On Friday, GRID Autosport [$9.99] soft launched in New Zealand, which seemed a little odd as you don't typically see full-blown premium games soft launch. However, after fiddling around a bit with the game, which just hit the US App Store this afternoon, it seems like there's a pretty complicated post-install download process they were likely testing out. The game itself is a 4GB download from the App Store, then on first launch you're given the prompt to download additional content and high resolution textures. These are delivered as free IAP, and together they're around 2GB, bringing the total installed size of GRID Autosport to just under 6GB in total on my iPhone X.

I've been fiddling around for a bit in the game, and it's unbelievably impressive- Making the game's controversial hardware requirements totally make sense. Basically, you're going to need an iPhone 7 or newer, and you're probably going to want to play with a battery pack or outlet nearby as this game is a battery drain and a half. I've only played a few races, but I'm blown away by the depth this game has to offer. It's not often that I find myself in mobile games that have so much content, so many cars, and so many different things you can do that it's just overwhelming.

Hell, even the races themselves feel wonderfully foreign as they're long, which is a very welcome change from all the bite-sized freemium racers we've seen take over the App Store. The other side of the coin on this is that if you're used to mindless racers like CSR or similar, you're going to be overwhelmed by the difficulty of GRID Autosport, even playing on the lowest difficulty. This is a real deal racing simulator, and plays like it.

We've got a thread in our forums that has been filling up with first impressions, which have largely been positive. We'll have a full review up soon, but in the meantime if you've been hungry for a "real" racing game on the App Store, and you've got an iPhone 7 or newer, GRID Autosport is a game you need to download right away.

  • Thomas Zink

    What a great game! Runs and looks great on my iPhone X!

    • darkfyra

      Well...still stuck with an iPad Air...gahh....no way to get a iPad Pro

  • João Cruz

    Perfect but have in mind if you use an account from other country you’ll have to change your iPhone language for the game to work.

  • Richard Trahar

    Same, runs very well on the X. 4GB download, 912mb for the DLC pack and about 623mb for the HD textures pack, 5.61GB fully installed.

    Love the 3D touch for gentle acceleration and braking. I found the camera tilt was ridiculous, way too fast so I went into the advanced settings and enabled "limit gyro camera sensitivity" and it's much better now. Lots of advanced settings to play about with though.

    • boydstr

      I have to win the lottery before I can afford the X ,I bought my first iPhone 6+ the same time that BioShock was released on the iPhone and I hoped that this was the start of console games on the iPhone but we all know how that went and showed at the same time that the iPhone isn’t a platform to release big budget titles on because one iOS version can break the game but the iPhone X is a fine piece of high-end quality hardware/software.

      • islesfan

        It works perfectly on my 6s Plus.

      • boydstr

        Sadly I haven’t 6s my phone is 6+ but I am curious to know if there are people that have tried it on the 6+ and with which results?

  • boydstr

    Why is it that iPhone 6+ can’t handle the game but the iPhone 6s can (better processor?) is there that much off a difference between the two 🙄.

    • http://wizodd.tumblr.com Wizard of Odyssey

      I think the Plus scales up the display, so the GPU is doing more work on the big screen.

      This sounds cool, but being " overwhelmed by the difficulty" is something I can live without!

      • boydstr

        Did you say that the difficulty level in the game is really hard,because I didn’t see any gameplay vids yet? but when the gameplay is balanced this must be a temporary thing because by playing the game people learn to get better and this is one off the things that I liked in gaming but this is all on the assumption that you “talk” about the difficulty in the game.But there are games out there that have a really unfair difficulty level and don’t “learn” the gamer how to overcome this.

    • Dailon Huskey

      Believe it has to do with the processor chip and they are different
      I’m running 6s plus playing it with Hd textures all dlc and all good so far

      • boydstr

        I know that the game is looking amazing but how is the gameplay just as good?

    • islesfan

      It’s working perfectly on my 6S Plus.

      • boydstr

        Thanks for your info👍

    • http://www.wavelightgames.com/ WaveLightGames

      Probably ram as well. The 6s has 2gb of ram which is significantly more room for textures to be loaded into memory and such.

      • boydstr

        Hi guys thanks for your reply makes things more clear.

    • [FERAL] Ellie

      We’re conservative about setting our standards; after months of testing, the SE met our standards while the 6S did not. The chipset may be the same, but there are differences between the SE and 6S that affect performance. We want everyone who plays GRID Autosport to get the best possible experience, so the 6S models didn’t make the cut for supported devices. It's possible to run the game on your 6S if you wish, and I see a few people here are happy with the experience they have doing so. 🙂

      • boydstr

        Thanks for the info....but still a bitter pill to swallow I really wanted to play this because I like race games and this is setting a new standard for racing games on mobile the game is looking awesome.....

  • Duane Locsin

    This is a console game, not a F2P/P4F/FREEMIUM IAP driven pay out the a$$ mobile game.

    So many mobile gamers are a little confused with the spec requirements, game size, power use and scary $9.99 upfront cost.
    😯

  • Robert Byrne

    Has anyone tried the on screen controls. How does it compare to the tilt settings as not a fan of turning the phone to steer in racing games.

    • Taeles

      steering wheel option is not fixed, wheel appears where you place your finger. as for the arrows option, depends on your device. if your device supports 3d touch, the more pressure you put on the arrows/gas/break icons the more you turn/accelerate/brake.

      • Robert Byrne

        Thanks very much have a 6s+ so will be purchasing now.

  • Kahdmus

    Any Porsche content?

