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Sony announces new updated PlayStation VR headset

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There is a new PlayStation VR headset coming your way, and sooner than you think. PlayStation Japan spilt the beans this morning when it updated its PS VR FAQ site with images of a new PlayStation VR model. This new headset looks very much the same as the original one but has a few new features and design tweaks that will hopefully come as a quality of life improvement. 

The new model dubbed as the CUH+ZVR 2 will release first in Japan on 14 October in the recently announced camera bundle that was revealed back at TGS. The device will come with a headphone terminal placed at the rear of the headset and will all be integrated into one cable instead of having the headphone jack and buttons on the wire itself. As for the controls for the sound, they are now placed on the opposite side of the headset button under the screen so you don't need to have to try find the wire to adjust the volume. 

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All this means is that there will be less cable and more space to move thanks to the headphone system being integrated into the headset.  The processor unit is also getting a change to allow HDR pass-through to your TV. The original model would not send HDR signals to the TV when playing supported games which meant that if you were playing an HDR game, you would have to unplug the HDMI from the VR processing box and bypass it. Along with the new VR headset and processing box, Sony will also release a new PlayStation Move controller with a Micro USB slot, finally. 

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.”

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it is important to note that all VR games will still be compatible with both models and this new headset is a quality of life change. No need to throw your PS VR in the bin just yet. The headset will launch first in Japan on 14 October, with a western release soon to follow. 

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