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Gran Turismo is a PlayStation Portable game developed by Polyphony Digital. The game was announced at the E3 2004 Sony press conference on May 11th, the same conference where Sony announced the PlayStation Portable, and after long amounts of delays, was released alongside the PSPGo! on October 1st, 2009.

Gran Turismo has the same courses that featured in Gran Turismo 4 with the exception of a few missing courses, along with two of its new tracks made available, Cathedral Rocks Trail III and Circuit de Valencia, currently these only appear in Gran Turismo.


The game menus in the North American version, as well as the "Ready, Start" countdown in all versions, feature voice-over treatment by car enthusiast and talk show host Jay Leno.[1]

The game does not feature a career-based racing mode like previous titles, but rather an open-ended style where the player chooses a car, racetrack, competitor ability, and number of laps, and the game automatically determines the prize pot based on these parameters. There is also a "driving challenges" section, which is essentially a combination of the licence tests and driving missions of Gran Turismo 4. There is no requirement for the player to complete these in order to race, but doing so grants them credits, with more money offered for silver and gold completion times, as well as other perks.

The default control layout is rather unusual, with the D-Pad up and down buttons used for shifting gears, and both X and Circle being used for acceleration, the handbrake being reassigned to the R button. The controls are however fully customizable by the player. Kazunori Yamanuchi dismissed the idea of using PSP Plus to allow players to control the cars using a DualShock 3 controller or steering wheel, saying "if you want to play on a PS3 controller, you will have to play Gran Turismo 5."[2]


This is the first game in the series not to feature different music for different game regions.

  • Moon Over The Castle Orchestra Version - Masahiro Andoh
  • rainbow 3000. - aM
  • Moz - aM
  • close my eyes, eyes, eyes. - aM
  • stepping inside with outside. - aM
  • Windy - Solaya
  • Adrenalin Navigation - YO-C & DJ SHIMAMURA
  • Summer Searching - YO-C & DJ SHIMAMURA
  • over the horizon - MASANORI MINE
  • planet tension - MASANORI MINE
  • colorful monochrome - MASANORI MINE
  • Menu & Jingles - aM, Yuki Oike
  • Mastering Engineer Toshiya Horiuchi
  • 808PM @ THE BEACH - Fred Falke
  • Be My Baby - Performed by Ryuichi Katsumata, Norihito Sumimoto; written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich
  • Cosmic Egg - Wolfmother
  • Divine (Danger Remix) - Sebastien Tellier
  • Do You - Adam Freeland
  • Fist of God - MSTRKRFT
  • LISZTOMANIA (Alex Metric Remix) - Phoenix
  • Monday (Glitch Mob Remix) - Nalepa
  • New Galaxy - EI-P
  • No Regrets - King Khan & The Shrines
  • Yippiyo-Ay - The Presets
  • Stigma - Noisia
  • Just One Second - London Elektricity
  • On The Run - The Quemists
  • When Ur Lonely - The Quemists
  • Omen (Noisia Remix) - The Prodigy
  • Borrowed Time - TC feat. Subfocus
  • Aztec - Spor


Gran Turismo has over 800 vehicles to use. The game also features the manufacturers Bugatti and Lamborghini in the Gran Turismo series for the first time.

Here is a list on the vehicles encountered.



  • Starting from this game, all the regional differences are all removed. This allows the player to purchase the cars that were formerly regional exclusive. (Vauxhall and Acura cars are some examples of regional exclusive cars).
    • This is because the PSP's UMD format is region free for videogames, stemming from widespread criticism by gamers about the necessity of regional lockouts for videogames on earlier formats. However, this also results in criticism regarding duplicated regional variations of cars, a noticeable problem in the PlayStation 3 era of the series.
    • Whilst the cover art remains the same across all regions, there are differences between the standard versions of the game in terms of the top box banner, both the North American version and the European version use the old look (albeit the European cover lacks the addition of the "Only on PlayStation" message), whilst the Japanese version uses the PS3-style box banner, this is peculiar because the game came out with a universal worldwide release date. The budget versions of this game eventually just used the PS3-style banner, no matter which region it came from.
  • This is the last game in the series to use the word "Fail" on screen when a player fails a mission or a test. Starting with Gran Turismo 5, the word "Disqualified" appears in yellow text on screen.
    • Early versions of Gran Turismo 7 did use "Fail" for such conditions, but was quickly changed to "Try Again!".
  • Presumably as an anti-cheating/hacking mechanism, GTPSP's save data is locked to the PSP it was created. If the player attempts to load a save data created with another PSP, the game will prompt to overwrite the data from scratch or to quit the game.
  • This game was originally planned as Gran Turismo 4 Mobile, announced during the launch of the system in 2004; however, the internal structure and code of the released game (along with some features such as Standard/Professional physics toggle, a feature that appeared in GT5P) appears to be based on GT5P/GT5 instead, although most of the assets came from GT4.
    • Internally, the game is referred as "GT5M".