Setting up your headset is quicker and easier than ever before.
Download the Quest 2 mobile app on your smartphone, then wirelessly connect your headset and phone to complete the setup process. You can shop top VR titles from the mobile app or while you’re in virtual reality.
Air Link and Link Cable
To play Rift content on Quest 2, install the Quest 2 PC app on a compatible gaming computer, then connect your headset using Air Link, the Link cable or similar high-quality USB 3 cable.
Oculus Rift S
Download and install VR software to a wide range of desktops and laptops. Plug your headset into your PC to configure and customize with ease. Access and browse our top VR titles from your desktop, Oculus mobile app, or while you’re in virtual reality. 2
Download the Oculus App on your mobile device. Wirelessly connect your headset and phone to configure and start playing in VR. Browse our top VR titles and purchase from the Oculus mobile app or while you’re in virtual reality. 1
To play Rift content on Oculus Quest, install our VR software on a compatible gaming PC, then connect your headset using the Oculus Link cable or similar high-quality USB 3 cable.
Download the Oculus App on your mobile device. Wirelessly connect your headset and phone to configure and start watching in VR. Browse our top VR titles and purchase from the Oculus mobile app or while you’re in virtual reality. 1
Download and install VR software to a wide range of desktops and laptops. Plug your headset into your PC to configure external sensors and roomscale. Access and browse our top VR titles from your desktop, Oculus mobile app, or while you’re in virtual reality.
1 Setup requires an iPhone (iOS 10 or higher) or Android ™ (6.0 Marshmallow or higher) smartphone, the Oculus App (free download), 802.11 b/g/n wireless Internet access, and an Oculus account. iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Other referenced marks are the property of their respective owners. Additional details available here for Oculus Go and Oculus Quest .
2 Oculus Rift S will require certain updates to be installed from time to time, including prior to first use.
Although Valve is now prompting Rift users to install SteamVR, there’s more steps to actually get the Oculus Rift working with Steam. In a few quick steps you can use your Oculus Rift to play Steam and SteamVR games. Our quick guide will show you how.
See Also: Oculus Rift Review – Prologue to a New Reality
Valve wants Steam and SteamVR to be the VR content destination of all VR headsets. Although Valve is working closely with HTC to promote the Vive as the flagship headset for the platform, Steam VR also supports the consumer Oculus Rift and even the older Rift DK2 development kit.
How to Play SteamVR Games on Oculus Rift in 4 Steps
1. Make Sure Your Rift is Installed
The first step to getting your Oculus Rift working with SteamVR is actually to make sure your Rift is installed and working correctly. If you haven’t already, go here to download the Oculus Home setup which will walk you through installing your consumer Rift (you’ll also want to use this to install Oculus Home even if you’re using the Rift DK2). Once installed, check to make sure you can launch into the Oculus Home VR environment with no issues.
2. Enable Unknown Sources
Take your headset off and turn your attention to the Oculus desktop app. At the top right, click the gear icon to access Settings. On the left side menu, click General then tick the Unknown Sources switch, followed by the Allow button. Do not close the Oculus desktop app.
3. Install SteamVR
Launch Steam (install it from here if you haven’t already). If you aren’t automatically prompted with a pop-up to install SteamVR, go to Library > Tools and install SteamVR from the list.
4. Launch SteamVR
Once SteamVR is installed, you’ll see a VR icon at the top right of the Steam window (near the minimize and maximize buttons). Click this to launch SteamVR. Your Rift should now be detected and you should be able to put on your headset and see the VR version of SteamVR. (Note: The Oculus desktop app will likely need to be running in the background.) The Back button on the Xbox One controller (included with the consumer Oculus Rift) will open the SteamVR menu when you have the headset on.
Find SteamVR Games for the Oculus Rift
Now you’ve got your Oculus Rift working with SteamVR, but you need to know which games support the Rift specifically. Games on SteamVR are designed with different headsets, inputs, and play areas (how much room you have) in mind.
Steam Search allows you to sort by each of these factors to find SteamVR games that work with your setup (expand the ‘Narrow by VR support’ option on the right).
The typical breakdown follows:
- HTC Vive
- Oculus Rift
- Tracked motion controllers
- Keyboard / Mouse
Some games may be designed to support everything, while others may only be made for seated play with a gamepad, while yet more may only support room-scale with motion controllers. Look carefully the specific Headsets, Inputs, and Play Areas supported by each game before running off and buying everything marked with ‘VR Support’ in sight.
The hype around virtual reality has been building for years.
On Monday, the Oculus Rift finally started shipping to folks who pre-ordered the headset for $600 — either in February when pre-orders first went live, or years ago when Oculus launched its monumental Kickstarter campaign in 2012.
We’ve been using it for a week, playing VR games and watching VR movies, and we’ve got a quickie breakdown of how to set up the Oculus Rift and enjoy the virtual revolution already in-progress.
First and foremost: The Oculus Rift costs $600. WHOA.
Normally I wouldn’t start this with a price, but good lord is that a high price for a video game peripheral. Okay, I’m selling the Rift a bit short: It’s a platform unto itself, not just a peripheral device. But also we’re talking about $600.
You get everything you see above (plus one item that’s not pictured):
– The Oculus Rift headset
– The Oculus Sensor, a camera for tracking the headset’s movement
– The Oculus Remote, a small remote for quickly navigating menus while using the Rift
– An Xbox One gamepad, for playing games
It’s a good deal for such high-end electronics, no doubt, but still a lot of money for anyone to drop on a luxury product.
And that doesn’t include the high-end computer you’ll need to run it. No MacBooks here — the Oculus Rift is PC only, and bleeding edge PCs at that.
Let’s be clear: The Oculus Rift is not a standalone device. It’s a headset that’s powered by a very, very powerful computer. I don’t mean that the Rift gets electricity from the PC — I mean that you only experience things in the Rift through a computer. It pumps video into the headset.
We were sent the Asus G20CB computer seen above — here it is in a bundle with the Rift — which costs about $1,500. You could build a capable PC to run the Rift for less (about $1,000). That’s still a lot of money!
But there’s good news too: the headset is comfy and light, easy to put on and easy to wear.
At just over one pound, the Oculus Rift isn’t exactly a strain on your neck. It’s easy to put on: Simply slide it onto the back of your head, like a baseball cap, and lower the front over your eyes. Easy!
There are three straps (one on each side, one on top) that you adjust at setup and then never have to worry about ever again. Why’s that? Because there’s a simple mechanism built into the front of the headset that allows you to easy pull it away from your face without having to take off the straps. It’s a bit hard to explain, but it’s basically a spring-loaded system that keeps the headset close to your eyes.
Setting up the headset with your PC is easy, too!
The headset and camera connect with just three wires: two USB 3.0 plugs and one HDMI. You can hook them up before turning on your computer, or when it’s on. Oculus VR thankfully made the process simple for pretty much anyone — no computer genius required.
If you want, you can wait for the Oculus setup app to tell you when to plug in the headset and camera, or you can just plug it in the minute you unpack the Rift.
WARNING: THE HEADSET WIRE IS REMOVABLE!
During the week of use we had with the Rift, it became unresponsive at one point. After resetting the computer and uninstalling all Rift software, reinstalling, etc., it still wouldn’t show up as connected to the computer. It turns out that the wire coming out of the headset isn’t wired directly into the headset — it’s plugged in. If this happens to you, we recommend removing the padding around the lenses and checking to see if the wire coming out of the headset is loose.
The software is Apple-esque in its ease of use.
The Oculus setup application is crazy easy. You open it up and it guides you through a series of steps, but it’s the kind of easy stuff you’d do when turning on an iPhone for the first time. It explains where you should put the camera, and how space around you should be clear. It walks you through the (brief) process of setting up an Oculus ID — your username within the Rift and on the Oculus Store — and how to calibrate the headset so what you’re seeing is as focused as possible.
The setup app is so good, in fact, that it knew I had already gone through setup and offered the options you see above instead of starting from zero.
Instructions on setting up and launching UE4 projects with the Oculus Rift.
The Oculus Quick Start will walk you through setting up your computer and your Oculus Rift to be used with Unreal Engine 4 (UE4).
Download and install the needed software for the Oculus Rift Head Mounted Display (HMD) to work with your development PC.
Create a new UE4 project that is targeted towards Oculus Rift VIrtual Reality (VR) development.
Setting up the required project settings so your project can be used with the Oculus Rift VR HMD.
1 – Oculus Rift Initial Setup
In the following section, we will take a look at what software you need to install so that your Oculus Rift will work with Unreal Engine 4 (UE4).
You will need to be connected to the internet for 30 to 60 minutes while the Oculus runtimes are installing.
Visit the Oculus Setup page www.oculus.com/en-us/setup/ and download the Oculus runtimes by clicking on the Start Download button in the center of the page.
Once the Oculus Setup executable has finished downloading, double click on it to begin the install process.
During the install process, you will be asked to install device software from Oculus VR, LLC. When this is displayed, press the Install button to continue the installation.
