Back in September, Facebook introduced that it could quickly be launching Oculus Link, a new cable-software combo enabling homeowners of its self-contained, tether-free Oculus Quest headset to get pleasure from the advantages of PC VR, and the expansive Rift software program library. Oculus Link has now entered beta and, to accompany its arrival, Facebook has detailed precisely what events will need to make the most of the function.
Assuming you’ve got already obtained an Oculus Quest (which is considerably crucial for every thing else to operate), the very first thing you’ll need to guarantee is that your PC meets the minimal specs for the Oculus Link beta – which, it is value noting, are a little totally different to these of the Rift.
You’ll need Windows 10, at the least 8GB of RAM, an Intel Core i5-4590/AMD Ryzen 5 1500X processor or increased, and one out there USB 3.zero port. The actual sticking level, nonetheless, will seemingly be your graphics card, with the Oculus Link beta solely supporting a very restricted quantity.
Your choices are mainly an Nvidia Titan X, GTX 1060/1070/1080, or something within the GTX 16 or RTX 20 collection. No AMD graphics playing cards are useable at current, however Facebook says it is working to assist “as many of their cards as possible by the time the beta period ends”.
The final hurdle you’ll face is making certain you’ve got a appropriate USB Three cable to hand, so as to join your Oculus Quest to your PC. Facebook’s advice is a “high quality” USB C to C or USB A to C cable, with the corporate’s solely particular suggestion being a £7 Anker cable, which it says it is examined internally with “good results”.
The different is to await Facebook’s official fibre-optic Oculus Link Headset Cable, which is due a while within the “coming months”. It’s a 5 meter, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C jobby with a bandwidth of 5Gbps; full specs, do you have to have an interest, could be discovered by way of Oculus’ weblog.
And with all that out the way in which, the one factor remaining is to guarantee you may have the most recent model of the Oculus software program on your PC, and that your Quest’s working system is up to date. You’ll in all probability additionally need to obtain or buy a couple of video games – both from the Oculus Store or Steam – in any other case you’ve got simply gone by a little bit of a faff for naught.
I had meant to wrap this entire factor up with early phrase from Eurogamer’s resident VR aficionado, Ian Higton, on how Oculus Link fares to this point (I’ve obtained a Rift, in any other case I’d take issues for a spin myself). Regrettably, Ian remains to be ready on a cable supply from his native pleasant on-line retailer, however I’ll replace this story tomorrow, if he has something pertinant to share.