There are likely many people already opening up their PS5 consoles to set up and start enjoying their new games. Unfortunately, the PSVR users may not be having as great a time. If you currently use PSVR and have considered getting a PS5, or vice versa, you’ll need to be aware of a few things first.
We are still waiting for the information regarding PSVR on the PS5, but based on what we have been told so far by Sony, and by what current PS5 owners say, there’s a bit of information available that is useful.
Of course, this information could be changed by the time you read this.
When Will the PSVR2 Be Available?
We have already been speculating this, however the CEO of PlayStation, Jim Ryan, actually ruled out a new system for a minimum of 2 years. So it will be about 2023 when we might see a new PSVR.
The success of the PSVR has actually pretty good for Sony, so it’s only natural to speculate that eventually they would release a second PSVR.
Therefore, this means it’s safe to buy a PSVR rather than waiting for a new device. Of course, it’s possible Sony could backtrack and release one sooner, but it still seems safe to buy.
What About PSVR Games?
The PS4 will be around for awhile due to the massive natural of users and install base. Existing PSVR games should be compatible with the PS5, and Sony has even mandated that developers make this compatibility feature available for any future released PS4 titles.
As of right now, there are no PSVR games for the PS5. And the PSVR will be backwards-compatible with the PS5, so it’s safe to assume that any VR games that come out for the PS5 will only be compatible with the PSVR 2.
Of course, while this may upset some existing PSVR users, it actually makes sense. The 2nd version of the PSVR will likely be improved with a modern redesign. If you want to be ablet to use PSVR for games that are VR compatible, you’ll need to use the game for the PS4. There will be some games that get a PS5 upgrade but won’t work via backwards compatibility.
Will The PSVR Experience Be Improved By The PS5?
This is hard to really guess at this point. We’re not entirely sure yet how the games will improve on the PSVR, however we can still look at, discuss and comment on the improvement of PS5 games, that are not PSVR.
If you’re interested in learning more about PS4 games played on the PS5, consider checking out this article at Digital Foundry. To sum up their investigation, if the game is compatible with the PS5, you’ll experience a pretty stable performance with better frame rates and higher resolutions. However, we don’t know the extent of this improved performance. But we do expect the games to play impressively.
In addition, it’s likely that any performance issues will be ironed out as time goes. We are still hopeful that the developers will make it so that their PSVR games work just as good, if not better, on the PS5 console. But again, we can’t guarantee that there will be a noticeable improvement on the performance.
What Will Be Needed for PSVR on the PS5?
Actually, you likely have everything you need if you already own a PS4 system and the complete PSVR setup. The only real additional component you’ll need is the camera adapter. The PS5 will have it’s own camera but it won’t work with the PSVR. Luckily, Sony has already confirmed they will be providing a free camera adapter to existing PSVR owners. While the PS4 uses a proprietary connector for its camera, the PS5 does not. Just visit this page and complete an application to request a camera adapter.
If you don’t currently own a PSVR setup but are getting, or just recently acquired, a PS5, you’ll need:
- PSVR headset
- PS4 camera with the PS5 adapter
- PlayStation move controllers
You can find the complete PSVR kit that already includes all of this, aside from the camera adapter of course. If you’re looking for individual components you might have some luck finding them. I would imagine that in time Sony will start including the camera adapters with the PSVR kits.
PSVR Is Very Much Alive and Well
Even though we haven’t seen a new PSVR system since the original release, there’s definitely no chance of it dying. At the start of 2020, there were actually more than 5 million PlayStation Virtual Reality units sold in total and there are more than 100 million PS4s in households across the world.
Developers have plenty of reasons to continue creating games for the VR niche which in turn gives consumers a reason to keep purchasing V