Varjo Introduces Varjo Aero Headset To Bring the Highest-Fidelity Virtual Reality For Professionals and Leading-Edge VR Users Alike
The new VR headset, together with Varjo’s recently announced Reality Cloud platform, marks the next step toward enabling a true-to-life metaverse for all
Helsinki, Finland – October 21, 2021 – Varjo™, the leader in professional-grade VR/XR hardware and software, today announced the launch of Varjo Aero, the company’s newest virtual reality device in its portfolio. The headset expands the company’s reach beyond its traditional enterprise customer base to also advanced VR users like flight simulator enthusiasts. Varjo Aero offers industry-leading visual fidelity, featuring true-to-life, edge-to-edge clarity across 115 degrees field of view. The headset is available at an attainable price of $1,990 with no annual software subscription fee and lower PC hardware requirements.
“We’ve heard the demand from leading-edge VR users such as aviators, creators and racing simulation enthusiasts to bring our highest-fidelity devices to everyone, not just enterprises,” said Urho Konttori, founder and CTO of Varjo. “As a result, we are proud to bring to market Varjo Aero, the best VR headset that anyone can get. This device, together with our Reality Cloud platform, continues our mission to make a true-to-life metaverse accessible for all.”
With a resolution of 35 pixels per degree, Varjo Aero offers an industry-leading immersive experience to both professionals and high-end VR enthusiasts alike. Its advanced ergonomics and significantly reduced weight make it the lightest headset from Varjo to date. The headset features professional-grade mini LED displays, color tuning, contrast levels, and crystal clear aspheric variable resolution lenses. In addition, its built-in eye tracking powers not just interaction and analytics, but also foveated rendering that further reduces compute requirements and enables a crystal clear resolution. The lower PC hardware requirements of Varjo Aero enable more scalable deployments and various multi-user experiences, including flight and racing simulations, enterprise training scenarios, design and creative use-cases, as well as delivering immersive experiences in showrooms, museums, and virtual arcades.
Varjo Aero also integrates with the company’s recently launched Varjo Reality Cloud service and will fully support virtual collaboration immediately with early access to the platform’s VR teleportation software. Additional functionality, such as content streaming from the cloud, will be supported in steps when Varjo Reality Cloud becomes generally available. With the delivery of a lower-barrier-to-entry headset option, Varjo Aero marks Varjo’s next step in making a photorealistic metaverse accessible for all.
The first customer shipments of Varjo Aero will begin by the end of 2021. The headset can be ordered starting now for $1,990 (USD and Euros) via www.varjo.com/aero.
Varjo (pronounced var-yo) makes revolutionary VR/XR hardware and software that together allow you to see and experience virtual and augmented content just as clearly as you see the analog world around us. Our virtual and mixed reality headsets take you to another level of performance and emotional immersion – recreating the exact feeling and conditions of real life, allowing you to perform better and learn faster. www.varjo.com
Customer and Partner Quotes:
”The new Varjo Aero headset turbocharges the high-quality graphics and authentic immersion of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Our community of passionate flyers just unlocked access to the leading visual fidelity experience on the market. Varjo Aero and Microsoft Flight Simulator are a powerful combination for ambitious aviators everywhere.” – Jorg Neumann, Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, Microsoft
“Varjo Aero uses Display Stream Compression, as part of the NVIDIA VRWorks software development kit, and NVIDIA GPUs to render higher quality frames in less time. The metaverse will be a gamechanger for business and our everyday lives. Our work with partners like Varjo on photorealistic virtual simulations and collaboration will bring us closer to fully-fledged virtual teleportation.” – Lisa Bell-Cabrera, Director of VR business development at NVIDIA
“The new Varjo Aero enables high-quality graphics and professional-grade comfort at a more attainable price. Together, Varjo and Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D teams are continuously evolving our hardware and software platforms to enable a wide range of training devices that can meet the needs of training and simulation deployments of all sizes. Ultimately, this gives aviators the ability to train anytime, anywhere.” – Chris Metel, Prepar3D Engineering Program Manager, Lockheed Martin
“Varjo Aero makes professional-grade VR and true-to-life visual quality more accessible than ever. It is the perfect pairing for Unity Forma users who need the most powerful real-time 3D visualization tools for showrooms, fairs, and product marketing. Together with Varjo, Unity is proud to expand the access to highest-fidelity VR for all creators.” – Timoni West, VP of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, Unity
“Varjo shares our mission to deliver the most precise, high-fidelity immersive experiences to enterprise markets. Whether you’re using Unreal Engine for architectural storytelling, automotive design, or advanced training simulations, the Varjo Aero presents a generational leap in visual quality for high-end VR applications.” – Marc Petit, Vice President and General Manager, Unreal Engine, Epic Games
“Varjo Aero is an outstanding VR headset with exceptional visual quality and true colors. It works out of the box with KeyVR, providing a crystal-clear VR experience for designers and virtual collaborators.” – Jan Simon, KeyVR Lead at Luxion
“Varjo Aero is the next level of VR. With edge-to-edge clarity, true-to-life fidelity, and total comfort, training in VR has never felt so close to the real experience. Together with Varjo, VRM Switzerland is proud to develop EASA-qualified Virtual Reality Helicopter Flight Simulation Training Devices for the most demanding professionals.” – Fabi Riesen, CEO of VRM Switzerland
“Varjo Aero is a great addition to Varjo’s professional-grade HMD portfolio. The reduced weight and ultra high-resolution displays provide a very comfortable and immersive experience.” – Tillmann Dorsch, Product Owner for Visualization, Autodesk
“Expanding the important role that ProVR plays in our industry is crucial to accelerating many of today’s design workflows, and Lenovo is excited to be working with Varjo and their new Aero HMD. The combination of industry leading visual quality, paired with a newer lower cost of entry further expands the use-cases for ultra-high-quality VR in our industry. Lenovo is proud to support the Varjo Aero with an enhanced portfolio of certified for Varjo Workstations. This is the start of a new era in collaborative VR and we are excited at where this takes us.” – Rob Herman, VP & GM, Workstation & Client AI Group, Lenovo
“For a virtual content studio, finding the right hardware to develop highly immersive experiences for is key. Varjo Aero is the ideal device to showcase our flagship VR-based projects at scale, due to the industry-leading visual fidelity, attainable price point, and superb ergonomics. Varjo Aero supercharges any VR experience that we develop for our clients including virtual events, showrooms, and other pioneering digital experiences.” – Miikka Rosendahl, CEO, Zoan
“The enhanced visual fidelity of the Varjo Aero offers a more immersive and engaging experience to VR-based creative workflows. The vivid colors, clarity, and bright displays bring the creator closer to their work with an element of realism to immersive design reviews in Gravity Sketch. I also like how light and comfy it is; this is pretty important as our users spend hours per session with a headset on.” – Oluwaseyi Sosanya, CEO of Gravity Sketch
“Varjo Aero offers the best clarity at the professional level over every other competing headset that we’ve tried. With Varjo Aero’s powerful optics and foveated eye tracking, VBS4 & VBS Blue IG can bring every detail near and far into crystal-clear focus. The light-weight design of the headset offers great comfort for extended VR training sessions.” – Tim Turcich, Sr. AR/VR Engineer, Bohemia Interactive Simulations
“Varjo Aero is a market-leading new VR headset, ideal for medical and healthcare education. With industry-leading resolution and optics, it brings a level of quality and realism required for medical professionals seeking to study and understand the complexities of the human body.” – Greg Spitzer, CEO of Touch of Life Technologies