PlayStation VR | New Model Coming Soon

Sony announced via a PlayStation VR: Ultimate FAQ that a new PS VR model is coming out soon featuring an updated Processor Unit that supports HDR pass through. Check out all of the relevant details below along with images taken from the PlayStation Blog in Japan (with translated text).

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.

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  • George Nash

    I am glad that Sony is continuing to try and update the PSVR. Some of my favourite gaming experiences of the last year have been VR games.

    I wish they would release a model with higher resolution per-eye. I don’t regret getting my unit but the more VR systems I have played with the more I realise that high resolution is king for the VR systems.

    • ChazzH69

      I’m sure Sony are working on a new version and would expect it to be released this time next year. I would love to see a wireless version but that is probably due with the PS5.

      • Makai

        Wireless is really risky on VR because they want to stay within that 18ms threshold before things become wonky. Plus PS VR isn’t designed for whole room VR, and then they’d have to find a place to put a good enough battery pack and make sure the batteries aren’t so cramped that they become Galaxy Note 7s mounted to the side of your head.

        • ChazzH69

          I agree, wireless is risky but given enough time I guarantee we will see the technology advance enough to justify it.

          • Makai

            i think we could do it fine right now, but I think we’d have to put relays around a room in the corners that speak to each other, and a central node. The question to me is more about engineering and price rather than anything requiring new technology.

    • Makai

      PS4 can’t handle higher resolution. Period. End of discussion. PS4 pro can, PS4 can’t. That’s just what it boils down to in the end.

  • David Lazarek

    This is good news. I have fun with my PSVR, but since I got a nice 4K HDR TV its disconnected more often than not. Its too bad there isn’t an HDR solution for us early adopters. Now I bring it out PSVR when friends come over.

    • ChazzH69

      If many of the early adopters buy the new model that will boost their sales numbers again. I’m very tempted even without owning a 4K HDR TV.

    • Makai

      Leave it to Sony to over spec the PS4’s HDMI port before the new standards come out, and then under spec the HDMI ports when it actually matters.