Spec 2.0 Update + DLC Discussion Thread

#1 Posted by goudaj (76 posts) -

Since it's live, I thought I'd make a thread. These details are from GTPlanet.

Here's the full Spec 2.0 change list:

Major Changes and New Features

- Standard Cars now given simplified cockpit views
The over 800 standard cars included in the game are now given simplified cockpit views. You can change your view using the SELECT button when racing, to change your display to the exciting cockpit view.
*Unlike the cockpit view of premium cars, the simplified cockpit is shown in a dark silhouette, and the gauges used for the car will be standard in-game instruments.

- New Opening Movie
A new opening movie is now available from “Gran Turismo TV”. When you download this movie, it will replace the current opening movie. The previous version will be viewable within Gran Turismo TV.

- Addition of the weather change menu
On some tracks with weather changes, it is now possible for the user to set time and weather changes from the Quick Menu in both the Arcade Mode, and “Practice” of the GT Mode. Also, you can make more detailed time and weather changes while editing in the course maker and in the online lounge.

- Multiple car settings/save feature
We’ve added a setting sheet feature that allows you to save multiple car settings.
From the [Setting Sheet] on the lower right of the screen, you can check the current settings. You can switch between 3 settings A, B, and C, allowing you to change between your personal settings easily according to the type of race and your objectives.

- Added 11 NASCAR cars
The newest NASCAR 2011 models have been added to the car dealerships. The added cars are the following:

  • Toyota 2011 Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx TOYOTA CAMRY ’11
  • Chevrolet 2011 Tony Stewart #14 Office Depot CHEVROLET IMPALA ’11
  • Toyota 2011 Kyle Busch #18 M&M’SR TOYOTA CAMRY ’11
  • Toyota 2011 Joey Logano #20 The Home Depot TOYOTA CAMRY ’11
  • Chevrolet 2011 Jeff Gordon #24 Drive to End Hunger CHEVROLET IMPALA ’11
  • Chevrolet 2011 Juan Montoya #42 Target CHEVROLET IMPALA ’11
  • Ford 2011 AJ Allmendinger #43 Best Buy FORD FUSION ’11
  • Chevrolet 2011 Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s CHEVROLET IMPALA ’11
  • Toyota 2011 Brian Vickers #83 Red Bull TOYOTA CAMRY ’11
  • Chevrolet 2011 Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 AMP Energy/National Guard CHEVROLET IMPALA ’11
  • Ford 2011 Carl Edwards #99 Aflac FORD FUSION ’11

- Added the Nissan GT-R N24 Schulze Motor Sports
The Nisssan GT-R N24 Schulze Motor Sports has been added to the car dealer. This is the car entered in the 2011 Nurburgring 24 hour race by Schulze Motorsports of Germany, and is the very car in which Kazunori Yamauchi drove and achieved a class victory.

- Avatar now usable in Photo Travel
An Avatar ON/OFF feature has been added to Photo Travel. Now you can photograph your avatar together with your car.
You can turn the driver avatar ON/OFF by pressing the △ button while positioning the car.

- Replay Fast Forward/Rewind
All replay videos recorded after the 2.0 update will have [Forward] [Rewind] buttons.
You can now easily search for the scene you are looking for and play back a certain section whenever you want to, adding even more fun to the photo mode.

-Improved Online Lounge
[Car Restrictions] has been added in the regulations. You can now limit participants to specific categories such as “NASCAR” and “Super GT”. Also, there are now more cars that can be used in shuffle races, and a new “Shuffle Base” setting allows you to set the performance level of cars allocated to each player.
For details, please see Top screen – [Manual] – [Online Race] – [Event Settings] and the “Regulation Settings”.

- Additional features to Remote Racing
A “Graph Display” has been added to the remote race screen in GT My Home of granturismo.com, where you can enjoy B-Spec racing. This allows you to visually see the changes in positions in each lap. A time difference display for each car in the race has also been added.

- New Photo Stage Added
The “Indy: NASCAR Pit Stop” stage has been added to photo travel. We invite you to come see and capture the energy of NASCAR’s famous pit stops.

