System requirements

Computer hardware

Computer hardware requirements 

Recommended computers

Computers for VR-2 Pro, VR-2, and VR-1

Computers for XR-1 Developer Edition

Software requirements

Required accessories

Information about the SteamVR™ compatibility

Information about alternative tracking technologies

 

Computer hardware

To determine your computer’s compatibility with Varjo, simply download and run Varjo Base on your Windows computer. The software will guide you through a quick compatibility check.

GET VARJO BASE

 

Computer hardware requirements 

Please note that Varjo headsets run exclusively with a Windows 10 desktop computer or laptop.

  VR-2 Pro, VR-2, and VR-1 XR-1 Developer Edition
Component Recommended Minimum Minimum
Motherboard No specific requirement No specific requirement See list of compatible motherboards and laptops
Processor Intel Core i7-8700

AMD Ryzen 7 2700

Intel Core i7-6700

AMD FX™ 9590

Intel Core i7-7820X
GPU * NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080

NVIDIA Quadro P5000

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000

Memory 32 GB 16 GB 32 GB
Storage space 2 GB
Video output ** 2 x DisplayPort 1.2, or
2 x Mini DisplayPort 1.2
2 x DisplayPort 1.2, or
2 x Mini DisplayPort 1.2
USB port ** 1 x USB-A 3.0 port or newer, not using any Hub
Thunderbolt port ** 1 x Thunderbolt 3 port
Operating system Windows 10 (64-bit)

* Please note that AMD graphics cards are not currently supported by the Varjo headset.

** Important: take note of the requirements regarding connectivity ports – use of adapters is not recommended due to known compatibility issues.

 

Recommended computers

 

Computers for VR-2 Pro, VR-2, and VR-1

 

Certified for Varjo

Varjo and Lenovo have collaborated to create pairings of Lenovo workstations and Varjo headsets for easier and quicker enterprise adoption of VR. Find examples of the Lenovo “Certified for Varjo” workstations below.

Computer model and manufacturer Key components Type
Lenovo ThinkStation P920

  • Sells and ships globally from Lenovo.
Processor: 2 x Intel Xeon Gold 6244 16C/32T – 3.6/4.4 GHz
GPU: NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000
Memory: 32 GB
desktop
Lenovo ThinkStation P720

  • Sells and ships globally from Lenovo.
Processor: 2 x Intel Gold 6144 16C/32T – 3.5/4.2 GHz
GPU: NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000
Memory: 32 GB
desktop
Lenovo ThinkStation P520

  • Sells and ships globally from Lenovo.
Processor: Intel Xeon W2135 6C/12T – 3.7/4.5 GHz
GPU: NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000
Memory: 32 GB
desktop
Lenovo ThinkPad P73

  • Sells and ships globally from Lenovo.
Processor: Intel Xeon E-2276M with vPro™
GPU: NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000
Memory:  32 GB DDR4-2666
laptop
Lenovo ThinkPad P53

  • Sells and ships globally from Lenovo.
Processor: Intel Xeon E-2276M with vPro™
GPU: NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000
Memory:  32 GB DDR4-2666
laptop

You can access more detailed information about the Lenovo “Certified for Varjo” workstations here.

 

Tested by Varjo

Varjo has successfully tested the following computers with the VR headsets:

Computer model and manufacturer Key components Type
RENDERBEAST R-1

  • Sells and ships to North America from RAVE Computer.
Processor: Intel Core i9-9900K
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Memory: 64 GB
desktop
Simitar BANTAM

  • Sells and ships to North America from Foxguard Solutions.
Processor: 8th Generation Intel Core i7
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
Memory: 32 GB DDR4-2666
desktop
Simitar BANTAM II

  • Sells and ships to North America from Foxguard Solutions.
Processor: Intel Core i7-8700
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Memory: 32 GB DDR4-3000
desktop
Acer Predator Triton 500

  • Sells and ships globally from Acer.
Processor: Intel Core i7-8750
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 MaxQ
Memory: 16 GB DDR4
laptop
HP ZBook 17 G6

  • Sells and ships globally from HP.
Processor: Intel Core i9-9880H
GPU: NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000
Memory: 64 GB DDR4-2666
laptop
Schenker DTR 15

  • Sells and ships globally from Bestware.
Processor: Intel Core i9-9900K
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
Memory: 32 GB DDR4-2666
laptop
Acer Predator Helios 500

  • Discontinued model
Processor: Intel Core i7-8750
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
Memory: 16 GB DDR4
laptop
(discontinued)

 

Computers for XR-1 Developer Edition

Important: XR-1 Developer Edition has very specific hardware requirements. Only certain Windows 10 desktop computers and laptops are capable of supporting the headset.

Please refer to the list of recommended hardware configurations and laptops; it is strongly recommended that you use one of these.

