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Sony has announced a new and improved version of the PlayStation VR headset. This latest model, which can comfortably be labelled an incremental upgrade, has a streamlined design and a new processor unit. But that’s about it. Oh, and the price is remaining the same. Which is disappointing.
The latest attempt to make virtual reality a thing has been gaining ground of late. There are now a huge variety of VR headsets available for all budgets, ranging from Google Cardboard to the Oculus Rift. And last October Sony joined the ranks with PlayStation VR available for the PS4.
Introducing the Sexy Sounding CUH-ZVR2
We’re one year on from the release of the original PlayStation VR. And Sony has taken the wraps off of the new version. The sexy sounding CUH-ZVR2 represents a slight upgrade over the original CUH-ZVR1. There’s nothing groundbreaking, but there are a couple of definite improvements.
The new design means the headphones are now less likely to get in your way. On the current model you plug the headphones into a port on the inline remote. On the new model the headphones are integrated directly into the rear of the headset. So the (now thinner) cable will hang behind you.
The new headset will also ship with an updated PS VR Processor Unit. The new unit is capable of HDR passthrough, allowing you to enjoy HDR-compatible content without having to unplug your PSVR headset. Again, it’s a small, subtle change, but one that most PS VR owners will appreciate.
There is good news and bad news for early adopters. The good news is that all PS VR games will be compatible with both models, so there’s no need to upgrade. The bad news is that the difference in cables means the old and new models are incompatible, so you cannot swap the Processor Units.
The Price Remains the Same… For Now
The updated PlayStation VR (CUH-ZVR2) will be released in Japan on October 14th priced at ¥44,980. Sony hasn’t yet announced a release date for North America and beyond, but is promising that the price will remain unchanged. So the core PS VR bundle will still set you back $399.
Do you already own a PlayStation VR headset? If so, how often do you use it? And do you consider it to have been worth the money you paid for it? Are you interested in the new PS VR headset? Or does virtual reality hold no interest for you? The comments are open below…