When the Oculus Rift software has completed installing, open the Oculus program and then go to the Devices tab. If everything has been setup correctly the Devices tab should look similar to the following image:
2 – Testing out the Rift and UE4
In the following section, we will go over How To set up a new Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) project to work with the Oculus Rift.
Create a new blank Blueprint project with hardware set to Mobile / Tablet, graphics set to Scalable 3D or 2D and No Starter Content.
Once UE4 has launched, go to the Main Menu and change the Play option from the default of Selected Viewport to VR Preview, pressing VR Preview to launch the level.
When the VR Preview launches, put on your HMD and you should now see the basic level being displayed. You should also have the ability to rotate your head around in any direction like in the video below.
3 – On Your Own!
Here are some additional resources that provide useful information for developing VR projects inside of Unreal Engine 4.
To get started with VR development, Unity recommends using XR Management to load and manage your target platform SDKs. For instructions on how to configure your Project using the XR Plug-in Management system, see the Configuring your unity Project for XR page.
Unity supported platforms
- If you’re developing for Oculus Quest, you need to install and load the Oculus XR An umbrella term encompassing Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) applications. Devices supporting these forms of interactive applications can be referred to as XR devices. More info
See in GlossaryPlug-in A set of code created outside of Unity that creates functionality in Unity. There are two kinds of plug-ins you can use in Unity: Managed plug-ins (managed .NET assemblies created with tools like Visual Studio) and Native plug-ins (platform-specific native code libraries). More info
See in Glossary for the Android build target.
- If you’re developing for Oculus Rift and Rift S, you need to install and load the Oculus XR Plug-in for the Windows build target.
- For more information, see Oculus developer documentation.
- If you’re developing for a headset that supports OpenXR, you need to install and load the OpenXR Plug-in.
- For more information, see the OpenXR documentation.
Input and interactions
Unity’s XR Interaction Toolkit enables you to add interactivity to your VR applications, without having to code the interactions from scratch. You can download it via the Package Manager.
The Oculus Quest 2 can run Roblox via a VR-ready Windows PC, and players can easily set up a wired or wireless connection to start playing.
Fans of Roblox can experience the game in VR on the Oculus Quest 2 by connecting to a VR-ready PC and linking the game to their device. Players have the option of a wireless or hardwired connection between their PC and Oculus Quest 2. For the wired connection, players can go to the official Oculus website to purchase an Oculus Link for $79. Alternatively, there are unofficial wiring options on websites such as Amazon that players can search for.
The wireless option for connecting an Oculus Quest 2 to a PC is to activate the Air Link feature on both devices. Air Link can be activated under the Experimental Features tab on the Quest 2 and in the Beta tab on the Oculus PC application. Players will need to download the Oculus app on their PC regardless of which type of connection they want to use. After downloading the app, players will need to go to the settings and allow unknown sources so they can run Roblox on their Quest 2.
There are a variety of Roblox game types that support VR, so players will have multiple options once the headset is connected. In order to play Roblox on the Quest 2, players will need to have the game app downloaded to the computer they’re connecting to their headset. With unknown sources permitted in the Oculus app, players can put on their Quest 2 headset and go to Oculus Link or Air Link, then launch the connection through the appropriate option.
Playing Roblox Games on the Oculus Quest 2
After enabling the PC and Quest 2 link, players can go to the Roblox app and select any of the VR compatible worlds to play in. There are a number of ways players can customize their Roblox character to have an individualized look while playing in VR on the Oculus Quest 2. With active Roblox promo codes for December, players can get various themed items to customize their character. Once the player’s character is ready, they can start experiencing Roblox games in VR.
Some of the most popular VR Roblox games include VRBlox, Cleaning Simulator, and Sound Space. Players can also try out some of the more multiplayer-oriented games like Laser Tag VR or Zombie Apocalypse Roleplay: From Scratch. There are a large number of compatible Roblox games that players can access on the Quest 2, but not every Roblox game can be played on the headset.
Players looking for a specific Roblox game to play should make sure it works in VR before accessing the game on their headset. If players are experiencing a bad or slow connection, then they may have to switch from a wireless to a hardwired connection to link their PC to their headset. Roblox has multiple game types that offer players unique and exciting VR experiences on the Oculus Quest 2.
Roblox is available for Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PC, Android, macOS, Amazon Fire OS, and iOS.
PC, console or neither? Oculus Quest 2 or no? It depends on who you are, how much you want to spend and how long you can wait.
Virtual reality tech has reached a fascinating transition point. The newly renamed Meta (formerly Facebook) has a new VR headset coming next year that will enable mixed reality and face tracking (but be more expensive), and Sony is releasing its PS5-connected PlayStation VR 2 , which will have its own new controllers and possibly have eye-tracking. Apple is expected to have some sort of VR/AR headset by the end of next year, too, but what it will cost or do remains a mystery. Meanwhile, phone-connected headsets like the HTC Vive Flow may start to pop up as well.
All that said, VR doesn’t have many practical business uses quite yet. Sure, VR technology is advancing rapidly, but right now, perhaps its firmest foothold is in the gaming market. That’s right, this incredible technology is currently best used to play video games. In fact, the Oculus Quest 2 , which is an excellent home VR console , is one of my favorite places to play games.
If you’re a gamer looking to enter the VR space, the Quest 2 remains our top pick, especially with a recent increase in storage to 128GB on the $299 model, even though you need a Facebook account to use it. The Quest 2 also remains a strong entry point to VR that doesn’t look like it will become obsolete next year.
Even better is that VR games are the best they’ve ever been. We’ve been impressed by Valve’s VR masterpiece Half-Life: Alyx, Star Wars: Squadrons on PC, and plenty of Oculus Quest and PlayStation VR games , too. But you still have to decide whether you want a headset that plugs into your PC or console, or choose a standalone option like the Quest (which can double as a PC headset, too).
The Oculus Quest 2 is the best VR headset right now, but you may want another option if you have a PC or PlayStation 4/5.
More changes will come. Companies such as Qualcomm (which makes the chips inside most self-contained VR headsets, including the new Quest 2) are building new chips that point to a wave of better stand-alone headsets at lower prices — including ones that plug into your phone. The more expensive and business-targeted Vive Focus 3 shows where more premium standalone VR headsets could evolve.
Meanwhile, the mobile phone-based VR headset — like the Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream — is basically dead . A good number of the current iPhone, Android and VR app options don’t even work with the old mobile VR goggles. If smartphone-based VR comes back, it will more likely be in the form of small headsets that plug into phones via USB-C for VR content, VR gaming and other uses.
If you’re a PC gamer, a solid gaming PC-connected VR headset offers the most versatile collection of software for an immersive VR experience and lets you use that headset for creative and business tools. Note that a more powerful VR system will still be largely tethered to a desktop or laptop and a PC VR headset may require external sensors, so they may not be the best option for everyone.
And what about console gaming? The aging PlayStation VR is still fun if it’s on sale and you have a PS4, mainly because there are loads more great VR game options for this device than you’d think. But keep in mind that the PlayStation 5 , while it works with PSVR , needs the older PS4 controller and PS4 camera in order to work. You might want to wait for the next-gen PSVR 2 (which won’t be here this year).
Augmented- and mixed-reality headsets aren’t ready for everyday use yet, so a solid VR headset is your best bet for escaping to other worlds in the meantime. Read on to figure out which offers the best VR experience for you. We update this best VR headset list periodically, but note that prices are subject to change.
Best standalone VR: Oculus Quest 2
Good: Self-contained and wireless; great touch controllers; comfortable design for gaming; doubles as PC VR headset
Bad: Requires Facebook account
At $299 with nothing else needed, the Oculus Quest 2 delivers virtual reality games and an immersive VR experience anywhere. This virtual reality headset is faster, smaller, cheaper and more comfortable to wear than the original Quest, but you have to log in to Facebook in order to use it. A new version of the Quest 2 doubles the storage of the $299 model to 128GB, and includes a silicone cover for the foam face piece after a voluntary recall of the foam covers earlier this year due to facial irritation concerns with a small subset of customers. Existing Quest 2 owners can order a free silicone cover.
The Quest 2 reminds me of the Nintendo Switch for its versatility and fun, plus it takes mere seconds to start up and fits really well over glasses. The standalone VR headset has self-contained motion tracking and a full-motion six degrees of freedom (aka 6DoF) VR controller that is the same as the ones on the PC-required Oculus Rift, plus a surprisingly great high-resolution display and built-in speakers. Apps are downloaded right to the standalone headset’s onboard storage. Its more limited mobile processor still plays games such as Beat Saber, Moss and SuperHot VR extremely well, and it can even connect with a PC if you want to, using a single USB-C cable.
Facebook discontinued the Oculus Rift S, so the Quest 2 is the best and only option over Oculus VR right now. But PC VR users have lots of other headset options.
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Got a new Oculus Quest 2? Then here’s what you need to do to get the most out of your new VR setup.
