Oculus adds Air Link, desk and keyboard support, 120 hz to Quest 2

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The features make virtual reality much more compelling for professional users

Quick read

➨ Oculus Air Link is the new wireless option for PC virtual reality streaming
➨ Two updates to Infinite Office are bringing desk and keyboard support to virtual reality
➨ The final major update is for a 120 hz display refresh rate on Quest 2

The story

Oculus is rolling out major features for Quest 2 that will make the headset even more compelling for professional use, including wireless PC virtual reality streaming, desk and keyboard support for Infinite Office, and a 120 hz display refresh rate.

Oculus Air Link, as the wireless option for PC virtual reality streaming will be known, is the most anticipated among gamers, as it will mean high-quality games can be accessed on their standalone, all-in-one headset without an expensive Oculus Link cable.

It should also excite professional users, because it makes their equally demanding PC virtual reality apps and experiences that much easier to access on Oculus Quest 2, an all-in-one headset they are likely to use for remote working, or to distribute to clients for demonstrations and tutorials.

Oculus says the new wireless option will be experimental when it comes, so not every network and PC setup will be ideal.

It’s recommending use of Air Link on a secure WiFi network. Users should use a 5Ghz network on an AC or AX router, be connected via ethernet cable to their PC, and make sure their PC meets the Oculus Link requirements. A best practices guide is available here.

Two updates to Infinite Office, Oculus’s controversial rival to the popular Virtual Desktop app that lets users access their PCs in virtual reality, are bringing desk and keyboard support. In January, Oculus rolled out the ability to find and use a Bluetooth-enabled mouse or trackpad.

This means users will be able to place a virtual desk on their real furniture so they can see and use it within their Oculus Home environment.

Oculus explains: “With this feature, you can use your desk as a separate seated area to access work tools like Browser. In addition to integrating with your real environment, your virtual desk boundary is automatically saved and detected, letting you easily pick things up right where you left off.”

Keyboard support means users will be able to bring a physical keyboard into virtual reality, beginning with Logitech K830. Support for additional keyboards is expected in the future.

Both of these features make virtual reality much more compelling for professional users, who will be able to access their emails via Oculus Browser and respond as they do in the real world thanks to Bluetooth-enabled keyboard tracking.

Again, these features are experimental and will work best in certain conditions, but their arrival marks the culmination of a long period of development since Facebook Connect and the launch of Quest 2, with the aim of making this all-in-one headset the first to be genuinely useful during a working day.

The final major update is for a 120 hz display refresh rate on Quest 2. The headset currently runs 90 hz in the Home environment, Explore, Store, Browser, and Oculus TV, plus several games such as Echo VR.

Enabling 120 hz will support games and apps that rely on “fast-twitch, rapid-style movement”, according to Oculus. Don’t expect to see the benefit of this until software developers issue their own updates, but it follows Oculus’s goal to “continue unlocking new capabilities of the Quest 2 hardware”.

UploadVR has confirmed that all but the desktop feature will be exclusive to Oculus Quest 2. The features will roll out gradually, through the v28 OS update.

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