Published: Tue, October 03, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Updated PS VR headset arrives in Japan on October 14th

Updated PS VR headset arrives in Japan on October 14th

Sony has announced a new model of its PSVR virtual reality headset. The previous PS VR's model number is CUH-ZVR1, and the new PS VR's model number is CUH-ZVR2. The new model, designated CUH-ZVR2, comes with integrated headphones and HDR passthrough support.

Is this the time for those of you yet to invest to jump into the VR world?

Sony has announced that it's updating the design of the PS VR headset offering a more streamlined, HDR compatible, headset for the PlayStation 4. Some of the new changes include integrated stereo headphones and an HDR pass through. While there's no launch date for that model in the US, it may be worth holding off until it launches, especially because Sony is promising that prices won't change.

Here is the complete set of features offered by the upgraded version of PlayStation VR.

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Changes to the PSVR processor unit solve another unwelcome quirk: you can now play HDR video on your PS4 without unplugging your PSVR and juggling HDMI cables. "Because the cables of CUH-ZVR1 and CUH-ZVR2 are different, you can not swap the Processor Units", explains an FAQ on the PlayStation Blog. Although it is behind Samsung in global headset sales, it had sold a total of 519,400 units before the second quarter of 2017, capturing 24.4% of the total market share, according to IDC.

The updated model will first launch in Japan on October 14 for ¥44,980 ($400/£300), and come in a bundle with the required PlayStation Camera.

All existing games and peripherals will be compatible with the redesigned headset.

You can read full details on the PlayStation blog. However, the company does say pricing will remain the same. We will keep an eye on the new product and let you know as soon as we find out more about its global launch.

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