Gran Turismo Developer Polyphony Digital and Sony AI are Teasing a “Breakthrough Project”


A couple years ago Sony announced a new artificial-intelligence division, focused on “unleashing human imagination and creativity with AI.” While it sounded ambitious, we haven’t heard much about what Sony AI is actually working on, although that will soon change. Today Sony AI and Gran Turismo 7 developer Polyphony Digital announced they’ll be announcing a “breakthrough project” later this week.

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You can check out a brief teaser trailer for said breakthrough project, below.

What might this collaboration between Sony AI and Polyphony Digital actually entail? Well, this quote from Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida from last year may shed some light on the subject…

Sony AI, which we established last year, has begun a collaboration with PlayStation that will make game experiences even richer and more enjoyable. By leveraging reinforcement learning, we are developing Game AI Agents that can be a player's in-game opponent or collaboration partner.

While we’ll have to wait for confirmation, it kind of sounds like Sony may  be working on a version of the Forza series’ “Drivatars” – that is, AIs based on analysis of your driving style, that other people can race against without you actually being behind the controller. Perhaps there’s more to it than that, but an advanced version of the Drivatar system would be a cool addition to Gran Turismo 7. Haven’t been keeping up with Polyphony Digital’s upcoming Gran Turismo 7? You can check out a very in-depth State of Play presentation here, and the game’s key features, below.

  • The Best of Gran Turismo - With the return of classic cars, iconic tracks, and fan-favourite modes like GT Simulation and Sport Mode – Gran Turismo 7 is the complete Real Driving Simulator, 25 years in the making.
  • Find You Line - Whether you’re a racer, collector, tuner, designer, photographer or arcade fan – immerse yourself in the facets of automotive culture that matter most to you.
  • Connect and Compete - Join an international community of drivers to share race strategies, tuning tips, livery designs and photos, before taking to the track to go head-to-head.

Gran Turismo 7 peels onto PS4 and PS5 on March 4. The Sony AI “breakthrough,” whatever it may be, will be unveiled on February 9.

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