Varjo Releases New XR-4 Series to Deliver Mixed Reality Experiences Indistinguishable from Natural Sight
Varjo is the first company to introduce gaze-directed, high-resolution autofocus cameras in mixed reality with the XR-4 Series; At $3990, the Varjo XR-4 is half the price of XR-3
HELSINKI, Finland / ORLANDO, Florida – November 27, 2023 – Varjo, the technology leader in industrial-grade VR/XR hardware and software, today advanced the state of the art in highest-fidelity virtual and mixed reality with the debut of its next generation XR-4 series headsets – XR-4, XR-4 Focal Edition and XR-4 Secure Edition. Through the fusion of its highest-resolution displays, foveated capture stream, advanced LiDAR depth sensing and camera sensors, all of which mimic the function of the human eye, the Varjo XR-4 series offers virtual and mixed reality experiences practically indistinguishable from natural sight.
Going far beyond consumer-grade headsets that only cater to 2D productivity use cases, Varjo’s 4th generation headsets are designed to deliver deeply immersive VR/XR experiences for industrial customers who require top visual fidelity and performance. Today, over 25% of Fortune 100 companies are using Varjo’s technology to train astronauts and pilots, radically shorten automotive production timelines, power medical breakthroughs, and render stunning 3D visualizations for architects and designers.
Powered by NVIDIA GPUs and integrated into NVIDIA Omniverse, the XR-4 series allows developers and industrial users to render photorealistic scenes and unlock ray tracing in mixed reality. The combined technologies dwarf the computational power that can be achieved with a mobile chip and are a game-changer for developers. The Varjo-ready software ecosystem of over 100 third-party PC applications and 3D engines, including Unreal Engine and Unity, integrates the XR-4 series into the world’s most demanding workflows across training and simulation, design and engineering, healthcare and more.
“As we enter a period of rapid expansion in mixed reality adoption, we’re proud to drive the industry forward by bridging the gap between human vision and computer vision with our new XR-4 series,” said Patrick Wyatt, Chief Product Officer of Varjo.
“For the past five years, Varjo customers have demonstrated that true innovation happens when the most advanced computing power meets the highest-immersion XR in the hands of industrial users, and we can’t wait to see the applications unlocked by the XR-4 series’ technological breakthroughs.”
Varjo is the first VR/XR company to bring the gaze-directed autofocus mixed reality pass-through feature to market. Autofocus cameras mimic the behavior of the human eye and match the human acuity required for mission-critical work.
Key features of the XR-4 Series include:
- Dual 4K x 4K displays with a resolution of 51 pixels per degree (ppd) and over 50% wider field of view (120° x 105°) compared to previous-generation devices, with double the display brightness (200 nits) and wider color gamut with 96% DCI-P3
- Dual 20 Mpx cameras for powering the industry’s highest-fidelity, real-time photorealistic video pass-through mixed reality
- New ambient light sensors and 8 x improved LiDAR resolution compared to Varjo XR-3 that seamlessly blends real and virtual elements
- Built-in DTS 3D spatial audio with noise-canceling mics and integrated speakers for collaborative use cases
- Inside-out tracking and in-box Varjo Controllers, powered by Razer, providing precise interactions with high tactile immersion, and reducing setup complexity and cost
- Powered by NVIDIA RTX™ Ada Generation GPUs and integrated into NVIDIA Omniverse, the platform for connecting complex 3D pipelines and developing applications based on OpenUSD
- Optimized for seamless cloud streaming, sharing and collaboration in Varjo Reality Cloud to streamline immersive 3D workflows across organizations.
The XR-4 Focal Edition has all the features of the XR-4 but offers the gaze-directed autofocus cameras and further optimized camera resolution for pilot training and other cockpit-based use cases. To meet the needs of Varjo’s government and defense customers, the XR-4 Secure Edition adheres to all government and enterprise-level security requirements.
Both the XR-4 and XR-4 Focal Edition offer versions of the headsets that can go completely offline, are TAA compliant, non-RF and assembled in Finland. Varjo has also expanded its secure manufacturing capabilities with a new facility in Espoo, Finland where a dedicated manufacturing line for the XR-4 Secure Edition will be operational in December.
Available now for enterprise orders
The XR-4 series pricing starts at 3990 euros or dollars. The new headsets are available for enterprise orders immediately, with first shipments starting in December.
The Varjo XR-4 Focal Edition headset is available to demo for the first time at I/ITSEC, the world’s largest training, simulation and modeling event. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Testimonials:
“Developers and industry users are looking for new ways to render photorealistic scenes and take advantage of ray tracing in mixed reality,” said David Weinstein, senior director of virtual reality and augmented reality at NVIDIA. “With the integration of NVIDIA GPUs, NVIDIA Omniverse and OpenUSD, the Varjo XR-4 series delivers a combination of ultra-wide field of view and visual fidelity that feels completely natural and fully immersive.”
“With the XR-4, we’re steadily moving towards a future where virtual and physical prototyping converge. Varjo, a company within the Volvo Cars Tech Fund portfolio, has always been class-leading when it comes to resolution. Now, with an expanded field of view and enhanced optics, they deliver an unsurpassed immersive experience,” says Jeremy Offer, Global Head of Design at Volvo Cars.
