PlayStation Senior Vice President Hideaki Nishino has confirmed that the brand’s next-generation virtual reality (VR) headset, the PlayStation VR2 (PS VR2) will not be compatible with Sony’s virtual reality games from the previous generation. According to his explanation via the latest episode of the Official PlayStation Podcast, this is due to the new system being designed “to deliver a true next-gen VR experience”.
“PS VR2 has much more advanced features, like [an] brand new controller with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, reverse tracking, eye tracking, 3D audio come together and 4K HDR, of course,” said Nishino. “This means that developing games for PS VR2 requires a totally different approach than the original PS VR.”
As the brand’s senior vice president pointed out, Sony’s new VR gaming system features plenty of new technology, including all-new controllers designed exclusively for the VR experience. Unlike the original PS VR, the upcoming headset uses inside-out tracking (much like the Meta Quest headsets) which allows better tracking of head movements, user positioning, and controllers. The older system, on the other hand, relies on the PlayStation Camera accessory for motion tracking. Additionally, the PS VR2 system only requires a direct connection to the PS5 via a USB-C cable, unlike its predecessor’s more complicated setup.
One of the main strengths of Sony’s current generation video game console, the PlayStation 5 (PS5), is its backwards compatibility with games made for its predecessor. This way, users will be able to revisit past games from their PS4 library, while enjoying additional benefits such as faster frame rates and high definition graphics, although these are only available for certain titles. .
That being said, it is still possible for users to enjoy their previous generation VR games through the PlayStation 5, as it supports older hardware. It also means you should keep the original headset, PS Camera accessory, and 12-year-old PlayStation move controllers if you want to experience PS VR exclusives like Astro Bot Rescue Mission, Blood & Truth, and Farpoint.
The new PS VR2 should arrive from here early next year, although an exact date has yet to be confirmed. Games that have been confirmed for the system include Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge Enhanced Edition, Demeo, Horizon: Call of the Mountain, Resident Evil Village VR, Resident Evil 4 Remake, No Man’s Sky PS VR2, and The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Chapter 2.
(Source: PlayStationSony [official blog])
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