If you’re considering getting a VR headset this week on Black Friday, there’s no doubt that you should consider Oculus Quest 2, one of the best VR headsets of 2020. Facebook’s latest iteration of wireless headsets brings some major improvements. It includes a higher refresh rate, higher resolution, and most importantly, a lower starting price.
This is a big issue given how adaptable Quest 2 really is. Especially if you have a powerful PC that complements your on-the-go game library with something that requires more graphics. Since the first quest, I’ve been able to connect my headset to my PC and play games and SteamVR titles designed for the (now obsolete) Oculus Rift. Oculus has been made even easier by relaxing the requirements of the cables used, and can now be used with the included charging cable.
But if you’re enjoying the true freedom of wireless VR that Quest offers, it’s hard to get back in touch. However, with the right settings and a little patience, you can duplicate this with a PC-based title using an app called a virtual desktop.
Virtual desktops allow you to stream desktop content to Oculus Quest using a Wi-Fi network, similar to how remote play works on Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5. The app is optimized with VR in mind. Setup allows you to achieve the low latency you need to stay in shape as soon as you start moving.
The only downside is the default setting, which can be a bit annoying. I had to learn how to sideload the app to Oculus Quest. This requires switching the headset to developer mode and tinkering with the PC. However, it’s not that complicated. UploadVR has an extensive guide to assist you throughout the process.
Virtual desktops also cost $ 20, and you need to make sure you can connect your PC directly to your router. Routers are also an important part of the entire chain and for best results you need to support the 5GHz band to ensure the strongest connection to your headset. If you can keep this frequency open for quests only, it will help your experience.
I played Half-Life: Alyx throughout earlier this year after spending hours using Virtual Desktop and the original Oculus Quest to make sure Oculus Link worked. After the first hurdle of setup, it was easy to get back to the game and the overall experience was incredibly powerful. Not only did it look crisp, but the wait wasn’t noticeable when you were involved in a desperate shootout or had to pull a crab on your head from your face. Best of all, no wire has ever stumbled.
This isn’t a useful solution for everyone, and OculusLink has certainly improved since the beginning of the year. But for as little as $ 20, it’s worth trying out a potentially transformative way to play PCVR games.
Test Half-Life Alyx on all major VR headsets
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