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Those hoping that the Playstation VR 2 cable could be easily removed and replaced will be disappointed.
This question has long been the subject of speculation. A hands-on by Youtuber Myles Dyer now brings certainty.
Dyer didn’t try out the headset at CES 2023. Instead, he visited the offices of VR studio Fast Travel Games, which is working on several games for the Playstation VR 2. There he got a closer look and the device longer than would have been possible on the Sony stand. He also checked the cable output on the headphones.
His video shows the place in question up close. According to Dyer, the cable cannot be removed, just like on the first Playstation VR, and is firmly attached to the head support.
A closer look shows that the cable is routed past the back of the head mount to its right side and to the top left side of the headset, where it appears to plug into the device.
“I think that’s where he can be loose. Now, that’s not to say it’s supposed to be detached or easy. Obviously you would have to do a lot of component removal. But it seems to be something that could be replaced much more easily. Maybe it’s something that should be done by Sony,” says Dyer.
Fixed PSVR2 cable makes wireless VR less likely
So it doesn’t look like you can just replace the cable if it’s damaged, which can happen with heavy VR use. In the event of a warranty claim, you will need to return the headset to Sony for repair.
If the cable were detachable, Sony could also have made it easier to add a wireless adapter to the Playstation VR 2 – an accessory that VR fans have speculated a lot about. We know Sony is at least researching wireless virtual reality.
Of course, it is not excluded that Sony will launch a revision of the VR headset with a replaceable cable within a year or two, if the current solution should indeed cause problems. Sony has also brought a revised version of the PSVR 1, in which the amount of cable has been reduced somewhat and the headphone jack has been integrated into the head support.