Virtual Desktop Updated to Include Full Oculus Quest 2 Support
The new Oculus Quest 2 offers superior specs with a higher resolution and a higher refresh rate of up to 90Hz instead of 72Hz for its predecessor. Thanks to is new powerful XR2 processor, the maximum bit rate for Wi-Fi streaming has been increased from 100Mps to 150Mps which should result in better picture quality.
Several YouTubers who received the new Quest VR headset before launch have been able to try out the experimental Wi-Fi streaming with positive results.
Facebook deactivated the higher refresh rate at launch and promised that the 90Hz would only be allowed at a later date through an update.
At the launch of the Oculus Quest 2 headset next week, Wi-Fi streamers will only derive the benefits of a higher resolution and higher bit rate.
Developer Guy Godin is yet to reveal what resolution Virtual Desktop would use for Wi-Fi streaming but it should be higher than that of the original Quest.
The Quest update 1.16.2 for Virtual Desktop will also come with a dedicated tab for Wi-Fi streaming, brightness control for the virtual PC desktop as well as improved controller tracking in SteamVR games.
Developer Recommends Wi-Fi 6 for Router Buyers
In a Reddit update, Virtual Desktop developer Guy Godin gave tips on Wi-Fi streaming for beginners. The higher bit rate of 150 Mbps is also supported by the older Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac routers. If you are purchasing a new router, the developer recommends a device with a newer Wi-Fi standard 802.11ax or Wi-Fi 6. Anyone connecting multiple devices to a router will enjoy a more stable streaming at home if they use the new Wi-Fi generation.
The 150Mps bit rate isn’t limited by the XR2 chip according to Godin. His tests so far reveal that a higher bit rate doesn’t offer too much advantage as the latency increases and image quality doesn’t improve considerably. He is continuing to work on Wi-Fi streaming.
To use Wi-Fi streaming, a user must first install the SideQuest patch in addition to the Quest version of the Virtual Desktop. In case you have already installed these, all you will need to do is update the Virtual Desktop to version 1.16.2 and you are good to go.