You can now use any USB cable along with your Oculus Quest on PC

Until just lately, Oculus Quest customers trying to play a little bit of PC VR by way of Oculus Link had to make use of a high-speed USB3 cable to attach it to their PCs. Thanks to a current replace, nevertheless, Quest homeowners can now begin testing Oculus Link with common USB2 cables, together with the charging cable that comes within the field.

The function continues to be in beta in the intervening time, so that you’ll have to decide into the Quest’s newest Public Test Channel to strive it out for your self. Still, it’s simple sufficient to do, and also you’ll discover it within the Beta tab within the Settings menu of the Oculus PC app. Just examine the field subsequent to the Public Test Channel choice, and the replace will begin downloading in your Library.

Of course, a part of the rationale why Oculus Link has all the time required high-speed USB3 cables so as to work is because of the sheer quantity of knowledge that’s being funnelled down into the headset. It stands to purpose, then, that slower USB2 cables would find yourself being an absolute nightmare. Alas, my Quest assessment pattern has lengthy since flown again to Oculus, so I haven’t been ready to do this out for myself but, however the excellent news is that the oldsters over at UploadVR have tried it out they usually’ve reported that their VR expertise seems to be precisely the identical as utilizing a USB3 cable.

They famous that you just nonetheless get a warning recommending a USB3 cable for Oculus Link, and that “your performance can be improved by switching to a USB3 connection”, however for them the expertise was nigh on equivalent.

That’s nice information for headset homeowners trying to play Half-Life: Alyx on their Oculus Quest, for instance, and it actually beats shelling out one other $79 for Oculus’ fancy fibre optic cable, or certainly spending £15 / $24 on one thing just like the Oculus-approved Anker USB3 cable I used for my very own Quest testing. Indeed, UploadVR used the bundled charging cable you get within the field for his or her Oculus Link testing, which implies you gained’t even have to go trying to find one down the again of a drawer someplace to reap the benefits of it.

As talked about above, the function continues to be in beta in the intervening time, and there’s at present no time-frame on when it’s going to see a correct public launch in a future software program replace. However, when you’ve been occupied with shopping for a Quest or getting a cable beforehand so it’s prepared when your headset lastly arrives, you could wish to rethink that buy and see the way it works with the bundled USB2 cable that comes within the field.


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