- Addition of the Consecutive Login Bonus
When a user logs in consecutively, a bonus will now be applied to experience and race rewards.
It will increase to 110% in the 1st day, 130% in the 2nd day, 150% in the 3rd day, 170% in the 4th, to a maximum of 200% in the 5th day. This will apply to all events both online and offline, so logging in every day will make the game progress faster.

- DLC (Downloadable Content) Compatibility
A [Downloadable Content] button has been added to the lower right of the top screen. Here you can install content purchased from the PlayStation®Store, which will be made available on October 18th.

- Official Support for the G25/G27 Racing Wheels
The Logitech G25 Racing Wheel and G27 Racing Wheel are now officially supported. You can now change button assignments for various racing controls on these wheels.

Other Improvements
- User interface improvement
- Quick Menu can now be accessed while the race is loading.
- It is now possible to save and resume endurance races.
- Two NASCAR cars selectable in Arcade Mode have been changed from the 2010 models to 2011 models.
- In the Arcade Settings of [Options], AI Car Characteristics settings has been added. You can now change the aggressiveness of the AI against you in Arcade races.
- Some effects of Traction Control have been adjusted. When the TCS level is set to 1, it will not come into effect as much especially in tight corners on dirt tracks.
- Surface Water and Tire Load Indicator displays have been added to the race screen. The Tire Load Indicator can be set from the Quick Options menu that is displayed during the race (when the game is paused using the START button), or the standard Options menu.
- The option to Create Thumbnails for All Cars has been added to the context menu of the Garage. This will update the thumbnails of all cars in the garage.
- Experience gained in online races have been increased by 60%, and rewards have been increased by 66%.
- You can now change the Slipstream Strength settings in the lounge.
- In the Lounge and in [Option] – [General] – [Arcade], it is now possible to turn Visible Damage ON or OFF.
- Drivetrain settings has been added to the regulation settings in the Lounge.
- A setting to prohibit “Tuning” of cars has been added to the regulations settings in the Lounge.
- Adjusted the driving speed of formula cars in banks, and auto-drive when coming onto straights.
- Added a button to [Reset Playlist to Original Settings] under the settings menus of [Menu BGM], [Race BGM] and [Slideshow BGM].
- Personal BGM can now also be set in [Slideshow BGM]
- A new brand “AMG” has been added to the MUSEUM.

Correction of Known Issues
- Corrected an issue where the “Torque Sensing Center Differential” installed on a Lancer Evolution X was not functioning.
- Fixed an issue where you could participate in the Intermediate/Tarmac Rally of the Gran Turismo Rally in a Ferrari F1 by using the power limiter.
- Fixed an issue where the Controller Steering Sensitivity was not applied correctly.
- Fixed an issue where there was a server connection problem in certain network environments.
- Fixed an issue where auto-drive would make braking mistakes.
- Fixed an issue where the system would misjudge whether deceleration happens in time when making pit stops in the rain.

Here's the first batch of DLC, which comes out on October 18th:

Course Pack ($4.99)

  • Spa Francorchamps (with weather effects)
  • Kart Space I/II (at night)

Racing Car Pack ($7.99)

  • 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

Racing Gear Pack ($2.99)

Paint Pack ($1.99)

Complete Pack ($11.99)

  • Includes all the packs in one convenient bundle.

Head to gran-turismo.com for more details/screenshots.

#2 Posted by Red12b (9044 posts) -

Those are the tracks...? where are some of the old gt4 tracks.....

#3 Edited by Devil240Z (3054 posts) -

@Red12b: Thats what I was thinking. I hope there is like a "Classic Track" pack coming.

Also I want more single player content. Like creative shit. something interesting.

#4 Edited by goudaj (76 posts) -

@Red12b said:

Those are the tracks...? where are some of the old gt4 tracks.....

The new Spec 2.0 intro shows a track that looks VERY much like the Test Course from Gran Turismos of old. So they're probably coming in future DLC.

