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Sony Reveals New PSVR Model With HDR Pass-Through, Revised Design

Sony Reveals New PSVR Model With HDR Pass-Through, Revised Design

Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) celebrates its first birthday in just under two weeks’ time, and the company is marking the anniversary with a revised model.

Japanese publication Famitsu has revealed a new version of the PS4-based VR headset that sports some minor, but appreciated updates. For starters, the kit’s processor unit now allows for high dynamic range (HDR) passthrough. PS4 got an HDR update last year, but anyone with PSVR needed to unplug the headset to get the benefits on their TV. To be clear, this doesn’t sound like PSVR itself now supports HDR, just traditional games can be played on a TV with the option while it’s still plugged in.

Elsewhere, the site notes the headset’s stereo headphone jack has been relocated, and the cables have been replaced with new, slimmer alternatives. PSVR’s wires can indeed cause something of a mess, so this is another appreciated update. The images above are all we’ve got for now.

It sounds like that’s it for updates. Nothing major, then, though with PSVR only a year old Sony would be hard pressed to implement major new features that would require early adopters to update. Still, we’d love to see some improved tracking for the headset’s 180 degree single-camera solution, or some improved motion controllers.

We’ve reached out to Sony to confirm that this new model will also be making its way to the US, Europe and other parts of the world soon. It costs 44,980 yen (about $398), so don’t expect this to new model to have a big price drop if it does release elsewhere.


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