The latest beta software update for PC Oculus Oculus allows Link to work with many USB 2.0 cables, including the one that is included in the package.
Oculus Quest was released nearly a year ago as a VR headset based on Android. In November it released the software update — Oculus Link, allowing Quest also work as a headset for your PC using some cables are USB 3.0.
Quest comes with 3 meter USB cable in the box. But it is a USB 2.0 cable, which previously could not be used for the Link. In fact, support Facebook describes it as “charging cable” — in contrast to the “data cable” or “Link Cable”.
Facebook sells the official cable Link Oculus for $ 79. This fiber optic USB 3.0 cable has a length of 5 meters and is relatively easy.
Those who have tested this latest software Rift Public Test Channel, found that the supplied USB 2.0 cable works without problems. Surprisingly, it seems that everything looks almost the same as with the USB 3.0 cable.
The resolution of the Oculus Link can be manually increased using the debugging tool, the Oculus. It is not entirely clear, as USB 2.0 is affecting the reliability of this required additional testing.
The software warns that it is recommended that USB 3. When you hover mouse on this recommendation, the message “Your performance can be improved by switching to USB 3.0”. No specific reasons are given.
John Carmack wrote in late November, tweeted that he “hoped” to release an update that takes full advantage of the bandwidth of USB 3.1, but warned that it will take “months.” If this update happens, official Link Cable, which was criticized at launch for a price of $ 80, can be a premium cable, and not the only official option.
USB 3.0 is notoriously bad adheres to the standard. Some motherboards use USB 3.0 controllers that simply cannot properly support devices with high bandwidth. Support USB 2.0 should make the Link much more reliable in General.
Work with USB 2.0 even more confirms the idea of a wireless connection in the future. While third-party applications like Virtual Desktop, doing this on a local Wi-Fi network, it is not practical for most as a whole. The headset needs to not only be near the router, and other network traffic can cause dropouts. At Oculus Connect, Carmack 6 put forward the idea of using a USB WiFi adapter. Quest will directly connect to it instead of your router, offering a dedicated connection.
How to unlock a USB 2.0 Link
To connect to a public test channel, to the software, go to the tab “Beta” in the app settings Oculus for PC. You will see it starts downloading in the tab “Library”.
Some users on the Oculus forums and reddit have reported that not all USB ports-C work on all motherboards, but the use of USB-C to USB-A seems to solve the problem.