By Matthieu Collin – Posted on 19 Sep 2022 at 11:20
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.
As the release of PlayStation VR2 draws ever closer, Sony does not hesitate to reveal new information on its next virtual reality headset in dribs and drabs. After learning that it would arrive in early 2023, we were treated to a first glimpse of it last week, with some media having recently been able to test it in preview. But if these returns turned out to be extremely positive, they were unfortunately followed by an announcement that may disappoint more than one.
No backwards compatibility for PlayStation VR2
At the microphone of episode 439 of the PlayStation Podcast, Hideaki Nishinon has indeed confirmed what many gamers feared, namely that the PlayStation VR2 will not be backward compatible. “PSVR games are not compatible with PSVR 2 because the latter is designed to deliver a true next-gen virtual reality experience” he then explained to justify the absence of this possibility.
The PSVR 2 has much more advanced features such as new controllers with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, indoor-out tracking, eye tracking system, 3D audio and of course HDR. So that means developing on the PSVR 2 requires a totally different approach than the original PSVR.
However, this obviously does not exclude the possibility of seeing certain PlayStation VR games land on this new headset in the future. In effect, nothing says that the studios will not work on ports intended to make them compatible. Moreover, the first rumors on this subject did not take long to follow this declaration of the senior vice-president of the experience on the platforms at Sony. That being said, it’s not official yet, nor do we know what games will be affected if it turns out to be.
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