The last two years in gaming have been some of the most amazing times in video game history and if you’re anything like myself, my friends and colleagues, you have definitely done your due diligence and ordered the brand new Oculus Quest 2.
If you’re unaware the Oculus Quest 2 is a mobile VR headset. It is one of the top options around for beginners and seasoned VR veterans alike. The Quest 2 brings you easy access to everything that makes VR so special, offering high-quality virtual reality experiences at a decent cost. The Quest 2 allows you to literally step inside gaming worlds, as well as access 360-degree video content and apps, making for a fully immersive gadget that even the least tech-savvy members of your family can have a blast with.
Now for the gamers, one of the best features of the Oculus Quest 2 is that it can be physically linked with a USB to your gaming PC to play more demanding VR games you couldn’t otherwise run natively on the headset. (I hear you grunting about how that now tethers you in place but wait…there’s more.) Developers at Virtual Desktop have figured out how to run system-intensive titles on your PC and stream the visual feed to your VR device while syncing all of your movements over Wi-Fi. BOOM. Best of both worlds: the PC games you love, without any of the attachment to your computer. It’s like moving out of the house all over again!
So how do we do this:
- Buy and Install Virtual Desktop through the Oculus Store. (download here) The app allows the OQ2 to stream the PC VR games natively without the use of a patch.
- Download Virtual Desktop Streamer (this one is free) to your PC. This app allows your PC to stream content to your Quest 2 via Wi-Fi.
-Once this app is downloaded and installed, you’ll need to input your Oculus username in the Streamer window
-If you don’t know it off the top of your head, you can find it by opening the Oculus app on mobile, navigating to “Settings,” and then tapping on the area that shows your name and email address. The name that will display next to your avatar is your username.
-After that’s entered, hit “Save”
*Remember that it’s crucial to have the Virtual Desktop Streamer app open in order for your headset to communicate with your PC.*
- Open Virtual Desktop on OQ2. Find your PC in the list of available devices to connect to and select it. From there, click “Games” that tab will reveal all the PC VR games you have available, select the one you want to play and watch it load up into your Quest 2.