Updated Sony Playstation VR headset will feature built-in sound

Sony is getting ready to introduce a revamped version of its PlayStation VR headset that will feature integrated earbuds and some changes to the way it handles HDR video.

The updated Processor Unit supports HDR pass through so that users can watch HDR-compatible content on their TV without having to disconnect their Processor Unit that lives between the PS4 console and the TV.

There are majorly 3 VR headsets in the market, one from Facebook (Oculus Rift), HTC Vive and lastly the Sony PlayStation VR. The new model goes by the product name "CUH-ZVR2", and is going to be available in Japan initially then North America.

The new version will feature a slightly updated design with integrated stereo headphone cables, making the dangling wires that are usually necessary for attaching headphones to the headset much less obtrusive. Unlike the old PSVR which debuted past year, the new design does not require users to disconnect in order to view HDR content. While there's no launch date for that model in the USA, it may be worth holding off until it launches, especially because Sony is promising that prices won't change. Disappointingly, Sony have changed the cabling between the original and the updated headset meaning early adopters can not upgrade their Processor Unit and will still have to fiddle with cables to get HDR gaming. Do note that the feature can only be used when the headset is switched off. In addition to this, there's also a streamlined connection cable.

In a blog post, Sony said, "It has been nearly a year since the launch of PlayStation VR". Users will, however, still need to power off the headset first. The bundle is expected to be sold at a price of about $400. For existing owners wanting to get the most of their HDR functionality, it doesn't look like you'll be able to just purchase the upgraded processor unit according to the system's FAQs page.