Virtual Desktop: play PC games on Oculus Quest with Touch

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Summary

  • Virtual Desktop: a glimpse of a future without physical screens

Until now, the Virtual Desktop software allowed play PC games on Oculus Quest or Oculus Go with a bluetooth controller such as the Xbox controller. A nice feature, but one that requires owning such an accessory and taking the time to synchronize it with the headset.

For more convenience, Virtual Desktop is launching today the new feature "Use Touch controllers as gamepad". This simply allows the Oculus Quest's Touch motion-sensing controllers to be used as a “virtual” Xbox controller.



It will therefore be possible to play any PC game in VR directly with Touch. The option can be activated very easily and directly from the VR in just a few seconds.

Virtual Desktop: a glimpse of a future without physical screens

With this update, parameters linked to the controls are now grouped together in a new "Input" tab. Thus, users can easily modify Virtual Desktop controls and activate gamepad mode.

Although the Touch is not a gamepad, the operation is rather convincing. By combining the two accessories, we find in fact the different elements of a controller: two joysticks, four buttons, two triggers, a menu button, and two "grip triggers". Although it lacks a “D-Pad” and a start button, the gameplay is rarely impacted.

User can choose to display PC games on different virtual environments such as home office or cinema screen. Virtual Desktop is available on Oculus Quest for 19,99 euros.


Occasionally latency or dropping frames per second can be a problem, but the overall experience is very convincing and suggests a future in which VR / AR headsets will completely replace our physical screens….





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