Varjo XR-3 and VR-3

Varjo XR-3 and VR-3 Headsets enhance pro options

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The Varjo XR-3 and VR-3 headsets have launched, promising twice the performance level and new price point to further accelerate professional adoption.

Varjo XR-3 vs. Optical See-through Device Field of View Comparison
The new Varjo XR-3 offers a much improved field of view over previous headsets

These two new professional-grade headsets continue Varjo’s mission for visual fidelity across industries where absolute precision is necessary, including design and engineering.

Featuring the brand’s human-eye resolution, a 115° field of view, integrated eye and hand tracking, the XR-3 also adds inside-out tracking and mixed reality depth awareness through combined LiDAR and RGB video.

“Our team has been working non-stop throughout 2020 to further push the envelope of what is possible in XR and VR,” said Varjo CIO Urho Konttori.

“The new XR-3 and VR-3 are the most advanced, zero-compromise devices on the market and suitable for any professional workflow.”

Varjo’s full frame Bionic Display contains double the human-eye resolution area (at over 70 pixels per degree) compared to previous generations.

The headsets now also support ultra-high resolution across the full frame, as well as improved colour accuracy.

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With a refresh rate of 90 Hz, the XR-3 and VR-3 also have incredibly fast and accurate eye tracking integrated in XR/VR headsets at up to 200 Hz. Both devices also feature integrated Ultraleap hand tracking for natural interactions.

As a product, the headset retains the three-point headband, but has shed 40 per cent of its weight over previous models.

Compatible with Unity and Unreal Engine, Varjo plans to add OpenXR 1.0 to this list in early 2021, while the many other applications, including Autodesk VRED, are still supported.

Varjo Kia Europe Design
Kia Europe has been using the latest HMDs in its design studio

With the launch of VR-3 and XR-3, Varjo has also modernised its software offering by introducing Varjo Subscriptions to replace the previous software and support services. Professional customers can now more easily and flexibly manage and acquire Varjo software from a dedicated portal.

The Varjo XR-3 is available for enterprise purchase for $5,495 (USD and Euros) together with Varjo Subscription, which starts at $1,495 (USD and Euros) for a required one-year base subscription.

The Varjo VR-3 can be purchased for $3,195 (USD and Euros) along with a one-year subscription starting at $795. With a new price point of the headsets, Varjo is accelerating organisations’ ability to bring immersive technology into the workplace.

“Varjo’s new full frame Bionic Display, with its wide and natural field of view and its mind opening human-eye resolution, is the perfect key for our extensive design work in XR. Its advanced ergonomics allows us to work for longer periods in a more comfortable way,” said Kia Motors Europe VP Design Gregory Guillaume.

“The advanced depth sensing and LiDAR in the XR-3 should give us the possibility to merge the real and the virtual, enabling a fully immersive experience and natural body-hand-object occlusion.”

“When it comes to making the right decisions, details matter,” said Lukas Fäth, senior product manager at Autodesk. “Varjo’s VR-3 and XR-3 headsets used together with Autodesk VRED are revolutionising how design and creative work is being done by unlocking unlimited creative potential for virtual prototyping.

“Users are immersed in the most natural mixed and virtual reality environments, and new designs can be accurately visualised across the full frame in a photorealistic 3D setting.”


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