Kazunori Yamauchi has said the team would love to take the franchise online in big ways but that software, hardware and infrastructure improvements are needed globally.
There's only so much the developer could accomplish without the Internet itself getting an upgrade in connection speeds. Yamauchi has his 'future' thinking cap on tight.
"We've only done a very small part of what we want to do online, and of course there's a lot of things you can do online that we haven't even touched yet," said Yamauchi, speaking with IGN.
"A lot of that will not only depend on the advancement of the hardware, but of the infrastructure of the internet - connection speeds and things like that," he added.
"We're going to need a lot of software improvements, hardware improvements and infrastructure improvements all around the world. What we have to look as what we are going to do when the internet connection speeds are 10,000 times faster than what it is now."
Unfortunately when it came to being asked about Gran Turismo 5 actually arriving anytime this side of the apocalypse he said there are "no real plans that we can discuss right now, but production is moving forward."
So when the world gets its act together and forks out some real money for some real Internet, and stops buying second hand tech junk from that dodgy guy in his shop down the alley, then and only then can we have Gran Turismo online. Makes sense to me.
Ambitious plans for online Gran Turismo, technology not there yet
25 November 2008 | By Simon Priest