Can PSVR 2 play PSVR games?

Looks like some upgrades are on their way
Last Updated on April 19, 2023
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PSVR 2 is almost here, and many will be wondering – can PSVR 2 play PSVR games?

Sadly, it doesn’t look like this will be the case. Hideaki Nishino, senior VP at Sony, has confirmed that there will be no backwards compatibility for the new console. This means you will not be able to play PSVR games on the PSVR 2. The principal reason for this is that PSVR 2 is supposed to provide a more immersive and fully-fledged VR experience. Games on the PSVR cannot really deliver the cutting edge tech this will implement.

However, most of the games that are currently available on the PSVR will probably be released as PSVR 2 versions. What’s more, some sources are saying that there will be free upgrades on many PSVR games to PSVR 2 versions. Favorites like After the Fall, Gran Turismo 7 and Zenith: The Last City are set to give players a well-deserved upgrade to their current game if they manage to get their hands on a PSV2 when it comes out.

Can I play PSVR games on a PSVR 2?

So, it won’t be possible to run PSVR games on a PSVR 2, as the VR experience and tech utilised differs between the two pieces of technology. The newer generation of games released by Sony on the PSVR 2 are set to offer more immersive graphics, faster gameplay, and generally more up-to-date virtual reality features and sensitivity.

You’ll still be able to play normal PS5 games on the PSVR 2, so there’s no need to own both consoles. However, you definitely won’t get the magic of the virtual reality experience offered by the PSVR 2. But it’s good to have the option of none-VR games, just in case you’re finding it all a bit much.

Can PSVR 2 work without PS5?

Sadly, you will need a PS5 to use the PSVR 2. The headset is designed to work exclusively with a PS5 and needs to be cabled to the console in order to access your game data.

Will PSVR 2 work on old games?

For all you PVSR owners out there, unfortunately, PSVR games are not backward compatible with the VR2. You’ll have to purchase new games specifically made for the new model in order to enjoy its features.

Final Thoughts

Although some of the classic titles will not be directly playable with Sony’s new console, the upgrade system looks like it could save the day. This is especially true if you’ve already brought a lot of the VR games from the last console release.

So rest easy – with time, it looks like Sony will be taking care of business and making sure your hard earned cash will not be wasted.

As a tech and AI writer for PC Guide, Gloria is interested in what new technology means for the future of consumer electronics and digital and broadcast journalism.