Sony says ‘PS VR games are not compatible with PS VR2’

With PS VR2 set to launch early next year, Sony is starting to accelerate the hype train for its next-gen virtual reality headset. The hardware made its public debut at the Tokyo Game Show this week (first impressions are largely positive) and the company unveiled a few more titles coming to the platform during Tuesday’s State of Play. Some other important information has just surfaced, albeit on the negative side: PS VR games won’t work on PS VR2.

“PS VR games are not compatible with PS VR2 as PS VR2 is designed to deliver a next-generation VR experience,” said Hideaki Nishino, PlayStation’s senior vice president of platform experience, in the latest episode of the official PlayStation -Podcasts (discovered by Nibellion). “PS VR2 has much more advanced features, such as [an] A brand new controller with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, inside out tracking, eye tracking, 3D audio coming together and of course 4K HDR. This means developing games for PS VR2 requires a very different approach than the original PS VR.”

Some games that will work on PS VR have been confirmed for PS VR2 (such as Nobody’s heaven), but that’s still disappointing news. This means players will not be able to access PS VR games with the new headset. So if they want to dip back into older games from time to time, they need to keep the old hardware.

It seems that PlayStation VR newcomers also can’t try out games they may have heard good things about, such as: Astro-Bot rescue mission or moss, unless the developers port their games to PS VR2. A more limited gaming library may make the new headset a less attractive buy.

The decision could have to do with the fact that the PS VR2 uses different tracking methods. The controllers are completely different. PS VR uses the PlayStation camera and light-based tracking, while Sony uses infrared LEDs to track the position of the new Sense controllers. Those hoping to port (almost) their entire collection of PS4-era PlayStation games to the current-gen when PS VR2 arrives may be feeling discouraged.

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