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Preparing your environment

Before you use the headset in a new environment, we recommend you take a moment to prepare your surroundings. This will help you get the best experience when using the headset.

Always clear the room of any obstacles that might get in your way. Also check that you have enough room to move around freely when using the headset. When using the headset, be aware that real-world objects in your environment may be obstructed by virtual ones. Keep in mind the location of the headset cables as you move around.

If possible, cover all reflective surfaces in the room as they may interfere with tracking.

Make sure that your room has good, even lighting when you set up and use the headset. Lighting is particularly important to get the optimal performance from the mixed reality cameras on your headset when using mixed reality features and chroma key especially.

For best results with Varjo inside-out tracking, it helps to have clearly detectable and stationary features in your environment for the headset cameras to follow. Variable textures and clear contrasts such as furniture, paintings, and posters help with Varjo inside-out tracking. Moving objects, blank walls, or smoothly changing color gradients may hinder tracking.

 

 

Starting a VR application

To start a VR application in your headset, simply run the application on your Windows computer. The application will open directly in your headset.

Make sure that your VR application is compatible with Varjo headsets. For instructions on how to migrate your existing applications to Varjo headsets, visit our Developer portal.

 

Starting a SteamVR application

To start a SteamVR application or game, launch it either in Steam or using its own application executable. Do not start SteamVR manually, it will start automatically.

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To use SteamVR (OpenVR) applications, you need to install SteamVR on your computer. SteamVR (OpenVR) applications can also be used with Varjo inside-out tracking.

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To use SteamVR (OpenVR) applications, you will need to set up SteamVR™ Tracking for your headset.

 

Quitting a VR application

To close a VR application running in your headset, you can close the application from the Menu or directly on your Windows computer.

 

 

Powering the headset on and off

 

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Your headset needs to be connected to the power outlet using the Headset adapter and the 3-port charger.

To turn your headset on and off, press the power button briefly.

To restart your headset, press and hold the power button.

The headset will go idle when you are not using it. The headset displays are turned off and the status indicator light shows a dim green pulsing pattern.

Your headset is automatically activated when you move it. The displays are turned on and the status indicator light turns a solid green.


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Your headset is powered by the power supply units connected to the headset adapter(s). If the power supplies are plugged in, the headset remains powered on even when you turn off your computer. The status indicator light will shine orange.

The headset will go idle when you are not using it. The headset displays are turned off and the status indicator light shows a dim green pulsing pattern.

Your headset is automatically activated when you move it. The displays are turned on and the status indicator light turns a solid green.

After using your headset, disconnect the headset from the power source. For example, using a smart plug or an extension cord with a switch allows for easy access to the device’s power supply.

To restart your headset, press and hold both the Menu button and Action button until the status indicator light blinks once. Alternatively, disconnect and reconnect the power cables to restart.

 

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Your headset is powered by the Link Box power supply. If the Link Box is plugged in, your headset will remain powered on even when you turn off your computer.

The headset will go idle when you are not using it. When idle, the headset displays are turned off and the status indicator light blinks white.

Your headset is automatically activated when you move it. The displays are turned on and the status indicator light turns green.

After using your headset, disconnect the headset from the power source. For example, using a smart plug or an extension cord with a switch allows for easy access to the device’s power supply.

To restart your headset, press and hold both the System button and Application button until the status indicator light blinks once. Alternatively, disconnect and reconnect the power cable to restart.

 

Using touch controls


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The touch area (1) is located on the front right side of the headset. The functions of gestures are as follows:

Function Gesture
Use the Menu Tap with finger (touch briefly and lift finger)

  • Tap once to open the Menu
  • When in Menu, point at items with your head and tap once to select
Adjust speaker volume Swipe forward (left-to-right) with finger to increase volume.
Swipe back (right-to-left) with finger to decrease volume.

 

Using the headset buttons


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There are two buttons and an status indicator light on the right side of your headset.

 The Action button is used to interact with applications. This button can serve different purposes depending on the application.

 The Menu button opens the Menu when you are wearing the headset.

 The status indicator light indicates the status of your headset.

 

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There are two buttons on your headset: (1) the System button and (2) the Application button.

Use the System button to open the Menu when wearing the headset.

Use the Application button to interact with applications. This button can serve different purposes depending on the application.

The System button also features an status indicator light to indicate the status of your headset.

 

Status indicator light patterns

 

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The status indicator light is located on the front side of the headset, next to the power button. The light patterns correspond to headset status as follows:

LED pattern Headset status
Green (solid) The headset is connected and working normally.
Dim green (breathing) The headset is idle and the displays have been turned off.
This happens automatically when the headset is not used for a while. The headset will activate when you move it and the LED light will turn green.
White (wave) The headset is starting up.
Green (blinking) The headset is shutting down.
Orange (solid) The headset cannot connect to Varjo Base. There can be several reasons for this:

  1. Varjo Base is not installed. Download and install Varjo Base.
  2. Varjo Base is not running.
Red (rapid breathing) The headset is not working properly. There can be several reasons for this. Check Varjo Base for error details and instructions to correct the issue.
Purple (solid, breathing) The headset firmware is being updated.
Purple (two blinks)  Headset restarted.

