There are several virtual reality (VR) headsets competing in the higher end enterprise sector such as the HTC Vive Pro Eye, VRgineers’ XTAL and Varjo’s VR-1. The latter is a £6000 GBP head-mounted display (HMD) which launched back in February and today the company has announced two new additions to its product lineup, the VR-2 and VR-2 Pro.

Varjo VR-2

The two new state-of-the-art devices improve on the previous model in a number of ways, adding Varjo’s next-generation Bionic Display which has better peripheral vision and colour consistency than before. Varjo’s 20/20 Eye Tracker technology has also been upgraded offering faster and more accurate calibration performance, giving applications access to precise eye data.

The Bionic Display still features two 1920×1080 low persistence micro-OLEDs and two 1440×1600 low persistence AMOLEDs allowing for the high definition the headset is known for. Both the VR-2 and the VR-2 Pro include support for SteamVR content as well as support for the OpenVR development platform. Additionally, the Varjo VR-2 Pro also comes with integrated Ultraleap (formerly Leap Motion) hand tracking technology.

“We have seen first-hand what the power of human-eye resolution in VR can offer in terms of expanding the realm of applications for the enterprise,” said Urho Konttori, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Varjo in a statement. “Today we bring the Resolution Revolution overnight to nearly all industrial applications, unlocking the next level of professional VR. With VR-2 and VR-2 Pro, professionals can benefit from the industry’s highest visual fidelity and the most precise eye-tracking joining forces with the leading hand tracking technology.”

Varjo
Image Credit: Varjo – Comparison – Left HTC Vive Pro, Middle Varjo with SteamVR support (Ultra-high res at 40 PPD), Right Native Varjo SDK (Human-eye res at 60 PPD).

“One of the main goals of SteamVR is to support a diverse ecosystem of hardware and software. Varjo is taking a unique approach to building high-end industrial VR products, and we are excited that users of Varjo will be able to take advantage of the wide array of SteamVR content for professionals,” said Joe Ludwig from Valve.

As you may expect, the Varjo VR-2 and VR-2 Pro require some decent processing power as these system requirements detail:

Component Recommended Minimum
Processor Intel Core i7-8700

AMD Ryzen 7 2700

Intel Core i7-6700

AMD FXTM 9590

GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080

NVIDIA Quadro P6000

RAM 32GB 16GB
Storage Space 2GB
Video output 2 x DisplayPort 1.2 / 2 x Mini DisplayPort 1.2
USB port 1 x USB-A 3.0
Operating system Windows 10 (64-bit)

Available today, pricing for the Varjo VR-2 starts from $4,995 USD while the VR-2 Pro starts from $5,995. When purchasing either device you’ll also need to add on Varjo’s software and support services starting at $795. Both headsets will be on demonstration at AWE EU 2019 later this week. Varjo now sells four enterprise-grade devices, the other being the XR-1. For further Varjo updates, keep reading VRFocus.

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