Gran Turismo 7’s 1.23 update aims to improve online stability, wheel support

Alongside the network performance and wheel peripheral tweaks, there are now three new cars, a new Café Menu Book, two Extra Menus and a handful of fresh races.
Gran Turismo 7’s 1.23 update aims to improve online stability, wheel support

It’s nearly the end of the month, and that means a new set of vehicles, challenges and tweaks for Sony’s Gran Turismo 7 racing game.

This time around, there are three new cars and two sets of Scapes – ‘California II’ and ‘Tokyo II – for photography. It’s available today, 29th September 2022, on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. On PS5 it weighs in at 1.131GB and 1.849GB on PS4.

However, perhaps the most important changes are buried deep within the update 1.23 changelog…

(Hopefully) improved network connectivity

I’m refusing to get my hopes up too far, but since the superlative online performance of GT Sport, Gran Turismo 7 has been somewhat of a let-down in this regard. Sport mode is acceptable, but lobbies see regular instabilities with cars moving unnaturally.

Gran Turismo 7’s 1.23 update aims to improve online stability, wheel support

This in turn can make it difficult to race cleanly and fairly. Nearly seven months since launch, let’s hope the following bullet point is our saviour.

  • Improved network connectivity

This is listed for the Lobby, Sport and never-used Meeting Place online modes. Elsewhere, the cursor movement when accessing the Race Shop when within a lobby will now hopefully prevent accidental exits.

The rest test will be over the coming weeks, and we’ll let you know should matter be significantly improved.

Logitech G PRO Racing Wheel support

The direct drive wheel base and load cell pedals have been big news in recent wheels. For compatibility sakes, if a game didn’t natively support its functions, it would still work, however now Gran Turismo 7 has been optimised for the new device.

In our testing, we thought the feedback through the wheel was on par with chief rivals and the pedals are up there with the genre leaders.

The Silvia Sisters Café Menu Book No.45

One new Café Menu Book has been added, fitting related to Nissan Silvia cars. With the 1994 K’s Type S(S14) now available, it’s time to fire up the classic front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports coupes.

There will be three new events pertaining to this book within World Circuits:

  • Willows Springs International Raceway: Streets of Willow Springs, three laps, maximum reward 35,000 credits
  • Tsukuba Circuit, three laps, maximum reward 45,000 credits
  • Deep Forest Raceway Reverse, three laps, maximum reward 27,000 credits

Prize: Six-star Roulette Ticket (Parts)

Gran Turismo 7’s 1.23 update aims to improve online stability, wheel support

Fanatec rotary encoder support

One of the advantages of a Logitech wheel, such as G29 or G923, when playing Gran Turismo 7 is their rotary dials which by default scroll through the HUD options, allowing for quick access to traction control, brake balance and weather radar settings.

Now, if you are using a Fanatec wheel with rotary encoders, you will be able to do the same. It’s a very useful feature, especially if you want to switch on traction control for a race start and then quickly reduce it to zero for the rest of the race. Pro-tip.

Two new Extra Café Menus

A quick prize for those who have collected several cars in Gran Turismo 7 already, the Extra Menus offer up a reward by simply owning three set cars. This time around, the following have been added:

Extra Menu No. 8: ‘Collection: Corvette’

Collector Level 20 and above

Own the:

  • Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Sport Coupe (C2) ‘63
  • Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (C6) ‘09
  • Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray ‘14

Prize: Five-star Roulette Ticket

Gran Turismo 7’s 1.23 update aims to improve online stability, wheel support

Extra Menu No. 9: ‘Collection: Mid-engine Porsche’

Collector Level 45 and above

Own the:

  • Porsche Spyder type 550/1500RS ‘55
  • Porsche Cayman GT4 ‘16
  • Porsche 918 Spyder ‘13

Prize: Six-star Roulette Ticket

Gran Turismo 7’s 1.23 update aims to improve online stability, wheel support

The most challenging Extra Menu to date. The Cayman is straightforward and arrived in Gran Turismo 7 through August’s update for 130,000 credits. The 918 arrived in July but is a hefty 1,600,000 credits from Brand Central.

The classic 1955 Spyder, however, is only available from the Legend Cars store, and that means it’s price and only available at certain times. Expect to pay in the region of 5,000,000 credits.

Three further World Circuits Races

Alongside the three aforementioned Nissan Siliva-themed events, further races have been added to World Circuits, offering further events to earn credits through.

Japanese FR Challenge 450

  • Autopolis International Racing Course
  • Japanese front-engine rear-wheel-drive road cars
  • No PP limit
  • Two laps
  • Maximum reward: 23,000 credits
Gran Turismo 7’s 1.23 update aims to improve online stability, wheel support

American Clubman Cup 700

  • Trial Mountain Circuit
  • American road cars
  • No PP limit
  • Five laps
  • Maximum reward: 90,000 credits
Gran Turismo 7’s 1.23 update aims to improve online stability, wheel support

World Touring Car 800

  • Tokyo Expressway East Clockwise
  • 800 PP cars
  • 10 laps
  • Maximum reward: 200,000 credits
Gran Turismo 7’s 1.23 update aims to improve online stability, wheel support

Mazda logos

What the community has been pining for. Raging on social media, forums and comments sections. The number one priority. Six new MAZDA SPIRIT RACING can now be selected in the Livery Editor, provided you are working on one of the Fuchū-based manufacturer’s vehicles.

