Oculus Quest Link Bèta test

My first experience with Quest Link is just amazing. After update to firmware in the Quest and installed the Oculus Home software on my PC, should Link worked? I had ordered an USB 3.0 extension cable and a USB 3.1 A to C connector. Total length is 5+1 = 6 meter.

PC configuration is not the latest, so would it work? ASUS mainboard M5A97 EVO R2.0 has two USB 3.0 ports. The free one has a connection, but when started in Quest, the application on the PC is moving, but the screen in the Quest was black. I checked the log files in Oculus application and found that my ASMedia USB controller is supported. Removed the WiFi USB dongle and replaced it with the Quest cable, now Link was working!

With the Velcro cable binder its easy to fixed the cable to the headset.

Only the warning PC is not compatible with the minimal requirements is a small problem, but did not harm the experience. The AMD FX-6300 Processor is not compatible. Maybe hack the configuration json file in Oculus Software.

note: add processor type AMD FX-6300 did not work in config file.

My Configuration:

PC specs: ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0 , AMD FX-6300 6 core 3.51 GHz    , 32 GB mem, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB mem.

Quest connection to PC: 5 meter DeLock Extension cable USB 3.0 A to USB 3.0 A female, USB 3.1 A to USB 3.1 C  (Allekabels.nl)  Note: charge cable that comes with Quest is not usable.

Test applications in Oculus on PC:

  1. On Quest I had Apollo 11 Quest running, so the PC version Apollo11 VR HD must be compared. This VR experience is much more detailed then the Quest version. Amazing how good the OLED display of the Quest is. Now the PC is processing the game in a detailed image.
  2. The same with Anne Frank House, much more details.
  3. FlyInside Flight Simulator works with the virtual Oculus controllers, but no hands!
  4. vSpatial virtual desktop in beta on the Quest I tested over WiFi and now over the link with the Oculus version.  Both apps connect to a virtual Windows10 64 bit Desktop running on VMware ESXi6.7 in my homelab. vSpatial Remote Manger is v1.0.7255.4019 is installed in the VM. Runs with no latency at all.
  5. Nice to play with Aircar. Sometimes Quest is freezing, while PC runs. Not available on Quest.
  6. Blade Runner is also a nice game to play on PC. Not available on Quest

vSpatial screen capture with CyberLink, just the running application on PC. Left screen is the physical Windows10 PC and the right screen is the virtual Windows10 desktop on VMware in my homelab. ( In Quest Bluetooth mouse and keyboard not working.)




update: most applications do not work with hands, only controllers.

Virtual workspace in VR/AR?

My last presentation on the VMUG TechCon in March was all about how the journey of VR/AR is running into the future. After a few years there are several new products to make 2019 the year of VR.

VR creates an immersive virtual world. AR let you enhance the real world with digital add-ons. Better display’s, wireless and easy to use 6dof (6 degree of freedom) are available now. The best HMD (head mounted displays) are the HMD with more than 180 degree FOV (field of view). StarVR, X-TAL and consumer friendly PIMAX produce these. All connected to a big PC.

I was waiting for the new Oculus Quest and happy to be an owner now. After a few weeks working with this device, I’m very excited about the potential of this headset. No wires, easy setup and 6dof. Streaming the user view to Chromecast v3 on a big TV is great for the others, watching why you are running around with funny moves.

Everything is bigger and immersed in the headset: You don’t need a big TV (3D) to watch movies ore Netflix. 360 photos and videos are now the ‘real’ world. With a stream application ALVR, it’s possible to stream content from you PC. SteamVR games run in the Quest. Not all high end games, but Google Earth VR is working well. Fly over your hometown in 3D and visit places on the whole world. Even the Desktop of your PC is on a very big screen available.

What if we can create a virtual workspace in VR with all the screens we need (more is more productive), team meetings virtual in the same room we live video communication? It’s possible with ‘BigScreen’ but more professional in vSpatial. This could be the workspace of the future. Running virtual desktops in the cloud and share with the team. vSpatial is working on the Quest version. I can’t wait its ready.

Flying around the world to meet members in the project is reduced with this technology. It save more time and CO2 , save the environment. Just to drink a beer together we must physically meet, so do not replace all by virtual. All my earlier bought stuff and profession experience is coming together in the Oculus Quest. My first 3D video camera, Samsung Gear360 camera and virtual desktops. If you see the right path, every investment in time and money is worth of it. Join the journey!