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Setting up VR-3


Before you start

You will need a Varjo Account and a seat in a Varjo Subscription to use VR-3. If you are using a headset with an offline license, no subscription is needed.

Read more about setting up subscriptions and upgrading to XR-3 and VR-3.


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.



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.

Note that Varjo Base 3.0 or later is required to use VR-3. If you have an older version of Varjo Base, please download and install the latest version.

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.

You need a seat in a Varjo Subscription to use VR-3. Varjo Base will check for a valid subscription when you log in.

Note that if you are using your headset with an offline license, you will not need to log in.



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.  Two headset adapters

Headset cables and : Connect each cable to a headset adapter.

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

B.  One headset adapter

Headset cables and : Connect each cable to a port on the headset adapter.

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



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 the OpenXR runtime if prompted

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

Enable the runtime if you want to run OpenXR applications. 

We recommend you also enable Check for 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.

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 VR-3 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.