Sony will release a revised PlayStation VR headset on 14th October in Japan and later this year worldwide. The improved model makes adjustments to the core virtual reality experience based on user feedback, although it’s important to note that its functionality and features remain identical to the model that launched last year. Think of this as a minor update, similar to what it did with the launch PlayStation 4 a few years back.
So what improvements does model number CUH-ZVR2 actually offer? Well, first and foremost its Processor Unit has been updated to enable HDR passthrough – an embarrassing oversight in the original version. The platform holder has also consolidated the cables, so now you’re dealing with a single, thinner cable as opposed to the monster wires at launch.
The biggest visible change, though, is that the headphone port has been moved to the rear of the headset itself, and it’s now possible to integrate the wiring into the unit for tidier cable management. Previously, you needed to plug your headphones into a panel incorporated into the headset’s primary cable, which was prone to tangling.
There is some bad news: if you were hoping to buy the new Processor Unit standalone to allow for HDR passthrough, it won’t be compatible with your existing PlayStation VR headset. “Because the cables of CUH-ZVR1 and CUH-ZVR2 are different, you cannot swap the Processor Units,” explains an FAQ on the PlayStation Blog.
As mentioned, there’s no release date for the new PlayStation VR model in Western territories just yet, but those in Japan will be able to purchase it from 14th October as part of a new ¥44,980 (~$398) bundle including a PlayStation Camera. The manufacturer notes that new packaging will be used in the West to differentiate the updated version from old models, so you’ll need to keep an eye out for that if you want to ensure you score the updated unit.