After being unveiled at the OC6 event earlier this year Oculus has now announced the availability of a beta release of its new Oculus Link, created to allow you to play Rift games, experiences and content on the new Oculus Quest virtual reality headset. The Oculus Link software will work with most high-quality USB 3 cables.
To use Oculus Link, Quest owners who own a compatible gaming PC can simply plug their headset into a USB 3 port, then use the Oculus desktop app to browse and purchase Rift apps and games to play on Quest, plus access Rift’s Oculus Home and Dash. Oculus explains a little more.
“Today, we’re excited to share that Oculus Link software is rolling out in beta, so you can now enjoy AAA PC VR games like Asgard’s Wrath and Stormland on Quest. Oculus Link lets you explore the richness of the Rift content library when connected to a PC, while keeping the untethered portability of Quest on the go—the choice is yours. We aim to support most PCs within the recommended specifications for Oculus Rift and Rift S by the time we exit beta, and we’re continuing to test and optimize during the beta. We’ll add support for more systems in the coming weeks.”
“Later this year, we’ll release a premium, custom optical fiber cable to provide a best-in-class experience with maximum throughput while using Oculus Link. It will be 5 meters (16+ feet) long to provide more freedom of movement than any other cable on the market. We’ll start rolling out our cable with limited quantities in select regions this year, and continue to expand availability in 2020. We’re also releasing the Oculus Link cable specs today to help our community make informed buying decisions and let other companies evaluate whether to make comparable cables in the future.”