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Oculus Link, a new way to experience Oculus Rift content on your Oculus Quest, is officially rolling out today in beta mode.
Announced during Oculus Connect 6, Link is available for anyone who owns a Quest headset and a compatible gaming PC. Oculus Link allows Quest users to access and play Rift content that they previously couldn’t experience.
As Oculus puts it, while the Rift S offers the highest fidelity gaming experience available, the Oculus Quest makes it easier than ever to get into the world of virtual reality.
The Oculus Link will bridge that gap – effectively linking the two together (pun totally intended) – to broaden the horizons of Quest users while also helping PC developers reach the biggest audience possible.
Link software is compatible with most high-quality USB 3 cables. Oculus plans to release a premium optical fibre cable later in 2019 in order to provide a best-in-class experience for Quest users.
Quest owners who own a compatible gaming PC can now simply plug their headset into a USB 3 port and then use the Oculus desktop app to browse and purchase Rift content to play on their Quest. They can also access Rift’s Oculus Home and Dashboard.
The PC requirements for the Oculus Link are as follows:
- Processor: Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater
- Memory: 8GB+ RAM
- Operating System: Windows 10
- USB Ports: 1x USB 3.0 ports
Only certain GPUs are currently supported, but Oculus plan to add more as development on the Oculus Link beta continues. You can see a table of which NVIDIA GPUs are supported or not below.
|NVIDIA GPU||Supported||Not Currently Supported|
|NVIDIA Titan Z||X|
|NVIDIA Titan X||X|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970||X|
|Desktop NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060||X|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060M||X|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070(all)||X|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080(all)||X|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16-series(all)||X|
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series (all)||X|
At the moment, no AMD GPUs are supported. Oculus says that it’s working directly with AMD to support as many of AMD’s GPUs as possible by the time Link exits beta.
For more information, you can check out the official Oculus blog post about the Link here. Happy gaming!