An updated PlayStation VR headset is on the way

Still not got a shiny blue lit headset next to your TV? Well maybe a PlayStation VR (opens in new tab) hardware update might just push you over the virtual reality edge. Psst, don't worry, it's not a real chasm. There's no enormous changes to the headset itself but new model number CUH-ZVR2 - catchy, I know - has an updated design that allows for stereo headphone cables to be integrated with the VR headset, and a "slimmer, streamlined" connection cable. 

Plus, in good news for PS4 Pro owners, Sony has also announced (opens in new tab) that the new upgraded model has the capacity for HDR passthrough. The previous processing box couldn't send through HDR signal, so if you wanted that ultra rich colour imagery you'd have to unplug the PSVR headset and plug it back in when you wanted to jump back into the game again. Now you don't have to touch a wire and as long as your headset is off, the sweet HDR picture juice will happily flow down the wires. Unfortunately there's no switching out just the processing unit though as the difference in cables means the whole headset would have to change. 

There's no info quite yet around when this version will be available in the US and Europe but the best way to tell whether you're looking at the new version or not is the number on the box. The old PSVR is CUH-ZVR1 and the new one is CUHL ZVR2.  If you're looking for a good PSVR deal, the official price point will remain the same  but you could always check out our best PlayStation VR deals available right now (opens in new tab). Alternatively, keep an eye on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales before Christmas to snag a VR bargain. 

Louise Blain

Louise Blain is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in gaming, technology, and entertainment. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s monthly Sound of Gaming show and has a weekly consumer tech slot on BBC Radio Scotland. She can also be found on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, Netflix UK's YouTube Channel, and on The Evolution of Horror podcast. As well as her work on GamesRadar, Louise writes for NME, T3, and TechRadar. When she’s not working, you can probably find her watching horror movies or playing an Assassin’s Creed game and getting distracted by Photo Mode.