The Varjo Aero VR headset makes its high-end hardware – often designed for enterprise markets with a LOT of money – available to consumers. This isn’t to say the headset is cheap – it’ll set you back roughly $1990, or over $2000 – but you’ll know where your money is going. Each of your two eyes receives its own Mini LED LCD with a resolution of 2880 x 2720 pixels — that’s a lot of pixels.
Surprisingly, this headset does not support 120Hz picture refresh rates – only 90Hz. Each display is calibrated to 120NIT brightness, 99 percent sRGB, and 95 percent DCI-P3, but with just a 90Hz refresh rate. Of course, they make up for that with custom-made variable resolution aspheric lenses that have “edge-to-edge clarity” and no reflections or ghost rays.
With “12 mm eye relief,” this headset has a 115-degree horizontal field of view and a 134-degree diagonal field of view. You’ll also find the most advanced eye calibration technology available, including automated IPD adjustment technology with a built-in motor solely for this reason. The IPD range supported by this headset is 57-73mm.
This headset also has active cooling for long-lasting comfort. In addition, the headset features washable polyurethane face cushions that can be easily replaced, as well as a 3-point precision fit headband (with one of those tightening dials at the back).
A standard 3.5mm headphone jack and a pair of in-ear headphones (with mic) handle audio (included in the box). This gadget works with the positional tracking offered by SteamVR 2.0/1.0, meaning you’re in the Valve / Steam universe.
This headset has “sub-degree accuracy” eye-tracking at 200Hz (in-headset). According to the designers of this device, that works with 1-dot calibration for foveated rendering.
The Varjo Aero is currently available for purchase on the Varjo website. The first shipments will begin “before the end of 2021,” with a price of $1990 “plus tax.” Shipping costs are not included.
This gadget is pre-loaded with Varjo Teleport VR, a platform for collaborative work between headsets that will eventually require a monthly fee. This gadget also prepares the user for Varjo Reality Cloud, which will facilitate cloud-based content streaming when it becomes publicly available. And keep in mind that this is the company that supplied the Volvo driving simulator, so you know they’re ready to roll with the industry’s top bosses.