If you’ve saved up and bought an Oculus Quest 2, congrats! It’s no small purchase and trying out VR for the first time is such a cool experience.
It can be a little overwhelming to figure out where you should start exploring any new console. You have to learn a new user interface, figure out which games you want to play, and just get familiar with the controls.
Check out these eight different ideas on what to do when you first get your Oculus Quest 2.
1. Set Up Your VR Area
Think about where you want to use your VR and set up a designated area. Mostly, it’ll remember your previous boundary and you can just get started without having to redraw your boundary if you’re in a new place.
When deciding where to use your Oculus Quest 2, try to think of spaces in your home that are already pretty open. If you can’t think of anywhere in particular, think of a space that would easily allow you to move furniture out of the way, like pushing a coffee table in the living room against a wall.
You really don’t need a whole lot of space, but it’s always safer and more fun to have a larger, open area to play with.
2. Play the Free Demos Oculus Provides
Oculus made their own little demo game to help you familiarize yourself with your new VR headset and controllers. With instructions on the screen holding your hand through many basic activities, First Steps for Quest 2 is the perfect first game to play.
It’s not really a game in the sense that there’s no other purpose to it besides learning the Oculus Quest 2 controls. There are no missions to complete or enemies to kill. Just fun to be had.
Oculus has two other free games that demonstrate VR controls: Oculus First Contact and First Steps.
3. Check Out the Quest Store
Spend some time browsing through the games on the Quest store. When you first get an Oculus Quest 2, you won’t have a lot of games. And although it’ll take a while to build up a hefty game library, you can start a wishlist now.
Also, if you search “free demo” in the Quest store, you’ll see quite a few available demos. Try out as many as you want to get a feel for the kind of games you like for VR. Two notable demos you should try out include the one for Beat Saber and the one for Superhot.
4. Check Out Some Free Oculus Quest 2 Games
Although there are plenty of free demos to check out on the Quest store, you can find even more through SideQuest. There are a ton of free games or experiences that can be downloaded to your Quest 2.
The free games are mixed in with paid games so just make sure before you get your sights set on one.
5. Think About Upgrading Your Oculus Quest 2 Accessories
You should also think about upgrading your Quest 2 with some accessories. Although the base console comes with everything you need to play, there’s a lot of extra stuff you can buy to make your experience more comfortable and enjoyable.
You can upgrade your controller grips or head strap, replace your facial cover with a silicone or padded option, or even pick up a carrying case so you can travel with your VR. Then, you’ll also want to pick up a lens cover and some microfiber cloths to help keep everything clean.
6. Check out YouTube Oculus Quest Videos
A great way to check out just how cool your new VR headset is through YouTube. If you simply go to the YouTube app and search “Oculus Quest videos,” you’ll see a whole slew of options to choose from.
There are rollercoaster videos, a shark attack, VR videos from National Geographic, and more. You can even virtually visit the Krusty Krab from SpongeBob SquarePants with a few different videos.
7. Watch Something on Netflix
If you have a Netflix subscription, you need to check out the Netflix app on your Oculus Quest 2. There’s a whole media room experience that makes watching something feel so luxurious in VR.
Watching 3D movies in the theater sometimes, or maybe a lot of the time, isn’t that amazing experience you hoped for. Watching movies in VR gives you that 3D feeling but does it so much better. There are actually 3D movies you can watch through VR, but even just watching a regular old movie or TV show is a great experience.
8. Learn How to Cast Your Game
You might primarily use your VR headset on your own. But it’s worth it to know how to cast your screen to a phone, computer, or Chromecast in case you have friends or family over that you want to share the experience with you.
To cast to a phone, you’ll first need to download the Oculus app. Then, with your headset on, press the Oculus button, select Sharing > Cast > Start. You should see a notification on your phone prompting you to open the Oculus app and start casting. If you already had the app open, you can select Start Casting from inside the app.
Download: Oculus for Android | iOS (Free)
Casting to a computer is just as simple. On the computer you want to cast to, go to the casting page on the Oculus website and log in to your Oculus account. Put on your headset, press the Oculus button, and select Sharing > Cast > Computer > Next > Done.
Using Chromecast to share your cast can work one of two ways. The first process is just like casting to a computer above; the only difference is that instead of selecting Computer, you would select the Chromecast device you want to cast to.
Or, you can use the Oculus mobile app on your phone to cast to a Chromecast device. In the app, select the icon that looks like a VR headset and a Wi-Fi signal. Under Cast To, you can change it from This Phone to the Chromecast device you want to use.
Enjoy Your New Oculus Quest 2
Hopefully, these eight things will help acquaint you with your new VR headset and show you all the cool things it’s capable of. Now it’s time to get started with exploring your new toy and figuring out what your favorite things to do are on the system.
An incredible resolution, responsive tracking, and fantastic software library. With Oculus Link, you can even hook it up to a gaming PC.
Sarah Chaney is a professional freelance writer for MakeUseOf, Android Authority, and KOINO IT Solutions. She enjoys covering anything Android, video game, or tech related. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her baking something delicious or playing video games.
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Today’s tip is all about helping you get started with Xbox One game streaming to your Windows 10 PC with Oculus Rift, which is now available for all Rift owners and provides new ways for you to get the most out of your gaming experiences on Xbox.
Starting today, Rift owners can now stream their Xbox One library to Rift with the new Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app, including favorites like “Gears of War 4,” “Forza Horizon 3” and “Halo 5: Guardians,” the biggest sports games, indie darlings, Backward Compatible Xbox 360 games, and more titles coming in 2017. Thanks to game streaming technology between Xbox One and Windows 10, the greatest Xbox console exclusive games can now be played on Windows 10 PCs, and now on Oculus Rift. What’s more, Rift works natively with Windows 10, which makes it easy to set up, jump in and have an incredible VR gaming experience with the fastest framerates and top performance.
Here’s how to get started with streaming your Xbox One games to your Windows 10 PC with Oculus Rift
What you’ll need:
- Oculus Rift running on a Windows 10 PC (Not sure if your PC is powerful enough to drive VR experiences? Visit this link to check.)
- Xbox One
- Xbox One controller – remember, an Xbox One controller comes with every Xbox One console sold at retail and comes with every Rift sold at retail
- Free Xbox Live account
- Free Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app
- Network connection
To get started, you need an Oculus Rift running on a Windows 10 PC as well as an Xbox One on the same network. Simply download the Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app in the Oculus Store and fire it up. Once you load the app, you can select your Xbox One on the list. As soon as you’ve connected to your Xbox One, you’ll see a streaming image straight from your console.
Don’t have an Oculus Rift yet and want to check out this cool experience for yourself? You can purchase one from the Microsoft Store.
Also works on original Quest
The Oculus Quest 2 might be a standalone VR headset, but you can also use it with a computer the same way as an Oculus Rift. You don’t have to stick to the Oculus VR library either; you can also play SteamVR games using your Quest 2!
Oh, and if you still have the original Quest, this information applies to you too.
What Is SteamVR?
There are several Virtual Reality APIs (application programmer interface) and SDKs (software development kits) for VR on PCs. SteamVR is the standard used by the Steam client and VR games that run in it. SteamVR also runs as its own environment. You get a SteamVR virtual room where you can launch games and otherwise tweak your VR settings as you please.
This is great if you’re using a SteamVR-native headset like the Valve Index, but the Quest 2 uses a proprietary Oculus API and SDK. So it doesn’t understand SteamVR games at all. The good news is that both Valve and Oculus have made efforts to help the Oculus Quest 2 (and other Oculus headsets) play nice with SteamVR.
Essentially what happens is that if you launch a SteamVR game with your Oculus plugged in, it will detect the headset, and the two APIs will translate between themselves. SteamVR games will think your Oculus is a SteamVR headset, and, in theory, you’ll be none the wiser. For this to work, the following has to be in place:
- Your VR-capable computer.
- An Oculus Quest 2.
- The Quest software is installed on your Windows computer.
- Your Quest 2 is set up and with its native software in Windows.
- A USB 2.0 (preferably 3.0 or 3.1) USB-C cable to connect the Quest via Oculus Link.
- Alternatively, you need 5Ghz WiFi to use the (currently) experimental Oculus Air Link feature.
- Steam and SteamVR are installed on the computer.
- Some SteamVR games, such as Half-Life Alyx.
Let’s start with the Oculus Quest side of the equation.
Get Your Quest 2 Set Up on Your PC
You’ve probably already set up your Quest 2 with your computer and have even played a few games, but in case you haven’t yet, you’ll have to download the Oculus software from their website and install it. Once you’ve installed it, you just need to plug it into your computer while the software is running and follow the instructions. Assuming everything goes as it should here, the next step is to cover the SteamVR part of the puzzle.
Make Sure SteamVR Is Installed
We assume you know that you’ll have to install Steam if you want to play SteamVR games, regardless of which headset you have. However, SteamVR isn’t installed with Steam by default.
