April 14, 2021 – Varjo, a provider of professional-grade virtual and mixed reality (VR/MR – collectively XR) hardware devices, has announced that it is now fully compatible with the OpenXR 1.0 specification. OpenXR is an open, royalty-free standard that provides an API for virtual reality and augmented reality (AR) content. Developed by the non-profit consortium Khronos Group, OpenXR allows developers to make sure their content is compatible across multiple hardware platforms and devices.
“We are proud to extend the OpenXR standard to our professional customers across training and simulation, industrial design, medical, research, and academia, to accelerate the merging of virtual and physical worlds,” said Urho Konttori, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Varjo. “Offering a unified reality for developers is an important step on Varjo’s journey in bringing immersive technology to every workplace – and eventually revolutionizing computing for all.”
Varjo stated that its entire portfolio of virtual and mixed reality headsets (current and previous generations) are now fully compatible with the OpenXR 1.0 standard. As a result, developers are able to take advantage of Varjo’s unique VR/XR capabilities while conforming to industry standards and ensuring true cross-platform experiences. The supported Varjo features include human-eye resolution, eye tracking, foveated rendering, as well as depth understanding in the new Varjo XR-3.
“Varjo has been a valuable contributor to OpenXR since 2019. Varjo’s VR and XR headsets were some of the first to publicly demonstrate support for OpenXR. Today, we are extremely happy to add Varjo and their unique approach to delivering higher visual fidelity in virtual and mixed reality experiences to the growing list of companies fully supporting the OpenXR 1.0 specification,” said Brent Insko, Lead XR Architect at Intel and OpenXR Working Group Chair.
In addition to OpenXR 1.0, all Varjo headsets are also fully compatible with Unity, Unreal Engine and hundreds of other industrial 3D software tools. A full list of software and 3D platforms that are supported on Varjo devices can be found here.
For more information on Varjo’s OpenXR 1.0 developer documentation, please visit the company’s developer website.
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