Sony is keeping PlayStation VR2 backwards compatibility under wraps for now

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
PlayStation VR2 specs are in, but all the questions have been about backwards compatibility with games released for Sony's first virtual reality headset. Now we know that details will be kept under wraps for a while yet.


Stephen Totilo, current Axios Games writer, has tweeted that Sony is being very secretive about backwards compatibility for PlayStation VR2 (thanks, PushSquare). With yesterday's specs announcement, the games press have been trying to get a hold of Sony to talk shop. However, it has become clear that Sony doesn't want to talk about either the expected release date of 2022 or the situation with backwards compatibility because "Sony PR says they have nothing further to announce at the moment."

While the lack of clarification is not altogether shocking, the backwards compatibility question is becoming a bit of a grey cloud over the device. Much speculation across the web is concerned that the way the new headset tracks your head and features haptic feedback might mean that older games cease to function because they are not geared towards the same underlying movements. That would mean that the game developers would be responsible for upgrading each game independently of Sony, which would be a huge pain for most players and result in the same confusing situation for upgrades as already exists on the base PS5.

However, that is merely speculation with nothing officially confirmed as of yet. What do you think of the news? Will there be backwards compatibility! Let us know in the comments in our little virtual reality.
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation and Sony news. He writes about PS5 games like LEGO Horizon Adventures, Assassin’s Creed Shadows, Kingdom Come Deliverance II, Concord, and Death Stranding 2 using experience from years of PlayStation gaming. He also covers PS Plus news, as well as his favorite games — The Witcher 3, God of War, and The Last of Us — before an evening swim.
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