Sony is releasing an updated PlayStation virtual reality headset

Todd Singleton
October 3, 2017

It's been almost a year since Sony launched PlayStation VR on these shores, but while we've seen the occasional price drop, there's been nothing in the way of hints that a new version could be on the way.

There are majorly 3 VR headsets in the market, one from Facebook (Oculus Rift), HTC Vive and lastly the Sony PlayStation VR. The post clarifies certain aspects like the new features, how will customers differentiate between both models in the store, or the possibility of simply purchasing a new processor unit to use it with an original PSVR. However, the experience is not complete until you buy the PS VR headset because it takes gaming to the next level by immersing you into the world the designers have created. Some of the new changes include integrated stereo headphones and an HDR pass through.

Sony notes that consumers will be able to distinguish between the older and new PSVRs though their slightly different packaging.

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The big change, however, comes in the form of HDR compatibility, as detailed in an official Sony frequently asked questions page that touches on the differences between this new unit (CUH-ZVR2) and the previous one (CUH-ZVR1). None of the less, the new design will surely make VR gaming more comfortable specially the earphone plug-in and directly HDR support. As per the report, the new headset will also be compatible with all PS VR content released until now.

There's no word yet on when the new PSVR will be available, or how much it costs, but our bet is that we find out more during the PlayStation press conference at Paris Games Week at the end of October. In addition to this, there's also a streamlined connection cable. 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 a year ago. But for North America, Sony has promised to keep the bundle prices unchanged, claims The Verge.

The US PlayStation blog confirms the update but it might not be the improvement users were expecting. If you already own a PSVR headset and the revised features are important to you, you may want to sell your current hardware.

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