Virtual reality is still a relatively new field of game development, with companies constantly changing and trying new things. Although it was initially limited to PC owners, consoles have begun to engage in the VR market as well. Sony is getting ready to launch the PSVR2, and it looks like there is some bad news for fans of the original.
Hideaki Nishino, PSVR2's SVP of Platform Experience, spoke about the lack of backward compatibility on the PlayStation Podcast episode 439. PSVR2 is not compatible with PSVR2, because PSVR2 is designed to deliver a true next-generation VR experience, according to Nishino.
Nishino explained why backward compatibility would not work: PSVR 2 has many more advanced features than all new controllers with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, thus, developing PSVR 2 requires a whole different approach from the original PSVR.
The PSVR2 looks to be a cutting-edge console VR technology, with Sony investing heavily to ensure it is its most powerful model yet. It is expected to include eye-tracking and other advanced features, and thats why Nishino claims it cannot support previous games.
PC VR games are capable of running on different headsets, even when theyre created by different companies. Both Meta Quest and Valves Index can run games on Steam, so its strange that a company couldt do the same thing for its previous titles. Even if the games dont use all the new features, some players would still have a lot of fun.
All of the same different tracking methods for the same games are used in VR games on Steam. https://t.co/EpNu2n1BgW
Some, like Toms Guide, are speculating that the PSVR2 might arrive sometime in early 2023.