On the eve of the release of competitor Forza 4, Sony and developer Polyphony Digital talk about a major update to Gran Turismo 5.

GT 5's free Spec 2.0 update includes a host of new additions throughout the game, including improved physics and AI, shorter load times, new NASCAR stock cars, and the fact that you'll be able to race from the cockpit view of all the cars in the game – standard or otherwise.

Here's the full list of improvements for Spec 2.0 (out on October 11):

  • Simplified interior view added to all standard cars
  • User control of the weather change feature
  • Added a setting sheet feature allowing you to save multiple car settings
  • Spec 2.0 opening movie
  • Improved UI usability and response
  • Replay rewind and fast forward
  • Ability to save during a race
  • Online Lounge Expansion (Ability to narrow down car types via search, shuffle races)
  • Expansion of the B-Spec remote race you can play from GT.com (a graph display now shows changes in race rankings.)
  • Expanded Photo travel features. You can now take photo’s of cars together with your avatar
  • Added a “NASCAR Pit Scene” stage to Photo Travel
  • Added eleven 2011 model NASCAR cars
  • Added the Nissan GT-R N24 Schulze Motorsport
  • Improved physics and AI
  • Support for the Logitec G25/G27 Steering wheel

Polyphony's Kazunori Yamauchi also announced upcoming DLC for the game will include a car pack, track pack, and racing gear pack. More details on the DLC still to come.

[Update]: The game is also now available for $39.99

For more on the game, take a look at my review, as well as that of GT 5's competition, Forza Motorsport 4.

[via GTPlanet]