If you’ve already installed a SteamVR game, then the SteamVR software should have been installed automatically. Simply search your Steam library for “SteamVR.” You can find it in the store just like any other Steam application if it isn’t there.
With both the Oculus Software, SteamVR, and at least one SteamVR game installed, let’s see how to play it.
Method 1: Launch the Game From Oculus Home
If you’re starting from the Oculus Home environment, look down at the semi-circular dashboard and press the icon that looks like a computer monitor. This will bring your desktop into the virtual space. Your motion controller will act as a mouse, but you can also use your regular mouse.
Open Steam, then open the SteamVR game of your choice. If this is the first time you’re running either SteamVR or the game, there may be some additional setup to perform, but you should launch directly into the game once that’s done.
Method 2: Launch the Game From SteamVR Home
Instead of starting the game directly, you can open your desktop in the Oculus software described above and launch SteamVR as its own application. This will shift you over into the SteamVR home environment. From here, you can launch all your SteamVR games.
It’s also helpful if you want to tweak universal VR settings for all SteamVR games before opening the game itself.
Method 3: Just Launch the Game From Steam
If you plugged in the headset, you could just launch the SteamVR game in Steam before putting the headset on. When you put on your headset, it should put you straight into the game.
Wired or Wireless?
The Quest 2 has a feature called Oculus Link. This is the technology it uses to act as a tethered headset. Oculus Link needs at least a USB 2.0 USB-C cable, but you should use it with a USB 3.0 or a better cable if possible. Of course, the port should also be USB 3.0. This will ensure more stability and better image quality.
At the time of writing, you also have the option of using Oculus Air Link. This is a wireless version of Oculus Link and lets you play your PC VR games as if you’re tethered to the computer. You should only use this feature with a 5Ghz router in close range to the Quest 2. Preferably, your computer should be connected to the router using Ethernet, with only the link to the headset being wireless.
Playing with Air Link (which you need to enable under the experimental features in your Quest 2 settings) is much more freeing and immersive than being tethered by a cable. However, it depends on having ideal network conditions and won’t match the image quality and exact latency of using the cable.
There’s a third-party alternative to Air Link as well and, so far, we’ve had much better luck with it than the experimental Air Link solution. You’ll need to buy the $20 Virtual Desktop App, but other than that, it’s smooth sailing. Have a look at How to Play Wireless PC VR Games on Oculus Quest with Virtual Desktop for more information.
Having Performance Problems?
While we’ve found that bridging the Oculus-SteamVR divide is a smooth experience, sometimes things go wrong. Oculus VR games played from the Oculus software are usually flawless, barring some unrelated problem, but sometimes the SteamVR version of the same game has performance issues.
If you have any choice at all, it’s usually better to buy the Oculus version of a game if it’s on both platforms. If it’s a SteamVR-only game, make sure you’re running the latest version of all the software involved.
It’s also worth checking SteamVR settings when you’re in the SteamVR home environment. There have been instances where the SteamVR client sets resolution or other headset settings far too high for the GPU of an Oculus headset.
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Getting Started Developing for VR
With the arrival of the Oculus Quest 2, we know a lot of new people will be inspired to create their very first VR experiences. That is why we have put together this step-by-step guide to getting started developing for VR with your Quest 2. Pull up a chair and get ready to develop for the Quest platform!
The first thing to acknowledge if you are new to XR development is that you need three things to create a VR application:
- A Game Engine
- An SDK (Software Developer Toolkit)
- A VR Headset (+ compatible USB cord & the Oculus Smartphone App)
In this article, the three of these that we will look at are the most popular choices for VR at the current moment:
Not coincidentally, these are the tools we work with most commonly in our 8-Week VR Developer Bootcamp. Let’s use them now to get you up and running. For this guide, you will not need to know C# or write any code. Also, we will use the Unity Interface and other GUI software to configure everything for your VR scene.
Additionally, do you want the chance to take care of some of these steps and download a free VR game at the same time? Try this SideQuest tutorial, and then come back to this article when you’re ready to develop your own game.
Step by Step Guide
- Set up the Right Version of Unity
- Adding Modules
- Add the XR-Related Unity Packages to Your Project
- Project Build Settings
- Creating a Quick Scene
- Android Tools and Sideloading Time
- Getting your phone and Quest ready
Step 1. Set up the Right Version of Unity
Unity is constantly updating and improving its software by creating new versions. In order to pick the version we need, you need to follow a few steps:
Whether or not you use the free or paid version, you will need to create a license in order to use Unity. You can either follow the instructions in this video linked here, or follow the directions below.
- Click on the gear icon in the top-right-corner next to the profile icon.
- Navigate to ‘License Management’, and then click on the blue “Activate New License” button.
- From the window that pops-up, select the appropriate license you will be using. (Thankfully, the Unity Personal license is free!)
If you get lost in these written steps, there is always the video instructions.
Once Unity Hub is installed, you can download Unity itself. From installs, Select the right version of Unity:
- Use the “Installs” Tab in Unity Hub to find and select the version you want to use:
- Note: To support the XR Interaction Toolkit (i.e., VR functionality) must be versions 2019.4 or later.
- Ideally, choose a version with Long Term Support (LTS).
Step 2. Adding Modules
Under the Installs Tab, add these modules to your version of Unity:
- If this is your first time using Unity, you will want to add “Microsoft Visual Studio 2019”; it’s a very nice Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for coding in C# within Unity (which most Unity devs use).
- You will need to check the box for “Android Build Support” since the Oculus Quest is technically an Android device (The Quest runs on a customized build of Android 7, and the Quest 2 runs on Android 10.)
Step 3. Add the XR-Related Unity Packages to Your Project
Note: Adding the Unity Packages required for XR will be a process you repeat for every new Oculus Quest project. You will get used to it over time.
Create a new Unity Project from Unity Hub.
- Make sure to save your project somewhere you can find it later.
- For “template”, the choice between 3D, 3D with Extras, and the Universal Render Pipeline are a little too detailed to explain in this article. However, we can tell you that while either would work for a starter VR project, the ‘Universal Render Pipeline’ has more optimized graphics (which you will learn to appreciate as you get further into VR development).
- Choose ‘Universal Render Pipeline’.
- Once selected, hit the “Create” button.
Now that your project is both created and open, use Unity’s ‘Package Manager’ to import a couple of VR-related packages into your project:
In the drop-down menu, on the top left, find ‘Window > Package Manager’, and open the ‘Package Manager’.
Once the Package Manager window shows up, you can either scroll through the list or type in the search-bar to look for packages.
- From the Package Manager, Click ‘Advanced’> ‘Show Preview Packages’.
Now, Find and Install these three packages with the Install button in the bottom right corner of the window:
- The ‘XR Interaction Toolkit’ package
- The ‘XR Plugin Management’ package
- The ‘Oculus XR Plugin’
Now, with packages installed, you are ready to start changing the ‘build settings’ of your project!
Step 4. Project Build Settings
First, in the dropdown menu at the top left, navigate to ‘File > Build Settings’.
And many other VR games on your PC.
The Oculus Quest 2 is an excellent VR headset. Starting at $299.99, the standalone helmet offers a slew of immersive experiences that donвЂ™t require you to be tethered to a PC. However, youвЂ™ll still need to plug in to play powerful games like Half-Life: Alyx, limiting your movement.
That is, unless, you get crafty. Quest 2 owners have found a clever workaround to get any VR game working wirelessly on the headset. Inverse tested the method out on a Quest 2 and were able to get Half-Life: Alyx running on it without issues. All that stands between players and wireless freedom is a good PC, a USB-C cable, and a couple of apps. HereвЂ™s how to play Half-Life: Alyx, and any other VR game, wirelessly on the Oculus Quest 2.
1. Download or purchase all of the following
For starters, youвЂ™ll need to download a few things to get this working. For one, make sure your PC can actually run Half-Life: Alyx. You donвЂ™t want to get all the way through setting this up just to realize your specs arenвЂ™t good enough. YouвЂ™ll be running games like this off your PC, not your Quest 2. Stable wi-fi is also a must here since thatвЂ™s how youвЂ™ll be communicating with your PC through the headset.
YouвЂ™ll need to make sure you have a way to plug your Quest into your computer as well. If you have an Oculus Link, use that. Otherwise, any USB-C will do. We used the DualSense charging wire that comes with the PlayStation 5, so thereвЂ™s no need to shell out for a Link if you have something else on hand.
Next, youвЂ™ll need to download a few apps. For starters, youвЂ™ll need to buy the Virtual Desktop app from the Oculus Store, which costs $20. This will enable you to access your computer through your headset when plugged in via USB-C or Oculus Link. Then, youвЂ™ll need to download the free Virtual Desktop streamer app, the Oculus PC app, and a program called SideQuest on your PC. YouвЂ™ll also need the Oculus app on your phone and the SteamVR app on Steam, both of which are free.
