Until recently, it was assumed that PlayStation 5 games would be able to use existing PlayStation VR headsets for virtual reality experiences. That is not the case, according to a statement sent by Sony to UploadVR. In a strange and disappointing turn, the organization admitted that in order to experience titles like Hitman 3 with PSVR, you’ll need to play a backwards compatible version of PlayStation 4. A similar announcement was recently made for No Man’s Sky: Next Generation.
So what does this mean? Well, in Hitman 3̵7;s case, that means if you want to enjoy the PSVR experience, you’ll have to download the PS4 build to your PS5 instead of the original next-gen version. While it will benefit from the improved load times and more stable performance due to Game Boost, it clearly won’t have the visual improvements it will have on the PS5. It’s also a messy solution: in theory, you might have to have two different Hitman 3 versions installed on your console to get the most out of the stealth game.
Luckily, both Hitman 3 and No Man’s Sky: Next Generation are offering free upgrades from PS4 to PS5, so you won’t have to pocket here. However, this sounds like a surprisingly clumsy scenario – especially after a developer announced a PSVR game for PS5 a few months ago. When we asked the studio about that, a spokesperson told us: “I can’t really comment but say, yes we’ll be using the PS5 and no, we have no intention of releasing it. on PS4. ” Perhaps those plans have changed now.
Speaking to the Washington Post earlier this week, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said that his company still believes in virtual reality and suggested that although the technology hasn’t had a real mainstream yet, He believes it will come in the future: “We certainly believe that at some point in the future VR will represent a meaningful component of interactive entertainment. Will it be this year? Are not. Will it be next year? But will it come at some point? We believe that.”