How to: Cast your Oculus Quest to a mobile or TV display

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VR is predominantly a solitary experience. You can share a previously recorded video or photos to the internet, but it is never a live shared experience with others if you discount multiplayer. However, thanks to the abilities to stream over Wi-Fi or the internet, more VR users can begin to share the experience with friends and family close by.

Previously, casting your gameplay to a mobile device was possible on the Oculus GO via the Oculus mobile app. The experience was hit miss at the best of times. With bad connections or being unable to even start casting to your mobile device, it just wasn’t an enjoyable experience to the viewer trying to view the joys of what the VR wearer was seeing.

Oculus has learnt from this rather frustrating experience on the GO and has done some necessary work to improve this experience on the Oculus Quest. Sadly it is still by no means perfect, but it is a huge improvement. Experiences will vary depending on the speed of your Wi-Fi network connection and game being cast, viewers can struggle to get a decent quality picture to no casting options at all if it continues to lose connection to your Quest.

With that said, and you wish to still give casting a go, so people around you can also enjoy the experience or become that ‘backseat driver’, below is a  handy guide on how to cast your VR Oculus Quest experience to a number of compatible display devices.

Cast Oculus Quest to an iOS / Android mobile device or tablet

Casting to your phone is much like how you do with the Oculus GO. It is no different from casting to a TV via Google Chromecast, it is just you will be viewing the cast on a smaller screen display. Both may experience the same quality issues and stability.

You can also download the Oculus App to your iPad or Android tablet if you wish to have a bigger viewing experience whilst on the move. Make sure you press the expand button on iOS to enlarge what is an iPhone only app.

Requirements:

How to cast:

  1. From the Oculus home area, select the Sharing tab.
  2. On the left select the Casting option. This will open your headset to any casting device you set on your phone.
  3. Open the Oculus App and tab the Cast button on the top right corner of the app.
  4. Now select the Oculus Quest that is found nearby.
  5. Now select This Phone from the list of devices to cast to.

Cast Oculus Quest to a Chromecast TV display

Casting to a Google Chromecast is currently under beta, but I have found it to be just as stable and using an Ultra I have had no dropouts or big quality issues that I have found on iPhone.

Casting to a TV display is the best experience for families or groups in a living room environment. It makes it much easier to view than crowding around a tiny mobile display or tablet.

Requirements:

How to cast:

  1. Make sure your Google Chromecast is connected and its homepage is viewable on your TV.
  2. Make sure the Oculus Quest, your iOS/Android device and Chromecast is on the same Wi-Fi network.
  3. From the Oculus home area, select the Sharing tab.
  4. On the left side select the Casting option. This will open your headset to any casting device you set on your phone.
  5. Open the Oculus App and tab the Cast button on the top right corner of the app.
  6. Now select the Oculus Quest that is found nearby.
  7. Now select This Phone from the list of devices to cast to.

Cast Oculus Quest to an Apple TV display

This is not officially supported, but there is a workaround to cast to your iPhone and then mirror this to your Apple TV display. Quality may not match the quality of a Chromecast connection as the signal is being cast to your phone and then again to the Apple TV, but its a good alternative if you do not have a Chromecast at hand.

One issue is if you experience any dropouts, having to connect and then mirror again can prove annoying, which is why I eventually opted for a Chromecast Ultra in the end.

Requirements:

How to cast:

  1. From the Oculus home area, select the Sharing tab
  2. On the left select the Casting option. This will open your headset to any casting device you set on your phone.
  3. Open the Oculus App and tab the Cast button on the top right corner of the app.
  4. Now select the Oculus Quest that is found nearby.
  5. Now select This Phone from the list of devices to cast to.
  6. With your Quest casting to your iPhone pull down or swipe up to invoke Control Center and select the Screen Mirroring option
  7. Select Apple TV from your list to mirror your iPhone feed to your Apple TV display

Tips & Troubleshooting

If you struggle to follow any of our steps and you’re not able to continue, check the following tips below to make sure you can get connected and casting from your Oculus Quest to your mobile or TV display.

General

  • Make sure ALL your devices on the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Make sure your Wi-Fi network is not overloaded. Stop all devices from downloading or streaming large files over the Wi-Fi network.
  • If your image quality is blocker or stuttering, try positioning your Quest and device closer to your Wi-Fi station/router.
  • Casting shows a cropped centre section of what you see in the Quest. So for the best experience for viewers, consider what spectators can see on screen and make sure what you see in the centre of your screen. They will rarely see your hands if you have them in the bottom third of your view – look down at them.
  • If you don’t see the Oculus Quest as ready in the casting section of the app, turn it on and also make sure the Phone, streaming device and Quest are on the same Wi-Fi network.

Mobile

  • For a bigger mobile experience, try using an iPad or Android tablet for a bigger screen. Great for demos and parties as more people can view it at once.

Google Chromecast and Apple TV

  • For the best experience for the VR wearer, turn down the volume on the mobile device or TV. The delay in audio they will hear is very disrupting.
  • Make the VR user wear headphones so you can listen to the audio in sync to the visuals on screen.
  • If you do not see your Chromecast device in the casting section of the mobile app, make sure the Phone and Quest are on the same Wi-Fi network and that both devices are powered on and operating.
  • Make sure your Chromecast is displaying its home screen page on TV before connecting.
  • Make sure your Apple TV is powered and displaying its home screen on TV before mirroring to it.
  • Some TV’s can be further away from a router or Wi-Fi base station, so check the connection to your TV if you are experiencing dropouts or you are unable to see or connect to your Chromecast.

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