Finnish industrial VR/XR hardware manufacturer Varjo launches its latest generation mixed-reality headset, promising virtual and mixed reality experiences that rival natural sight.
Varjo, the Finnish industrial VR/XR hardware manufacturer, has announced the release of its XR-4 series, the next generation of its mixed-reality headset. The XR-4 promises to deliver virtual and mixed reality experiences that are practically indistinguishable from natural sight. Varjo’s immersive technology has already gained traction among Fortune 100 companies, enabling them to transform training, production, medical breakthroughs, and visualization for various industries. With the XR-4, Varjo aims to bridge the gap between human vision and computer vision, propelling the mixed reality industry forward.
A Significant Upgrade in Immersive Technology
The XR-4 series represents a significant upgrade from its predecessor, with improvements in visual quality and functionality. Equipped with 20-MP front-facing cameras, the XR-4 offers high-fidelity pass-through visuals on dual 4K mini-LED displays. The headset provides photorealistic visuals with a resolution of 51 pixels per degree, covering a field of view of 120 x 105 degrees. It boasts a brightness of 200 nits, a refresh rate of 90 Hz, and eye tracking at 200 Hz. The XR-4 also offers coverage of 98% of the sRGB color gamut and 96% of DCI-P3.
Realistic Mixed Reality Experience
To create an immersive experience that mimics natural sight, the XR-4 utilizes low-latency 20-megapixel front-mounted cameras. These cameras enable high-fidelity, mixed-reality pass-through, allowing virtual content to be seamlessly integrated. The Focal Edition of the XR-4 features gaze-directed autofocus and improved resolution, making it ideal for cockpit-based applications—an industry first. Additionally, the headset incorporates LiDAR depth sensing with a range of 7 meters, delivering eight times the resolution of the previous generation. New ambient light sensors and integrated DTS spatial audio with noise-canceling microphones enhance the realism of the experience.
Enhanced Interactivity and Compatibility
The XR-4 comes with tracking controllers powered by Razer, enabling precise interactions with high tactile immersion. It supports various 3D platforms and software, including Nvidia Omniverse, Unreal Engine, Unity, OpenXR, Blender, EngageVR, MetaVR, and Autodesk VRED. This compatibility ensures seamless integration into existing workflows across industries.
Pricing and Availability
The base XR-4 is priced at $3,990, while the Focal Edition starts at $9,990. Both editions can be customized for offline use. For customers with government and enterprise-level security requirements, a Secure Edition is available upon request. Currently, the XR-4 series is exclusively available to enterprise and military customers, but Varjo plans to open sales to consumers in the future.
Varjo’s XR-4 series represents a significant leap forward in the world of immersive mixed reality. With its cutting-edge technology, Varjo aims to blur the line between the virtual and physical worlds, offering a realistic and immersive experience for various industries. The XR-4’s enhanced visual quality, realistic pass-through capabilities, and seamless integration with existing software make it an attractive option for enterprise and military customers. As Varjo continues to innovate, it holds the promise of bringing this groundbreaking technology to consumers in the near future, revolutionizing how we interact with virtual environments.