The new PlayStation VR model has slowly been arriving throughout North America and Europe, available in bundles prior to the holiday season. Now however, the second edition of the PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD), known as CUH-ZVR2, is available as a standalone purchase in North America and a ‘Starter Pack’ bundle in Europe.
The PlayStation VR CUH-ZVR2 model offers a few upgrades over the original HMD. A new signal box allows for high-dynamic range (HDR) passthrough, which will considered important for owners of HDR compatible televisions as they will no longer need to remove the PlayStation VR in order to play standard format PlayStation 4 titles with HDR on the PlayStation 4 Pro console. Revised audio device configuration is also included in the CUH-ZVR2 model.
Upon its launch in Japan the PlayStation VR CUH-ZVR2 saw a significant boost in sales for the HMD. Whether or not the new model will have the same effect in North America or Europe remains to be seen, however with the news that the PlayStation VR has now surpassed two million unit sales worldwide it’s unlikely that this will be much of a concern for Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE).
The PlayStation VR CUH-ZVR2 Starter Pack is available via Amazon, and both a bundle with the necessary PlayStation Camera and the solo package from Play Asia, varying wildly in price. The later offers international shipping, though the cost of this – as well as any potential import taxes – will vary drastically depending on your location. VRFocus thoroughly recommends researching this before purchase.
SIE are yet to offer official comment on the North American and European retail release of the PlayStation VR CUH-ZVR2 model, as they also are on the discontinuation of the original PlayStation VR model. Those unsure whether or not their purchase is the original model or the CUH-ZVR2 HMD should check the packaging, as SIE has stated this will be clearly labelled on the product’s box.
PlayStation VR early adopters and newcomers have been enquiring about the international rollout for the CUH-ZVR2 model for some time, so the arrival of the revised HMD at international retailers will surely be appreciated. Those looking to purchase the CUH-ZVR2 model should check out this guide to setting up your PlayStation VR. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on all models of the PlayStation VR, and any forthcoming videogames for the HMD.