How To Play SteamVR Games On The Oculus Quest 2
Expand your offerings with a massive catalogue of PC VR games & apps.
The Oculus Quest has developed quite an impressive library of standalone games and apps. From original titles such as Phantom: Covert Ops to PC VR ports like The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, there’s pretty much something for everyone on the Oculus Quest. Then again, why settle for just the Oculus Quest Store when you can have the entirety of the SteamVR library? Today we’re going to be discussing the best, most affordable, and easiest ways of accessing SteamVR on your Oculus Quest 2 headset.
Before we get started, however, it’s important to note that you still need a VR-ready PC in order to access PC VR games on SteamVR and the Oculus Store. That being said here is our super simple breakdown:
THE BEST WAY
Available for $79.99 via the Oculus Store, Oculus’ official Link cable is by far the best option for those interested in quality and performance. The 16-foot fiber optic USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C to USB Type-C cable features high-quality spiral shielding, a 3A power supply, and 5 GBps bandwidth. Long story short, this cable is designed from the ground-up for running PC VR content on the Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2. This is without doubt the best option for those seeking maximum quality.
THE COST-EFFICIENT WAY
That being said you don’t technically need an Oculus-brand USB Type-C cable in order to access the Oculus Link software. Many 3rd party cable manufacturers, such as Anker, offer more affordable alternatives to the official Link cable. Thanks to several updates introduced last year, pretty much any USB Type-C, though we recommend a length of 15 feet. This ensures you have enough slack to properly move throughout your room-scale space. You might be able to get away with 10-feet if your PC is close to your play space, but I wouldn’t recommend it. When all else fails you can even use the cable that came with your Oculus Quest 2! How’s that for convenience?
THE MOST COMFORTABLE WAY
But maybe you’re concerned less about quality and more about your comfort. Those looking to ditch the cord all together will want to check out Virtual Desktop. While it’s true there are several wireless streaming options available for the Oculus Quest 2, Virtual Desktop is at the top of the pack. It’s easy to setup, affordable, and runs way better than it has any right now. A recent update even enables PC VR streaming at 90Hz, which is insane for a real-time wireless solution.
Simply purchase and install the Oculus Quest app on your Quest 2, download the PC client and Virtual Desktop add-on from SideQuest, launch Virtual Desktop on your headset, and boom! You’re now streaming PC VR titles wirelessly on your Oculus Quest 2, no cumbersome cable getting in the way.
The Oculus Quest is available now beginning at $299. The official Oculus Link cable can be purchased for $79.99 via the official Oculus website. Virtual Desktop can be purchased via the Oculus Quest Store for $19.99; the desktop companion app can be downloaded free-of-charge.
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