Sony has announced a new, updated PlayStation VR (PS VR) headset. It will improve on the design of the existing PS VR unit in several ways, though none of them monumental enough to warrant trading yours in for a new one or waiting for it to hit the market (it has no release date yet). The news was made public via an update to the PS VR FAQ on Sony’s PlayStation blog.
“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,” reads the post. Sony’s PlayStation Japan site has more images of what it looks like.
This comes after Sony India had finally informed retailers that the PS VR headset for the PS4 gets a price cut in India. Launched around six months ago, Sony’s virtual reality headset is now Rs. 4,000 cheaper than what it was at launch, making the new PS VR India price Rs. 37,990. This includes the PS VR headset, cables, demo disc, and most importantly, the PS4 camera needed for VR. Previously, the PS VR with camera would cost Rs. 41,990.
In our PS VR review we noted that while comfortable, the mess of wires made it far from ideal, but considering the price of other headsets such as HTC Vive, it still is the cheapest way to experience VR and the price cut makes it all the more affordable, if you already own a PS4- which isn’t getting a price cut in India just yet. Granted the new PS VR revision makes it less of a mess of wires, but it’s not at a point where it should be. Hopefully, Sony makes PS VR 2 wireless.