an update, hell, sometimes paying for an DLC doesn't even get you this much content!

But then again, this update gotta be huge so I guess I'll be leaving my PS3 on for one night….

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Don't get too excited. While the addition of cockpit views for standard cars are a nice option, for the most part and from what I have seen they are just a silhouettes. The detail is lacking. Though the rest of the update is superb.

By the way, the update is only a little over 1GB. It only took me about 10 minutes to download it.


Last edited by Jawknee on 10/11/2011 9:48:33 PM

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

So what you're saying is that for standard cars' cockpit view, it's just a "cockpit like any other"?

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

In other words, they did what everyone said they should have in the first place, and what they had supposedly done many months before the initial release. Given the standard cars a generic interior view.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

Oh dear me, prepare for more attack on GT5.

Initially:
"Only premium cars have cockpit view? That suck!!"

After this:
"Standard cars have same cockpit? That suck!!"

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

They should have added more detail than just a silhouette but meh, it works fine in my opinion.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

LOL!

I bet that they put the brand badge on the steering wheel, and have slightly different shapes of mirror and styles of instruments. Even if you only had a couple of styles of instrumentation per era, along with re-labeling the steering wheel and altering the mirror shape, you could create a reasonable amount of variation.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

Doesn't change the fact that it's still cockpit.
Though I hope they put the Veyron as a premium car in GT6, it has been my dream car ever since the actual thing was revealed till now.

Have Polyphony looked inside the Veyron??!
IT'S A BEAUTY!!!!

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Indeed. So far though it's just an all black silhouette with a little detail for the steering wheel and hands. There are no instruments. I have only driven a few standard cars though so it could very more. I thought I read that it would very depending on the cars you used but I haven't noticed much of a difference so far.

@Snaaaake, Why not hope for DLC instead of GT6? 🙂 The new content scheduled for next week has 15 new cars. No word one what they are yet though. I assume they are premium. Maybe if we are loud enough they will heed our demand. 🙂


Last edited by Jawknee on 10/11/2011 10:08:18 PM

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

To be honest, after all these updates and DLC, I kinda hope that they can focus on GT6.

Since the engine is already up and running(no pun intended if there's any), all that's left is optimized it so GT6 shouldn't take as long as GT5.

I'd say 2013.

swapnilgyani
swapnilgyani
9 years ago

The new Racing Car Pack ($7.99) has the following cars:

Red Bull X2011 Protytpe ’11
Dodge Challenger SRT8 Touring Car
Honda CR-Z Touring Car
Mazda Roadster Touring Car
Mazda RX-7 Touring Car
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Touring Car
Nissan GT-R R35 Touring Car
Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 Touring Car
Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 Touring Car
Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 Touring Car
Subaru Impreza Touring Car
Toyota Prius Touring Car
Gran Turismo Racing Kart Jr.
Gran Turismo Racing Kart 100
Gran Turismo Racing Kart 125

swapnilgyani
swapnilgyani
9 years ago

@ Jawknee

10 minutes to download? Wow! I put it to download just before I went to bed last night, and was barely just able to install it before I left for office this morning. Couldn't even take it for a whirl. Almost 8 hours, that is! 🙁

I can't wait to try out this evening though…

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Nice find Swapnil! Though I was hoping for more of a variety. There are already so many Nissan Skylines in the game.

And 8 hours?! What's is your mbps? Do you have cable or DSL? I have Comcast and on a good night when there's little congestion I get up to 12mbps. And that's through a wifi set up too.

swapnilgyani
swapnilgyani
9 years ago

Yeah, the entire DLC is kindaa meh! I can't believe they're selling paint chips! The only things that interset me are SPA and X2011.

I'm supposedly on 1 MBPS cable, but there you go. Reason why the world isn't ready yet for "digital distribution only" consoles.

dkmrules
dkmrules
9 years ago

yeah the standard view literally looks like something done in microsoft paint…. And for the dlc, more skylines and hybrids.

I swear kaz is trolling us because I don't know if he understands that NOT EVERYONE WANTS A GODDAMN SKYLINE!

daus26
daus26
9 years ago

I'm same with Jawknee on speed. About ten minutes for me, and during heavy load/wi-fi too if that matters. I downloaded right at 8pm pacific. Comcast has been very good.

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

I sold GT5. I know, it's a sin, but I have a reason. I don't have my game room completely finished yet so I can't use my wheel yet and I couldn't stand playing with the controller so I got rid of it for now. I will re-buy at some point but I don't know when.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Tsk, tsk!

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

It's ok. All prodigal sons return eventually.

swapnilgyani
swapnilgyani
9 years ago

It's just terrific that Polyphony Digital is giving out Spec 2.0 as a free update. It packs more with it than most paid DLCs!

<RANT>

However, as big a fan I am of GT5, I can't help but feel that quite a bit of these features could have been included at launch, and some of the omissions were mind boggling. Some of these things were present in GT5P, for heaven's sake!

Polyphony clearly has some of the most brilliant minds in the industry with them. Perhaps they could do with a few simple "gamers" within their ranks – gamers who can objectively look at the "game" aspect, without being mesmerised by the simulation aspect…perhaps a public beta a few months before they release GT6.

</RANT>

dkmrules
dkmrules
9 years ago

Game should have be named "Gran Skyline 5: Skyline Edition"

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

LOL!

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

Can't help it right?
Kazu is a Japanese and Nissan is a Japanese company.

Not to mention Kazu himself even helped out with Nissan and get a GT-R in return.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Well, the GTR is Kaz's favorite ride.

daus26
daus26
9 years ago

Some might argue that it should be called Gran Turismo: Mazda Miata Madness Edition.

daus26
daus26
9 years ago

With this, I think GT5 is complete. Load times are excellent, major glitches are taken care of, and the leveling system is fair now. All there's left is just DLCs here and there.

They need to work on GT6 asap. If Forza comes out in 2013, and there's still no GT6, I can just imagine Turn 10 and its fanboys boasting to no end. Heck, they're already proclaiming and securing victory. I personally don't care about this, but I do want GT6 to be one of Ps3's last gem, like GT4 was for the ps2, and GT2 on the ps1.