pc vr on oculus

The Oculus Quest 2 from Facebook is one of the best VR headsets on the market. It’s easy to use and comes packed with great features. My favorite, by far, is the ability to play PC VR Content and Games. The Oculus Quest 2 has loads of content you can enjoy in a wireless environment. This feature expands the library and functionality, making the headset even better. There are two ways you can play PC VR games on your Oculus Quest 2. 

Method 1 – Oculus Link

The first method requires an additional accessory, the Oculus Link cable. A 5M (16ft) cable that connects your Quest 2 to your PC. The official cable from Facebook costs $79, but you can find compatible alternatives on sites like Amazon for a fraction of the price.

Using your Oculus Link cable is a simple process with minimal steps. Plug the Oculus Link cable into your Quest 2 via the right angle USB-C port and then connect it to a VR Ready PC using the straight USB-C end. Done! Downloading the Oculus Software will give you access to Oculus Rift content. Oculus Link also works with SteamVR, so if you’re a Steam user, this is definitely worth a look. 

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To see if your PC meets the Oculus Link compatibility requirements, be sure to check Facebook’s Oculus Link compatibility page.

Method 2 – Virtual Desktop

Another way to access your PC games and play them on the Quest 2 is the Virtual Desktop app. Virtual Desktop is available for purchase in the Oculus App Store. The app allows you to connect your Oculus Quest 2 to your PC or Mac (Beta) and stream your desktop to your headset. Allowing you to browse the web, watch movies, and even play games on a giant screen. You can run this configuration through a wired or wireless connection. 

Since this is not a native solution, you will need to install Virtual Desktop on your PC or Mac to connect your headset. Be sure to note that the all-wireless solution is dependent on your home network’s strength. We recommend connecting your PC directly to your router and not running a wireless connection for the best results. 

You will need a VR Ready PC to play VR content on your Virtual Desktop. Remember that this method is a third-party alternative and not an official method. We found that this app worked great, but results were less predictable with a wireless connection. Despite some minor issues when using wireless, this was a fantastic way to play regular games and watch movies on a giant screen. 

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