Sony: PSVR2 is “truly the next generation”, so it can’t play PSVR1 games

Zoom / It may seem empty, but the original PlayStation Vr ecosystem contained many games that would never go away.

Kyle Orland

A Sony executive confirmed Friday that the PlayStation VR 2 will not be backward compatible with games developed for the original PlayStation VR.

Sid Schumann, Senior Director of Content Communications at Sony Interactive, asked Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President of Platform Experience at Sony, whether original PSVR games could be played on the PSVR2 suite on Android. Official PlayStation Podcast, Episode 439 (His answer begins in 29:12).

“PSVR games are not compatible with PSVR2 because PSVR2 is designed to deliver a truly next-generation virtual reality experience,” Nishino said. Nishino has incorporated several “more advanced features” into VR2, including new haptic feedback controllers, adaptive triggers, advanced eye tracking, and 3D audio. “This means that developing games for PSVR2 requires a completely different approach than the original PSVR.”

While the answer was emphatic — “incompatible” — and sealed off any hope fans might have, Nishino’s checklist of new VR2 features didn’t explain why the system couldn’t run less advanced VR1 games.

keep in mind Oculus Rift S, which promoted a completely different eye-tracking system than its predecessor, the original Oculus Rift. The Rift S has maintained compatibility with games designed for any Rift system (along with some games for other headsets). It was a smooth transition for those who upgraded the Rift or purchased in VR at a later stage.

It’s also a disappointing result of some great games that were only available on PlayStation VR. This includes the original Mario Caliber Astro PotBrain Twisting Puzzle Game fixedThe VR mode for Resident Evil 7 which has never been seen on any other system, First Party VR Exclusive blood and truthand VR mode for wipe off It can only benefit from VR2 headset.

The incompatibility may involve the PSVR2’s more focused control system, which centers around the Sense VR controllers. PSVR players can switch between the DualShock 4 (and even use the motion-sensitive features of the gamepad), the PlayStation Move stick, and even PSVR shooting pistol. While PSVR2 gamepads follow the typical VR design, they have more enhanced rumble and “dash” triggers, and are inspired by the PS5’s Dualsense.

PSVR2, set to launch in early 2023, received a more formal introduction to the world earlier this week when Sony offered practical details From the addition of the PS5 at Tokyo Game Show 2022. The VR2 offers several quality-of-life upgrades from its predecessor, including a single cable connection, an accurate interpupillary distance (IPD) calibration tool, and an improved room tracking system. This follows earlier reveal Basic specifications of the system.

Sony offers a camera adapter To play PSVR games on PlayStation 5, which helps the system remain viable. But that’s not much consolation for noteworthy games stranded on the island of previous generation VR experiences.