Finally, make sure to sign in to your Oculus account in the Oculus PC and phone apps, as well as the Virtual Desktop streamer app. HereвЂ™s a quick checklist of everything you need before you move on to the next step:
- A capable PC
- USB-C cable or Oculus Link
- Oculus PC app (PC)
- Virtual Desktop (Oculus Store)
- Virtual Desktop Streamer (PC)
- Oculus app (Phone)
- SteamVR (Steam)
- SideQuest (PC)
2. Enable Developer Mode
To get started, youвЂ™ll need to set your Oculus account to Developer Mode. Turn your Quest 2 on and open the Oculus app on your phone. Open the settings menu in the app and you should see your headset as an option at the top. Click on that and tap More Settings. From there, youвЂ™ll see a Developer Mode option that you can click. Simply toggle Developer Mode on and youвЂ™re done with the Oculus app here.
3. Download the Virtual Desktop plugin from SideQuest
Now, youвЂ™ll need to вЂњsideloadвЂќ a program into your Quest 2, which is much easier than it sounds. Link your Quest to your PC via USB-C or Oculus Link and open the SideQuest app. If your headset is properly connected, you should see a green light in the top corner of the app, which confirms that itвЂ™s able to communicate with your Quest 2.
Once youвЂ™re in the app, search for Virtual Desktop. Click into the app page and you should see a button that says Install to Headset. Essentially this app updates Virtual Desktop to allow you to stream games from your PC, rather than just connect to it. Once thatвЂ™s installed, youвЂ™ll be able to access your desktop through VR without being connected to it.
4. Connect to your PC
If everythingвЂ™s installed correctly, youвЂ™re home free at this point. Turn on your Oculus Quest 2, unplugged from your PC, and open the Virtual Desktop app. If the Virtual Desktop streamer app is running on your PC, you should go straight to a menu that prompts you to connect to a PC. Choose your computer and once it connects, you should see exactly whatвЂ™s on your computer screen through your Quest 2.
Finally, youвЂ™ll need to make sure that SteamVR is running if you want to play Steam games like Half-Life: Alyx. Simply search for it in your library and turn it on. If you open up Half-Life: Alyx, you should be able to play wirelessly in full VR.
Note that this isnвЂ™t an official solution made by Oculus itself, so there can be a little trial and error at times. I usually had to fiddle with the apps a little to get them to work or relaunch Steam games to get them to properly appear in VR, rather than as a flat screen. ItвЂ™s also not a perfect experience considering that youвЂ™re at the mercy of wi-fi. However, I was able to play Half-Life: Alyx start to finish on the Quest 2 without wires and with very minimal hiccups.
Half-Life: Alyx is especially fun as a wireless experience, as the extra range of motion allows you to duck behind cover and pop out without tripping up over a wire. Give it a try if youвЂ™re feeling adventurous with your headset.
Oculus Quest 2 is out now and it comes with the PC compatibility feature this time around. Learn about Oculus Quest 2 system requirements and more here
The gaming world is looking into the possibility of including Virtual Reality as a future recourse. Virtual Reality will help redesign the gaming world completely. It will change the way players, approach a game, playing styles, and also the user base.
Oculus by Facebook has been one of the pioneers of VR technology. Oculus Rift was their first VR device which was successful and now they have come up with their latest VR headset, Oculus Quest 2.
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Oculus Quest 2 System requirements
The Oculus Quest 2 is a more advanced headset from the previous-gen headset. The headset has undergone some serious development to support the next-gen graphics and next-gen gaming. To support this headset, users might need a heavier set up than usual. Here are the minimum and recommended Oculus Quest 2 System requirements:
- Windows: 7/8/10
- macOS: 10.10+ (x86 only)
- 2.0+ GHz processor
- 2.0 GB system ram
Oculus Link Compatibility
The Oculus Quest 2 ships with an Oculus link so that players can connect to their gaming PCs. Here are the compatibility details for the Oculus Link:
- Intel i5-4590/AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Desktop, 6 GB
- NVIDIA Titan X
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (All)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (All)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 TI
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series (All)
- AMD 400 Series
- AMD 500 Series
- AMD 5000 Series
- AMD Vega Series
- 8GB or more RAM
- Windows 10
- 1x USB Port
- To use Oculus Link, the players need the Oculus PC app. Once they’ve downloaded the PC app, make sure that the Oculus PC software version is up to date and that their Quest is running the latest operating system.
Oculus Quest 2 Specs
Oculus Quest 2 is the most advanced VR headset to date. To create such an advanced headset, the developers have added a number of intense features. These features will enable the Oculus Quest 2 to handle the next-gen graphics. Here is the spec sheet for the Oculus Quest 2:
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2
- RAM: 6GB
- Resolution: 1832 x 1920
- Refresh rate: 90 Hz
- Storage: 64GB / 256GB
- Integrated speakers and microphone
- 2-3 hours battery life
- Adjustable IPD with three settings for 58, 63 and 68mm
- Redesigned controllers
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Just thought i’d share this nifty trick found by user @droseofc while we where troubleshooting some stuff regarding Oculus Tray Tool. If you set Oculus Home to Run as Administrator, it will not automatically launch in the background when starting Steam VR games. This might save some valuable resources as well as make Steam games launch faster. This will also, however, cause Home to not start automatically when you put the Rift on your head. So there’s two sides to this so to say. To set Home to start as Administrator, you right-click the Oculus shortcut -> Properties -> Compatibility and down at the bottom you check the box “Run this program as an administrator”. Done!
You might need to start Oculus Home manually one time and dismiss the Health & Safety warning so you get into the lobby. After this you can close Home and start Steam VR games as usual and it should work fine with no Home starting up in the background.
So this might need to be done every time after you’ve restarted your PC. As i mentioned this was discovered by @droseofc, i just tested and verified it. Hope someone finds it useful, couldn’t find any existing posts about it.
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Revive was created by LibreVR to play Rift games exclusive to Oculus Home on the HTC Vive.
Revive grabs function calls on their way to the Vive headset and detours them to the Rift. When you’re in your Vive looking at the SteamVR dashboard, you’ll notice a Revive button near the bottom. If you click on it, you can bring up your games in the Oculus Home library.
Before doing anything else, you need to download and install the Oculus app. There is an important process to follow so that you don’t get stuck in a setup loop that requires you to actually have a Rift available — if you have an Oculus Rift, you don’t have to worry as much.
1. Navigate to the Oculus app download page.
2. Click Download Oculus Software
3. Click Save File
5. Click Let’s Go
6. Click Agree
7. Click I Understand
8. Click Next
9. Click Install Now. The required files will now be downloaded
10. Click Next
11. Click Rift
12. Click Next
13. Click Next
14. Click Skip Setup
15. Click Skip Setup
Now that you have the Oculus app installed and set up properly, you need a game or two in your Oculus library.
1. Launch the Oculus app from your Start menu, desktop, or taskbar
2. Click a game you want to purchase and download
3. Click the blue button with a price tag on it
4. Click Add a credit or debit card or click Add your PayPal account. In my case I will add a credit.
5. Type in your information.
6. Click Save
7. Type your PIN
8. Click Purchase
9. Click Install. Your game will begin downloading
10. Click Library when the download is complete
11. Click Finish Install
12. Click Install to complete the installation process
Ensure you go to your library and complete the final two steps once the game has downloaded — if you don’t, the game won’t work with Revive.
Now that you have a game in the Oculus app that you want to play on Vive, it’s time to download and set up Revive.
1. Navigate to the Revive installer page on GitHub.
2. Click ReviveInstaller.exe
3. Click Save
4. Click I Agree
5. Click Next
6. Click Install
7. Click Close
8. Launch SteamVR from the Start menu, desktop, or taskbar. Revive will launch automatically alongside it.
9. Put on your Vive head-mounted display
10. Click the system button on the Vive controller. It is located just beneath the trackpad
11. Click Revive
12. Click an Oculus game you want to play on Vive
The Rift game will open and you can use your Vive to play.
If you can’t see the Revive button below your Vive dashboard when you’re wearing your Vive, take off the headset and follow these steps on your PC.
1. Click the dropdown arrow next to SteamVR
2. Click Settings
3. Click Applications
4. Click Revive Dashboard so that a checkmark appears
Some games that you haven’t downloaded through the Oculus app or through Steam, like the VR-compatible ARK: Survival Evolved, can still be used with Revive.
1. Right-click the Revive tray icon in the bottom-right corner of your taskbar
2. Click Inject
3. Click a standalone game. In this case, I don’t have any installed. Remember, this is only for VR games that were downloaded outside of Steam and the Oculus app.
Steam has a few games that are only available for Oculus Rift. If you want to play one of these games on your Vive after downloading, follow these steps.
1. Right-click the Revive tray icon in the bottom-right corner of your taskbar
2. Click Patch
3. Click a Steam game you want to play on Vive. In this case, I don’t have any installed. Remember, this is only for Oculus-exclusive games downloaded through Steam
When you download a new game through the Oculus app and attempt to launch it through Revive, you might see an error pop up that says Entitlement check failed. In this case, you must restart the Oculus Runtime service.