Gran Turismo 7’s 1.23 update aims to improve online stability, wheel support

New cars

Oh yes, how could we forget? The purpose-built electric car record-breaking Volkswagen ID.R ’19, the open-air version of the Porsche Vision Gran Turismo and the modern classic Nissan Silvia K’s Type S (S14) ’94.

The VW and Porsche can be purchased at any time via the Brand Central Pavilion. However, the official patch notes state that Silvia is via the Legend Car outlet. Mercifully, it’s not, and is a reasonable price in the Used Car lot.

Nissan Silvia K’s Type S (S14) ’94

  • Purchasable at ‘Used Cars’ from 29th September 2022
  • 60,000 credits
  • 476.86 PP
Gran Turismo 7’s 1.23 update aims to improve online stability, wheel support

Porsche Vision Gran Turismo Spyder

  • Purchasable via Brand Central
  • 1,000,000 credits
  • 804.97 PP
Gran Turismo 7’s 1.23 update aims to improve online stability, wheel support

Volkswagen ID.R ’19

  • Purchasable via Brand Central
  • 2,000,000 credits
  • 867.81 PP
Gran Turismo 7’s 1.23 update aims to improve online stability, wheel support

The full changelog is below courtesy of Polyphony Digital.

Gran Turismo 7 update 1.23 changelog, PS4 and PS5

Main Features Implemented

1. Cars
 - The following three new cars have been added:
  ・Nissan Silvia K’s Type S (S14) ’94 (Purchasable at ‘Legend Cars’ from 29 September);
  ・Porsche Vision Gran Turismo Spyder
  ・Volkswagen ID.R ’19

2. Café
– The following Menu Book has been added:
 ・Menu Book No. 45: ‘The Silvia Sisters’ (Collector Level 27 and above);
– The following two Extra Menus have been added:
 ・Extra Menu No. 8: ‘Collection: Corvette’ (Collector Level 20 and above);
 ・Extra Menu No. 9: ‘Collection: Mid-engine Porsche’ (Collector Level 45 and above;

The new Menu Books and Extra Menus will appear after clearing Menu Book No. 39 (‘Championship: World GT Series’) and having watched the ending.

3. World Circuits
 - The following new events have been added to ‘World Circuits’:
  ・Silvia Sisters
   - Willows Springs International Raceway: Streets of Willow Springs
   - Tsukuba Circuit
   - Deep Forest Raceway Reverse
  ・Japanese FR Challenge 450
   - Autopolis International Racing Course
  ・American Clubman Cup 700
   - Trial Mountain Circuit
  ・World Touring Car 800
   - Tokyo Expressway East Clockwise

‘World Touring Car 800’ will appear after clearing Menu Book No. 39 (‘Championship: World GT Series’) and having watched the ending.

4. Scapes
 - The ‘California II’ and ‘Tokyo II’ locations have been added as featured Curations in Scapes.

5. Livery Editor
 - Added six MAZDA SPIRIT RACING logo decals. These can be selected in the Livery Editor when the current car is a Mazda.

Other Improvements and Adjustments

1. Lobby / Meeting Place / Sport
 - Improved network connectivity;
 - Fixed an issue wherein the car would not move again if stopped using the handbrake in the pitlane during a Practice on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Rallycross Layout;
 - Fixed an issue wherein the ‘My Record’ time displayed during a race would be incorrect in an Online Time Trial;
 - The cursor will move to ‘Exit’ when pressing the cancel button in the Quick Menu. When selecting ‘Exit’ the dialogue ‘Do you want to quit?’ will now be displayed.

2. Race Screen
 - Fixed an issue wherein the refuelling indicator would be incorrect in races with fuel consumption enabled.

3. Licence Centre
 - Fixed an issue wherein the ghost car would be positioned in a different starting position to the player if ‘Display Demonstration Ghost’ was turned on in Licence ‘S-8’ and ‘S-10.’

4. Car Settings
 - Changed the calculation of the Performance Points (PP) in ‘Car Settings’ so that measurements are taken with stock Differential Gear (LSD) and Suspension settings.

5. Garage
 - Fixed an issue wherein changing the settings of the current car in ‘Garage’ would cause that car to be listed at the top even when the sorting order was set as ‘By Date Acquired’;
 - Fixed an issue wherein the sorting order was incorrect when ‘Last Used’ was selected from the ‘Change Car’ menu.

6. Steering Controllers
 - Added support for the Logitech® G PRO Racing Wheel;
 - Added a button configuration menu for the Fanatec® Podium in ‘Options’ > ‘Controllers’;
 - Added the ability to connect to a different shifter from the one currently being used for Fanatec steering controllers;
 - Added rotary encoder support for Fanatec steering controllers. (Models which feature rotary encoders such as the Clubsport Steering Wheel Formula V2 can be used);

7. Others
– Various other issues have been addressed.

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