Sony is releasing an updated PlayStation virtual reality headset

PlayStation VRTomohiro Ohsumi / StringerThe PlayStation VR headset.

Sony is launching a new, updated PlayStation Virtual Reality (PS VR) headset.

The new model features a slight redesign that puts the headphone jack at the back, while the cable that connects it to the PlayStation 4 (PS4) has been slimmed down.

This was made possible thanks to the new Processor Unit inside the PS VR headset, which also allows for the biggest technical improvement.

The updated version supports HDR passthrough, which “[enables] users to enjoy HDR-compatible PS4 content on a TV without having to disconnect the Processor Unit in between the TV and the PS4 system,” reads Sony’s blog post.

The new headset, codenamed CUH-ZVR2, will be compatible with all PS VR games released so far, however it won’t be possible for current PS VR owners to just swap the Processing Unit and upgrade their existing headset, due to the differences in cables.

The updated model will first launch in Japan on October 14 for ¥44,980 ($US400/£300), and come in a bundle with the required PlayStation Camera.

Users in North America, Europe, and the rest of the world will apparently have to wait a little longer, however, as Sony hasn’t specified a launch date as of yet.

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