  • Dasker4444

    What worries me is: that says you have purchases in app, I'm disappointed in that, plus I would have liked an offer to launch Almenos in 8 usd.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      The IAP is the free DLC packs mentioned in the article, this game should be $60, not $10, so an $8 sale is sort of silly.

      • baconcow

        This game is definitely worth $10, even $20. However, $60 for a port of a 2014 game?

    • Thomas Zink

      Look at the game description before posting... This game is already at a great price of $10.

  • Milotorou

    I really hope this sells like hot cakes.

    Even if I am not buying it. Dont get me wrong, I am simply not a fan of racing games, but I sure hope this sells well.

    We need more developpers willing to take the huge dive Feral take here, I want more fully developped AAA titles, great job guys I hope you get the recognition you deserve !

    • [FERAL] Ellie

      Thanks very much.

      • Milo

        It has been years since I played a racing game since its not my forte... but now that I won an iTunes gift card and am feeling for a try at something different.... you won Feral, im buying this now 😉

        I bought an iPad pro 2nd gen this year telling myself i'd like to try more premium game experiences... gotta respect my own goals ^^

  • Mysterious Heroine X

    Love the recognition and praise this high quality premium game is getting. High quality premium mobile racing games have almost disappeared leaving behind often freemium versions of their former selves. This is a wonderful release!

    • [FERAL] Ellie

      Thanks for your support, we're fans of the premium model too. 👌

    • boydstr

      FERAL deserves all the credits to bring this fantastic looking game to the iPhone and tablets but sadly this is something that is very rare on the iPhone and by that a mean
      high quality graphics/gameplay console style premium games instead of FTP/PTW and super simple “games” that it seems the only purpose is to made money by ads instead of bring great and original gameplay.

  • Superdio

    Has anyone tried it on ipad 2017? Any feedback?

    • 7ape

      works flawlessly on mine. Controls are a bit fiddly for me, but that is just me I'm sure. Looking into controller support now.

      • Superdio

        Frame rate?

      • 7ape

        No idea! How can I check?

      • Superdio

        Well if you play and see it smooth and with no lags it means they have made a good job then. How does it work on yours?

      • 7ape

        Yes it's smooth, I uploaded a video but can't post it here. some camera angles lead to better fps and if you disable HD textures the fps rises even more. But honestly it's nice without changing anything.

      • Superdio

        On youtube?

      • 7ape

        yeah user "sevenape" The screen recording reduces fps a tiny bit.

      • Superdio

        Found it and seen it. Trying to understand when ios11.2 will be released in order to do an upgrade and the purchase the same day

      • 7ape

        Have fun!

  • Eduardo Ribeiro Bueno Netto

    You guys at Feral deserve all the credit for making such a great job!!! Awesome!!
    I can’t find on Brazilian App Store! Somebody know if it’s going to be there or will be US and others exclusive?! (There are some GTAs games that doesn’t appear on BR App Store!)

    • [FERAL] Ellie

      Thanks Eduardo! It's not quite ready for the Brazilian App Store yet I'm afraid, but I'm happy to tell you it will be. 🙂 Stay tuned...

      • Eduardo Ribeiro Bueno Netto

        Oh, man! Thats so sad! It doesn't need to be in portuguese, just make it available so I can buy it! lol! Please, don't make me buy on US app store! =[

      • [FERAL] Ellie

        Hehe, just a little longer!!

      • Eduardo Ribeiro Bueno Netto

        But it has been submitted to BR App Store?! Just let me know that, so I can decide to buy or not on US App Store! Thats OK if it takes some time, but I don't want to wait an updated version!
        Ty again, and I'm sure this will be a success for you, guys!!!

      • [FERAL] Ellie

        I don't think it'll be ready this week! The Brazilian Portuguese version is totally worth waiting for, though... check out Adeh's video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r15QA1xrEV8

        Either way, thanks for your support! 🙂

      • Eduardo Ribeiro Bueno Netto

        Wow!!! Impressive work! You guys nailed the portuguese! Thanks! I've never seen something like that!!!
        Cheers!!!

  • Matthew Hill

    It works perfectly on my 6s Plus.

  • Thomas Zink

    It made game of the day on the App Store.

    • Tom

      Game of the day? Game of the year at least imo just for the technical achievement of shoehorning a 4 year old xbox 360 game onto mobile

  • Tom

    So so happy this is finally out - I really think there is a market for "proper" full AAA games alongside more conventional mobile games and so its great whenever a game like this comes along for that space

    Really hoping this does well and that Feral continue to support mobile gaming going ahead with more excellent games like the Total War series and now Grid:Autosport

  • Ricardo Garé

    Not available in Brazil... =/

    • [FERAL] Ellie

      Not yet. But it will be, promise.

  • Jinxtah

    Imma get this as soon as I update to iOS 11 (depends on when apple fixes their battery drain usage bug). I'm hyped though!

  • http://www.noagendashow.com Spudboy2012

    Just bought it. Downloading now. Let's see what this is all about. Really enjoy GRID on my iMac.

  • http://www.noagendashow.com Spudboy2012

    I had 8Gb free storage and it wanted more space to install DLC. Hmm.

  • http://www.noagendashow.com Spudboy2012

    Works great on my iPhone 8+. Hopefully this doesn't turn out to be another Bioshock.

    • Milo

      Well, Feral already looks more involved than 2K will ever be IMO...

  • gsaint73

    Need this for iOS 10.3

  • http://instagram.com/freezelighter Orest

    Not yet in Switzerland...