Oculus Quest 2 will get wi-fi PC VR gaming assist and native 120Hz — this is how
Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 is finally getting its long-known native 120Hz upgrade, so owners can experience ultra-smooth VR gameplay. However, Oculus also announced another feature that will make the VR headset even more of a powerhouse.
The latest v28 update from Oculus includes a new Oculus Air Link feature that allows Quest 2 owners to play PC VR games wirelessly over Wi-Fi. This means that you don’t have to throw away the USB-C cable and not have to get tied to your gaming laptop or PC while playing games like Half-Life: Alyx.
Oculus Quest 2: How to Play PC VR Games Wirelessly
As stated in a blog post, the new Air Link feature will be introduced with the gradual release of the v28 update. It will first be delivered in “Experimental Mode” on Quest 2 as it is still in early development. Once you’ve downloaded the v28 software onto your VR headset and gaming rig, it’s time to try it out for yourself.
To install, open the Oculus PC app and navigate to “Settings”. Click on the “Beta” option and you will be able to toggle the Air Link switch on. Then go to “Settings” on your Quest 2 headset and click on “Experimental”. Then activate Air Link.
Oculus suggests that your play area be within 20 feet of your WiFi router for the Air Link to work efficiently. The use of a “5 GHz network on an AC or AX router that is connected to your PC via an Ethernet cable” should also be emphasized.
While this new feature makes getting an Oculus Quest 2 even easier for most, especially at that $ 299 price point, we’re sure that streaming PC VR games wirelessly over Air Link will be troublesome first – before mainly because it is only in its early development phase.
There are no apps in the Oculus Store that support the upgrade to the 120 Hz display refresh rate yet. However, this leaves room for developers to send apps that will run natively at 120 Hz in the future. We hope one comes out soon.
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The v28 update also brings improvements to the Oculus Infinite Office functionality. Now VR users can map a virtual desk to an actual desk. In addition, you can pair a physical keyboard so that it appears as a 3D object in VR. Currently, with a Logitech K830, users can see a 3D rendering of their hands and keyboard so they can type in VR. Neat.
Oculus says it will add even more features to its popular Quest 2. We may see what to expect in his very first gaming showcase.
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