Gran Turismo Sport Is Shutting Down: Here's Everything You Need To Know

In July 2013, Sony released Gran Turismo 6 on PS3 to raving reviews. Years later, people were expecting GT 7, but Kazunori Yamauchi had something else in mind and decided to "stall" the numerology with Gran Turismo Sport, released in October 2017. In March 2022, Sony launched GT 7 as a cross-gen title, and in just a few short months, we'll be saying our goodbyes to GT Sport's online services.
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Gran Turismo Sport for the PS4 launched to an okay reception from the press, but consumers weren't all too excited about it. While reviewers gave it a 75 score on Metacritic, fans were a bit upset, leaving just a 6.1 after playing it.

Veterans and newbies alike were disappointed because the single-player mode was too short, and the overall experience left a bitter aftertaste of online exploitation. It didn't feel like a "true" Gran Turismo game.

No matter if you loved or hated it, on January 31, 2024, at 06:00 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), the PlayStation 4 online services for Gran Turismo Sport will be shut down for good. Also, Sony will stop selling Add-ons items on December 1 on the PS Store.

Aside from the short-lived single-player component, what else will you have left after the digital axe comes down?

Well, you'll no longer be able to use online services like Community, Open Lobby, Sport Mode, and Seasonal Events. Other online features and items, such as custom liveries, are gone, too. You can only use things you already purchased from the PS Store in the offline mode.

Everything in your Garage and Carrer Mode progression remains intact, including customizations and personalized Car Settings. Also, you can still unlock everything the offline modes have to offer.

If you were hoping the Discover stuff would remain available, you're out of luck. Because it requires an online connection, everything from there, like custom car liveries, helmets, and racing suits, will also be exiting the premises.

On the brighter side, the world circuits are still available, and the unlocking through progression part stays the same as it always was.

If, for any reason, you ever wanted to do the Lewis Hamilton Time Trial Challenge, get the Scapes Content Pack or specific vehicles, remember that you only have until December 1, 2023, to do so.

Also going bye-bye are the Mileage Store, online-related Trophies, and Garage Car Liveries. Custom Liveries won't be accessible after January 31, 2024, and all cars with special liveries will revert to their original colors.

It would be awesome if Sony shared the stats on GT Sport's online presence, but given that GT 7 is thriving, it's no surprise the former reign is ending. You can safely assume this decision wasn't made recently, and the game has been slowly dying for some time.
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