If you weren't one of the lucky thousands that got to sample a slice of Gran Turismo 6 at this year's E3 show (like, ahem, me...), not to worry. As promised, Polyphony Digital and Sony have announced that a downloadable demo of the game is coming to the Playstation Network on July 2. Go ahead and clear your schedule for that day, we'll wait.

We're told that the GT6 demo will also serve as the first round of qualifying for the 2013 instantiation of the GT Academy. Gamers that put up the best qualifying times will have the chance to advance to the national finals, all with the goal of winning a spot in a Silverstone race camp.

The Gran Turismo 6 demo/qualifying challenge will involve racing vehicles from Academy sponsor Nissan: Leaf, 370Z and GT-R. The qualifying contest ends on August 31, but if you're late to the table, don't sweat it – the demo will still be available to download and play after that. Scroll down below for a video.


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      tool0117
      • 1 Year Ago
      All I really need from this game at this point is some better car selection - and by that I mean CHOICE, not volume. I am aware there are 20349823049 variants of Skylines, silvias, corollas etc. in the game. Otherwise, I freaking loved GT5. And before you flame me I have FM4 and F:H and absolutely love those as well.
        JohnM
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tool0117
        Also, please lose the option to drive a Nissan Cube, Leaf, Honda Fit, and other 95hp econo box POS. No one is excited and buying the game for that. Advertising you have 600 playable cars where 200 are the same car, but different model year, and another 100 cant reach 60 on the straight at the Nurburgring does not impress me. Fool me once and all that.
          davebo357
          • 1 Year Ago
          @JohnM
          If you're not modifying Daihatsus and racing with friends around a short track, or even the indoor go-cart track, then you're missing out on the full experience. Gran Turismo can be so much more than driving the Red Bull concept car 300mph in a straight line. They created a game with a lot of races you can do, but more importantly they created a platform for people to do whatever they feel like, be it simulating real races or using their imagination for something wacky. For anyone with friends who still play, try this on for size: use the track editor to make a decently long track with a huge jump somewhere in it. Get at least 6 people to make two teams of 3. 1 person on each team drives a Prius, the other two drive a Veyron. One Veyron pushes their team's Prius as fast as it can, the second tries to knock the other team around to prevent their Prius from winning. First team whose Prius crosses the finish line wins.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please bring back a significant Rally/dirt/mud/snow/wet series!!! Gosh I miss blasting around the dirt track in the Impreza STI! And please...bring back roaring, emphasized engine sounds, I felt like I was driving a rocket propelled Prius in GT5, the engine notes were too muffled in 3rd person view. (1st person view is really awkward given there's virtually no peripheral view)
      Egon
      • 1 Year Ago
      With the demo arriving, we all know what that means: The full game is now only 2-3 years away!
      AGSHOP
      • 1 Year Ago
      After GT5 I quit waiting/liking the series. Moved on.
      Jarod Forney
      • 1 Year Ago
      All i care about are the new physics, which are said to rival PC sims. Also, kaz confirmed they are now getting serious about engine sounds now, finally.