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Gran Turismo Sport announced for PS4, beta coming in early 2016

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Gran Turismo Sport is the next entry in the long-running Gran Turismo franchise, and it is in development exclusively for PlayStation 4, publisher Sony Computer Entertainment announced today during its Paris Games Week press briefing.

Jim Ryan, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, presented the debut trailer above.

Beta testing will begin early next year, announced Gran Turismo series creator Kazunori Yamauchi on stage. Yamauchi added that developer Polyphony Digital is planning to make Gran Turismo Sport compatible with PlayStation VR.

Polyphony Digital is partnering with FiA, the International Automobile Federation, for Gran Turismo Sport.

"Within Gran Turismo Sport, there is going to be two flagship FiA championships running simultaneously throughout the year," said Yamauchi through a translator. Players who want to race for their country will play in the Nations Cup, while those who want to represent a favorite automaker can choose the Manufacturer Fan Cup. The winners of the championships will receive their trophies alongside real-life racers, said Yamauchi.

For more on Gran Turismo Sport, check out the trailer above. The previous entry in the series, Gran Turismo 6, launched in December 2013 on PlayStation 3.