Sony knows that to shift a few million PlayStation Vita consoles in Europe, all it needs to do is release a version of Gran Turismo on the device. The simulation series’ PlayStation Portable entry proved as much, as despite being questioned by critics, it went on to sell a decent number of copies globally. Sadly, the platform holder reckons that getting the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 to run on the handheld will require more than a set of jump leads.

“The Vita is a very powerful portable system,” Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told IGN. “But [it’s] not quite as powerful as the PS3. As you can tell from looking at Gran Turismo 6, it really is using the PS3 to a very high level. So, it’s going to be really hard to move [the game] to the Vita.”

One system that will be able to run the racing title is the PlayStation 4, as evidenced by creator Kazunori Yamauchi’s recent comments regarding a next generation release. Yoshida believes that the franchise is moving towards a “service oriented” model, making the title’s transition to new hardware “natural”.

In terms of Vita support, though, there’s nothing to announce. “I don’t expect the whole game to be able to run [on the handheld],” Yoshida reiterated. “There are no clear plans right now that we can talk about.” Would you like to play a Gran Turismo title on the Vita? Are you secretly hoping that Polyphony Digital has some kind of spin-off in production? Let us know in the comments section below.