PS VR2 will not support games from the first PS VR ‘to deliver a truly next-generation experience’

Virtual reality game fans who own the first PlayStation VR headset will need to put their existing games on hold if they plan to get the PS VR2. Sony confirmed that the older titles would not work on the upcoming hardware.

PlayStation SVP of Platform Experience Hideaki Nishino spoke about some of the games coming to PS VR2 in the latest episode of the Official PlayStation Podcast. But when asked about compatibility with games from the first PS VR, Nishino said those would not be supported in the next generation of Sony’s VR headset.

Like the PS5, the PS VR2 is being advertised as next-gen hardware. Nishino said games released for the first PS VR will not work on the upcoming device because it was “designed to deliver a next-gen VR experience.”

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Nishino noted that part of PS VR2’s next-gen quality is its “enhanced features,” which include a new controller that supports haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. As Sony has already announced, the device will also come with new sensors for tracking eye movements, 3D audio and 4K HDR. “This means developing games for PS VR2 requires a very different approach than the original PS VR,” added Nishino.

In August 2021, the PSVR Without Parole YouTube channel revealed details of Sony’s private presentation where the company first discussed its plans for PS VR2 games. But Sony reportedly didn’t say much about backwards compatibility with PS VR games at the time. Nishino’s recent endorsement seems to explain why not much attention was paid to the topic at the event.

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Some of the information from the earlier report also appeared to have been corroborated by the handful of games confirmed to launch on PS VR2. In the same presentation, Sony reportedly said it will focus on bringing AAA-quality games and “hybrid AAA” titles to next-gen VR hardware.

It’s worth noting that the first game announced for PS VR2 is a spin-off of Guerrilla Games’ Horizon series, officially titled Horizon Call of the Mountain. The early teasers for the title, as well as the studios involved in its development, are indications that it’s getting the AAA gaming treatment.

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Plans to offer hybrid AAA games appear to be bolstered by the fact that God of War: Ragnarok is also set to release on PS VR2. Sony hasn’t announced an exact release date for PS VR2 yet, but it’s confirmed to launch sometime in 2023.

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