Varjo XR-1 Developer Edition

Develop a new reality.

XR-1 is a mixed reality developer device for engineers, researchers and designers who are pioneering a new reality. 

With photorealistic visual fidelity, ultra-low latency and integrated eye tracking, XR-1 Developer Edition seamlessly merges virtual content with the real world for the first time ever.

Extend Reality with XR-1 Developer Edition.

With XR-1 Developer Edition, professionals in engineering, design and simulation can develop and interact with virtual 3D models while collaborating with others in real life.

You can also switch seamlessly between mixed reality and full VR – bringing the benefits of both worlds into one device. That means you are able to test designs in different environments and manipulate your surroundings with pixel-perfect control.

The built-in 20/20 Eye Tracker enables you to track users’ eye movements across mixed reality scenarios with sub-degree accuracy.

XR-1 Developer Edition is powered by ultra-high definition stereo pass-through technology, which is achieved with superior cameras, sensors, optics, ISP and our Bionic Display™. It is the perfect tool for advanced R&D teams looking to push the limits of what’s possible.

The first-ever photorealistic mixed reality.


Blend the real and the virtual with XR-1 Developer Edition, the only device that lets you build photorealistic mixed reality scenarios.

For the first time ever, XR-1 Developer Edition shows augmented content as it should appear – indistinguishable from the real world. What you see through the XR-1 can be controlled pixel-perfectly. You can omit, add and adjust colors, shadows, and lights, replace real objects with virtual ones, as well as blur or simplify for exactly the desired view, with no observable latency to the human eye. And you can effortlessly switch between virtual, mixed, and real scenarios as you work.

The world’s first cockpit-based XR solution by Bohemia Interactive Simulations enables the pilot and co-pilot to interact with the physical cockpit while immersed in a synthetic environment. In this video capture, you can see reality and the virtual simulation environment blending seamlessly together, while the pilot is able to see his/her hands on top of the physical cockpit. This enables never-before-seen interactions and immersion in mixed reality.

With video pass-through, nothing is see-through.


With Varjo XR-1 (image on the left) virtual objects appear solid and photorealistic, and they can seamlessly cast shadows on reality in a full field of view. With augmented reality (AR) devices based on optical see-through (image on the right), virtual content appears holographic and can be experienced only in a narrow field of view.

Volvo + Varjo. Extending Reality for the Automotive industry.

Together, Volvo Cars and Varjo are literally driving the future by creating the world’s first mixed reality approach to evaluating prototypes, designs and active safety technologies. Read how Volvo Cars is already using XR-1 to build the car of the future.


Create true-to-life interactions

XR-1’s ultra-low latency image pipeline lets you explore true-to-life digital worlds as natural extensions of the real world – without perceivable lag.

XR-1 Developer Edition’s ultra-low latency image pipeline lets you explore true-to-life digital worlds as natural extensions of the real world – without any perceivable lag.

XR-1’s <20 ms latency is so low that professionals can explore mixed realities just as they would experience the real world. That means you can create, discuss, collaborate and even drive a car in mixed reality in a way that feels completely real and natural. 

Because XR-1’s depth sensors allow it to understand the 3D structure of the real world, developers can use it to build depth-aware applications where augmented and real objects interact seamlessly.

XR-1 and Varjo Workspace: A new way to use computers

Varjo Workspace is a new dimensional interface that bridges the 2D user experience of current computers and the new 3D world made possible by Varjo’s XR-1 Developer Edition. For the first time ever, designers, engineers, researchers and other professionals can work and create in a customizable and immersive VR/AR/XR space.

Instead of having to switch devices as you work with 2D and 3D applications like Microsoft Windows or Unity, in Workspace you can see 3D designs and applications come to life around you in real time. You can take your desktop with you into the virtual world. Varjo Workspace ships as part of the software for XR-1 Developer Edition.

XR-1 Technical Specifications


Next generation Bionic Display™ with resolution at over 20/20 vision (over 60 PPD / 3000 PPI), flicker-free screen refresh at 60/90 Hz. Combining two 1920 x 1080 low persistence micro-OLEDs and two 1440 x 1600 low persistence AMOLEDs. Field of view 87 degrees.


4 streams (2 per eye): 1008 x 1008 downscaled from the full 12 Mpx + foveated 834 x 520 full resolution crop.


2 x 12 megapixel at 90 Hz. Fixed focus, 1/3’’ sensor size with 1.55μ pixel size. 94° circular viewing angle.


Industrial-grade, sub-degree accuracy integrated 100 Hz stereo eye tracking delivering unmatched accuracy and precision across real and virtual environments, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses.


10 m active optical Thunderbolt cable


Compatible with Steam VR™ and ART™


1050 g without counterweight (including head band); 1300 g with counterweight


<20 ms


XR-1 can also be worn by people who wear glasses. It features an active airflow system, adjustable and detachable headband and head strap, comfortable usage with two different sized, easily replaceable face cushions and automatic interpupillary distance (IPD) adjustment for easy and accurate calibration.


Headphones with a 3.5mm audio jack are compatible with the Varjo XR-1.

XR-1 System Requirements

Only  certain  Windows 10  desktop  computers  and laptops  are capable of supporting  XR-1  Developer Edition,  especially when operating with certain motherboards.  Additionally, your computer will have to have native Thunderbolt.

Component Recommended


ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming ITX/AC
ASUS Prime Z390-A Motherboard w/ Thunderbolt Ex3 Extension card
Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Xtreme


Intel Core i7-7820x


NVIDIA GeForce® RTX 2080 Ti

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000


32 GB

Storage space

2 GB

Video Output

2 x DisplayPort 1.2 / 2 x mini DisplayPort 1.2

USB Port

1 x USB-A 3.0 port or newer, not using any Hub

Operating system

Windows 10 (64-bit)

Connector port**

1 x Thunderbolt 3 port  

* Please note that AMD GPUs are not currently supported by the Varjo headsets.    

** Important: take note of the requirements regarding connectivity ports – use of adapters is not recommended due to known compatibility issues.

Configure Your Varjo XR-1 Developer Edition Headset

You can configure your Varjo XR-1 with a variety of certified workstations, hygiene and sanitization solutions and Varjo's enterprise support for your headset below.

When you are ready, simply click 'Add Configuration to Cart' and your fully configured headset and options will be ready for purchase!

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