Virtual Desktop Update Boosts Performance
The latest Virtual Desktop update will, considerably, improve its PC VR performance. The new update will also benefit Pico headsets.
Virtual Desktop developer Guy Godin made the announcement in a post where he stated that the new update looked promising and that it will add “big improvements” to PC VR game performance.
Next Virtual Desktop update is looking promising. Big improvements with PCVR game performance. Can’t wait for the release! If you want to try it early, it is available as Beta on Quest. More details on our Discord: https://t.co/lF0zPDbv0B
— Guy Godin (@VRDesktop) December 8, 2022
Users who own a Meta Quest 2 headset are already able to access the beta version of the update. They can proceed as follows: –
- Start by opening the Meta Quest app on your smartphone and searching for Virtual Desktop.
- Scroll down and under “Additional details”, tap on the app version.
- Choose beta version 1.25.70 found under “Channel”. It should now be possible for you to install the beta version on the VR headset.
- Download the beta version of the VR desktop streamer and install this on your PC.
The New Update Eases Up the Load on the GPU
There are PC-side performance improvements and these benefits will also flow into the Pico headsets, according to Godin. This will, however, only be possible after the update has emerged out of beta and has been officially rolled out to all headsets. Currently, Pico devices cannot test the beta versions of Virtual Desktop.
The changes resulting from the improvement and the kind of effects they will have aren’t clear at the moment. Godin has mentioned ”better parallelization of GPU work” as one of the optimizations.
A Virtual Desktop user on Twitter said the update resulted in a 20% improvement in PC VR performance. This would, particularly, be useful for slower PCs.
PC VR Gets Better With Meta Quest Pro
The update’s release notes state that Virtual Desktop users can also expect these features: –
- The micro stutters in SteamVR games have been minimized.
- New keyboard layouts added (DE, CA, FR, and UK)
- The DualShock 4 controllers now have added support. Users can now also select the type of emulated gamepad.
- Better compatibility with the PC VR games Vail, and Among Us among others.
- A number of bug fixes
Godin also planning to add support for PC VR streaming with a local dimming functionality. This might lead to improved contrasts along with darker blacks. Godin says that this will be an option as soon as he is able to switch to OpenXR on Quest.