Oculus Quests aare some of the best wireless VR headsets you can buy. But they cannot play high-end games like the ones on the Steam store. You can connect to a PC with a cable, but that is inconvenient. Wireless streaming of VR games required jumping through hoops using Developer Mode and SideQuest. But with the $ 20 Virtual Desktop app, that̵
Virtual Desktop always had the option to stream SteamVR games wirelessly. You could install the streaming app on your PC and then your Oculus Quest VR headset, and as far as the app is concerned, you would have been good to go. But Oculus prevented the app from streaming VR games and limited it to controlling your PC in a VR environment. It did this in the name of the customer experience.
If you wanted to stream your Steam VR games to your Oculus Quest, you had to buy the Oculus Store app, unlock your headset with Developer Mode, set up SideQuest, and use it to install a patched version of the app.
That’s a lot of work, especially after spending $ 20 on an app. You might as well go the free route with ALVR, which requires just as many steps. But recently Oculus announced that the App Lab would open as an experimental VR and app game store. Games and apps that Oculus wouldn’t allow in the Oculus Quest store itself can go to App Labs. Think of it as an official version of SideQuest.
The developer of Virtual Desktop has submitted the “patched” version that can stream Steam VR games to App Labs. But surprisingly, Oculus fared even better, approving the “patched” version for full inclusion in the Oculus Quest store. All you need to do is buy the app. If you already have the app, you will need to update it. That’s it: no hoops, no developer mode, no SideQuest.
That’s a win for everyone, as Guy Godin, who develops Virtual Desktop, explained to UploadVR:
The ability to wirelessly stream PCVR games has been a beloved feature of Virtual Desktop since its launch on Quest in 2019. It only makes sense to allow it on the official store if more than 90% of users had to take complicated steps go through to the feature. The Quest is marketed as a wireless headset. Users want the wireless freedom, whether playing native Quest games or streaming their favorite PCVR games.
We agree and look forward to a tour Elite dangerous on the Oculus Quest.