1. Right-click the Start button
2. Click Search
3. Type services
4. Click Services
5. Right-click Oculus VR Runtime Service
The LibreVR GitHub page contains a long compatibility list of Oculus games that is updated quite frequently. When attempting to get an Oculus Rift game working on your Vive, remember that Revive is a work in progress and won’t always provide a flawless result.
You can get more out of your Oculus Quest 2 games.
By David Nield | Updated Aug 20, 2021 4:15 PM
The Oculus Quest 2 may be the best virtual reality headset you can buy at the moment—it’s self-contained, powerful, easy to use, and relatively affordable. Perhaps the only drawback is you need a Facebook account to use it. Unlike several more expensive alternatives, to play Oculus Quest 2 games you don’t have to be tethered to a PC, which means you can roam free without the restriction of wires and take the headset just about anywhere you like. But this portability does have its trade-offs, the main one being you don’t get the levels of performance and graphics quality you do with VR headsets that run from a computer.
To bridge that gap, there’s the Oculus Link software. It runs on your Windows PC and streams games to your Oculus Quest 2, giving you access to more advanced titles on the device. The platform allows you to game wirelessly through your Wi-Fi connection, but if you prefer a more stable experience, you can connect your Oculus to your PC via a USB 3.0 cable. The choice is yours.
Getting started with Oculus Quest 2 games
First of all, you need to check that your Windows computer meets the system requirements for Oculus Link. You need at least an Intel i5-4590 or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X processor, 8GB or more of RAM, and a supported graphics card. The platform supports most Nvidia and AMD GPUs, but not all of them.
Once you make sure you have the necessary hardware, it’s time to download and install the Oculus app on your Windows PC. It’s the same software whether you’re using a wired or wireless connection, and most of the setup process is the same as well. You’ll just need to plug in the cable at the appropriate point if you want to use one.
It’s also worth double-checking that you’re running the most recent version of the Oculus Quest 2 software for best results. From the main interface screen, choose Quick Settings, Settings, and About. If an update is available, you’ll be able to install it.
Making the link
If you’ve already set up your Oculus Quest 2 then we’re assuming you have a Facebook account that you’ve registered your device with. Use these credentials to log into the Oculus app on your computer.
During the setup process, you’ll need to choose a headset. Pick the Quest 2 and follow the instructions. If you have already been through the installation process inside the app, you can set up your headset later by choosing Add Headset from the Devices screen.
To register your Oculus Quest 2, you’ll need to connect it to your PC with a USB cable, whether or not you’re planning to use one while gaming. Oculus makes its own $79 cable for the job but any good-quality USB 3.0 cable will do. Just make sure you’re using a USB 3.0 port on your PC.
On your headset, you’ll see a couple of messages: Click Allow on Allow access to data and Enable on Enable Oculus Link, and the setup process will then redirect you to the main Oculus VR interface. To get back to the Quest 2 interface, choose Disable Oculus Link from the main navigation bar. If you can’t see it, press the Oculus button on your controller.
Playing Oculus Quest 2 games
The Oculus Link setup process puts you in the main Oculus interface when it’s finished, so you can start browsing for new games and play them on your headset. You can also browse for and install games through the Oculus program on your computer.
To get back to this interface later, you can plug your Oculus Quest 2 into your computer, fire up the Oculus application in Windows, and then choose Enable inside your VR headset. Alternatively, if you miss the Enable prompt, you can pick Quick Settings and then Oculus Link.
Going wireless is easy, but at the time of writing, this type of connection option is a bit more experimental, so you may notice a few bugs and some instability. From inside the Oculus Quest 2, pick Quick Settings, Settings, Experimental Features, and enable Air Link. If you’re setting things up on your PC, open the Oculus software and choose Settings and Beta, and enable Air Link.
You should then be able to connect your devices by selecting Oculus Air Link from the Quick Settings pane inside your Oculus Quest 2 headset. If there are problems with the connection, check the troubleshooting tips that appear on the screen.
Choose Oculus Air Link from the main navigation bar to adjust the streaming quality, or to exit the interface and go back to the standard Oculus Quest 2 home screen.
You can find more settings, including refresh rates and whether your VR audio plays on your headset or on your computer, by selecting your Oculus Quest 2 from the Devices screen in the Windows app.
David Nield is a tech journalist from the UK who has been writing about gadgets and apps since way before the iPhone and Twitter were invented. When he’s not busy doing that, he usually takes breaks from all things tech with long walks in the countryside.
Note: WebVR API is replaced by WebXR Device API. WebVR was never ratified as a standard, was implemented and enabled by default in very few browsers and supported a small number of devices.
With the popularity of Oculus Rift and a lot of other devices in production coming soon to the market, the future looks bright — we already have sufficient technology to make the VR experience “good enough” for playing games. There are many devices to chose from: desktop ones like Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, through consoles with Playstation VR (which admittedly doesn’t support WebVR at this time), to mobile experiences like Gear VR or Google Cardboard.
Note: For more information, read our WebVR Concepts article.
The WebVR API
The WebVR API is the central API for capturing information on VR Devices connected to a computer and headset position/orientation/velocity/acceleration information, and converting that into useful data you can use in your games and other applications.
Note: There are of course other APIs useful for creating games, for example The Gamepad API for control inputs, and the Device Orientation API for handling display orientation on mobile.
Browser support and spec status
Currently browser support for the WebVR API is still experimental — it works in nightly builds of Firefox and experimental builds of Chrome (Mozilla and Google teamed up to work on the implementation together), but sooner rather than later we’ll see it in regular builds.
The WebVR spec is in Editor’s Draft status which means it is still subject to change. The development is led by Vladimir Vukicevic from Mozilla and Brandon Jones from Google. For more info be sure to visit the https://mixedreality.mozilla.org/ and WebVR.info websites.
Using the WebVR API
The WebVR API is based on two concepts — sending stereoscopic images to both lenses in your headset and receiving positional data for your head from the sensor, and those two are handled by HMDVRDevice (head-mounted display virtual reality device) and PositionSensorVRDevice .
Get the devices
To get information about devices connected to your computer, you can use the Navigator/getVRDisplays method:
This code will loop through the available devices and assign proper sensors to the headsets — the first devices array contains the connected devices, and a check is done to find the HMDVRDevice , and assign it to the gHMD variable — using this you can set up the scene, getting the eye parameters, setting the field of view, etc. For example:
The gPositionSensor variable holds the PositionSensorVRDevice — using this you can get the current position or orientation state (for example to update the scene view on every frame), or reset the sensor. For example, the below code outputs position information on the screen:
For a full explanation and more details of the demo this is taken from, see Using the WebVR API.
Tools and techniques
The first WebVR experiments and demos used Three.js as it’s probably the most popular 3D engine for the web. See the VREffect and VRControls functions available on the Three.js github to help you implement and handle WebVR with Three.js.
Boris Smus has written about the concept of Responsive WebVR, where a single web game can be played on various devices like laptops without VR hardware, PCs with Oculus Rift, or smartphones inside Google Cardboard and still deliver a unique and valuable experience across all of them. It’s like responsive design, but applied to the VR world — write once and run in any VR headset . or without it. You can check the WebVR Boilerplate sources — it’s a good example to start learning WebVR from, and a starting point for any web-based VR experience.
There’s also a markup framework called A-Frame that offers simple building blocks for WebVR, so you can rapidly build and experiment with VR websites and games: read the Building up a basic demo with A-Frame tutorial for more details.
Immersion is more important than gameplay or graphics – you have to feel you’re “inside” the experience. It’s not easy to achieve, but it doesn’t require realistic images. Quite the contrary as having a basic shapes flying around in high framerate can make a lot. Remember: experimenting is key – see what works for your game in particular.
The future of WebVR
- WebVR API
- WebVR concepts
- Using the WebVR API
- Building up a basic demo with A-Frame
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· Updated 11 October 2021 ·
(Pocket-lint) – If you own an Oculus Quest headset then you may have heard of Quest Link. If you also own a gaming PC, then you’re in for a real treat, as with a free bit of software and the right USB-C cable you can play PC quality virtual reality games on your affordable VR device.
That’s right, Quest Link gives you the ability to play Oculus Rift S games on a headset that doesn’t normally need a PC to run. The main downside is that you’ll need to abandon your wireless freedom in order to play, but you will have a lot more games to choose from. That includes solid favourites like Half-Life: Alyx, The Invisible Hours, Skyrim VR and a whole lot more.
How to use Oculus Link
The first step to getting started using Oculus Link is to ensure you have the right hardware. Yes, you need the Oculus Quest headset, but you also need a compatible PC or laptop and the right high-quality USB-C cable (either USB-C to USB-C or USB-A to USB-C).
You can find out if your computer is compatible by checking here, but at the time of writing the minimum specs are as follows:
- Processor – Intel i5-4590/AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater
- Graphics Card – Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 and above
- Memory – 8 GB+ RAM
- Operating System -Windows 10
- USB Ports – 1 x USB port
If you tick all those boxes, then you should be able to use Oculus Link with just a few more steps. The first of which is downloading the Oculus App for PC. This is free software that’s usually used for Oculus Rift or Rift S, but when you plug your Quest in it’ll be recognised by the app as well.