If you connect XR-1 Developer Edition to a computer that is not mentioned in the list, it is highly probable that the headset will not function.

 

Desktop computers and laptops
Computer model and manufacturer Key components Type
Lenovo ThinkStation P920

  • Sells and ships globally from Lenovo.
Processor: 2 x Intel Xeon Gold 6244 16C/32T – 3.6/4.4 GHz
GPU: NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000
Memory: 32 GB
desktop
Lenovo ThinkStation P520

  • Sells and ships globally from Lenovo.
Processor: Intel Xeon W2135 6C/12T – 3.7/4.5 GHz
GPU: NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000
Memory: 32 GB
desktop
RENDERBEAST R-1

  • Sells and ships to North America from RAVE Computer.
Processor: Intel Core i9-9900K
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Memory: 64 GB
desktop
Simitar BANTAM II

  • Sells and ships to North America from Foxguard Solutions.
Processor: Intel Core i7-8700
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Memory: 32 GB DDR4-3000
desktop
Schenker DTR 15

  • Sells and ships globally from Bestware.
Processor: Intel Core i9-9900K
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
Memory: 32 GB DDR4-2666
laptop

 

Desktop computer motherboards

We have verified that the following motherboards are compatible with XR-1 Developer Edition. It is strongly recommended that you choose a motherboard from the list below as models not on this list are assumed to be incompatible.

Manufacturer Model Type
ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming ITX/AC motherboard
ASUS Prime Z390-A Motherboard w/ Thunderbolt Ex3 Extension card motherboard
Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Xtreme motherboard

 

If you are aware of other computers and configurations not on our list that support XR-1 Developer Edition, please let us know.

 

Software requirements

Software Required Get the software
Varjo Base v. 2.2.0 Download Varjo Base
Windows 10 OS version v. 1809 Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update on your local Windows 10 computer.
NVIDIA GPU driver 436.48 or higher

Important: Versions 440.97 – 441.12 are not supported.

Download from NVIDIA

 

Thunderbolt driver Required for XR-1 Developer Edition only

Install the Thunderbolt software and driver downloaded from the motherboard manufacturer’s website. Perform the installation regardless of whether the Thunderbolt software is pre-installed.

SteamVR * v. 1.7.15
  1. Download the Steam desktop application
  2. Create a Steam account
  3. Download SteamVR

* Please note: SteamVR software is required regardless of the tracking technology you will ultimately use.

 

Required accessories

There are a few items that are not provided with the Varjo headset. These will need to be purchased separately:

Accessory Recommended Minimum
SteamVR™ base stations 1.0 or 2.0 * 4 x SteamVR™ 2.0 base stations

  • Four base stations are recommended when using VR apps that require moving in the room.
  • You can purchase these from the Varjo webstore.
2 x SteamVR™ 2.0 or 1.0 base stations

  • A minimum of two base stations is required for tracking the headset in stationary use or while sitti­­­­­ng.
  • Please note: You can use either the SteamVR™ 1.0 or 2.0 base stations, but the base stations you plan to use must be compatible with each other. You can find compatibility specifications here.
SteamVR™-compatible controllers * Optional

Controllers are used for interacting with virtual objects. The Varjo headset can be used without controllers, but your VR applications might have specific interactions that require using a controller.

You can use either SteamVR™ 1.0 or 2.0 controllers, however, the base stations and controllers you plan to use must be compatible with each other.

Headphones (optional) Optional

Headphones with a 3.5mm audio jack are compatible with the Varjo headset.

* Note: Alternative tracking technologies are compatible with Varjo headsets. Please review these instructions for detailed information.

 

Information about the SteamVR™ compatibility

The Varjo headset uses the SteamVR™ Tracking technology for the headset and controllers. The headset can be used with both SteamVR™ 2.0 and 1.0 base stations. However, please be aware that the base stations and accessories need to be compatible with each other.

 

Base station version number Compatible accessories (device color) Remarks
2.0 (recommended) VIVE controllers (blue)
VIVE Trackers (blue)
Valve Index “Knuckles” Controllers
Up to 4 base stations can be connected simultaneously.

  • Four base stations 2.0 are recommended if you plan to move around the room.
  • Two base stations 2.0 or 1.0 are sufficient for sitting and stationary use.
1.0 VIVE controllers (black)
VIVE Trackers (black)
VIVE controllers (blue)
VIVE Trackers (blue)
Valve Index “Knuckles” Controllers
2 base stations can be connected simultaneously.

 

From Varjo Base 2.0 onward, Varjo supports OpenVR and OpenXR. Additionally, SteamVR applications are now compatible with Varjo.

 

Information about alternative tracking technologies

From the release of Varjo Base 2.0 onward, Varjo provides an API for third-party tracking technology providers to integrate their solution with Varjo headsets. Read more here.