Playstation unveils updated VR headset

Sony PSVR 2017

It has announced that an updated PS VR headset is in the works and the new device will have model number CUH-ZVR2. This is important as the external processor unit has been updated to support HDR (high dynamic range) content via a passthrough connection, meaning HDR can still be enjoyed with the new PS VR even if the TV it's being used with doesn't support HDR.

Nothing major, then, though with PSVR only a year old Sony would be hard pressed to implement major new features that would require early adopters to update.

Unfortunately, current PSVR owners will have to continue to deal with this lack of HDR pass through support as the new model's Processing Unit isn't backwards compatible due to different cabling.

Sony took the wraps off a new version of the company's PlayStation VR headset on Monday. Sony has also confirmed the packaging for the PlayStation VR headsets will prominently display which model is on offer, so it seems like both the HDR and HDR-less options will be available on store shelves.

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Normally this kind of change is made during the process of reducing the production costs of a console, with new parts that are cheaper to manufacture being swapped in to improve the margin per unit sale. The VR headset will, however, still have to be turned off.

Sony has confirmed via its U.S. blog that the PlayStation VR unit is getting a minor hardware update. The post reads, "A hardware update to PlayStation VR is being prepared". One potential drawback to this though is that Sony hasn't clarified whether or not users are stuck with the integrated headphones that come bundled in (like with the Oculus Rift) or if there will be the ability to plug in their own. The launch date of the headset in United States and other markets will be revealed later.

The packaging will also change slightly but the model number will be printed on the box, so there's nothing to be anxious about. These are small quality of life changes as opposed to the total hardware shakeups that some may have been looking forward to.

Here's everything you need to know about Sony's virtual reality headset, from price and features to its growing lineup of immersive games. When the revised models hit the market, you'll be able to distinguish between them by the image on the box. The release date of the PSVR CUH-ZVR2 in the United States has not yet been announced.

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