XR-3, VR-3, and Aero
The status indicator light is located on the front right side of the headset. The light patterns correspond to headset status as follows:

LED pattern Headset status
Green (solid) The headset is working normally.
Green (pulsing) The headset is idle and the displays have been turned off.
This happens automatically when the headset is not used for a while. The headset will activate when you move it and the LED light will turn green.
White (blinking) The headset is starting up.
Green (blinking) The headset is shutting down.
Orange (solid) The headset cannot connect to Varjo Base. There can be several reasons for this:

  1. Varjo Base is not installed. Download and install Varjo Base.
  2. Varjo Base is not running.
  3. The headset is powered on but the USB-A cables are not connected to your computer.
Red (pulsing) The headset is not working properly. There can be several reasons for this. Check Varjo Base for error details and instructions to correct the issue.
Blue (pulsing) The headset firmware is being updated.

XR-1 Developer Edition, VR-2 Pro, VR-2, and VR-1
The status indicator light is located on the  System button of the headset. The light patterns correspond to headset status as follows:

LED pattern Headset status
Green (solid) The headset is working normally.
White (blinking) There are two possibilities:

  1. The headset is starting. Make sure that all the cables are connected properly (see Get started for instructions). Also ensure that Varjo Base is installed and running on your computer.
  2. The headset is idle and the displays have been turned off. This happens when the headset has not been used for a while. The headset will activate automatically when moved and the LED light will turn green.
White (two blinks) A notification is shown in Varjo Base (and also inside the headset if notifications are enabled). See Varjo Base for details and instructions.
Red (blinking) The headset is not working properly. There can be several reasons for this. Check Varjo Base for error details and instructions to correct the issue.
Blue (solid), Blue and white (blinking) The headset firmware is being updated. The LED is solid blue while the headset is connected to a computer, and blinks blue and white while the firmware update is in progress.

 

Using the Menu

 

The Menu contains shortcuts for frequently used features of your headset. You can open the Menu at any time while using the headset. There are a few different ways to use the Menu.

 

Opening the Menu

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Press the Menu button in your Varjo Controller, or use the touch controls on your headset to open and close the menu. Alternatively, select Menu button in the Tools menu in Varjo Base.

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Press the Menu button to open or close the Menu. Alternatively, select Menu button in the Tools menu in Varjo Base.

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Press the System button to open or close the Menu. Alternatively, select System button in the Tools menu in Varjo Base.

 

Using the Menu with controllers

Point with the controller and select using the Trigger button.

 

Using the Menu with touch controls

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Point with your head and tap once on the touch area to select.

 

Using the Menu with headset buttons

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Turn your head to focus on a menu item and use the Action button to select. You can also point and select with a controller.

XR-1 Developer Edition, VR-2 Pro, VR-2, and VR-1
Turn your head to focus on a menu item and use the Application button to select. You can also point and select with a controller.

 

Using the Menu with your hands

XR-3 and VR-3

With XR-3 and VR-3, you can also use the Menu with your hands. Simply push the menu items with one or more fingers.

 

Using audio

 

Using the integrated speakers

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The XR-4 has integrated speakers. You can change your audio device in the Windows Sound settings.

Windows 11:

  1. Go to System > Sound.
  2. Under Output, click Choose where to play sound.
  3. Select Headphones (Varjo Headset Audio).

Windows 10:

  1. Go to Sound settings.
  2. Click the drop-down menu under Choose your output device.
  3. Select Headphones (Varjo Headset Audio).

 

Using the noise-cancelling microphone

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The XR-4 has an integrated noise-cancelling microphone. You can change your input device in the Windows Sound settings.

Windows 11:

  1. Go to System > Sound.
  2. Under Input, click Choose a device for speaking and recording.
  3. Select Varjo Headset Audio.

Windows 10:

  1. Go to Sound settings.
  2. Click the drop-down menu under Choose your input device.
  3. Select Varjo Headset Audio.

 

Using external headphones

All Varjo headsets are equipped with a 3.5 mm headphone connector. You can also pair, for example, Bluetooth headphones through your computer.

 

Using spatial audio

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XR-4 includes support for DTS® Headphone:X® spatial audio.

The DTS® Sound Unbound™ application is included in the Varjo Base installation package and is automatically installed to your computer when installing Varjo Base.

To use spatial audio, you will need to manually enable it in the Windows sound settings.

How to enable spatial audio in Windows 11:

  1. Make sure your headset is connected to your computer.
  2. Go to System > Sound.
  3. Under Output select Choose where to play sound.
  4. Select the audio device you are using.
  5. Open the drop-down menu under Spatial audio.
  6. Select DTS® Headphone:X®.

How to enable spatial audio in Windows 10:

  1. Make sure your headset is connected to your computer.
  2. Go to Sound settings.
  3. Navigate to Device properties under Output.
  4. Open the drop-down menu under Spatial sound.
  5. Select DTS® Headphone:X®.

Note: DTS® Headphone:X® spatial audio only works in applications that support 3D spatial audio.

For DTS patents, see http://patents.dts.com. Manufactured under license from DTS, Inc. (for companies headquartered in the U.S./Japan/Taiwan) or under license from DTS Licensing Limited (for all other companies). DTS, DTS:X, DTS Sound Unbound, Headphone:X, the DTS logo, and the DTS:X logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of DTS, Inc. in the United States and other countries. © 2021 DTS, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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