PSVR 2 will not be backward compatible with original PSVR games

PSVR 2 will not be backward compatible with original PSVR games ...

Sony has finally confirmed that the PSVR 2 will not be backward compatible with original PSVR games. Hideaki Nishino, PlayStation Senior Vice President of Platform Experience, confirmed the news in an interview on the Official PlayStation Podcast.

PSVR 2 will not support PSVR 1 games, according to Sony, because to hardware limitations.

Since it first announced the PSVR 2, Sony has evaded the need for original PSVR games to have backward compatibility. We finally received an answer during Episode 439 of the Official PlayStation Podcast (around the 29:10):

Q: While I'm here, some friends and some gamers have asked me if or not they might be able to play original PSVR games on PSVR 2. So what do you think?

PSVR games are not compatible with PSVR2, as PSVR2 is intended to be a truly next-generation VR experience. PSVR has far more advanced features, including a new controller with haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and inside-out tracking eye tracking, 3D audio and HDR.

Nishino did not elaborate on any particulars, but it appears that PSVR 2 backward compatibility might be causing one of two problems:

  • Hardware issues
  • Software issues

The hardware itself might be so different from the original PSVR that there is simply no way to achieve backward compatibility. Weve seen Sony encounter the same problem with the PS4 and PS5 being backward compatible with the PS3.

Alternatively, Sony may have considered the effort required to patch original PSVR games to work with PSVR 2 and decided it was not worth it. Sony would need to allocate funds to update first-party games as well as persuade third-party developers to do so.

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