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Watch Forza Horizon 3 and Gran Turismo Sport in action

E3 2016: Microsoft and Sony are hoping to tempt petrolheads with two new racing games, Forza Horizon 3 and Gran Turismo Sport. Watch both in action here.

Every year E3 ─ short for the Electronic Entertainment Expo ─ comes and goes, leaving a mountain of gaming content set to arrive in the coming year and onwards. This year was no different, with two heavyweight racers clashing.

In the Xbox camp is Forza Horizon 3, which promises almost photo-realistic visuals of the game’s new Australia location, replacing Colorado and Southern Europe from Forza Horizon and Forza Horizon 2. That means beaches, immense caves and winding jungle paths – all the fun stuff, basically.

No wonder, then, the likes of 2017 Lamborghini Centenario are joined by all-terrain friendly vehicles like the Ariel Nomad and other off-roaders so it won’t all be tarmac cruising as you navigate the game’s open world.

Forza Horizon 3 is coming to Xbox One and, unusually, Windows 10-enabled PCs. A new feature is the ability to buy one copy of the game on either platform and play it on the other. Not only that, console gamers and PC gamers can do battle in the same race.

Meanwhile Sony unveiled gameplay footage of Gran Turismo Sport, which is a PS4 exclusive. Although the fairly dull engine sounds are seemingly still an issue for the series, you can expect a new multiplayer mode that, if you reach a certain stage, can result in you obtaining and FIA racing licence.

Exactly how that works remains unclear, but that is a pretty bonkers concept for video game driving skills to be rewarded with an actual racing licence.

As for the rest of Gran Turismo Sport, expect 137 cars, 19 tracks and slick visuals. Enough to keep even the most ardent digital racer happy, but by no means the level Gran Turismo fans are used. But then the focus of Gran Turismo Sport is more about competition.

Forza Horizon 3 will be available to buy on both platforms from the 27th of September, 2016. Gran Turismo Sport for the PS4-only is scheduled to arrive on the 15th of November, 2016. No word on a price for either.

Video: Forza Horizon and Gran Turismo Sport trailers

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