“With the Varjo XR-4 series and Unreal Engine 5, developers now have access to some of the most powerful tools for creating highly immersive mixed reality experiences. By combining Varjo’s human-eye resolution with Unreal Engine’s photorealistic capabilities we are breaking the boundary between what’s real and virtual. We’re excited to continue to partner with Varjo in powering the industry’s most advanced XR experiences across training, simulation, and beyond,” said Sébastien Lozé, Business Director of Simulations, Epic Games.
“Our collaboration with Varjo is redefining the boundaries of immersive experiences by delivering game-changing performance and build quality for advanced virtual and mixed reality experiences. Razer is proud to power the first-ever in-the-box hand controllers for the Varjo XR-4 series, combining our expertise in high-precision peripherals and Varjo’s new breakthrough VR/XR products,” said Alvin Cheung, Senior Vice President, Hardware BU at Razer.
“With 1000+ high-end simulators under our belt with the U.S. Department of Defense and Allied forces, we can confidently say that the Varjo XR-4 series doesn’t just elevate the simulator experience—it transforms it entirely. Varjo’s advancement in immersion represents a monumental shift in training systems away from traditional displays. Thanks to the Varjo XR-4 series, the future is here in an era where training solutions are not only more cost-efficient but also swifter to roll out, all while offering enhanced capabilities with a sevenfold increase in unit capacity,” says Javier Castellar, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Aechelon.
“At Rivian, design time is of the essence. Together with VRED, Varjo has taken a lot of time and money out of the process and lets us iterate and integrate more quickly than ever before. We have been testing an early version of XR-4 and are blown away by how Varjo has pushed the immersive experience to the next level. We can make changes and apply a whole range of new materials and know exactly what the final product will be like. Varjo helps keep Rivian on the path of moving the industry forward,” said Trevor Greene, Lead of Surface Design and Visualization at Rivian Automotive.
”The Varjo XR-4 series provides the best immersion for many advanced military training and simulation use cases. With its perfected mixed reality features including high-resolution autofocus cameras and wide-FOV displays, its improved LiDAR, and advanced fusion of sensors, the XR-4 series raises the realism of immersive training to a whole new level. At Bohemia Interactive Simulations, we’re delighted to work with Varjo in offering turnkey defense solutions which combine the incredible high fidelity of our latest VBS Blue IG and VBS4 releases with Varjo’s best-in-class hardware,” said Oli Arup, Chief Product Officer of Bohemia Interactive Simulations.
“Training astronauts is very demanding. Every aspect needs to be as realistic as possible: the digital twin of the Space Station, the physics modeling, and of course, the visuals. PaleBlue, together with the European Space Agency, has been training astronauts in XR to make sure that they are familiar with the international space station, the operations, and the team work involved in traveling to space. We have been testing the new Varjo XR-4 in this scenario and the mixed reality passthrough Varjo has achieved is remarkable. It allows for hyper realistic simulations of the ISS and we anticipate that it will unlock a next-level experience for astronauts in terms of training and mission preparation,” said Felix Gorbatsevich, CEO of PaleBlue.
“IDSI has deployed more than 700 visual systems for simulation and training over 17 years, and our customers are pleased that we offer Varjo mixed reality solutions to augment their traditional training simulators. Varjo’s new XR-4 series has the highest resolution displays which aligns perfectly with our I/ITSEC theme of ‘replicating reality in a digital world’. The high-resolution video pass-through of the XR-4 preserves the required ability for trainees to see and engage with physical devices that are tools of their trade, and the XR-4 Secure Edition is essential for ease of deployment in classified and secure environments that are common in our customer base. The Varjo XR-4 is ideal for a spectrum of mission rehearsals including fixed or rotary wing training, and our core market of JTAC training as it elevates and enhances trainee performance,” said George Forbes, founder and CEO of Immersive Display Solutions, Inc.
“With Varjo’s new XR-4 series, training and simulation can move into the highest-immersion virtual and mixed reality environments. Varjo’s unique ability to blend real and virtual seamlessly, combined with the significantly larger field of view and their highest-resolution displays in the XR-4 series, will allow us to scale and expand the use of these technologies into multiple military and commercial simulation programs at Cole Engineering Services, Inc. (CESI). With the new variable focus pass-through ability in the XR-4 Focal Edition, pilots can train for the most demanding missions completely naturally and comfortably in mixed reality environments. We are excited about two additional enhancements, Varjo’s inside-out tracking and integrated noise-canceling audio as both features add additional benefits by reducing the simulator setup time and eliminating the need for audio headsets. Together with Varjo, we look forward to providing advanced, high-security mixed reality simulators that have the potential to completely transform virtual training for our customers anywhere in the world,” said Eric Carr, Program Director at CESI.
“Back in 2021, Varjo and Loft Dynamics made aviation history with the first EASA-qualified virtual reality flight simulators, making pilot training safer, more scalable, and sustainable. In the meantime, more than a thousand pilots have successfully undergone credited training and checking on Loft’s qualified Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD) using Varjo’s headset. Also today, Loft’s FSTDs using Varjo are the only VR/XR systems that fulfill the high quality and precision standards for pilot training, truly replicating what it feels like to fly in a real aircraft. With the launch of the new Varjo XR-4 series, we eagerly anticipate a quantum leap in our extended reality (XR) simulation capabilities, embracing the widest Field of View (FOV) and the pinnacle of resolution offered by these cutting-edge devices. Together, we’ll further accelerate the rapid growth of immersive training globally with the most advanced solutions,” said Fabi Riesen, CEO and Founder of Loft Dynamics.