Sony will release a new version of its PlayStation VR headset later this month. The changes are few but really helpful. Compared to the old model CUH-ZVR1, the CUH-ZVR2 features a slimmer and streamlined cable connection, stereo headphone cable can directly fit in the headset.
Not only that but the PlayStation VR headset will include a new version of the Processor Unit that connects PS VR to PS4. This processor will directly support HDR-compatible features; previously PS VR owners had to disconnect the processor unit to use the HDR features.
The only issue is that the new processor is incompatible with original PlayStation VR headset, Sony mentioned in the PS VR FAQ, “Because the cables of CUH-ZVR1 and CUH-ZVR2 are different, you cannot swap the Processor Units”. Yes there’s a possibility that some fans will get dissatisfied for buying a version not so long ago, that’s getting a revision which is not backward compatible.
The packaging will also change slightly but the model number will be printed on the box, so there’s nothing to be worried about. If you’re confused that you mistakenly buy the old version. All PlayStation VR headset games will be compatible with the new model and it will be priced as $398 US.
The CUH-ZVR2 will be released in Japan on October 14. Its North American release date will be announced at sometime in the future. Here are some of the visual changes in PlayStation VR headset:
Although we welcome the new changes and they sure look simplistic and useful. We would have wished for a solution to have backward compatibility. But perhaps the new processor changes might not have made this possible. It probably just isn’t the cable difference.
It might be something more complicated. None of the less, the new design will surely make VR gaming more comfortable specially the earphone plug-in and directly HDR support.
All the images are respective courtesy of Sony Interactive Entertainment Ltd.