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

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

Kyle Orlando

A Sony govt confirmed Friday that the PlayStation VR 2 is not going to be backward-compatible with games developed for the unique PlayStation VR.

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

“PSVR games usually are not appropriate with PSVR2 as a result of PSVR2 is designed to ship a very next-generation VR expertise,” Nishino stated. Nishino listed a number of “rather more superior options” within the VR2, together with new controllers with haptic suggestions, adaptive triggers, superior eye monitoring, and 3D audio. “That means creating games for PSVR2 requires an entire completely different method than the unique PSVR.”

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

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

It’s additionally a disappointing end result for some nice games that have been accessible solely on PlayStation VR. Those embrace the unique Mario-caliber Astro Botbrain-twisting puzzle-game Staticthe VR mode for Resident Evil 7 that by no means noticed launch on every other system, first-party VR unique Blood & Truthand a VR mode for WipEout that might solely profit from a VR2 headset.

The lack 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 Move wands, and even the PSVR Aim Gun. While the PSVR2’s gamepads observe the everyday VR design, they’ve extra refined rumbles and “impulse” triggers, cribbed from the PS5’s Dualsense.

The PSVR2, slated for early 2023, obtained a extra formal introduction to the world earlier this week when Sony provided arms/eyes-on particulars of the PS5 add-on on the 2022 Tokyo Games Show. The VR2 gives a number of quality-of-life upgrades from its predecessor, together with a single cable connection, a exact interpupillary distance (IPD) calibration device, and an improved room-tracking system. This adopted earlier revelations of the system’s base specs.

Sony gives a digital camera adapter to play PSVR games on the PlayStation 5, which helps hold the system viable. But that is not a lot comfort for the noteworthy games stranded on the island of previous-generation VR experiences.

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