PlayStation VR 2 will not be backward compatible with PSVR

Sony’s upcoming VR headset, and PSVR 2It will not be compatible with previous versions PSVR titles.

The news was broken by Senior Vice President of Platform Experience Hideaki Nishino on playstation blog, He said the new headset will not be backward compatible because it is “designed to deliver a truly next-generation virtual reality experience.”

The news had a mixed reaction on social media, with many denouncing the poor state of maintaining the game, particularly in the virtual reality space. Others have expressed disappointment that they won’t be able to revisit beloved PSVR titles like Astrobot rescue mission without having to dust off their old devices.

The lack of backward compatibility, while disappointing to some, isn’t particularly surprising given the age of technology on which the original PSVR is based — as does Sam Watts, Director of Immersive Partnerships at Virtual Reality Experts. Make Real Co., Ltd.explains to NME:

“It’s a shame for users and developers alike that they don’t have backwards compatibility but it makes sense from a technical point of view, especially since PSVR relied on the much older PS Move controllers, the DualShock gamepad,” he says.

Both require PS4 The camera to detect and track these for positional input. This can be done using the PSVR 2 headset’s inside-out tracking method for PS Move consoles I suppose, but the majority of the games were gamepad-based, so it would be a huge effort to make a small gain.”

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission. Credit: Team Asobi

It would technically be possible for developers to update their titles to the newer PSVR 2 SDKs to enable support on PSVR 2, assuming their previous sales were strong enough to warrant the action. However, additional work will be required to update the games for PSVR 2’s new control system.

“Given that the PS Move were much simpler input controllers, compared to the mature PSVR 2 console design, there will be some updating needed to set the controls to take advantage of the broader options,” Watts says. “Whether this is a straightforward process of emulating PS Move with a single player or perhaps rethinking the design is up to the developer.”

Watts also adds that since VR titles had to be greatly improved for the base PS4 console, with improved options available for the PS4 Pro, PS5 The port will allow for a much higher performance ceiling for higher frame rates – ideal for gamers with motion sickness in VR.

PSVR 2 promotional image showing the headset from the side.  Sense controllers are also shown
PSVR Headset 2 and Sense Controllers. Credit: Sony

So the possibility of transferring or updating PSVR titles to work on PSVR2 is possible, but somewhat dependent on the PSVR2 install base over time. If it proves big enough, developers may decide it makes business sense to update their games – especially given the relatively low adoption rate of the original PSVR.

PSVR 2 is set to launch in 2023, with a host of new features for the next generation of virtual reality glasses. All we currently know about PSVR 2 is available here, We also have a list of all PSVR 2 game confirmed so far.

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