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Varjo cuts in half the value of Aero!

by Oscar Tetalia
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I’m writing this text to provide you all a heads-up a couple of good factor that occurred at this time. In a type of many webinars that Varjo organizes, the Finnish firm has revealed that it will slash the value of the Aero… by a 50% issue!

Varjo Aero at $990/€990

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Varjo Aero (Image by Varjo)

Varjo has introduced that the brand new value of the Varjo Aero will probably be $990/€990, down -50% from the earlier unique value. The value lower is everlasting, that means that it isn’t a timed provide, however that is the brand new value of the system.

The firm claims to have executed that to take heed to the wants of its neighborhood, which was asking for decrease costs, and needs to advertise the $990 Varjo Aero as a wedding of high quality with accessibility.

The motive for the value change

Apart from the official statements from the corporate, let me speculate a bit about what could possibly be the explanations for this value slash:

  • Varjo listened to its neighborhood. I imagine this declare by Varjo: its neighborhood preferred the gadgets, however discovered them very costly, so was asking for cheaper costs. Until now all individuals who purchased a Varjo headset had a scar on the left flank as a result of they needed to promote a kidney to purchase a headset. This was creating some discomfort in the neighborhood, so Varjo determined to decrease the value to make extra folks purchase a Varjo Aero with out promoting components of their physique
  • Varjo needs to get nearer to the mainstream. Varjo began as an organization providing ultra-expensive headsets for high-end enterprises, however it by no means hid the truth that it wished to cater to a broader sector of the market. The Varjo Aero has been step one on this sense, and this value slash is the second. It is the primary time {that a} Varjo headset prices lower than $1000 and this reveals how the corporate needs to get near a extra mainstream market.
  • Competition is ramping up. Bigscreen Beyond is getting all the eye within the PCVR market and it prices $1000. It’s laborious for PCVR headsets to compete at greater costs until they provide many extra options. The 2-year-old Varjo Aero needed to decrease the value if it nonetheless wished to get the eye of PCVR lovers.
  • Maybe a brand new headset is coming. I don’t know about Varjo’s plans, however often, an enormous value discount of a headset implies that a brand new headset is coming soon-ish. So I might guess on a brand new Varjo headset coming within the subsequent 12 months
  • We’re getting nearer to Christmas, and since Santa Claus is Finnish, on this interval all Finns really feel romantic, so possibly additionally Varjo folks wished to do one thing good and make a present to the neighborhood.

Should you purchase it?

varjo aero internals
Internal View of the headset (Image by Varjo)

Well, that is as much as you. But I might help you with the choice by brainstorming a bit with you. First of all, let’s take a look on the specs:

Varjo Aero Specifications

  • Displays: Dual Mini LED LCD; 2880 x 2720 px per eye
  • Refresh fee: 90 Hz
  • Optics: Custom-made variable decision aspheric lenses with 35 PPD peak constancy
  • Field of View: Horizontal: 115°, Diagonal: 134° at 12 mm eye aid
  • Interpupillary Distance: Automatic IPD adjustment with motor, Supported IPD vary: 57–73 mm
  • Audio: 3.5 mm audio jack, In-ear headphones with mic in-box
  • Weight: 487 g + headband 230 g (together with counterweight)
  • Dimensions: Width 200 mm, peak 170 mm, size 300 mm
  • Connectivity:
    • Headset adapter and USB-C cable (5-metre) in-box
    • PC connections: DisplayPort and USB-A 3.0
  • Positional Tracking: SteamVR™ 2.0/1.0
  • Eye Tracking: 200 Hz with sub-degree accuracy; 1-dot calibration for foveated rendering
  • Comfort & Wearability:
    • 3-point precision match headband
    • Replaceable, easy-to-clean polyurethane face cushions
    • Active cooling


As I’ve stated, we’re speaking about a headset that’s 2 years previous, and that is seen by its weight: the headset alone is round 500g, whereas a new-generation headset like BigScreen Beyond is at 130g. If consolation is a major issue for you, possibly Aero shouldn’t be what you’re searching for.

This can also be a headset counting on SteamVR monitoring, which is each a professional (very correct monitoring) and a con (you need to arrange your room to make use of VR). It can also be a tethered headset, and I do know some folks amongst you’re allergic to tethers, now.

Another con of the Aero is that it lacks off-the-ear audio system a la Valve Index, however depends on a 3.5mm audio jack and in-ear headphones. This has been one of many issues I’ve criticized essentially the most since its launch.

On the plus facet, now we have a powerful decision: at 2880 x 2720 per eye, it’s way more than the 1440 x 1600 pixels of the Valve Index and nonetheless greater than the 2560 x 2560 of the Bigscreen Beyond. The FOV can also be fairly good, at 115° horizontal. Because of the excessive decision, most of the preliminary evaluations of the Aero highlighted how it’s a nice headset for simulation and racing video games.

varjo aero vs valve index
Trough-the-lenses picture of Varjo Aero in contrast with Valve Index. Notice that with Aero, textual content turns into instantly readable (Image by Varjo)

The different cool characteristic is eye-tracking, which is slowly spreading in VR however shouldn’t be widespread but. A PCVR headset that includes eye monitoring for $990 can nonetheless be an attention-grabbing possibility for individuals who need to mess around with this expertise. Eye monitoring additionally means foveated rendering, so a really high-quality rendering of the gaming graphics within the area you’re looking at, with out making your laptop soften.

Where to purchase

If the Varjo Aero appears like what you had been searching for from the above description, you’ll be able to head to the official web site www.varjo.com/aero, and purchase one on the new value of $990. For each individual that buys a tool, I get… nothing. But you get the system, and that is cool 🙂

(Header picture created utilizing an unique picture by Varjo)

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