System requirements

The Varjo headset runs exclusively with a Windows 10 desktop computer or laptop. Please ensure that your system meets the listed requirements below.

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

Information about the SteamVR™ compatibility

Information about alternative tracking technologies

 

Computer hardware

Computer hardware requirements 

  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

RAM 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
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 Helios 500

  • Sells and ships globally from Acer.
Processor: Intel Core i7-8750
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
Memory: 16 GB DDR4
laptop
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
HP VR Backpack G2

  • Sells and ships globally from HP.
Processor: Intel Core i7-8850H
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
Memory: HP 16 GB DDR4-2666
backpack

 

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
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
HP VR Backpack G2

  • Sells and ships globally from HP.
Processor: Intel Core i7-8850H
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
Memory: HP 16 GB DDR4-2666
backpack

 

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. 2.1 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.

 

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.