New improvements for the Virtual Desktop

New improvements for the Virtual Desktop

The latest updatefor the Virtual Desktop has improved the streaming performance when remotely playing PC VR games on the Oculus Guest 1 & 2.

The update launched alongside the release of the Oculus Quest 2. The focus of the update was the removal of “micro-stutters” on the screen when playing games wirelessly.

While the update released alongside the Quest 2, it also improves performance on the older, original Quest.

According to the tweet from Virtual Desktop developer, Guy Godin, “Wireless PC VR streaming is here”. This looks like a shot across the bow of Facebook. The company announced that wireless streaming from the PC to the Quest was not currently possible to implement. In fact, the official Quest store version of the Virtual Desktop does not have the capability to stream PC VR games, it was removed at the insistence of Facebook.

In order to access the wireless play capabilities of Virtual Desktop, users must download the official app from the Quest store and then update it with a patch from the unofficial sideloading app store Sidequest. After this simple fix, anyone with the app and a strong internet connection can wirelessly stream games from their PC, including titles from the Steam store.

The one new feature not available for the original Quest is the ability to stream games with a 90Hz refresh rate. This feature is exclusive to the Quest 2, but it was locked by Facebook at launch. Through an unofficial workaround, available through Sidequest, players can play games and stream content at the improved rate.

Despite Facebook’s attempts to curb the growth and features of the app, it has quickly become one of the most popular downloads for the Quest and has recently surpassed 200,000 downloads.

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Andrew is a Northern Ireland based journalist with a passion for video games. His latest hobby is watching people speedrun Super Mario 64 and realising how bad he is at platformers.

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