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Varjo Aero Is No Longer Being Produced, With No Direct Successor

Varjo Aero Is No Longer Being Produced, With No Direct Successor

Varjo Aero, the company's first and only consumer-focused headset, is no longer being sold on its website as production has ended.

Varjo says "limited quantities" remain available from selected resellers, and it will continue to support the headset with bug fixes and security updates until the end of 2025.

Aero was a tethered PC VR headset that launched in 2021 with the highest angular resolution on the consumer market, a position it solely held until Pimax Crystal last year tied with it. All Varjo's previous headsets were for businesses only - Aero was a new direction in also offering a product targeted at consumers.

The headset was priced at $1990 for most of its time on the market, until it was cut in half to $990 in September. It's clear now that was a clearance sale.

Aero featured 2880×2720 per eye LCD displays, aspheric lenses, and eye tracking enabling automatic IPD adjustment and foveated rendering in supported software.

Like many other PC headsets such as Bigscreen Beyond, Varjo Aero required SteamVR Tracking base stations which aren't included, and nor are any controllers. That means the total buy-in cost if you didn't already own these accessories was $2600, while after the price cut it was $1600.

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When it works, the Varjo Aero offers a tantalizing glimpse of the future of VR. But a prevalent issue makes it hard to recommend right now. Read on for our Varjo Aero review. Note: This review was originally published on October 21, 2021. The Varjo Aero arrives much sooner than

In our review of Varjo Aero we praised the headset's stunning visual clarity, precise eye tracking, and the comfort delivered by its hybrid halo strap design.

However, we criticized the distracting warping distortion and the unnatural shape of the field of view (which has a rigid horizontal cutoff at the bottom), as well as the lack of a built-in microphone.

Likely due to its high price, Varjo Aero failed to gain enough adoption to even be listed in the Steam Hardware Survey's VR section, and thus remains part of the 'Other' section, which made up 1.19% of SteamVR users in December.

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