Fans eagerly awaiting the release of PSVR2 understandably want to know what they can play on this system in 2023. While we have games like Resident Evil 8 and Horizon: Call of the Mountain, many are wondering if they can replay original games like Astro Bot: Rescue Mission and Until Dawn: Rush of Blood on PSVR2 on PSVR. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to happen.
On a new episode of Hideaki Nishino’s official PlayStation podcast – SVP of Platform Experience – it was stated that PSVR 2 will not be compatible with original PSVR games. According to Nishino, this is because PSVR 2 is “designed to provide a truly next generation VR experience” and that PSVR 2 game development requires a “completely different approach” than developing games for the original PSVR.
“PSVR games are not compatible with PSVR2 because PSVR2 is designed to create a truly new generation,” says Nishino. “PSVR2 has much more advanced features such as haptic feedback controllers with adaptive triggers, like I said, motion tracking inside, eye tracking, 3D audio, and of course 4k HDR. This means game development for PSVR 2 requires a completely different approach than the original PSVR.”
While this is probably not the kind of news that most people interested in PSVR2 would like to hear, it makes a lot of sense. The sheer number of new features that PSVR2 comes with will likely make backwards compatibility a bit difficult. However, Nishino does not rule out the possibility of making ports as some developers may decide to update their games and release them again on PSVR2.
Now that we know the PSVR2 won’t be backwards compatible, Sony will really have to impress with their software if the system is to launch successfully. Luckily, it looks like there will be plenty of games to try out when the system hits the market in early 2023, as Sony chief Jim Ryan said the PSVR2 will have “more than 20 launch games.”
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