Oculus VR has introduced a brand new software update for its standalone Oculus Quest VR headset that allows it to connect with a gaming PC and work as an Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). The Oculus Link software can be available in beta this November and can allow owners of the Oculus Quest with a proper PC to play video games designed for the unique tethered headset, radically expanding the addressable marketplace for the titles and bringing new features to the device.
The Oculus Quest is a standalone VR headset based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with a display of a 3200×1440 (1600×1440 per eye) along with Touch controllers provided with the original Rift. The primary features of the Oculus Quest are it’s inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) positional and controller tracking that doesn’t require any external sensors. The unit has a USB Type-C connector for charging, however, because it turns out it additionally can be used to connect the HMD to a compliant PC and play video games designed for the Rift.
Based on Facebook, most of high-quality USB Type-C cables will work with the Quest, so it seems like the device depends on a VirtualLink USB-C AltMode interface that needs 6 lanes of high-speed data: 4 DisplayPort HBR 3 channels for video, a single USB 3.1 Gen 2 channel (2 lanes) for data, and a compulsory 15W of power. The manufacturer says that its optical fiber cable for Oculus Quest might be available later this year and will provide sufficient bandwidth and plenty of lengths to move around the room when playing.
While the Oculus Quest has a reasonably advanced mobile graphics subsystem, modern gaming PCs are far more powerful and due to this fact video games for Oculus Rift are considerably better looking and provide a more immersive experience. By enabling PC connectivity on the Oculus Quest, Oculus VR makes these video games more accessible as well as, and it encourages gamers with the standalone VR HMD to get a fully-fledged gaming PC.