News March 2 2021

Varjo deepens collaboration with Unity by becoming the first Extended Reality hardware provider to join its Verified Solution Partner Program

Varjo, the leader in high-performance XR/VR hardware and software, today announced that it is now a Unity Verified Solution Partner – the first official XR/VR hardware provider to join this exclusive program. Unity is the world’s leading platform for creating and operating interactive, real-time 3D content. Creators, ranging from game developers to artists, architects, automotive designers, filmmakers, and more, use Unity to make their imaginations come to life.

The partnership between Varjo and Unity will empower even more professionals to build high-quality, photorealistic 3D experiences and drive innovation across industries. As a Unity Verified Solution Partner, all Varjo headsets – including the newly released Varjo XR-3 and VR-3 – now have complete, verified and seamless compatibility with the latest Unity releases. Unity developers can now take full advantage of Varjo’s unique VR and XR capabilities such as industry-leading human-eye resolution visual fidelity (at over 70 pixels per degree), photorealistic video pass-through mixed reality, real-time chroma keying, and more.

“Varjo is constantly pushing the bounds of what is possible for high-fidelity immersive experiences,” said Timoni West, Vice President, Augmented & Virtual Reality at Unity. “Unity developers can now be sure their high-resolution, detailed environments and experiences will display beautifully on Varjo devices, and trust that their applications will work seamlessly with these groundbreaking headsets.”

With this formalized collaboration between Unity and Varjo, it is now extremely easy for developers to create real-time 3D mixed reality content for Varjo hardware. Thanks to its low-latency video pass-through, the Varjo XR-3 is currently the first and the only device capable of portraying all aspects of extended reality, from virtual reality to photorealistic augmented and mixed reality, and offering combined AR/VR support in Unity.

“Together, Unity and Varjo are powering the creation of immersive experiences that appear as real as the world we live in,” says Marcus Olsson, Head of Software Partnerships at Varjo. “We’re confident that our partnership can help drive a paradigm mindset shift from developing real-time 3D content, towards building true extended reality experiences where users can no longer tell the difference between what is real and what is virtual.”

In 2018, Varjo and Volvo Cars utilized Unity to develop the world’s first pass-through video viewing, enabling users to see what is going on in the outside world. Combining the capabilities of Varjo’s technology with Volvo’s superior models and Unity’s photorealistic graphics, Volvo developers can now perform design-studies of future vehicle models before they are even built by adding photorealistic virtual elements to the interior of the vehicle.

“Through our combined use of Varjo’s mixed reality headsets and the unique power of Unity’s real-time 3D engine, we are pioneering automotive design work,” said Christian Braun, Vice President of Visual Art Design at Volvo. “The immersive experiences we are able to create are so realistic that we can now accurately explore and test new design possibilities for aesthetics and safety that weren’t possible until now. Not only are these advanced technologies enhancing and streamlining our entire design process from start to finish, but Varjo and Unity are also getting us closer to realizing our dream for the future of creativity.”