It's no surprise that they can. In fact, many a driver we've spoken to discuss using various games on PlayStation and Xbox in order to familiarize themselves with a track they don't have a lot of time on. Just this week, in a press release from Porsche Motorsports, Toronto native Marco Cirone, who will participate in the upcoming IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge on the Montreal F1 course, was quoted as saying,
"Fortunately, I have PlayStation II and it’s got the Formula One track on it,” said Cirone. “Believe it or not, it’s helpful! I’ve also downloaded some F1 videos – I’m trying to get the lines down and absorb as much as I can. It’s going to be a completely different experience when I get there, but at least I’ll know which way the track goes – and that’s about the best thing I can do."
We plan on doing some extensive research ourselves in the coming weeks. We just ordered the new Fanatec Porsche 911 GT2 Wheel and Clubsport Pedals and plan on comparing certain tracks on Forza, Need for Speed and Gran Turismo