Virtual Desktop PC VR Streaming Now on Oculus Quest Store
The popular Virtual Desktop PC VR streaming feature is now available on the Oculus Quest Store. The feature enables Quest/Quest users to wirelessly stream PC VR headsets to their Oculus Quest headsets while Facebook’s own PC Connection Oculus Link requires a USB connection.
Users can now access the feature without resorting to sideloading.
Guy Godin’s Virtual Desktop was first released in 2016 and has become the go-to feature for wireless VR streaming enabling users to gain access to their desktop PCs in virtual reality by using Oculus Rift/Rift S, Quest/Quest 2 and SteamVR headsets. Soon after its release, Guy Godin had released an experimental update that enables Quest users to wirelessly stream their PCVR content to their standalone VR headsets.
In June 2019, soon after the feature’s release, Facebook had forced Godin to remove the feature from the Oculus Quest store, citing quality concerns. Facebook explained that since it had no way of knowing the kind of Wi-Fi Virtual Desktop users had, it could not guarantee a good VR experience for users using the app thus had to restrict apps like Virtual Desktop. In response to the app’s response to last year’s restriction, Godin had released a patch through SideQuest that enabled users to once again wirelessly access Oculus Rift and Steam VR from their Oculus Quest headsets. However, SideQuest installations are fiddly. While SideQuest is free, it requires users to register a developer account with Oculus to sideload content onto their virtual reality headsets but is more convenient compared to pursuing a direct integration with the Quest Store.
This week, Godin announced that PCVR streaming will once again be available via the official app so o more need for sideloading or fixing additional patches.
Oculus Quest users will now be able to use Virtual Desktop to gain access to the whole catalog of SteamVR and Oculus Rift titles ranging from the AAA release such as Boneworks and Half-Life: Alyx to some of the fan favorites like Plasmaphobia and Blade & Sorcery.
Virtual Desktop 1.20 Update – PCVR streaming now part of official app, multi-account support, improved performance overlay from OculusQuest
Virtual Desktop 1.20 gives users lots of exciting features such as improved performance overlay and support for multiple Quest accounts. Check the above Reddit message for the full list of the new updates.
Virtual Desktop is currently available on both Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2 for $19.99. If you need PCVR content, you will of course need a VR-ready PC along with the Virtual Desktop app. For more information on Virtual Desktop, check out vrdesktop.net.