PlayStation and Sony Announce “Breakthrough” AI for Gran Turismo

Sony has been teasing new A.I. developments for a while now in relation to Gran Turismo and this morning, they pulled the lid off. It’s named GT Sophy and in theory, it sounds very impressive.

Gran Turismo Sophy is a new A.I. platform built in collaboration between Polyphony Digital, Sony AI, and Sony Interactive Entertainment. Thanks to this press release, we now have full details on what it consists of.

GT Sophy is an autonomous AI agent trained utilizing a novel deep reinforcement learning platform developed in collaboration between Sony AI, PDI and SIE. Each group contributed to the success of the project by bringing together expertise in fundamental AI research and development, a hyper-realistic real world racing simulator, and infrastructure for massive scale AI training.

GT Sophy was trained to master the following driving skills needed to compete with the world’s best championship-level drivers.

  1. 1. Race Car Control: Deep understanding of car dynamics, racing lines, and precision maneuvers to conquer challenging tracks.
  2. 2. Racing Tactics: Split-second decision-making skills in response to rapidly evolving racing situations. GT Sophy showed mastery of tactics including slipstream passing, crossover passes and even some defensive maneuvers such as blocking.
  3. 3. Racing Etiquette: Essential for fair play, GT Sophy had to conform to highly refined, but imprecisely specified, sportsmanship rules including avoiding at-fault collisions and respecting opponent driving lines.

In theory, this will elevate the level of competition in Gran Turismo while also making the racing feel far more lifelike. Multiple Sony executives commented on the development.

“Sony’s Purpose is to ‘fill the world with emotion, through the power of creativity and technology,’ and Gran Turismo Sophy is a perfect embodiment of this,“ said Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman, President and CEO, Sony Group Corporation. “This group collaboration in which we have built a game AI for gamers is truly unique to Sony as a creative entertainment company. It signals a significant leap in the advancement of AI while also offering enhanced experiences to GT fans around the world.”

“Gran Turismo Sophy is a significant development in AI whose purpose is not simply to be better than human players, but to offer players a stimulating opponent that can accelerate and elevate the players’ techniques and creativity to the next level,” said Hiroaki Kitano, CEO of Sony AI. “In addition to making contributions to the gaming community, we believe this breakthrough presents new opportunities in areas such as autonomous racing, autonomous driving, high-speed robotics and control.”

“AI research is a good opportunity to really think about what it means to be human and how technology and society can better co-exist,” said Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital. “Since its first release in 1997, the Gran Turismo franchise has continued to push the boundaries of gaming and innovation through a curiosity for technology. Gran Turismo Sophy is a further demonstration of this philosophy, and I believe that this AI concept will contribute to both the future of games and automobiles.”

Our Take

We’re really excited at the prospect of GT Sophy and what it will mean for Gran Turismo 7 in the long-term. As are planning extensive coverage of GT7 so stay tuned for our thoughts from resident racing game superfan @Porshapwr

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