Oculus has revealed some big updates for the Quest 2, including the Oculus Air Link feature that will let you wirelessly play PC VR games and native support for 120 Hz.
As announced by Oculus, Oculus Air Link builds upon the Oculus Link feature that lets a compatible USB-C cable to connect a gaming PC and the Quest to allow for PC VR games to be played.
Oculus Air Link is the next evolution, and allows the Quest 2 to connect to a gaming PC using WiFi, letting users take advantage of PC VR games like Half-Life: Alyx without any cables. This feature will be launching in Experimental mode, and Oculus notes that while the Oculus Link will still provide the “highest-fidelity visuals possible,” those with a strong WiFi connection will be able to experience this new, untethered way to use the Quest 2.
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To see if your set-up is ready for Oculus Air Link, check out Oculus’ guide for the best practices, known issues, and compatibility.
Native 120 Hz Support and Infinite Office
The Oculus Quest 2 currently runs at 90 Hz by default, but Oculus is now giving gamers and developers the chance to utilize a 120 Hz display refresh rate. This feature will also available in Experimental mode and, while there aren’t any apps that yet support it, that will change shortly.
The Quest 2 system software will continue to run at 90 Hz, and Oculus Link support for 120 Hz will come in a future release.
The last big feature for the v28 update is for Infinite Office. This is a feature that allows you to bring your actual desk, keyboard, and mouse into VR to work while using an Oculus Quest headset.
While the ability to add a Bluetooth-enable mouse or trackpad to VR was added in January, this new update will allow you to literally bring your desk into VR. Launching in Experimental mode, you’ll be able to place a virtual desk on your actual furniture that will allow you to see and use it when in your Home environment.
You will also be able to pair your physical keyboard with your Quest 2, allowing you to view a 3D representation of your hands and keyboard within VR. The first keyboard to support this feature is the Logitech K830, and more will be added in the future.
This v28 update will roll out gradually, but Quest users should see it coming through in then near future. It’s important to note that both the Quest 2 and PC must be running v28 for the everything to work.
This news precedes the first-ever Oculus Gaming Showcase on April 21, which will feature updates Pistol Whip, Lone Echo 2, Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, and more.
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