Virtual Desktop Quest Teaser: A Glimpse of the Virtual Desktop in Oculus Quest
The Virtual Desktop has been the stuff of imagination from the earliest days of the Oculus developer kits. It first made an appearance when it was released as a demo back in 2014. The Virtual Desktop is a single-user VR application that enables users to stream their desktop monitor to a virtual environment in virtual reality. Now the app will be available on Oculus Quest.
This week, the app developer Guy Godin released a new trailer which showcases some of the functionality the app will have when it launches in Quest on May 21 as one of the 60 odd launch titles that the headset will have.
The Virtual Desktop app can be paired with the portability that the standalone Oculus Quest headsets provides along with a Wi-Fi signal to enable users remotely gain access to their PC desktop inside a virtual reality headset from any location.
Once a user has launched the Virtual Desktop, they can connect a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to their Oculus Quest headset to create a remote PC workstation inside a virtual reality environment. To play games, including non-VR games, a user can also pair the headset with a Bluetooth game controller via the Virtual Desktop.
The app is already on Oculus Go and the PC VR headsets but given the superb Quest specs and performance, the Quest version of the Virtual Desktop is likely to be much spectacular and more comfortable than the mobile versions thanks to the headset’s high resoloution and six degrees of freedom (6DOF) tracking capability. The manual interpupillary distance (IPD) in the Quest will also go a long way in ensuring a comfortable user experience as end users are able to lock in the exact distance between their eyes in order to attain an optimal viewing experience.
The Virtual Desktop creator Guy Godin has explained the difference between the Quest experience and the previous experiences via a series of tweets:-
I also use 8K atlas textures. Oculus recommends 1024×1024 eye buffers on Go and 1280×1280 on Quest with 4k textures max. This gives you an idea how a native app can push the limits =)
— Guy Godin (@VRDesktop) May 4, 2019
In another follow-up tweet, Godin also explained that the Quest version will push “twice the number of Pixels” than the Oculus Go version, a testament to the Quest’s superb performance capabilities.
Hard to quantify since it depends on the workload but in my case, yes I can push twice the number of pixels
— Guy Godin (@VRDesktop) May 4, 2019
On Quest, the app delivers top-notch clarity. Users can easily read texts and the images have impressive visual quality. For end users, this will open up lots of possibilities for remote work within the virtual environment.
Godin has not divulged pricing information but it is likely to be in the region $10 to $15 depending on the platform used. The developer will release more details about the VR app in the coming weeks.https://virtualrealitytimes.com/2019/05/12/virtual-desktop-quest-teaser-a-glimpse-of-the-virtual-desktop-in-oculus-quest/https://virtualrealitytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Virtual-Desktop-on-Oculus-Quest-600x333.jpghttps://virtualrealitytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Virtual-Desktop-on-Oculus-Quest-150x90.jpgOculus QuestVR HeadsetsThe Virtual Desktop has been the stuff of imagination from the earliest days of the Oculus developer kits. It first made an appearance when it was released as a demo back in 2014. The Virtual Desktop is a single-user VR application that enables users to stream their desktop monitor...Sam OchanjiSam Ochanji[email protected]AdministratorVirtual Reality Times