You’d be forgiven if you didn’t realize that Sony released the second version of its PlayStation VR headset this month.

The new version (model number CUH-ZVR2) was announced with minimal fanfare in October because there’s really not much to make fanfare about.

This is a minor revision that fixes some small design flaws with last year’s launch hardware and does not alter the headset’s core specs (resolution, field-of-view, refresh rate, etc.) in any way.
After comparing the two headsets over the last few days, though, I came away wondering why the PSVR v2 even exists in the first place. Rather than requiring a completely new headset (which retails for $200 to $300 standalone, depending on sales), the improvements made to the v2 model could and should have been available to existing PSVR owners as modular replacements for a fraction of the cost.
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