PlayStation says PSVR games will not be playable on the upcoming PSVR2 headset due to the “entirely new approach” needed to develop games for the hardware.
PlayStation has confirmed that original PSVR games will not be playable on the upcoming PSVR2 headset.
Well-known video game tipster Nibellion shared the news on Twitter by posting a clip from the latest episode of the Official PlayStation Podcast. The episode featured an interview with Hideaki Nishino, senior vice president of Platform Experience on PSVR2, in which he confirmed that backwards compatibility for PSVR will not be in the new headset. Nishino said, “PSVR games are not compatible with PSVR2 because PSVR2 is designed to deliver a true next-gen VR experience.”
The next level of play
Nishino explained that new hardware features are the main reason for the lack of backwards compatibility on PSVR2. He said: “PSVR2 has much more advanced features like all-new controllers with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, upside down tracking, eye tracking, 3D audio…and 4K HDR.” Because of this, Nishino said developing PSVR2 games requires a “totally different approach” than games for the original PSVR and deduced that adapting PSVR to run on it would be too difficult. the new material.
The SVP also praised the work of the developers for using these new features to achieve new levels of player immersion, saying, “These features actually allow developers to create more vivid worlds and bring players closer together. gaming experience. than ever before. games like Resident Evil: Village and Horizon: The Call of the Mountain actually show how developers are using PSVR2 to deliver the whole new level of visuals and audio in VR games, which is a really, really great experience for me.”
The PSVR2 had its first public showing in September at Tokyo Game Show 2022, with attendees getting to try out the headset for the first time with a demo of Capcom’s upcoming game. resident Evil: Town RV port. PlayStation’s next-gen headset is competing with other VR big names like Meta Quest 2 to garner fan interest in a market that still sees VR as a niche product. The company has often placed more emphasis on upcoming PSVR2 titles in its regular State of Play presentations in hopes that gamers will see an improvement in game and headset quality over its predecessor.
PlayStation released its original PSVR headset in 2016 to positive reviews, with many pointing out that gamers only needed a PlayStation 4 to use the headset rather than an expensive high-end computer. The PSVR has sold over 5 million units since its launch and has around 650 playable games.
PSVR2 is expected to launch in early 2023.