PlayStation VR2: Headset won’t be backward compatible, Sony confirms – LCDG

Matthew Collin

– Posted on September 19, 2022 at 11:20 am

Bad news for future PlayStation VR2 buyers: Sony has confirmed that its new headset will not be backward compatible with the first version of PlayStation VR.

While the release of the PlayStation VR2 is slowly but surely approaching, Sony has not hesitated to reveal new information about its next virtual reality headset. Having learned that it will appear in early 2023, we first saw it last week, and some media outlets were able to test it in preview recently. But if these results were extremely positive, they were unfortunately followed by an announcement that risks disappointing more than one.

No backward compatibility for PlayStation VR2

Speaking to the microphone on episode 439 of the PlayStation Podcast, Hideaki Nishinon indeed confirmed what many gamers feared, which was that the PlayStation VR2 would not be backwards compatible. “PSVR games are not compatible with PSVR 2 because the latter is designed to provide a true next-generation virtual reality experience,” he then explained to justify the lack of such an option.

PSVR 2 has much more advanced features such as new controllers with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, inside-out tracking, eye-tracking, 3D audio, and of course HDR. This means that the development of PSVR 2 requires a completely different approach than the original PSVR.

However, this obviously does not rule out the possibility of some PlayStation VR games appearing on this new headset in the future. Indeed, there is nothing to suggest that the studios will not work on ports designed to make them compatible. What’s more, the first rumors on the subject were not long in coming after the senior vice president’s statement about Sony’s experience with platforms. That being said, it’s not yet official, and we don’t know which games will be affected if that turns out to be the case.

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