VR Games 30 Apr 2021 2:53 PM +00:00

Oculus Air Link Guide: What Is It, How To Set It Up, Recommended Settings, Alternatives, And More.

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Oculus Quest 2 has been a revelation for Virtual Reality. Launching with higher specs, wireless gameplay, and a lower price point than its predecessor, Facebook's been making a huge push into this space.

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Having recently implemented 120 Hz support, Facebook also confirmed that the Quest would receive an update called Oculus Air Link, letting players play PC VR games wirelessly at no extra cost.

It's an incredibly useful feature, but you'll need the right setup to make the most of it. If you've got an Oculus Quest 2, here's everything you need to know.

Oculus Air Link - What You'll Need

Firstly, these games are still running off PC hardware, so you'll still need a VR-ready PC for Oculus Air Link. You can check Oculus Link's specification requirements here, and providing all's fine, you'd also need to download the Oculus PC app.

On the Quest 2 side, make sure it's updated to the latest firmware, v28, as this is when Air Link was introduced. To check what software version your Quest is running, look on the Settings menu when using your Quest, and browsing the "About" section.

Finally, you'll need a good Wi-Fi router with a stable network connection, and Oculus recommends using a 5Ghz network running on an AC or AX router. In terms of your PC, for the best performance, have it directly connected to the router via ethernet cable if possible. Facebook also advises not using range extenders and being in the same room as your router.

Oculus Air Link - How To Set It Up

On the PC, launch the Oculus PC app and select "Settings", then go onto the Beta tab. At the bottom, you'll see a switch for Air Link, so click it to enable it. This will automatically turn off after 24 hours, so you'll need to activate it again on your next session.

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Then, load up your Quest 2. As this is an experimental feature currently, you'll need to go onto the Quest 2 "Settings" menu, then turn on experimental features. A tab will appear to turn on Air Link, so click that. You'll receive a warning about the required equipment, which mirrors what we've said above.

Click continue, and Air Link will appear in the Quick Actions menu within Settings. Providing your Quest is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your PC, it'll ask you to pair them up on the first time using this. Once you've selected your PC, you'll be good to go!

Oculus Air Link - What Headsets Can Use It?

Only the Oculus Quest 2 supports Air Link. Sadly, it isn't compatible with the original (and now discontinued) Oculus Quest, and the Oculus Rift/Rift S are both designed as wired PC VR headsets anyway.

Oculus Air Link - Are There Alternatives?

Before Facebook revealed Air Link, many players used Virtual Desktop instead, which is also available on the original Oculus Quest. However, it does cost £15, but has seen strong reviews across the VR community.

Otherwise, you can also use a Type-C cable for a wired connection, through Oculus Link. Naturally, that negates the wireless nature of Quest, but also offers the strongest connection.

For the wired Oculus Link, you'll want a 5 metre cable at least, and while you can use any Type-C cable, make sure to invest in a good quality one. Facebook sell them directly, but those retail at £89, so it's worth shopping around.

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