The PlayStation VR’s new edition, known as CUH-ZVR2, has launched in Japan. It seems that what could be considered minor improvements has spurred on sales of the head-mounted display (HMD), with the PlayStation VR reportedly benefiting from its second biggest week since launch in Japan.
The news comes from Media Create’s retail assessment reports, which suggest that the PlayStation VR sold 27,000 units in Japan during the period 9th October – 15th October 2017. This brings the total domestic sales of the device to approximately 217,000 units.
The PlayStation 4 console itself sold a reported 16,933 during the same period, with the PlayStation 4 Pro console selling 5,773 units. This does not mark a significant increase in console sales, suggesting that the increased PlayStation VR HMD sales can largely be attributed to existing PlayStation 4 gamers.
Whether this sales boost can be specifically attributed to the introduction of the new PlayStation VR model, CUH-ZVR2, or the then-upcoming launch of big name titles such as Gran Turismo Sport is hard to be determined. However, software such as PlayStation VR Worlds and V! No Heroes Allowed R! (known in the west as No Heroes Allowed! VR) have also benefited from the uplift in sales.
Meanwhile, the original PlayStation VR headset has been discontinued in North America to make way for the CUH-ZVR2 model, despite there being no official release date announced as of yet. Additionally, there’s no word on Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe’s (SCIE) plans for rolling-out the CUH-ZVR2 model as of yet.
The second edition of the PlayStation VR adjusts the audio options for the device, as well as adapting the control box to allow for high dynamic range (HDR) passthrough, which is a benefit to gamers playing with a PlayStation 4 Pro console on a 4K television.
The PlayStation VR CUH-ZVR2 model does not incur any additional cost over the original unit and is compatible with all existing PlayStation VR videogames and software. However, existing owners looking to upgrade their control box are going to be out of luck, as an alteration to the cabling system means that the newer model cannot be used with the original PlayStation VR HMD. You can find out more about the peripheral line-up in VRFocus‘ guide to the best PlayStation VR accessories.
As and when the PlayStation VR CUH-ZVR2 model makes its way to North America and Europe, VRFocus will keep you updated.