Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia announced a new PlayStation VR model (CUH-ZVR2) will release in Japan on October 14, 2017 for 44,980 yen plus tax.
The new PS VR model has some adjustments to the headphone port, which is now on the back of the device. The cable that connects the VR headset and processor unit has also been slimmed down.
It was also confirmed that the new PS VR model will be available in North America “at a later date.” Pricing will remain the same for the updated device.
Here’s more from the PlayStation VR’s Q&A that got new questions added regarding the updated version:
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.