I don't know what the newest version has but this one simply blows it away! The graphics are very good for playstation. The great drifting cars and bumper views are superb and a lot more playable than newer versions of the format. Throw out this years version and go buy this version now. Now it's easily gone onto platinum now because they've sold a lot of copies. It has an excellent ladder mode where you need to beat your rival. It's in both arcade and grand prix modes. I had it for a long time now but I'm still not bored with it.