Oculus Link beta rolls out today for Oculus Quest

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After a few 11.x updates for the Oculus Quest headset firmware, Oculus has flipped the switch today that will allow access for the Oculus Quest to play AAA PCVR quality Rift games on the headset, from a gaming PC that’s tethered via a single USB 3 cable.

Oculus Quest owners now get the best of both worlds. By simply connecting a compatible USB 3.0 or higher cable from a gaming PC to their Quest, gamers will be able to leverage the full power of a gaming PC and stream its content onto the Quest.

If you already have a gaming PCVR system and a Quest, it’s likely you’ve already tried Virtual Desktop wirelessly and untethered. But for some with a slow Wi-Fi connection, or non at all, Oculus Link proves to be a decent and stable way to stream AAA PCVR games to your Quest.

As of today, gamers simply need to have their Quest updated to the latest 11.x firmware and the latest Oculus desktop app 1.44 installed on their gaming PC.

If you have not got a gaming PC, it might be best to hold off until all the people that do start to share their feedback on the current beta and its performance with the various system setups. Oculus has begun to share the kind of minimum and recommended PC specs you’ll need. Sadly no AMD graphics cards are supported and only a handful of newer, high-end NVIDIA graphics cards have been listed as supported.

Graphics cards that are supported in the current beta include:

  • NVIDIA Titan X
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (all variants)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (all variants)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16xx series
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20xx series

Below are the currently unsupported NVIDIA GPUs, however Facebook states that they plan to add support to some of these cards by the time Oculus Links exits beta.

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060M

Other Oculus Link PC requirements include:

  • Windows 10
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Intel i5-4590 CPU or greater is recommended
  • AMD Ryzen 5 1500X CPU or greater recommended
  • An available USB 3.0 or above port on your PC (type-A or type-C)
Oculus Link Headset Cable – Coming later this year

Oculus is still planning on selling their high-end USB-C optical cable later this year. They have also listed recommended specs for their cable for any third-party maker to create and sell one that matches their own, but at a cheaper price. You can either try any USB 3.0 or above cable you may have laying around, or you can buy one of Facebook’s recommended Oculus Link cables that’s selling today from Anker for just £12.99 for a 10ft cable.

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