- Varjo XR-3 and VR-3 push the boundaries of visual fidelity with 9,7 megapixels per eye
- Varjo XR-3: mixed reality of incredible quality
- Varjo VR-3 and XR-3: falling prices, still too high for the general public
Since its first VR headset, the Finnish manufacturer Varjo has stood out in the virtual reality market. Its devices deliver image definition comparable to that of the human eye, thanks to the use of two screens for each eye.
A “focus” screen, located in front of the retina, offers extremely clear definition. A second “pop-up” screen offers a wide peripheral vision. The operation is therefore similar to the human vision system, and the result is stunning.
Today, the firm announces its two new helmets: the XR-3 for mixed reality and the VR-3 for virtual reality. These two models provide an extended field of view for both screens.
The “FoV” of the focus screen changes from 26 ° x16 °, or 30.5 ° diagonally, to 27 ° x27 °, or 38 ° diagonally. In addition, the number of pixels per degree is also increased from 62 pixels per degree to 71 pixels per degree. The definition is now 1920 × 1920 with 90Hz refresh rate, compared to 1920 × 1080 previously.
Regarding the peripheral screen, the horizontal field of vision goes from 87 ° to 115 °. The number of pixels per degree goes from 14 to 30, and the definition from 1440 × 1600 to 2880 × 2720.
To better understand the performance level of these helmets, the XR-3 and VR-3 offer 9,7 megapixels per eye. In comparison, the closest competitor is the HP Reverb G2 with 4,7 megapixels per eye.
The Oculus Quest 2 is content with 3,5 megapixels per eye, the Valve Index and the HTC Vive Pro are at 2,3 megapixels per eye. The Oculus Rift S is 1,8 megapixels per eye. The first Rift DK1 was limited to 0,5 megapixel per eye.
So a long way has been come since the beginnings of VR, and the Varjo VR-3 and XR-3 can be considered as the most advanced helmets in the industry on the technical side.
As on previous products, we find eye-tracking technology at 200Hz, and hand-tracking technology (hand tracking) from Ultraleap. The design is greatly improved, with a weight reduced by 40% and a halo-shaped headband system.
The VR-3 is based on the SteamVR tracking system, but the XR-3 is equipped with a new “inside-out” tracking technology developed by the manufacturer. This system relies on cameras and sensors integrated into the helmet, to allow real-world images to be combined with the virtual display.
Un LiDAR scanner also allows depth detection, for ever more precise and convincing augmented reality. Here again, Varjo's devices are much more advanced than the competition on this point.
However, it is important to stress that these devices are intended for businesses and not consumers. Their exorbitant price is not within the reach of all budgets.
With the XR-3 and VR-3, however, this cost is slightly reduced compared to previous models. The Varjo VR-3 is priced at $ 3200, compared to $ 6000 for the VR-2. The XR-3 costs $ 5500, compared to $ 10 for the XR-000.
You must also pay a technical support subscription, which is priced at $ 800 per year for the VR-3 and $ 1500 per year for the XR-3. Previously, you had to pay 1000 euros per year for the VR-2 or XR-1.
These two new helmets are now available for pre-order, and deliveries are expected to start in January 2021. If you are looking for the most advanced devices on the market for your business, these models are an excellent choice ...