Getting started with XR-1 Developer Edition

This page will help you get started with your new Varjo XR-1 Developer Edition headset. We’ll guide you through the Varjo software installation and headset setup.

Start Varjo Base and follow the setup steps.

            GET VARJO BASE

Varjo Base will help you set up your headset. A complete list of the setup steps is also included below.

When running Varjo Base for the first time, we will confirm your computer’s compatibility with your headset. You can find further compatibility information on the System requirements page.


Setup steps


These steps will guide you through setting up your computer and physical environment for your Varjo headset.

Important: If you are using tracking technology other than SteamVR™, please refer to these instructions before beginning setup.


1. Start Varjo Base

Varjo Base is needed to run XR-1 Developer Edition and contains the necessary settings and functionalities for it. Download it here.

When installed, Varjo Base will appear in the Windows Start menu and the notification area on your Windows taskbar.

Start Varjo Base to proceed with the setup.


2. Connect the Varjo XR-1 Developer Edition headset

Note: When connecting for the first time, Windows will recognize the headset as a new USB device and install the appropriate drivers.

A. Connecting with a PC

DisplayPort cables (4 and 5): If your computer has both an integrated graphics card and a dedicated graphics card, make sure to use the DIsplayPorts on your dedicated graphics card.

XR camera cable (XR): In case there are multiple USB-C ports in the motherboard, use one with a Lightning icon.

B. Connecting with a laptop

DisplayPort cables (4 and 5): Depending on the type of port you have, use either the full or Mini-size DisplayPort cable included in the box.

3. Approve the Thunderbolt device connection

Important: Windows will require your permission to connect XR-1 Developer Edition with your computer. You will need administrator privileges to do this.

Follow the steps below to approve the connection from a Windows notification (3A), or manually (3B).

If you are still unable to approve the Thunderbolt device connection, please refer to the FAQ section.

3A. Approving the connection from the Windows notification

1. After connecting the cables, a “New Thunderbolt™ devices” notification will appear. Press OK.

2. From the dialogue box that opens, press Yes.

3. Choose Always Connect and press OK.

3B. Manually approving the connection

If the notification doesn’t appear, refer to the steps below.

1. Click on the Thunderbolt™ Software icon in the Windows notification area. Alternatively, you can search for “Thunderbolt™ Software” with the Windows Search tool.

2. In the dialogue box that appears, select the Varjo, XR module. Press Not connected in the Device Information.

3. Follow the steps 2 and 3 in section 3A.

4. Install headset configuration bundle

For the best possible visual experience, please download and install the headset configuration bundle associated with XR-1 Developer Edition.

If you have not yet completed installation, a notification will appear in the status area of Varjo Base with instructions for downloading the software. Alternatively, navigate to the Support tab in Varjo Base and follow the instructions under Software updates.

For offline installation, download the headset configuration bundle on another computer and copy the installation files locally to your computer.

5. Set up the base stations

Set up the SteamVR™ base stations in the room following these step-by-step instructions. You can use either SteamVR™ 1.0 or 2.0 base stations.

Important: The tracking features in Varjo Base only apply to SteamVR™. If you are using an alternative tracking method, please review these instructions.

6. Track your headset

Varjo Base shows the status of your base stations. Check that your headset is visible to your base stations and that tracking is working.

If the headset is not tracking, make sure that the headset is in direct line of sight with the base stations, and that the sensors on the front plate of the headset are not covered.

  • Tip: SteamVR™ tracking elements are placed behind the front plate of your headset. Make sure that the base stations are pointing towards the headset’s front plate in all positions, including when moving or turning around in the room. The minimum recommended distance between the base stations and the headset is 1.5 meters (5 feet). Please be aware that reflective surfaces may interfere with tracking; if possible, cover all reflective surfaces in the base stations’ field of view.
7. Set up room

When using XR-1 Developer Edition for the first time in a new environment, you will need to perform a brief setup to configure the headset and base stations.

Perform this setup each time you move the headset and base stations to a new environment, or if you move the base stations or change their orientation in your current room.

  1. In Varjo Base, navigate to the System tab and Start SteamVR room setup.
  2. From the Room setup instructions, Launch SteamVR and wait for the application to open. Alternatively, manually open SteamVR from your Windows computer.
  3. In the SteamVR application window, go to Menu > Room setup and follow the instructions. It is recommended that you choose the Standing Only setup, which is the most straightforward way to complete the setup. Please note that choosing “Standing Only” does not prevent you from playing VR experiences that have been created for room scale.
  4. After you’ve completed the Room setup, return to Varjo Base.
  5. Press Done. Your tracking system is now ready to use.

8. Optional: Pair your controller(s)

You can set your existing controllers to work with XR-1 Developer Edition. You can use any SteamVR™-compatible controller, such as the HTC Vive controller.

Note: If you have paired your controllers with another VR headset, they will need to be paired again with XR-1 Developer Edition.

  1. Switch on your controller(s).
  2. In Varjo Base, navigate to the System tab and open Pair SteamVR device.
  3. From the Device pairing instructions, Launch SteamVR and wait for the application to open. Alternatively, manually open SteamVR from your Windows computer.
  4. In the SteamVR application window, go to Menu > Devices > Pair Controller and follow the instructions.
  5. After you’ve completed the pairing, return to Varjo Base.
  6. Press Done. The status area will show the status of each paired controller.
9. Optional: Connect your headphones

If your VR experiences include sounds or voice input, you can plug your headphones into the headset. Headphones with a 3.5mm audio jack are compatible with the XR-1 Developer Edition headset.

Remember to check that you have selected the correct sound output and input source from the settings on your Windows computer.


This completes your setup for Varjo Base. What’s next?

Test your headset with Varjo Showcases

The quickest way to test your headset is to download Varjo Showcases, a set of VR experiences designed to demonstrate the graphical capabilities of the Varjo headsets.

Save the showcase apps to your computer and open an app to view it. The application opens directly in the headset.

Enjoy your headset!

Your Varjo headset should now be up and running.

Want to know more?

  • We’ve prepared a reading package for you to get to know your headset better.
  • To get more apps, check the Develop for Varjo section for information on how to port existing Unity and Unreal Engine projects to run with the Varjo headset.
  • See FAQ & Troubleshooting for any problems or questions during the setup.