Oculus entered the consumer VR market with PC-based headsets, Rift and Rift S. They both have a long cable attached to the headset that you plug into your PC. While this limited users’ movement and broke the immersive experience, the Rift and Rift S had better quality games like Asgard’s Wrath, Lone Echo, and Stormland. In the past, one had to choose between playing better quality games with the Rift or Rift S(or using Oculus Link with Quest headsets) or enjoying more freedom with Quest or Quest 2.
This changed with the introduction of Air Link, a new feature from Oculus for streaming PC VR content wirelessly. Oculus Air Link was first announced on April 13th, alongside other updates. It was released about two weeks later to Quest 2 users in Experimental mode as part of the v28 update and will be shipped to the Quest soon.
Because Air Link is still in beta, it doesn’t support all networks and PC setups. To use Air Link, Oculus recommends that you use a strong, secure, and uncongested Wi-Fi network, placed not more than 20ft from where you would be using the headset. The router should also be an AC or AX router with a 5GHz network and should be connected to your PC via an ethernet cable.
As for the PC, it should have the following requirements or higher:
- Processor: Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X.
- Graphics card: Check here for a list of supported graphics cards.
- Memory: 8GB RAM.
- Operating system: Windows 10.
Connecting Your Quest 2 To Your PC Using Air Link
Before connecting your Quest 2 to your PC, ensure both your headset and PC are connected to a strong and secure Wi-Fi connection. Though Air Link supports all Wi-Fi standards, Oculus recommends using WPA-2, as it’s the most secure and readily available. Also, make sure both the Quest 2 and your Oculus PC app are running v28 software. You can confirm this in your settings. Now, follow the below steps.
On your PC:
- Download or update the Oculus app if you haven’t already. You can do that here.
- Launch the app and select Settings.
- Select the Beta tab, and click on the button next to Air Link to enable it.
On your Quest 2:
- Put on the headset and hold down the Oculus button to open the universal menu.
- Select Settings (Gear icon), then select Experimental Features.
- Select the button next to Air Link.
- Read through the Air Link requirement, and ensure that your devices meet them, then click Continue.
- Select your PC from the Available PCs list and select Pair.
- Click on Launch once the pairing is complete.
To turn it on after the first time, go to the Quick Actions menu in Settings. To turn it off, open the universal menu by pressing the Oculus button. Select Settings, then Experimental Features. Click the button next to Air Link to disable it. Air Link is disabled automatically on the PC app after 24 hours of disuse.
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