Oculus Link Cable released for Quest headsets before Christmas
Connection to PC turns mobile-based headset into a fully capable Rift S
Clement Goh |
Dec 23, 2019
Quest users can now access their library of
Oculus Rift and SteamVR games on PCs through the Oculus Link cable.
Released last week, it provides a five-meter
length connection through USB-Type C into your gaming computer and streams
PC-based VR titles into the Quest.
Announced at Facebook’s Oculus Connect 6 event in September, the feature was designed to bridge the gap
between content for mobile-based Quest users and Rift S users.
This also means the Quest is compatible with higher-end titles such as Stormland, Asgard’s Wrath and No Man’s Sky VR which exclusively ran on Rift headsets before Link.
It also paves the way for upcoming games
including Half-Life: Alyx, which can
also be played over the Quest. But streaming from the PC also affects the
graphic fidelity on the headset and varies based on what your PC can deliver.
Though the official Link cable was released
this month, a beta for the feature was released for Quest users last month and
worked with most third-party USB 3.0 to USB C cables.
Interestingly, a testing video on YouTube by
the Quest shares the Rift’s home and desktop menus. The Rift’s Dash and Home features let users create their own apartment hubs and even
use their computers with virtual peripherals.
Quest owners will need a recommended
minimum Intel i5-4590 or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X processor, with an AMD 400 series or
a GTX 970 graphics card.
Once your headset is plugged in, the Oculus
desktop application recognizes the Quest
and Touch as PC VR headsets.
According to the cable specs, it also charges
the Quest with a 3A power supply and delivers a 5 Gbps bandwidth for streaming.
You can find the Oculus Link Headset Cable
available to order on the company’s accessories page, but a report by UploadVR suggests quantities are
limited and new shipments are expected at the start of 2020.