Sony is quietly releasing the new hardware refresh of PlayStation VR they announced last month in a newly revealed Skyrim VR bundle which delivers everything you need to jump into Tamriel with sword and fire spell in hand (except the PS4 and TV, that is).
For $450, the bundle includes the PSVR headset (CUH-ZVR2), PlayStation Camera, two PlayStation Move controllers, and Skyrim VR with Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn DLC. An updated demo disc also comes in the package, providing 13 game demos. Pre-orders are available in the US at Amazon with delivery slated for Skyrim VR’s November 17th launch.
First seen on PSVR’s US site nonchalantly mentioned in the FAQ, Sony is bringing a minor hardware refresh to PSVR that promises to erase a few pain points. The updated headset features integrated audio, a slimmer connection cable, native support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) pass-through via its new Processor Unit—all while being 10g lighter. The current PSVR model (CUH-ZVR1) technically supports HDR pass-through, but you have to fiddle with HDMI cables every time you want to enable it, or buy an external switchbox if you wanted the clarity and maximum color reproduction the PS4 can provide.
You’ll be able to tell which unit a bundle carries by looking at the box, although admittedly that is easier said than done when looking at online listings, as it seems Sony is trying their best to not make a fuss out of the hardware refresh.
In fact, it was first thought the PSVR + Gran Turismo Sport bundle, which launches November 10th, would also contain the new updated PSVR, but a hard-to-read image confirms that the previous version (CUH-ZVR1) will be in the box.
Besides the fact Skyrim VR is poised to be an instant fan favorite, the fact that new VR users get the very best bundle currently on offer, which includes the full-length game basically for free when you consider the current price of a the ‘all-in’ launch bundle is exactly $450—well, you can guess what’s going to be under a few trees this Christmas. That calculates out at $60 savings; the price when you buy Skyrim VR alone.
To tide yourselves over, check out the new TV spot for Skyrim VR that does its best to communicate just how immersive VR should feel.