PlayStation VR2 may not be backwards compatible, for an insider

PlayStation VR2 may not be backwards compatible, for an insider

PlayStation VR2 may not be backwards compatible

Yesterday Sony unveiled the official technical specifications of PlayStation VR2, the new PS5 virtual reality viewer, but there are still many aspects of the device to be clarified. One of them, for example, is whether it will be backwards compatible with the PlayStation VR catalog. Sony has practically responded with a "no comment" in this regard, while insider sources Nick Baker believe it is unlikely.

Axios reporter Stephen Totilo says on Twitter that he asked Sony if PlayStation VR2 will be backward compatible with the games of the previous viewer. In response, a company spokesperson replied that Sony has nothing else to announce about the headset at the moment.

Commending Totilo's post, Nick Baker, co-founder of XboxEra and well-known insider also known as "Shpeshal Nick", claims that according to his sources PlayStation VR2 will not be backwards compatible. However, this is information obtained about a year ago and therefore, as the insider himself suggests, things may have changed since then and Sony may have somehow integrated backwards compatibility into its new PS5 headset or could add it after launch via a update.

"I was told almost a year ago that PlayStation VR2 will not be backwards compatible. But maybe they have had time to work on it since then? Or maybe they will add backwards compatibility after launch? It would be weird to give away so many VR games ... which cannot be played on the new device, "Baker says.

Indeed considering the many PSVR games given away by Sony via the PlayStation Plus, many players may find PlayStation VR2 more attractive if it is backwards compatible with the previous viewer catalog. That said, Baker's information lacks official confirmation at the moment, so we're waiting for more details from Sony, which may arrive during the course of the future PlayStation VR2 presentation.

Also according to Baker, by the way, Valve and Sony may have entered into an agreement to bring Half-Life: Alix to PlayStation VR2.

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Sony Has “Nothing to Announce” Regarding PSVR2 Backward Compatibility Yet

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Sony recently officially announced PlayStation VR2, the next-gen VR headset for PS5- though there’s still plenty that we don’t know about it yet. Though it has an official name, we don’t know what it’ll look like, when it will release, or how much it will cost- or even if it will be able to play the original PSVR’s games via backward compatibility.

Where that last question is concerned, Sony seems to be a bit cagey right now about committing to anything. Axios’ Stephen Totilo recently revealed via Twitter that he has asked Sony if PSVR2 will be backward compatible with its predecessor and if the new headset will launch in 2022. Sony was unwilling to answer either question, saying it had “nothing further to announce at the moment.”

Interestingly, XboxEra co-founder Nick Baker (who’s been a prominent leaker on the PlayStation front as well) says in response to this that based on what he was told about a year ago, PSVR2 isn’t going to be backward compatible.

Of course, PSVR itself can be played on a PS5- though if backward compatibility is indeed being dropped, if someone with a PSVR2 wants to play something like Astro Bot Rescue Mission, they’re not going to be able to do that unless they have the original headset, which is a little disappointing.

Nothing has been officially confirmed either way though, so don’t take anything as confirmation just yet.

Meanwhile, Sony has also announced Horizon Call of the Mountain, developed by Guerrilla and Firesprite Games exclusively for PSVR2. Apparently, it’s going to be worth keeping an eye on.

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