#5 Posted by charlie_victor_bravo (870 posts) -

Been poking around with this a bit.

Load times feel a bit shorter -probably because now GT5 uses a multistage load system.

Interior view on the standard cars looks weird. It looks like you are driving cardboard box with some car mirrors attached to it.

Replays fast forward/rewind is more like skip forward/backwards.

Overall it seems like a very nice update.

#6 Posted by handlas (2553 posts) -

@charlie_victor_bravo said:

Interior view on the standard cars looks weird. It looks like you are driving cardboard box with some car mirrors attached to it.

I was most excited about this since I draw in that view only. That's a shame. I half expected they would be crummy. Any screenshots or anything? Can't play it today. Still contemplating whether I want to get Forza 4 or just stick with GT5 and I already on Forza 3.

#7 Posted by grayfox1210 (198 posts) -

2 tracks for 5 bucks? I mean yeah Spa is an awesome track, probably one of my favorites ever, but have that come along side with only a kart track? Maybe one more would've been nice. I'm basically thinking if Spa is worth 5 brad bucks.

#8 Posted by handlas (2553 posts) -

@handlas said:

@charlie_victor_bravo said:

Interior view on the standard cars looks weird. It looks like you are driving cardboard box with some car mirrors attached to it.

I was most excited about this since I draw in that view only. That's a shame. I half expected they would be crummy. Any screenshots or anything? Can't play it today. Still contemplating whether I want to get Forza 4 or just stick with GT5 and I already on Forza 3.

nevermind. Looked at them quickly during lunch. Wow total shit.

#9 Posted by iam3green (14388 posts) -

i just downloaded the patch. i think it's a pretty big one. nice to know the stuff that they added. 

#10 Posted by EVO (3785 posts) -

Wow. Say what you will about GT5, but you can't deny Polyphony's efforts to improve it.

This is almost enough to make me go back to playing it. Almost.

#11 Posted by Red12b (9044 posts) -

@EVO said:

Wow. Say what you will about GT5, but you can't deny Polyphony's efforts to improve it.

This is almost enough to make me go back to playing it. Almost.

you get the X2010 for free and you can do a seasonal race with it that nets you a cool 5 mil

#12 Posted by Sander (405 posts) -

Since some regions already got the DLC, you can go online and experience the tracks at least, if you find the right rooms. I found couple rooms last night that were running Spa and it was brilliant and you can easily see why it's the favourite track of many Formula 1 drivers.

#13 Posted by Binman88 (3679 posts) -

This stuff is gonna get me back into GT5 I think. I just bought all the DLC because I'm a bit stupid like that. Hope it's all good stuff!

#14 Posted by Polydeukes (98 posts) -

Instead of selling GT5, I decided to give it one more go after hearing about the improvements to loading times in this latest update. It took me two and a half hours of downloading all 2GB+ of patches and performing the 8GB installation until I was finally able to boot up the game.

I'm glad I did, though! The loading times are shortened and masked far better, which means much, much more racing! You actually feel like exploring the menus now that returning back to My Home doesn't take two minutes. It's a shame PD took a year to make GT5 bearable to those not so dedicated to GT5, but better late than never. The daily log in bonuses are welcomed as well. It's far more welcoming for the... "casual", I suppose, car enthusiast like myself. I'm looking forward to what PD have in store for us, as their commitment to extending the tail on GT5 seems genuine.

#15 Posted by Red12b (9044 posts) -

@Binman88 said:

This stuff is gonna get me back into GT5 I think. I just bought all the DLC because I'm a bit stupid like that. Hope it's all good stuff!

are you going to join in again dude?

#16 Posted by Binman88 (3679 posts) -

@Red12b: I will eventually, I just have much less free time now than I did, and have been using any game time to play Dark Souls :|

#17 Posted by Sportsplosion (18 posts) -

I was really only interested in the courses, but I picked up the whole pack and I'm not terribly disappointed. The load times are definitely handled better in the new update. If only they could fix the horrible menu design now.

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