For VR fans, Oculus Quest and Steam are a match made in heaven. Oculus Quest delivers a cutting-edge, immersive VR experience. And Steam is a massive gaming platform that currently offers over 6,300 VR games
. But if you’re not quite sure how to use this operating system and platform together, here’s everything you need to know.
Make Sure Your Computer Meets Oculus Quest’s Minimum Requirements
A precursor to gameplay is ensuring your computer has enough firepower to handle the demand. “You will need an Intel i5-4590 or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater, 8GB RAM, Windows 10 or higher, and a compatible graphics cards — generally, a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, GTX 1080, or a GTX 1650 Super or Better,” explains technology journalist Dave Johnson
. “On the AMD side, you need to have an AMD 400 Series graphics card or better.”
As long as your computer meets these minimum requirements, you should be good to go.
Install the Virtual Desktop App and Steam App
Playing Steam Games on Oculus with a Cable
There are two options for connecting your Oculus VR headset and Steam, with the first being by cable. This will require a USB-C cable with enough length to reach from your computer to your Oculus Quest headset. One of the most popular options is the Oculus Link Cable
. It’s 16-feet long and is designed for high-performance VR gameplay.
To get set up with a cable, simply turn on your Oculus headset and connect it to your computer’s USB port. Then launch the Virtual Desktop app and follow the setup instructions for connecting the headset to your computer. Once that’s done, select Link (Cable).
At that point, launch the Steam desktop app and Steam VR. Now you can choose from the huge library of VR games
and begin gameplay.
Playing Steam Games on Oculus with Air Link
Being tethered by a cable is, understandably, not ideal for all VR gamers. After all, being cable-free is a big part of the appeal of VR in the first place. If you fall into this category, know that cable-free play is possible with Oculus Air Link, which provides a wireless way to play.
The main drawback of this option, however, is that it’s prone to glitchiness and lagging at times, which can be frustrating. And if you go this route, you’ll want a strong Wi-Fi signal. Usually, a Wi-Fi 5 network will be sufficient. But for the optimal gaming experience, a Wi-Fi 6 router is ideal. With that said, here’s how to set up Oculus Air Link.
First, launch the Oculus software and select “Settings.” Choose the “Beta” tab at the top of Settings. Then select the “Air Link” toggle and turn it on.
Now put on your Oculus Quest headset and select the Oculus button on the right control to get to the home menu. Then select “Oculus Air Link.” Now you should be ready to access Steam VR games.
Getting an Extended Oculus Quest Warranty
With the current generation of this VR gaming system, the Oculus Quest 2, priced at $299
, it’s important to have extended coverage. The manufacturer’s warranty
provides defect and malfunction coverage and lasts for one year. However, you’re on your own once that period ends.
Given the wide array of issues that can go wrong, from dead pixels to controller drops, many users can benefit from extended coverage from Upsie
. Upsie offers protection from issues like drops that damage screens and hardware, liquid spills, and even speaker and memory failures. In addition, with Upsie’s accidental damage protection, gamers can get the most out of their console without worrying about damage from falls and cracks.
Coverage costs up to 70% less than in-store warranties, and claims can be conveniently made 24/7 for quick replacement or repair. You can learn more about how Upsie works here
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