Sony: PlayStation 5 Will Be Compatible With PS4 VR

Looks like we get to play Astro Bot for the next five years.

Astro Bot Rescue Mission
Astro Bot Rescue Mission

One of the smaller things learned from Wired’s recent interview with Sony’s Mark Cerny was their future with virtual reality and if they would be adopting it as widely as they have next generation as they have this. The answer seemed to be a pretty big “yes”.

Not only did Cerny say that VR, and therefore PSVR, which has sold 4 million units in less than three years, is “very important to us” but he also stated that the next PlayStation, which we will put a fiver down on being called the PlayStation 5, will also be compatible with the VR setup for PlayStation 4:

“I won’t go into the details of our VR strategy today, beyond saying that VR is very important to us and that the current PSVR headset is compatible with the new console.”

Beat Saber PSVR
This is a somewhat surprising but welcome reveal, especially combined with the fact that the PS5 itself will be backwards compatible with PS4 games, so you’d imagine all your current PSVR games will also work on the PS5, though wait for official confirmation.

It also sounds like Sony may be thinking about making a new PSVR headset, one that can hang a little better with the Vive or Oculus. While PSVR is certainly no slouch, it lacks a lot of resolution and tracking smoothness by comparison, even with a Pro.

If they do anything, and I mean anything, with VR in the next generation, I have but one simple request of Sony:

Change the Move controllers.

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