Is PSVR 2 dead? Latest actions by Sony suggest it will be soon

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Sony launched the PSVR 2 with much marketing fanfare, but just over a year and a half later, it seems the company has abandoned for dead in favor of greener, and flatter, pastures.

The Japanese electronics giant is no stranger to abandoning its hardware. The PlayStation Vita portable console had a lot going for it: great hardware strength, good first-party games, and a gorgeous OLED screen. But Sony stopped supporting the console not long after a lackluster launch.

Despite having industry-leading hardware at a comparatively competitive price, the PSVR 2 is on track to be Sony’s Vita of this generation. Apart from a couple of first-party games made available at launch, the virtual reality headset has been relying on third-party support for a while. With no future PSVR 2 games announced at the PlayStation showcase in May, fans are questioning whether PSVR 2 is abandoned.

Is the PSVR 2 dead now?

The latest rumors and reporting persistently claim that Sony is ending its funding for PSV games, leading many fans to believe that PSVR 2 is support is officially coming to an end.

Sony has a long history of leaving low-performing hardware beyond despite good reviews. The PlayStation EyeToy, PlayStation Portable Go, Wonderbook, and PlayStation TV are all examples of abandoned hardware. Based on current reports and recent industry layoffs, it is likely that PSVR 2 will join Sony’s hardware graveyard.

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A recent data breach at Insomniac Games showed that the top developer in Sony’s arsenal is not working on a VR game. Insomniac Games previously released three highly-rated VR games for Oculus Rift. This is just another reason to wonder if PSVR 2 is already dead.

Are there any upcoming PSVR 2 games?

Sony hasn’t announced any first-party PSVR 2 games coming in 2024 or 2025, and it seems that none of its studios are working on upcoming PSVR 2 games.

The company also closed down its London Studio, which made the highly-rated PSVR game Blood & Truth. First Contact Entertainment, which made Firewall Ultra, has also closed its doors. Firespirte Studio, which created the PSVR 2 launch title Horizon Call of the Mountain, is facing budget and personnel cuts. All events indicate Sony’s change in direction for further VR development.

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Sony attempted to revive the faltering PSVR 2 and stave off feelings that it was dead by launching it on PC. The headset requires a separate adapter, which costs $60. However, none of the features that make PSVR 2 an excellent headset work on a PC. PSVR 2 doesn’t support HDR, eye tracking, foveated rendering, adaptive triggers, headset vibration, and controller haptics, making it an unfavorable deal for PC gamers.

With nothing left to look forward to, gamers are better off accepting that PSVR 2 is indeed dead and getting the Meta Quest 3 instead. At least it’s getting the new Batman and Hitman games.

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Written by Bilawal Bashir

Bilawal is a software engineer who loves video games, comic books, and anime. But he will never love pineapple on pizza. In over two decades of gaming, he has only broken two controllers. His work has also been featured by TheGamer and WhatIfGaming.

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