It’s no secret that the Sony PlayStation VR is the best-selling virtual reality gaming headset. This is facilitated by a relatively low price, and no need for a fairly expensive gaming PC. By surprise, Sony announced on Monday (02) a new model of PlayStation VR. The virtual reality glasses have gained a small slap in the visual, with small design changes geared mainly to the comfort of the player. The price remains the same and the launch, at least in Japan, is scheduled for this month.
There are very few changes, and they are almost unnoticeable. The new PlayStation VR changes the location of the headset jack and allows the cables to lock into the body of the device, increasing player comfort and reducing the amount of wires scattered. In addition, it allows the direct signal transmission of the image to a television when the device is turned off.
This means that you will no longer need to disconnect the processing unit from the glasses when the player wants to play on a TV. The connection cable is also thinner, again, in a measure to reduce the mess, but in general, the device is exactly the same, with no changes in terms of image quality, processing or other features.
With this, Sony also makes clear that there will be no exclusivity. Whoever bought the original PlayStation VR model can rest easy, as there will be no games or attractions exclusive to the new edition, which will hit stores for the same price – $399 excluding taxes.
Analysts at CCS Insight claim that by the end of this year, 16 million sets of virtual and augmented reality will be shipped across the world. This will correspond to a growth of 47% compared to the previous year.
CCS Insight analyst George Jijiashvili notes: “The expected growth is encouraging progress, but it has not all been plain sailing. The three biggest makers of dedicated VR headsets all cut their prices this year in an effort to boost sales and grab a bigger slice of the market.”