Sony Announces An Updated PlayStation VR Headset

The newly updated PlayStation VR headset features a revamped design with some welcomed changes such as integrated stereo headphone cables and an updated processor.

Via the PlayStation Blog, here is the full Q&A:

Is there a new PlayStation VR model? How is it different?

A hardware update to PlayStation VR is being prepared. The new version, model number CUH-ZVR2, features an updated design that enables the stereo headphone cables to be integrated with the VR headset and a slimmer, streamlined connection cable. There's also an updated Processor Unit that supports HDR pass through, enabling users to enjoy HDR-compatible PS4 content on a TV without having to disconnect the Processor Unit in between the TV and the PS4 system. This function can be used only when the VR headset is turned off.

When will the new PS VR model become available in North America? How much will it be?

We will share details on the launch timing in North America at a later date. The pricing of the PS VR bundles will remain the same.

How can I distinguish between the old PS VR headset and the new one when I'm purchasing?

The packaging for PlayStation VR will change slightly when the new model hits stores. To differentiate, look for the model number printed on the box. The previous PS VR's model number is CUH-ZVR1, and the new PS VR's model number is CUH-ZVR2. Also, the product image on the packaging will be updated to show changes on the new model, like the integrated headphones on the VR headset.

If I already own a PS VR, can I swap out my old Processor Unit with the updated one?

Because the cables of CUH-ZVR1 and CUH-ZVR2 are different, you cannot swap the Processor Units.

Are the PS VR games I already own compatible with the new model?

Yes, all PS VR games are compatible with both PS VR models.

The CUH-ZVR2 has also been announced in Japan, where it's priced at the standard ¥44,980 ($510).

[Image: PlayStation Japan]

Going clockwise from the top, the above image shows the earpiece holder (イヤーピースホルダー), the stereo headphone jack (ステレオヘッドホン端子) and the volume controls (音量ボタン).

[Image: PlayStation Japan]

The CUH-ZVR2 will be released in Japan on October 14. Its Western release date will be announced at some time in the future.


Comments

    Interesting. Is anyone here enjoying the PSVR?
    It's been a while since anyone announced new VR gear.

    I'm wondering if Oculus are going to announce new hardware at the Oculus Connect event next week?

      Samsung is apparently about to show off their new one, the odyssey. Might be at the oculus event.

      I have one and it actually does a good job despite being handy capped by its very low resolution.

      What it lacks in visual it certainly makes up for in audio atmosphere.

      Had one for a few months before I got a Rift. It's a decent VR headset and probably the most polished experience - though it's somewhat crippled by the low power of the PS4.

      I use it far more often than my Rift CV1. It's a great piece of hardware, I love the screen clarity/contrast on it compared to Rift (with grooved lenses/ god-ray effect). The only problem is the Move controllers not having analogue sticks.

    About the only thing I'm even slightly considering PSVR for is the upcoming Ace Combat game next year. The only other thing I'm aware of was an Arkham game (from what I've heard, "game" is stretching it a bit)

    What else is recommended on PSVR?

      Resident evil 7 is amazing on the psvr and really shows just how great VR is. Other than that, not much. I regret buying mine tbh.

    The new breakout box not being compatible with the old model for HDR pass through is disappointing.

    I'm still gunna wait.. too expensive, too many cables, too few games...

      That's VR in a nutshell isn't it? Not limited to PSVR.

    I got one and then got a rift and am actually in the process of selling the rift as it's too much of a pain to setup/too many cables.

    I have the PSVR setup reasonably tidy in my lounge and it only requires plugging the headset into the box to go.

    My partner and I quite enjoy playing 'keep talking and nobody explodes".

    It's just an easier VR to use over the vive

    Still using that crappy light based tracking using previous generation technology in an ugly hodgepodge of spaghetti code?

    Yeah - still no sale for me. Use a system that lets me look behind myself without losing tracking, then I'll consider it.

      Too bad your opinion means nothing as PSVR has an install base of Vive and Oculus combined. They don't need your money lol

    any news on when this will be out in Australia?

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