Will lack of backwards compatibility hurt the PSVR 2?

Sony has been in the headlines throughout the majority of 2022 for both good and bad reasons. One of the few good news stories regarding Sony that has emerged from ’22 was the announcement of the PSVR 2 back in the first quarter of the year. Everyone knows that the PSVR 2 is supposed to be an accessory that players can purchase play certain video games on the PlayStation 5. The PSVR 2 is the long awaited successor to the original PSVR headset which was released back in late 2016. While the PSVR had some impressive features there are many people who believe that the headset was overpriced seeing that it was initially released for $399. Also, the PSVR had only managed reach roughly around five million in sales which some people might consider good. However, the Oculus Quest 2 had managed to destroy the PSVR in terms of competition over the past few years by reaching over 14 million units in sales. While the Oculus Quest is almost two years old now Sony has to produce something that will attract more people to purchase the PSVR 2 over the Oculus Quest 2 in the future. There have been rumors swirling around on the internet as of late regarding the PSVR 2 not being backwards compatible. If the PSVR 2 does not offer backwards compatibility with PSVR titles that could be problematic for Sony in terms of profit. Seeing how virtual reality is not as popular as it should be right now Sony should be doing everything they can to make people want to purchase their next generation headset. But it should be noted that creating video games for virtual reality based headsets is most likely very different than making a next generation console backwards compatible. Making a backwards compatible headset is probably harder than it sounds and focusing on PSVR 2 exclusive titles is quite possibly the best route for Sony to go down right now. The PlayStation VR 2 is expected to be released by Sony around Q1/Q2 of ’23 but the official date and price for the headset has yet to be revealed.

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