VR-1 offers 60 pixels per degree and can be purchased for € 6,990. The mixed reality accessory will be available this year.
Varjo has put on sale its first virtual reality viewer with retinal resolution: the VR-1, which offers great image quality thanks to its “more than 60 pixels per degree” (only available in the central part of each eye, being about 20 degrees in size). The device, which is compatible with SteamVR, is intended to be used by professionals in industrial design, training, simulation, architecture, engineering and construction.
The Bionic Display system of VR-1 has an FOV of 87º and consists of two OLED microdisplay of 1920×1080 and two AMOLED of 1440×1600. As we had previously shared, this first commercial version does not move the microdisplay whose image we see in the center of each of our eyes. Therefore, if we look to the sides we will see the image of the so-called context screens, which have the same resolution as viewers such as Vive Pro or Odyssey. Varjo has equipped the viewer with eye tracking to offer the advantages associated with this technology, in addition to the automatic adjustment of the interpupillary distance.
VR-1 has a weight of 605 grams (905 if we add the clamping system).
Facing the lenses, they opt for a double lens design that combines different refractive index lenses to minimize color aberrations, eliminate glare and offer minimal reflections. “Each surface coating has been methodically designed to maximize the brightness and clarity of the fusion of light necessary to achieve retinal resolution,” they comment. As we see in the images, it includes a hybrid clamping system with soft tapes and rigid parts that reminds of the Deluxe Audio Strap by Vive, although without integrated headphones.
“The 20/20 Eye Tracker is the most advanced and powerful stereoscopic eye tracking technology ever integrated into an RV viewer, providing unrivaled precision and accuracy for interactivity, data collection and retinal resolution analysis,” they explain. .
VR-1 can be used with glasses.
VR-1 is already available for purchase for € 5,995, an amount to which we must add the € 995 of the annual compulsory license that includes customer service. Therefore, the purchase of the viewer reaches € 6,990 with free shipping for Spain. The box includes the viewfinder, junction box, transformer, three power cables, two facial interfaces (standard and large), cleaning cloth, a 10-meter USB-C cable, two DisplayPort cables and a USB-A cable. The purchase does not bring base stations or motion controllers, although the viewer does integrate sensors compatible with SteamVR Tracking 1.0 and 2.0. As indicated, VR-1 is only available for companies and academic institutions. In terms of software, it is compatible with Unreal Engine, Unity, Autodesk VRED, Prepar3d, ZeroLight and VBS Blue IG. In addition, it has its own SDK for other types of implementations. And about the requirements, talk about it works with NVIDIA GTX 1080, 2080 and the latest Quadro.
“The entire Varjo team has worked hard for more than two years to produce nothing less than the best viewer on the planet, nothing has been left to chance, nothing has been compromised and we are delighted that the response from our partners has been overwhelming. VR-1 marks the beginning of a new era in virtual reality for professionals, “says Urho Konttori, product manager of Varjo.
For the launch of this first commercial product, the company has received a total of 46 million dollars of financing to date, and it will be the ODM Flex manufacturer who will carry out the production. The accessory that will provide mixed reality to the viewer will be available this year.
We have more information about how the Bionic Display works in this other article.