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Setting up Varjo Aero


Before you start

You will need a Varjo Account to use Aero. Two account types are available:


Connect your headset

Follow these steps to set up your headset:


1.  Log into Varjo Account Portal

To get started, log into Varjo Account Portal. If you don’t have an account yet, you can create one now.

Please note that only commercial accounts are available at this time. Personal accounts will be added later this year.



2. Download Varjo Base from Varjo Account Portal

Varjo Base is the software used to run your headset. It contains everything you need to use the headset on a Windows 10 computer, including advanced presentation and developer tools.

An Aero-compatible version of Varjo Base will be released later this year.

When you install Varjo Base for the first time, you may be prompted to also install Microsoft Visual C++ 2019 X64 Minimum Runtime.



3. Start Varjo Base

Varjo Base will help you set up your headset. You can also follow along the setup steps on this page.

When you start Varjo Base for the first time, we will run a system check to confirm that your computer is compatible with the headset. See System requirements for more information.



4.  Log into Varjo Base with your Varjo Account

In Varjo Base, log in with your Varjo Account to start setup.



5.  Select your headset model

When you start Varjo Base for the first time, it will automatically open the first-time user guide to help you through the setup process. You can open the guide at any time in the Support tab under Run setup.

Select your headset model to view detailed instructions on how to connect your headset.




See the cabling options in more detail.

6.  Connect your headset

When you connect the headset to your computer for the first time, Windows will recognize the headset as a new USB device and install the appropriate drivers.

A.  Headset adapter

Headset cable: Connect to the headset adapter.

Headset adapter: Connect to a DisplayPort port on the graphics card and to a USB-A 3.0 / 3.1 port on the motherboard. 

B.  Laptop adapter (sold separately)

Headset cable: Connect to the laptop adapter.

Laptop adapter: Connect to a USB-C port on the laptop. Note that the USB port on the laptop must be routed directly to the dedicated NVIDIA GPU and include support for Alternate Mode. These ports are typically marked with a Thunderbolt or DisplayPort symbol.

To power the laptop adapter, use the power supply unit included with your headset.


Note: Always use a Varjo-supplied adapter to connect Aero to your computer. Do not correct the headset directly to your computer.



7.  Update your headset firmware if prompted

Varjo Base will automatically check that your headset firmware is up to date. If the firmware is not compatible with the current version of Varjo Base, you will be prompted to update the firmware.



8.  Enable OpenXR and OpenVR runtimes if prompted

Varjo Base will attempt to automatically enable the OpenXR and OpenVR runtimes for Varjo headsets. If you have previously used an OpenXR- or OpenVR-compatible headset on this computer, you may be prompted to enable the runtime manually.

Enable the runtime if you want to run OpenXR and OpenVR applications, such as SteamVR apps. 

We recommend that you also enable Software updates and Crash reporting.



9.  Optional: Connect your headphones

For applications that include sounds or voice input, you can plug in your headphones on the left side of the headset. Headphones with a standard 3.5mm audio jack are compatible with Varjo headsets.

In-ear headphones are included with Aero.

If necessary, see instructions on how to select the correct audio output and input source on your Windows computer.



Set up tracking

Continue setup by selecting a tracking method for your headset. The Varjo Aero headset supports the following tracking systems:

  1.  SteamVR™ Tracking uses up to four SteamVR™ base stations to track your headset and optional controllers.
  2.  Third-party tracking methods can also be integrated with Varjo headsets.






As a business customer, you have access to our full product range.

  • Varjo XR-3
  • Varjo VR-3
  • Varjo Aero

Available in over 35 countries


Private customers can order Aero through our webstore.

  • Varjo Aero

For private customers, Varjo Aero is currently available in the United States, United Kingdom, and all EU countries.


As a business customer, you have access to our full product range.

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Private customers can order Aero through our webstore.