New PSVR Headset Features More Streamlined Design, Supports HDR Pass Through

As a day one PlayStation VR adopter, I’ll admit I was a little shocked to discover the device’s Medusa-inspired collection of cables. They aren’t shown in the marketing photos, but once you tear open the packaging, the mess of wires is impossible to miss.

Happily, for those who haven’t yet picked up PSVR, you won’t need to experience the horror of untangling cables each time you want to dive into virtual reality. With Sony’s new PSVR headset, the number of wires has been reduced. There’s also now headphones included as part of the headset itself. Oh, and while those of us with the original headset have to switch HDMI cables when we want to view HDR content, those who buy the new version won’t have to deal with that headache, as it features HDR pass through.

How lovely for those of you who waited a year to buy the better model!

The official PlayStation VR FAQ has been updated to include the new PSVR headset:

Is there a new PlayStation VR model? How is it different?

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.

When will the new PS VR model become available in North America? How much will it be?

We will share details on the launch timing in North America at a later date. The pricing of the PS VR bundles will remain the same.

How can I distinguish between the old PS VR headset and the new one when I’m purchasing?

The packaging for PlayStation VR will change slightly when the new model hits stores. To differentiate, look for the model number printed on the box. The previous PS VR’s model number is CUH-ZVR1, and the new PS VR’s model number is CUH-ZVR2. Also, the product image on the packaging will be updated to show changes on the new model, like the integrated headphones on the VR headset.

If I already own a PS VR, can I swap out my old Processor Unit with the updated one?

Because the cables of CUH-ZVR1 and CUH-ZVR2 are different, you cannot swap the Processor Units.

Are the PS VR games I already own compatible with the new model?

Yes, all PS VR games are compatible with both PS VR models.

As of right now, only Japan has gotten an official release date (October 14). We’re still waiting on word for a launch in other regions.

The price looks to be same as the original headset, with Japan retailers charging 44,980 yen ($398).

Source: PlayStation Blog (US), PlayStation JP