Finnish startup Varjo launches $3,990 mixed-reality headset to take on Apple Vision Pro
Monday November 27, 2023. 08:08 PM , from Mac Daily News
Finnish mixed-reality startup Varjo on Monday launched its latest headset, the XR-4, a $3,990 devices that it hopes to sell to large enterprise firms.
Ryan Browne for CNBC:
It comes as various major tech companies are betting big on virtual and augmented reality, a space they see serving as the next big shift for technology, with an impact of a similar scale to that of the invention of the internet or the mobile phone.
The XR-4 headset has two 4K displays and a 50% wider field of view compared with previous-generation devices.
The XR-4 also has two 20-megapixel cameras on the front to enable so-called pass-through mixed reality. This is where the user can see the world around them through actual lenses embedded in the headsets, as opposed to being completely immersed in a virtual world.
Apple’s $3,500 Vision Pro headset is expected to launch next year.
MacDailyNews Take: Varjo’s XR-4 is not real competition for the Apple Vision Pro, which has no commensurate rival.
The XR-4 requires hand-held “Varjo Controllers” to operate. Apple Vision Pro allows users to navigate 3D environments via sophisticated eye-tracking and hand gestures – no hand-held controllers necessary, although, importantly, they can be added for specific use cases.
As the Apple Pencil is to iPad, an accessory for specific use cases, hand-held controllers will be to Apple Vision Pro. – MacDailyNews, August 21, 2023
Plus, the significantly more advanced Apple Vision Pro costs $500 less than this markedly more rudimentary non-starter.
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