Oculus announces Wireless PC streaming, a refresh rate of 120 Hz and improvements to Infinite Office will be available with the v28 software update for Oculus Quest 2, which the company says will be available soon.
Infinite Office is a feature that Oculus includes as part of Oculus Home that allows users to work in a virtual environment. With the v28 update, Infinite Office has an experimental feature that allows users to add a virtual desk where their real desk is located so that users know where to sit and place real physical objects without leaving VR. The Quest 2 will also be able to show a virtual representation of the Logitech K830 keyboard, although Facebook says support for visualizing more keyboard models will come in the future.
Another feature that comes with the update is the ability to stream games or applications wirelessly from your desktop PC. Oculus calls its wireless streaming function Air Link, named after the link cable with which the headset can be connected to a PC. The feature only works well with a few network setups – the instructions on how to turn it on are pretty clear that you need good WiFi for an acceptable experience, and that the link cable still has the best visual quality.
Facebook says it hasn’t ruled out getting Air Link on the original Quest at some point in the future, but it says it is “geared towards tweaking Air Link to be the best possible experience for Quest 2 first” .
We know the original Quest hardware enabled wireless PC streaming as indie developer Guy Godin incorporated it into his Virtual Desktop app. The app provides users with a virtual space to use their computers and also supports streaming of games over WiFi. However, here we need to talk about the controversy.
If you think the description of Virtual Desktop sounds a bit like Facebook’s Infinite Office, you are not alone – Godin talked about it How Facebook essentially built its app idea into its own Oculus experience and then has been offering it for free for some time. His case could have been helped by the fact that Facebook blocked the update that allowed Virtual Desktop to be used wirelessly By early this year, users will have to go through a complicated sideload process to get the functionality up and running.
UploadVR talked to Godin via Facebook introducing Air Link and got this comment from him:
“In 2017, Facebook copied the basic functionality of Virtual Desktop on Rift and integrated it into the platform, making my app essentially out of date. I’m not surprised they do this again on Quest. They copied the YUR fitness tracking app last year and released Oculus Move. essentially killing the company. They also released App Lab when they saw how popular SideQuest was. They do that. If you have a popular app on Quest today, expect Facebook to copy you and leave you in the dust. As for the fate of Virtual Desktop on Quest, we have to see how Facebook’s solution competes. Given the number of problems the Oculus Link is facing today, I’m confident that Virtual Desktop will remain a valuable solution for a while. I also have a lot of cool features in the works that I can’t wait to share with the community. “
Despite the warnings about copying ideas on Facebook, he still seems confident of being competitive. It is an open question how well Air Link will work initially and how quickly improvements will come.
The update also includes an experimental mode for 120 Hz refresh rates from the current 90 Hz and the original 72 Hz. It’s a slight delay from Oculus’ original estimated March start. Oculus’ post points out that you can’t try many out right away – Quest 2’s software is still running at 90Hz, so you won’t see what it looks like until developers release builds of their games and software they use the higher refresh rate can be executed. The wait can’t be that long though: Guy Godin has already tweeted that he will have a 120 Hz update for Virtual Desktop ready as soon as v28 is available.
Yes, the 120 Hz update can be released every time the Quest 2 update is released
– Guy Godin (@VRDesktop) April 13, 2021