After being announced at Oculus Connect 6, the company has officially launched the beta of their Oculus Link software.
Oculus Link allows you to use your PC to play Rift games on your Oculus Quest headset.
Rift games such as Stormland or Asgard’s Wrath are now playable on Quest thanks to the Link software.
No need for external sensors, just your Oculus Quest, a USB-C 3.0 cable and a compatible PC.
It’s worth noting that even though the Quest comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable, it only is the USB 2.0 spec. USB 3.0 cables support both power and data.
To use Oculus Link on your PC with Quest, you’ll need a USB-C to USB-C 3.0 cable or USB-C to USB-A 3.0 cable. There are a few cable options out there but Oculus recommends this 10ft Anker USB-C 3.0 cable.
Oculus will be making its own Oculus Link cable that is 5 meters (16 ft) in length , has a right angle USB-C connector and supports the USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C spec and be available in limited quantities later this year. Then wider availability for the cable in 2020.
No pricing has been announced for the Oculus Link cable.
In order to use Oculus Link during the beta period, these are the PC requirements:
|Processor||Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater|
|Graphics Card||See additional charts below|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|USB Ports||1x USB 3.0 ports|
As for GPUs, Oculus supports the following cards:
|NVIDIA GPU||Supported||Not Currently Supported|
|NVIDIA Titan Z||X|
|NVIDIA Titan X||X|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970||X|
|Desktop NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060||X|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060M||X|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070(all)||X|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080(all)||X|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16-series(all)||X|
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series (all)||X|
|AMD GPU||Supported||Not Currently Supported|
|AMD 300 Series||X|
|AMD 400 Series||X|
|AMD 500 Series||X|
|AMD 5000 Series||X|
|AMD Vega Series||X|
Oculus says they are working directly with AMD to support as many of their cards as possible, so then they’ll work when the Oculus Link software exits beta.
To start using Oculus Link, make sure you Quest is on the latest update and download the Oculus app on your PC.