Oculus Link microphone and cross-version support in software update 14.0

Oculus has recently updated its PC desktop software to 14.0 and with it comes a bundle of improvements that are most welcome if you are using Oculus Link with your PC and your Oculus Quest.

The highlights for Oculus Link in update 14.0 include:

  • The Quest microphone has been re-enabled for use with Link.
  • A dedicated Oculus Link button has been added to the Oculus Quest menu bar to make jumping into Link quicker and easier. Similarly, a button was added to the Dash belt that allows you to quickly exit Link when using it.
  • Link audio and microphone volume controls have been added to Dash and the Oculus desktop app.
  • Moving forward, Oculus Link no longer requires that the Quest software and the PC software have matching version numbers. However, the two software versions must be within one version of the other. For example, Link will function when the Quest is on software version 14 and the PC is software version 15 or the PC software is version 14 and the Quest software is version 13. It will not work if Quest is on version 1

Oculus has also fixed the bug that prevented Oculus Link from working when its resolution had been changed in the Debug Tool – a feature that’s commonly known to improve the visual on Quest when using Oculus Link. There has also been some stability improvements and bug fixes in this update.

The cross-version support will be a huge win for Oculus. As whenever they released an update, Quest owners would not be able to use Oculus Link until either their Oculus Rift software was updated or the Quest received its rollout update. This made it a frustrating time for Oculus Link users whenever there was an update, but in 14.0 this should remove this hurdle once and for all.

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