Sony has been working tirelessly to build up the hype surrounding the PlayStation Virtual Reality 2 headset set to come out early next year. Now, it appears that hype has taken a hit after it was revealed that PS VR games will not work on the PS VR2 headset.
“PS VR games are not compatible with PS VR2 because PS VR2 is designed to deliver a truly next-generation VR experience,” said Hideaki Nishino, PlayStation’s senior vice-president of platform experience, on a recent episode of the Official PlayStation Podcast. “PS VR2 has much more advanced features, like [an] all-new controller with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, inside-out tracking, eye tracking, 3D audio is coming together, and 4K HDR, of course. This means developing games for PS VR2 requires a whole different approach than the original PS VR.”
At this time, there doesn’t seem to be a technical reason for this lack of backwards compatibility. However, as Video Games Chronicle mentioned, the number of devs willing to put in the work to support this type of compatibility is unknown.
Some games that work on the PS VR headset have already been confirmed for the PS VR2 (like No Man’s Sky). Unfortunately though, if you want to play your old PlayStation VR games, then you better hold onto the headset you currently have.