Sony Confirms PSVR Games Not Compatible with PSVR2
Sony has confirmed that the original PSVR games will not be playable on its upcoming next-generation PlayStation VR2 headset that launches in 2023.
Sony Interactive Entertainment’s PlayStation VR 2 headset will not be compatible with games from the original PlayStation VR, the company confirmed yesterday.
Sony said the original PSVR games will not be able to play on the upcoming PSVR2 headset which has been designed to deliver “a truly next-generation VR experience” according to the company’s senior vice president of platform experience Hideaki Nishino.
In an interview with the Official PlayStation Podcast which was published on Friday, Nishino goes into detail on how the PSVR2 headset offers “much more advanced features” unlike the PSVR. These features include inside-out tracking, 4K HDR support, adaptive triggers, eye tracking, and a new controller that is equipped with haptic feedback. Due to these new features, games must be developed with “a whole new approach” from that used in the original PSVR headset, Nishino stated.
Nishino doesn’t explain what Sony’s “whole new approach will entail” but this will likely have something to do with the vastly different controllers in the two headsets.
The original PSVR games were played using the DualShock 4 gamepad that is tracked using the PlayStation 4 Camera because the PSVR headset was sold with or without PlayStation Move hand controllers which were optional and were only required in some games.
Also, the layout in the new PlayStation VR2 Sense Controllers is completely different from that of the erstwhile Move controllers. The new PSVR2 Sense controllers have fewer buttons and, instead, feature thumbsticks and a grip trigger that enables users to naturally pick up objects in virtual reality. Developers looking to adapt their games to the PSVR2 would need to at least remap inputs and update the controller models. Nishino also hinted that a lot of work will need to be done in order to fully leverage the new hardware.
The headset is set to launch in early 2023.