Oculus Link Beta Now Available To Play PC VR Games On Quest Headset

Oculus Link Beta Now Available To Play PC VR Games On Quest Headset
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Oculus VR has released the Oculus Link, which allows gamers to link their PC VR games to the Quest headset.

According to the blog post, the Oculus Link is still in its beta form. However, gamers can already connect it with their PCs to enjoy high-fidelity gaming. The technology allows you to enhance your VR experience. Meanwhile, it also provides an opportunity for PC gaming developers to expand their market.

The Oculus Link is compatible with almost all USB 3 cables. You need a compatible gaming PC and plug the Oculus Quest to the USB 3 port. Go to the Oculus desktop app and select the Rift games and apps to use the Quest.

You need to have at least an AMD Ryzen 5 1500x or Intel i5 (or greater), 8 GB of RAM, and Windows 10 OS. Since the Oculus Link is still in beta, some graphics cards may not be supported. Presently, the technology will only support:

· NVIDIA Titan X
· NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
· NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 series
· NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series
· NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
· NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080

Unfortunately, the Oculus Link doesn’t support any AMD cards as of this time.

Even if you are using other graphics cards, the Oculus Link may still work. However, there may be some gameplay issues. Nevertheless, the company promised that it would try to make sure all GPUs are supported before the beta ends. In the same vein, it is also working on expanding the specs for PCs that will support Oculus Link and Oculus Quest.

Meanwhile, the Irvine, CA-based company promised to release a premium cable that will optimize what the Oculus Link can do. The optical fiber cable is manufactured straight from their labs, and it will give maximum throughput when using the Link. The cable will be 16 feet long, which provides more freedom of movement. After all, it is longer than any other cables in the market today.

The premium cable supports USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C and is backward compatible. The outer diameter is 4.6mm, and it weighs 224 grams, with a bandwidth of up to 5 Gbps. Meanwhile, the infrared loss tolerance is rated at 500mV VBUS and 250mV GND at 3000mA.

The Oculus Link is already baked into the Quest software for the Rift. You simply need to download it for free and install the program. Log in and then set the setting to Beta channel, so it will update to the Link Beta version.