Varjo VR-1 overview

The Varjo VR-1 is a professional PC VR headset with eye tracking made by Varjo, a VR startup from Finland. The VR-1 headset is exclusively designed for professional applications in fields such as engineering, training, design, education, and more.

The VR-1’s Bionic Display provides users with exceptional, human-eye resolution visuals. Indeed, the 1920 x 1080p micro-OLED (main display) boasts a very high resolution of 3000 ppi. The headset’s secondary 1440 x 1600p AMOLED display offers lower resolution. However, it is only used for the user’s peripheral vision.

The Varjo VR-1 tethers to a PC via 10-meter-long optical fiber cables. This setup allows the user to move around freely while wearing the VR headset. Its relatively narrow 87° field of view somewhat limits the user’s sense of immersion within virtual reality experiences.

Varjo VR-1 main features

  • 20/20 Eye Tracker: this system offers exceptional eye tracking. It gives access to interesting analytics on eye-based interactions.
  • Varjo Bionic Display: the headset offers crisp, clear graphics which are equivalent to 20/20 human eye vision (according to Varjo).
  • Active air flow: this VR headset’s built-in cooling system offers a more comfortable experience, favoring prolonged use.
  • Automatic IPD adjustment: Varjo’s VR-1 automatically calibrates interpupillary distance for users.
  • Compatible with leading VR tools: the VR-1 is compatible with leading content creation tools such as Unity, Unreal, and Autodesk VRED.

Furthermore, Varjo plans to release a front plate add-on with built-in cameras in order to access mixed reality experiences.

Varjo VR-1 price

This professional virtual reality headset’s manufacturer starting price is €5,995, plus a €995 service license (mandatory for the first year only). In addition, for positional tracking, users must also purchase an ART system and controllers separately.

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