Sony: PSVR2 is “actually next-generation,” so it may possibly’t play PSVR1 video games

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Enlarge / It might look empty, however the authentic PlayStation Vr ecosystem contained many video games that can by no means transfer ahead.

Kyle Orland

A Sony government confirmed Friday that the PlayStation VR 2 won’t be backward-compatible with video games developed for the unique PlayStation VR.

Sid Shuman, senior director of content material communications at Sony Interactive, requested Hideaki Nishino, senior vp of platform expertise at Sony, whether or not video games for the unique PSVR might be performed on a PSVR2 equipment on the Official PlayStation Podcast, episode 439 (his reply begins at 29:12).

“PSVR video games usually are not appropriate with PSVR2 as a result of PSVR2 is designed to ship a very next-generation VR expertise,” Nishino mentioned. Nishino listed a number of “way more superior options” within the VR2, together with new controllers with haptic suggestions, adaptive triggers, superior eye monitoring, and 3D audio. “Which means growing video games for PSVR2 requires a complete totally different method than the unique PSVR.”

Whereas the reply was emphatic—”not appropriate”—and closed off any hope followers might need harbored, Nishino’s guidelines of latest VR2 options did not clearly clarify why the system can be incapable of working less-advanced VR1 video games.

Take into account the Oculus Rift S, which touted a completely totally different eye monitoring system than its predecessor, the unique Oculus Rift. The Rift S maintained compatibility with video games constructed for any Rift system (together with some video games for different headsets). It was a seamless transition for individuals who upgraded their Rift or purchased into VR at a later stage.

It is also a disappointing final result for some nice video games that had been out there solely on PlayStation VR. These embody the unique Mario-caliber Astro Bot, brain-twisting puzzle-game Statik, the VR mode for Resident Evil 7 that by no means noticed launch on another system, first-party VR unique Blood & Reality, and a VR mode for WipEout that would solely profit from a VR2 headset.

The shortage of compatibility may probably contain the PSVR2’s much more centered management system, centered on the Sense VR controllers. PSVR gamers may swap between a DualShock 4 (and even use that gamepad’s motion-sensitive options), PlayStation Transfer wands, and even the PSVR Goal Gun. Whereas the PSVR2’s gamepads comply with the everyday VR design, they’ve extra refined rumbles and “impulse” triggers, cribbed from the PS5’s Dualsense.

The PSVR2, slated for early 2023, acquired a extra formal introduction to the world earlier this week when Sony supplied palms/eyes-on particulars of the PS5 add-on on the 2022 Tokyo Video games Present. The VR2 provides a number of quality-of-life upgrades from its predecessor, together with a single cable connection, a exact interpupillary distance (IPD) calibration instrument, and an improved room-tracking system. This adopted earlier reveals of the system’s base specs.

Sony does supply a digicam adapter to play PSVR video games on the PlayStation 5, which helps hold the system viable. However that is not a lot comfort for the noteworthy video games stranded on the isle of previous-generation VR experiences.

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