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PSVR 2 launch includes only a handful of exclusive titles


Enlarge / Horizon VR: Call of the Mountain is one of the few exclusive titles available for next month’s PSVR 2 launch.


Those who purchase the PlayStation VR 2, available next month, won’t be able to play their existing PSVR library on the new headset. But they will be able to purchase more than 30 titles on the headset’s February 22 launch and a total of 37 within a month of that launch, Sony announced today.

The initial PSVR 2 lineup is overwhelmingly a sort of “greatest hits” collection of titles available on existing VR platforms. Almost all of the headset’s launch window titles are also available on SteamVR, the Oculus Quest platform, or the original PSVR.

Of the handful of PSVR 2 exclusives, the previously revealed Horizon VR: Call of the Mountain stands out as a first-person adventure in the vein of Half-Life: Alyx. As far as third-party exclusives, Supermassive’s The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR is an on-rails VR roller-coaster akin to the similar Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, while Fantavision 202X is a fully 3D take on the infamous, fireworks-filled PS2 launch title (and will also work without a headset).

Of the remaining PSVR “exclusives” for the time being, two take the form of free VR-compatible updates to existing flat-screen PS5 titles: Gran Turismo 7 and Resident Evil Village. Then there’s the haunting narrative of Before Your Eyes, which launched on Steam and mobile in recent years but will make its VR debut on the PSVR 2 next month, using the headset’s eye-tracking cameras to monitor the player’s time-controlling blinks.

Say so long to the original PSVR's glowing blue lights.
Enlarge / Say so long to the original PSVR’s glowing blue lights.

While existing PSVR games won’t work by default on PSVR 2, a handful of developers are offering free upgrades for those who purchased games on the older headset: NFL Pro Era, Pistol Whip, Puzzling Places, Song in the Smoke: Rekindled, Synth Riders, and Zenith: The Last City. Those who own Rez Infinite or Tetris Effect: Connected on PSVR, meanwhile, will be able to upgrade to a PSVR 2 version for just $9.99 each.

In addition to eye-tracking and “passthrough” cameras, the $550 PSVR 2 sports a 2000×2400 per-eye resolution, 100-degree field of view, support for HDR colors, and a set of headset motors for tactile effects. The new headset also connects to the PS5 via a single cable, replacing the mess of cables, junction boxes, and external cameras needed for the original PSVR on the PS4.

Here’s a full list of the PSVR 2 launch titles announced so far, including a reference for which other platforms have seen the same games.

PSVR 2 TitlePSVRQuestPC VRNon-VRNotes
After the FallXXX
Altair BreakerXX
Before Your EyesX“launch window”
Cities VRX
Cosmonious HighXX
Creed: Rise to Glory – Championship EditionXXX“launch window”
The Dark Pictures: Switchback“launch window”
DemeoXX
Dyschronia: Chronos AlternateXX
Fantavision 202X
Gran Turismo 7XFree update for PS5 non-VR version
Horizon: Call of the Mountain
Job SimulatorXXX
Jurassic World AftermathXX
Kayak VR: MirageX
Kizuna AI – Touch the Beat!XXX
The Last ClockwinderXX
The Light BrigadeXXXPurchase includes PS4 and PS5 versions
Moss 1 & 2 RemasterXXX
NFL Pro EraXXXFree upgrade for PS4 owners
No Man’s SkyXXX“launch window”
Pavlov VRX
Pistol WhipXXXfree upgrade from PSVR
Puzzling PlacesXXfree upgrade from PSVR
Resident Evil VillageXfree DLC for PS5 game
Rez InfiniteXXX
Song in the SmokeXXX
STAR WARS: Tales from the Galaxy’s EdgeX
Synth RidersXXXfree upgrade from PSVR
The Tale of OnogoroXXX
TentacularXX
Tetris Effect: ConnectedXXXX
ThumperXXX
The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners: Ch. 2: RetributionXXX“launch window”
Vacation SimulatorXXX
What the BatXX
Zenith: The Last CityXXXfree upgrade from PSVR



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