Polyphony has recently announced a closed beta for Gran Turismo Sport. Starting on 17th March, the closed beta will show off a rotation of cars and tracks players can race with, which will be swapped around daily.
The closed beta will also allow players to see how the Driver Profile matchmaking system is implemented into the game. This system has two parts: the Sportsmanship Rating side and Driver Rating side. The former tracks how professional, or not, the driver is on track, and the latter tracks lap times and the players positions in races. Similarly to how the Project Cars 2 matchmaking system will work, this should ensure that you get into a race with like-minded racers, so you don't need to suffer slow or bad mannered drivers.
While the beta is initially limited to US PSN IDs, it is coming to Europe later, Polyphony has said this is due to the time difference:
While we begin to roll out the beta, we have decided that the time differences across the US. are best matched to the development team in Tokyo.
This is "Phase 2" of the closed beta testing, and there will be future tests, so if you sign up but don't get entry, you may be in a future phase.
The servers for the closed beta will only be open at specific times of day, but these times have yet to be confirmed. We will update you when we know, but for now you can enjoy the closed beta trailer below: