Sony has quietly revealed that there will be an updated PlayStation VR headset. The new model, sporting model number CUH-ZVR2, won't be a top-to-bottom revamp of the PlayStation VR. Instead, it's been tweaked to streamline the cables and add some new features to the mix. Key among them is high-dynamic range (HDR) passthrough on the headset's Processor Unit.
"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," reads Sony's updated PlayStation VR FAQ. "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."
This was one of the small issues with owning a PlayStation VR and PlayStation 4 Pro. In my setup, I have an HDMI splitter in-between the Pro and my TV: one cable goes into the PSVR Processor Unit and then into the TV, while the other goes directly into the TV for 4K HDR. Unfortunately, users won't be able to swap Processor Units, as the cables connecting the headsets are different.
Sony says that the packaging of the PlayStation VR will be updating as well to denote the different units. There will be no difference in price and the release date for the new units is undisclosed.
"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," says the FAQ.
This ensures that Sony will continue to support the PlayStation VR, at least in the near-term. The recent Tokyo Game Show saw titles like Zone of the Enders for PlayStation 4 with PSVR support, Neko Atsume VR, and Final Fantasy XV: Monster of the Deep, while Bethesda is supporting the platform with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, Doom VFR, and Fallout 4 VR.