Sony makes some of our favorite VR headsets on the market right now. But the landscape for these systems is a bit confusing right now. The PlayStation VR 2 hit the market earlier this year and can instantly turn your PS5 console into a powerful virtual reality gaming system. The problem is, there are a lot of great VR games that these new headsets can’t run.
The reason is that the new PSVR 2 is not backwards compatible with the original PSVR game library, which means that many older, but still excellent, PS4 and PS5 VR games are blocked on the PlayStation platform. Oddly enough, the original PlayStation VR from 2016 does is working on the next generation PlayStation 5 and these games will be playable. Hopefully these will all be updated to support PSVR 2 over time, but there are no guarantees that this will ever happen.
This means that yes, you can skip the PSVR 2 and use the original PSVR, connect it to the PS5 and enjoy VR gaming. Some of them even benefit from better loading times and graphics. And frankly, if you have an older PSVR and don’t want to spend more money on the PSVR 2, this is a valid way to go.
Just know this: The PSVR headset is older technology that requires a complicated cable box and an older PS4 camera that will plug into the PS5 with an additional dongle adapter that you will need to get from Sony. Also, most PSVR games I will not work with the new PS5 DualSense Controller (with a few exceptions, like Star Wars Squadrons). For most games with a gamepad, you’ll need to dig out an older DualShock 4 from the PS4 era.
Sony’s PSVR also has other extras: stick-like PS Move controllers (which you need for some games) and a light gun-like VR Aim controller. To keep this list simple, I’ve left out games that only work with them; below are some excellent titles that just need a DualShock 4 to run.
Also, many of these games can work as well without PSVR headset. They’re optional for VR, but the headset adds a different level of immersion that’s often really immersive, with the downside of a lower-resolution display than you’d get on a 4K TV.
But these games are so good that they are worth your attention. And hey, Sony: let’s get some PSVR 2 versions out of them soon.
And if you do go for PSVR2, here’s a list of our favorite PSVR 2 games.
Editor’s note: This article was originally written in 2019 and has been updated since the release of PSVR 2 as a reminder of how good these games still are.