Want to play the content virtual reality for the PC on the Oculus Quest 2? Here is all you need for this.
Oculus Quest 2 is a first — class standalone headset from Facebook. Shop Oculus Quest available set of native content, but one of the key features of the Quest 2 is its ability to also reproduce the content of VR for the PC when connect to PC with support for VR.
This can be done in two ways. First of all, there is an official method Facebook called Oculus Link that uses a USB cable. However, there are also more advanced informal version of wireless communication that uses the app Quest called Virtual Desktop.
All these steps should work with Oculus Quest 2 ( and the original Oculus Quest) — the configuration process is the same for both headsets.
PC supports virtual reality
In addition to the Oculus headset Quest you will also need a computer-supported virtual reality.
Take a look at the compatibility page Oculus Link Facebook to know if your PC meets the minimum requirements for the Oculus Link.
Requirements specs will change depending on the game — some games for PC VR require more powerful features than others, so be sure to read the requirements for the game.
For Oculus Link you will need a USB cable-C for connection Quest 2 to your computer.
USB cord-C — C included in delivery, will work with Link (any headset). If your computer has a USB port, you can connect it directly to it. If not, you’ll need an adapter USB-C — A.
Oculus Quest 2 is supplied with a cable long enough for use with Oculus Link, so you have to buy it yourself. Facebook sells the official cable for $ 79, which is a thin, flexible optical cable length of 5 meters. Despite the higher price, official cord ensures reliability.
Alternatively it should work with any USB cable C-C, which corresponds to at least the USB specification 2.0 (or you can use a USB A-C with adapter A-C, both of which should be USB 2.0). Cable length must be at least 3 meters, ideally 5 if you need maximum range of motion.
Download the official app of the Oculus Quest, which will launch Oculus Link and will allow you to play computer VR game for the headset. You can get it here in the form setup, Oculus Link.
Oculus Link also works with SteamVR, so be sure to download Steam and install SteamVR, if you want to reproduce the corresponding content.
Setting Oculus Link
Before using the Oculus Link you must perform the first setting.
Make sure your Quest 2 turned on and connected to the computer using a USB cable. From there open the app Oculus for PC, click “Add new headset” and select Oculus Quest 2. The application will then guide you through a simple initial setup process.
After setting up the Oculus Link it will be available for use whenever you connect the headset to the PC in VR you should be prompted asking whether you want to include the Link. From there you can run any game Oculus directly, or run the SteamVR on your PC to dive into other games.
Configuring Virtual Desktop
Another way to play the VR content to your Quest 2 is to use a Virtual Desktop, which is an informal alternative to a wireless Link. However, keep in mind that this method is more complicated and will not necessarily work for everyone.
Virtual Desktop allows you to transfer your computer display in VR, giving you a streaming version of your desktop with which you can interact and be controlled from the virtual reality. This requires a Virtual Desktop in your headset, and the application streamer, installed on your computer.
The app is available for purchase in the store Oculus Store for the Quest, but by default it does not support streaming VR on PC. To enable this feature, you will need to download an alternative version of the Virtual Desktop on your Quest through SideQuest.
This function works similar to Oculus Link but is a completely wireless solution. However, the reliability of streaming VR content from a PC on your Quest through a virtual desktop can be different for everyone, as it is strongly dependent on the power of your internal network and the hardware on which it runs.
What you will need to work through Virtual Desktop
You still need a PC with virtual reality, as in the case with Oculus Link. You also still need an installed app Oculus for PC and Steam and SteamVR, if you want to play content that is not related to Oculus. Also make sure your computer is connected to the router via Ethernet and not wirelessly — important stability and higher speed.
Speaking of routers, in General you will need a “reliable” Wi-Fi router with 5 GHz network. Make sure your Quest 2 is connected to your network 5 GHz, not 2.5 GHz — again, stability is key.
You will need a copy of Virtual Desktop for Quest from the Oculus store. After downloading and installing the application you need to download an alternative version of the application via SideQuest.
If you are not familiar with downloading apps through unofficial SideQuest, read the manual — if it’s your first time, you will need to configure a few things to work correctly. This manual is common for any application SideQuest, so just follow the instructions to find and install alternate versions of SideQuest to the headset.
Finally, install a Virtual Desktop Streamer for PC which is available here. After installation, run the application and verify that your user name Oculus entered in the text box on the main screen of the app.
Streaming VR content with your PC using Virtual Desktop
After all of the above you should now be able to access a virtual desktop in your Quest 2, to connect to the computer and run the content of a virtual reality PC out. You can do this by opening the game manually on a PC or after launching the game directly from the menu of the virtual desktop, which has shortcuts.
Some important warnings! Virtual Desktop is an informal solution which may not be as reliable or comfortable as the Oculus Link. So someone could easily use it perfectly, while other users may have problems.
Depending on your settings in a fast moving environment you may encounter high latency or stuttering. The probability of poor performance above that can also aggravate nausea in susceptible people. Make sure that you play as close to the router, with minimal disruption. Physical barriers such as walls can affect the stability of wireless communication, as well as the internal network is overloaded or unreliable equipment.