why does it matter: Sony’s upcoming PSVR 2 has garnered a lot of excitement and has attracted excitement from many tech enthusiasts, promising premium features and specs on headphones, consoles, and even games. Unfortunately, Sony has announced that titles released for the first PSVR headset will not work “natively” with PSVR 2.
In 2016, Sony released its first entry into the world of virtual reality with PSVR, hoping to attract the same interest and excitement that competitors like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive were able to find. Sony entered and undermined the competition in terms of price, releasing the PSVR at $399, compared to the $599 and $799 of the Rift and Vive, respectively. Of course, PSVR orders the PS4, which has brought the price to levels close to Vive if you don’t have one at the time.
Sony’s PSVR has been a relative success, with the headset reaching nearly 5 million sales as of 2022, according to Sony. In 2016, virtual reality was still a “niche” hobby for multiple reasons. Nowadays, virtual reality seems to have taken a place in the mainstream market.
Competitors such as Meta’s Quest 2 saw incredible success, with Meta reporting 15 million sales. Sony definitely wants to capitalize on this “VR boom”, as it officially announced PSVR 2 at CES 2022. Specifications It’s a huge improvement over PSVR 1, to say the least.
When PSVR 2 is released in early 2023, early adopters may struggle to find games to play that can take full advantage of PSVR 2’s specs. You’d think gamers would be able to download some of their favorite games from the PSVR library. Imagine playing Beat Saber to the resolutions PSVR 2, living out your dream of being a chef in Job Simulator, or any of the 600+ PSVR games.
Unfortunately, Sony has confirmed that PSVR 1 games will not run “natively” on PSVR 2. In Interview on PlayStation PodcastHideaki Nishino, senior vice president of Platform Experience for PSVR 2, states that several features on the headset cause it to be incompatible with PSVR 1 games. These features include haptic and adaptive triggers, headset and controller tracking, and 3D audio 4K HDR resolution.
It’s worth noting that developers can update their PSVR 1 games to work with PSVR 2 if they wish to do so. It seems odd that this is a problem, but unfortunately, this is something PSVR 2 users will have to deal with. While it’s nice that developers can update their games to work on PSVR 2, it’s unlikely every PSVR 1 game will receive this “next-generation update.”
We hope that Sony will be able to allow developers to have a smooth and simple process of porting their games to their next generation hardware. This way, early adopters of PSVR 2 can have plenty of games to choose from.