Sony has announced that some minor convenience upgrades will be made to future PlayStation VR HMDs. Starting October 14th, the new model will be made available in Japan for around $400.00. The design changes are not really life changing but do improve upon the already highly successful platform.
Included in the new model will be a new consolidated cable design that is integrated into the HMD. The cable coming from the HMD will also be slimmer and attached to the rear of the headset where a new stereo headphone jack is located. The processor unit is also getting HDR video pass-through support.
Right now, PlayStation VR is in a great spot in the VR market. Having moved well over 1 million units, Sony appears to have even higher hopes for the HMD. Along with the revised design, Sony announced that it will be expanding its domestic sales push, almost doubling the number of distribution locations.
The company will also be holding even more “experience events” nationwide. The goal will be to provide customers with hands-on experiences with the HMD and demo upcoming content. With titles like Skyrim VR, Final Fantasy XV, and many more on the way, the PSVR is making a strong case for would by consumers.
While the updates to the PSVR are minor, it is great to see Sony refining its design in simple ways for the next wave of consumers. But, in my opinion, the biggest take-away here is that Sony is moving forward and continuing to push VR gaming. That is good news no matter what HMD you own.