Download the software and log in to your account in the normal way. Then find an appropriate USB-C cable. The official Oculus Link cable is a logical choice, it’s 5m long and fully supports the speeds need to work with the headset. There are other alternatives available though.
We find it’s best to plug the headset into the GPU on your PC directly. Doing so, with the USB-C cable attached to your headset and your PC at the same time should result in the Oculus software recognising your device.
From here you’ll see a green circle indicating that the headset has been recognised and is connected. Pop the Quest on and you should also see a pop up asking to enable Oculus Link within the headset.
If you don’t see that request you can find the options in the headset’s settings. Navigate to settings, devices and scroll down and you should see an option to enable Oculus Link.
Troubleshooting Oculus Link not working
If you’ve done everything right, but your Oculus Link isn’t working, there are a few things you can try to fix it. Firstly try the obvious – turn it off and on again – both the PC and the headset.
Then try these things:
- Check you have the latest Oculus app > navigate to library and updates
- Force Oculus to restart – click settings, beta and “restart Oculus” to reboot all the software within Windows
- Join (or leave) the Public Test Channel – some releases of the beta might not play nice with Oculus Link. Navigate to beta and click to turn the Public Test Channel option on if it’s not already ticked or off if it is. Switching between these options might help
- Check your USB-C cable is plugged in properly, if possible plug it directly into the graphics card on your machine
- Update your graphics card drivers to ensure you have the latest
Get your game on!
When it’s working, Oculus Link is great. It’s a fantastic addition to the Oculus Quest as it gives you the power to play full-blown VR games without the need for external trackers and hassle and without massive extra cost (assuming you already own a PC).
You can buy games from the Oculus Store and launch them from the app. You can also install and launch Steam VR and access games that way as well. If they work with the Oculus Rift, they should also work with your Oculus Quest seamlessly
Oculus Link wirelessly
Since the launch of Oculus Link, the company has made moves to improve it. With the release of v28 of the software, Oculus announced that it was making it possible to use Oculus Link wirelessly.
Oculus Air Link, as it’s called, allows Oculus Quest 2 owners to play Oculus Rift compatible games wirelessly, without needing to be tethered directly to a gaming PC.
This is done over wireless and obviously might have some downsides as well as some basic requirements in order to run. Oculus says, for example, that you’ll need a “strong and secure Wi-Fi network” for the best experience and ideally to be within 20 feet of your router.
In order to access Oculus Air Link,, you’ll need to download and install the Oculus app on your PC. Then go to settings in the app, click on Beta settings and click to toggle Air Link. Inside the headset, go to settings, navigate to the experimental settings, then activate Air Link there too.
Oculus Quest 2 is a popular stand-alone headset across the globe and gaming enthusiasts loved the VR headsets. However, you can connect it to your gaming PC to get an exclusive VR experience. If you are looking for a step-by-step guide to connect the two devices then you’re at the correct place. The VR headset can work with wired or wireless connections and on top of that, you will get full access to steam VR and a large number of PC VR games.
There are few things that you will need to play your PC VR games with your oculus quest. Such as an oculus quest, VR capable PC, a USB cable with a USB C connector for wired connection, a 5 GHz 802.11 AC/ Wi-Fi 5 router connected to your VR PC via Ethernet, the oculus quest software for Windows, and one PC VR game.
You should also keep in mind the length of your USB cable. If you are planning for stationary standing or seated gameplay then a shorter cable will do the work. But in case you want a larger play area then it will require a long USB cable.
Prepare your play space boundary
Before you connect the VR headset to your gaming PC you will have to plan your gameplay boundary. You can set up your play space boundary in quest in its standalone mode. Whenever your request will detect a space that is not stored in your boundary information it will ask to create a new one.
Quest 2 set up a wired connection
- If you are using your quest with your PC for the first time then you will have to do some initial setup work. Once you’re done with the initial setup, download the Oculus software for Windows PC.
- After downloading the software, launch the installer and follow the on-screen steps. This application will need 5 GB of data.
- Post-installation, the software will ask you to create your account or to login into the existing Oculus account. Here you should note that the quest 2 users will have to link their Facebook account.
- And once you have logged in to your oculus application, now you can get your quest set up for PC VR.
- Firstly you will have to select the devices from the left-hand sidebar. Then click on add headset option.
- Now you have to select your model of the headset.
- You also have to select the link cable option.
- After that, you will have to plug in one end of your cable into the PC and the other end to your quest. If you are using a USB 3 cable then make sure that your PC supports USB 3 port.
- Just in case you are using a USB 2 connection then the software will send a warning. However, that’s not the point to worry about because you can play games using a USB 2 cable with compressed images.
- Once the setup is completed you will get the setup complete screen. Once you get that screen, close that software and put on your connected headset.
- Once you put on your headset you will be asked whether you want to enable the oculus link. After saying yes you will be moved to the PC oculus environment.
- That’s it now you are ready to play games on your Oculus Quest headset.
Native Oculus games
You can play your native Oculus PC games with your Quest as simple as you can play your native Quest games. Once you have reached your PC Oculus virtual space, you will get access to your whole library. You can select any game that you want to play.
Steam VR and other VR games on Quest 2
If you want to play games other than those available in the official Oculus library, then there is good news for you. According to the official forum, any game that is compatible with the old Oculus rift is also available for Quest and for that, you will need the oculus link.
Before running your steam VR game with your Quest you will have to make sure that you have Steam VR installed on your system. To download steam VR you will have to search the steam storefront and install it on your PC. After that, there are many ways to launch your steam VR game to play with your quest. But all of those methods will require the Oculus software to be open.
Set up a wireless connection
- To set up your Quest wirelessly with your PC you will have to use the Oculus Airlink. The wireless connection process is similar to the cable-based Oculus link method. This means you will not have to worry about the length of the cable with your PC VR games and you can move freely.
- Currently, the air link feature is under the testing phase. To access the beta version you need to head to the settings option and then find beta in the Oculus PC software. Also, you have to enable the feature in your Quest headset settings while it’s in stand-alone mode. You will find this feature under the experimental features option.
- Once this feature is enabled on both devices you will have to ensure that your PC and your quest are working on the same Wi-Fi network. To get the best results you can connect your PC with your router using Ethernet. The Quest has to be connected to the router with a 5Ghz frequency band using 802.11ac Wi-Fi or it should be connected with Wi-Fi 6.
- Once everything is done select the quick settings within your Quest and head on the Air link option. After that, you will be able to see the list of air link enabled PC on that network. Once you have selected your PC you will be moved to the oculus PC environment. And from now onwards you will have to follow exactly the same steps as in the wired connection to play games with your quest wirelessly.
Which platforms are supported?
We currently support the game on Oculus Rift, Oculus Rift S and Oculus Quest in the Oculus Store, and HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality devices on Steam.
How many people can play?
One person on VR + up to eight people on mobile (minimum of one mobile player). There is a solo gameplay series the VR player can go through, but the remaining gameplay requires one player on mobile with a max of eight. Mobile players will not be able to play without the VR player activating a play session.
Where can I purchase the game?
How much does the game cost?
The game is $19.99 on VR and free on mobile.
Do I have to buy the game for mobile?
No, the game is free to download on iOS and Android. You can find it in the App Store, Google Play or download it at www.resolutiongames.com/play.
Do you support cross buy for Oculus?
Yes! If you buy the game for Oculus Rift/Rift S or Oculus Quest in the Oculus Store, you can download the game on both headsets.
Will there be additional content?
We’re always listening to player requests and doing all we can to fine tune the game and make additions where we can.
How many levels are there?
Acron: Attack of the Squirrels! features eight levels depicting different nature and themed environments.
How do I set up a game with my friends?
The VR player starts the game and creates a room. The VR player is then connected to the mobile players by giving them the assigned room number that they enter into the game on their device when prompted.
How do I choose region?
The region (the game server you connect to) will automatically be set by your VR headset to provide the best connection for your location. This may sometimes be different to your actual geographical position. You can reset the region and let the headset locate the best connection again by pressing the left menu button and choosing the option in the settings. You may have to do this if you bring your headset to a different location (eg. travel to another country or state).
Facebook has acquired virtual reality headset maker Oculus Rift VR for $2bn, a purchase the social network says will help it expand the platform to new experiences beyond gaming.
Oculus Rift VR’s flagship product is the Oculus Rift headset, which has been on display at various technology trade shows over the past year. It allows users to experience the full gaming environment by sending “immersive” images to screens placed inside wearable goggles.
The start-up company was founded in 2012 and has raised about $75m in funding from investors and a further $2.4m from crowd funding website Kickstarter. The headset is not yet available to consumers but last week Oculus began taking orders on a new developer kit to allow more developers to create compatible software to use with the device.
