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PlayStation confirmed that original PlayStation VR owners were in luck when they upgraded to the new VR headset. PS VR2 Not compatible with PS VR games. This can be a roadblock for those hoping for a smooth transition.
In a recent episode of Official PlayStation podcast, Hideaki Nishino talked about the development of PS VR2 and confirmed that older games will not be playable on the new headset. According to Nishino, this is due to more advanced features in the new headphones, including eye tracking, haptic feedback, and 3D audio. “This means that developing games for PSVR2 requires a completely different approach than the original PSVR.”
PS VR2 is set to launch early next year. Sony’s Jim Ryan announced that it will have 20 main games at launch. But it will be missing some of the previous library classics, and there’s currently no indication that Sony plans to find a way to close the gap. Company sold 5 million units of the original headset since the last report, meaning many users won’t be able to bring their games to the next generation.
One consolation for PSVR owners is that Sony is providing a free adapter that makes PS4 Camera work on PS5. This means that even users who have upgraded their console can still use their old headphones on a new console. However, your mileage may vary depending on activity level as upcoming VR games launch only on new headsets.
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