Varjo is releasing two successors to its VR-1 “bionic” VR headset.
Varjo headsets’ distinctive characteristic is that they’ve angular decision claimed as equal to the human eyes within the middle of the picture. There are two shows for every eye in a Varjo headset. There’s a bigger peripheral show and a smaller foveal show directed towards the center by way of an optical combiner. All Varjo headset to this point have a area of view of 87 levels.
A significant enchancment within the VR-2 sequence over the earlier mannequin is the addition of a prism diffuser movie to the peripheral show, made by 3M. Varjo tells us this eliminates the display door impact. This could make all the picture look extra pure, albeit with the middle considerably extra detailed than the peripheral.
Per pixel calibration for the peripheral show is now additionally used, which means improved picture consistency and lowered “mura” impact.
VR-2 and VR-2 Professional are nearly equivalent, nonetheless the Professional contains Ultraleap (previously Leap Movement) finger monitoring in-built, a twice as lengthy (10 metre) cable, and a counterweight to enhance ergonomics. Lots of Varjo’s clients had been including Leap Movement already, so the choice to have it built-in represents an added comfort for some.
All Varjo headsets are additionally getting SteamVR help. This could enable clients to make use of software program which doesn’t help the Varjo SDK. SteamVR, nonetheless, treats the headset as an everyday uniform decision headset, so SteamVR apps can’t benefit from the headset’s distinctive foveal show system. Which means that Varjo SDK apps will nonetheless show the highest quality within the headset.
The Varjo runtime can also be getting positional timewarp help. Positional timewarp ought to enable intensive apps like CAD with ray tracing to take care of 90Hz when the framerate would usually drop. For extra particulars on this, see our article about VR reprojection applied sciences.
In a perfect VR headset you’d see the best decision wherever you level your eyes. Varjo says, nonetheless, it hasn’t but reached its final aim of a headset with a dynamic foveal space. The corporate informed us that is because of the problem in constructing a VR headset with continually shifting components that gained’t break down over time. They’re researching the characteristic although.
Varjo VR-2 and VR-2 Professional are actually out there for buy for 4995€ and 5995€ respectively. You’ll have to be a enterprise to put an order, and, to be clear, these headsets aren’t designed for enjoying Beat Saber.