Sony have announced a new Playstation VR headset. Because of… reasons.
The new headset (CUH-ZVR2) is compatible with all previous Playstation VR titles with its major changes being an improved design for lowered cord annoyance and HDR support. The stereo headphone cables are integrated into the design and there is a slimmer, streamlined connection cable. The processor unit has been updated to allow HDR passthrough, meaning you no longer need to disconnect the processor unit in between the TV and the PS4 when viewing HDR-compatible PS4 content on a TV.
This surprise announcement comes days after Andrew House (Chief Executive, Sony Interactive Entertainment) stated “I’m not entirely comfortable being the market leader in VR by such a margin that seems to be happening right now.”
VR game sales have not been the best, with the major barrier for gamers being the cost of adopting this new technology. And indeed this is also why investors and developers are slow to take up such a risk at present. While Sony may be the market leader, it is clear they wish to provide some form of incentive for consumers to take up this new technology.
With no announced launch date, we hope to see some additional improvements to the VR headset to make it worth the replacement to those who have already invested, as unfortunately it looks as though the price will be about the same.