In a statement released last night Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company wants to make Oculus a platform for other experiences beyond gaming such as “enjoying a court side seat at a game”, studying in a classroom or to create a virtual reality doctor’s consultation.
He adds: “This is really a new communication platform. By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures.
“These are just some of the potential uses. By working with developers and partners across the industry, together we can build many more. One day, we believe this kind of immersive, augmented reality will become a part of daily life for billions of people.”
In the UK, mobile operator and England Rugby sponsor O2 has started experimenting using Oculus Rift to create an immersive behind-the-scenes set up on match days.
In the immediate future Facebook plans to “accelerate” Oculus’ existing moves to create virtual reality gaming experiences by helping the start-up build its product and develop partnerships. Facebook says Oculus will continue to operate independently to achieve this.
The acquisition is the latest attempt by Facebook to gain a foothold in the gaming space. In a conference call following the acquisition announcement Zuckerberg said about 40 per cent of the time people spend online is spent gaming, while 40 per cent is on social. “You need to fuse both of those together,” he added.
While many users do use Facebook to play games, 90.7 per cent of Facebook’s revenue was generated by advertising in its fourth quarter and just 9.3 per cent from payments – such as for virtual goods within games – and other fees.
Sales of video games are set to grow 10 per cent globally in 2014 to $62.2bn, according to Strategy Analytics’ Video Games Forecast, highlighting the opportunity Facebook has seen to enter a growing and lucrative vertical.
However, the Facebook acquisition – a deal that includes $400m in cash and more than 23 million Facebook shares – has drawn scorn from some of the gaming community.
Creator of the popular building game Minecraft, Mojang founder Markus Pearson took to Twitter shortly after the acquisition was revealed last night to announce the company had just cancelled a deal to bring the game to Oculus. He added: “Facebook creeps me out”.
Early Oculus Rift VR investors have also been unsettled by the deal, with some on the project’s Kickstarter comment page asking for their original pledges back.
One investor, John Wolf, wrote: “I would have NEVER given a single cent of my money to Oculus if I had known you were going to sell out to Facebook. You sold all of us out. I hope this backfires horribly for Oculus and Facebook. I will personally discourage absolutely anyone I know from buying what was once an indie dream and is now a soulless corporate cash cow. God, I want a refund so badly.”
Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus Rift VR comes little over a month after it paid $19bn to acquire free messaging app WhatsApp.
The Oculus Quest 2 is a great way to get into virtual reality gaming. Since it’s a standalone headset, there’s no need to connect it to a PC in order to play games. However, that’s not to say it’s not trying. In fact, it’s entirely possible to connect the headset to a PC in order to play Steam games on the Oculus Quest 2. Here’s how the process works.
How to play Steam games on the Oculus Quest 2
To play Steam games on the Oculus Quest 2, you’ll first need to connect the headset to your PC. You can use a cable, or you can go wireless by using the Virtual Desktop app. After that, you only need to download Oculus Link to load SteamVR and begin playing Steam games.
The simplest way to get Steam games on your Quest 2 is by using a cable. There’s only one catch here: To play Steam games on the Quest 2, you’ll need a computer capable of handling VR games. Yes, the Quest 2 is designed as a standalone HMD, but SteamVR games require the kind of grunt only offered by full PC hardware.
Assuming your PC is up to snuff, any USB-C cable of decent quality should do the trick, including the official Oculus Link cable. Either way, you’ll want to make sure the cable is capable of handling proper USB-C transfer rates.
Connect the Quest 2 to your PC, then load up the Oculus app. The program will run a performance test to make sure your cable and computer are both capable of handling full-fat VR games. So long as it passes the test, you’re ready to move on to the next step.
Put on the headset, then enable Oculus Link if you so choose. After that, you’ll see a new home screen appear. Under Library > Apps, select the option to launch Steam VR. This is where you’ll go to play Steam games on the Oculus Quest 2.
If you prefer to keep to a wireless option, you’ll need to install the Virtual Desktop app. As opposed to a direct PC tether, this app functions by streaming software from your PC to your headset. It functions nearly the same as a direct tether, except the quality is highly dependent on your home WiFi network. The better your network, the smoother your stream will be. The same holds true for players who want to stream Oculus Quest 2 games to TV.
Steam VR is rather basic compared to the traditional Steam interface. However, it will allow you to launch any VR-ready titles sitting in your Steam library. The catch here, of course, is that you’ll need to purchase VR games directly through Steam.
That’s all you need to know to start playing Steam games on the Oculus Quest 2. Direct tethering to a PC is preferred, but the Virtual Desktop app can be used for wireless PC-to-headset gaming. Before you go, be sure to check out our list of the best free Oculus Quest 2 games in 2021. We’ve also got tips on how to make the Quest 2 more comfortable.
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The Oculus Rift S was released this week. However, some owners are experiencing tracking problems and other USB related issues such as blackouts.
The Rift S uses five onboard cameras for tracking. While some preprocessing seems to be done on the headset, the Rift S still pushes USB 3.0 to the limits. USB 3.0 is a widely used standard, but not all USB 3.0 controllers properly support it. This means that some motherboards may have issues.
If you’re having tracking issues such as the headset or controllers freezing in place, or you’re experiencing periodic “blackouts”, try one of these five potential solutions. We recommend trying them in order, as we’ve ordered them from the least time & effort required to the most.
Turn off USB power management
Windows has a feature which cuts power to USB ports it doesn’t think are being used. The problem is, sometimes this triggers a false positive and shuts down the USB port your VR headset is using.
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It’s just seven steps to VR heaven.
Both the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive have arrived, thrusting us into VR in our very living rooms. It’s almost like living in the future, but it’s 2016, and we’re wandering around our homes – or sitting in a comfy chair – with a VR headset strapped to our faces, exploring various virtual worlds.
Having set up both the Rift and the Vive in our homes, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Oculus VR headset is a lot more straightforward than the Steam VR-powered alternative.
We’ve whittled it down to just seven easy steps, but you’ll need around 30 minutes to an hour to get everything prepared, downloaded and ready to take you into virtual reality.
1. GET THAT BOX OPEN
Rip open that cardboard box and reveal the lovely sleek white Oculus Rift box within. There’s a tear tab along the bottom of the box, but we just slid it right off. It’s all part of the package after all. The actual Oculus Box lies within, a simple, soft touch, matte black box that opens on a hinge, revealing all the goodies within.
Lifting the lid gives you a glorious look at your new Oculus Rift and the sensor lying side by side. In the top, there’s your Oculus Remote and a little note saying what to do next.
2. DOWNLOAD THE OCULUS SOFTWARE
Head to oculus.com/setup to download the first set of Oculus software. You’ll be guided through a little walkthrough and then you’ll start downloading. It does take a little while to get everything downloaded, and if you’re anything like us – think a child staring at a pile of presents on Christmas morning and being told to wait – you’ll stare at the loading bar just willing it to inch along quicker.
3. CREATE AN OCULUS ACCOUNT
Before you can get any of your shiny new kit out of the box, you’ll need to set up an Oculus account. Anyone who’s used a Gear VR might already have one, but it’s quick and easy to do anyway. Pick an avatar and a username, add your payment details for any purchases you want to make in the Oculus Store and you’re ready to go.
4. UNPACK YOUR KIT
Now it’s time for the fun bit: actually getting all that lovely kit out of the box.
Lift out your base station camera, the Oculus Rift headset and the remote, and below the camera you’ll find the various wires, Xbox One pad and other items you’ll need to play with your new Oculus Rift. At the top end there’s the Xbox Wireless adapter for your controller and some batteries so you can play wirelessly too.
Get everything out of the box, lay it all out and get ready to plug everything in.
5. CONNECT THE OCULUS RIFT AND THE SENSOR
Your next step is to connect the Oculus Rift. This is done by inserting the HDMI and USB ports of the Oculus Rift into your PC, waiting for the drivers to update and making sure it’s being picked up by the software.
Then you’ll need to plug in your camera, which is just a single USB connection. You’ll need to position it well though, making sure the glossy side is pointing towards your face wherever you’ll be wearing it – seated, standing or sitting cross-legged on the floor. It also needs to be three feet away from you.
Doing all this is nothing like positioning the HTC Vive cameras, though. There is no mounting involved, no full room to clear out or precious ornaments to reposition.
6. THEN TACKLE THE CONTROLLER
You’ll then need to find a USB port for the controller – either for the wireless adapter or for the USB cable to the controller itself. We had a few issues getting the laptop to pick up the wireless adapter, but that probably won’t affect everyone.
Once it’s all paired though, you’re all ready to get involved in Oculus Rift and its Facebook-powered VR.
7. DOWNLOAD THE GAMES AND YOU’RE READY TO GO
Once you’ve set up your little VR station, it’s time to get inside the Oculus Rift. It’s now time to strap yourself in, Rift yourself up and go through the short Oculus Dreams playthrough.
You’ll then be presented with the Oculus Store, which will let you download your free launch games and purchase any others you fancy diving into.