PlayStation VR2

PlayStation VR2 Won’t Support Backward Compatibility, Says Sony

Many people were betting on next year’s PlayStation VR2 to be not only a cutting-edge accessory but also one that could uphold the legacy established by PlayStation VR. It turns out that isn’t the case and the original PSVR library will be left behind, Sony confirms.

“PSVR games are not compatible with PSVR2 because PSVR2 is designed to deliver a truly next-generation VR experience,” Hideaki Nishino, senior vice president of platform experience at PlayStation, confirms via the official PlayStation Podcast.

“PlayStation VR2 has much more advanced features like an all-new controller with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, as I’ve said, and inside-out tracking in it, 3D audio is coming together, 4K HDR of course… so this means that making games for PlayStation VR2 requires a whole different approach than the original PlayStation VR. These features actually enable developers to create worlds that feel more vivid and alive and bring players closer to the experience than ever. I believe that.”

While I can understand the need to separate the two devices, it is also disappointing to hear this given I can only assume people are purchasing cheap VR games in hopes to play them on their new PSVR2. Instead, Sony waited to reveal this tidbit until now and that’s something that would have easily swayed people to hold out. Now it seems we will likely need to wait to learn which developers are going to port their games over to the new hardware.

I will say this, out of the entire PSVR library, I want Tetris Effect, Blood & Truth, and Beat Saber to make the shift to PSVR2.