Finnish startup Varjo, which develops mixed reality headsets, has introduced a new model of the XR-4 headset. The cost of the new item is $3990. With its help, the manufacturer wants to compete in the corporate segment with solutions from Microsoft and Apple, which are in the same price range.
In contrast to the same consumer models of Meta’s mixed reality headsets✴Varjo’s headsets are designed for corporate use. For example, with their help you can teach design, modeling and other professional skills in virtual reality, use them in geodesy to create landscape maps, etc.
The base version of the Varjo XR-4 headset costs $3,990, making it significantly cheaper than the company’s previous generation headsets. The new product is equipped with two displays with a resolution of 3840 × 3744 pixels with a pixel density of 51 PPD (dots per inch) and viewing angles of 120° × 105°. For displays, the refresh rate is specified as 90 Hz, the maximum brightness is 200 cd/m2as well as 98 percent coverage of the sRGB color space and 96 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space.
The Varjo XR-4 mixed reality headset is equipped with two 20-megapixel cameras and offers so-called end-to-end mixed reality. Using cameras, device screens can display the surrounding space in front of the user with a clarity of 33 pixels per inch. Meta headsets offer a similar function.✴, and Apple plans to include it in its Vision Pro mixed reality headset. The idea behind this feature is that users can overlay objects in the digital environment over the physical world.
The Varjo XR-4 also features ambient light sensors and advanced lidar. The latter can be used to estimate the distance to objects and their surface using three-dimensional laser scanning. This allows the user to use the headset not only for virtual reality, but also for augmented reality with the overlay of virtual objects on real world objects.
The manufacturer also notes that the XR-4 is equipped with built-in speakers that support spatial audio and noise-canceling microphones. The headset also offers a variety of different other accessoriesincluding controllers, which must be purchased separately for $199.99 each.
The Varjo XR-4 mixed reality headset will be available in three versions. The base price, as mentioned above, is estimated at $3990. The $9,990 XR-4 Focal Edition features improved end-to-end mixed reality technology with 51ppi clarity and autofocus. The company also offers the XR-4 Secure Edition with advanced security features for use by government agencies. The costs are not specified.
According to CNBC, Varjo has raised a total of more than $160 million in investments for its developments. The company’s investors include investment firm EQT, Apple supplier Foxconn, automotive giant Volvo and venture capital firm Atomico.