One VR headset that can plug into everything would cut down on thein my office. Facebook’s standalone , which is already my favorite VR headset ever made, gets a step closer to that today by connecting with PCs and doubling as an . The technology, , is available starting today as a beta feature. It’s one more step towards Facebook’s of a single VR headset that doubles as PC and standalone device.
All it needs, if you’re curious to try it, is a USB-C cable that can carry video as well as charge. (A “USB 3 gen 1 or gen 2 cable,” with power and data support.) The Oculus Quest’s included USB-C charge cable won’t work, but Oculus is also making its own extra-long Oculus Link cable later this year.
Facebook says Oculus Link will work with PCs with at least an “Intel i5-4590 and AMD Ryzen 5 1500x graphics or greater,” but also suggests many graphics cards may not be guaranteed to work, including many AMD ones.
Supported GPUs for the beta are:
- Nvidia Titan X
- The Nvidia GeForce 1070 and 1080 series
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 16-series
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-series
I tried Oculus Link at Facebook’s Oculus Connect conference earlier this year, playing a demo of Asgard’s Wrath on a PC, and it looked great. The Oculus Quest may not work perfectly with your computer (hence the term “beta,”), but if it can stand in as a PC headset the way the demo I tried suggested, it’s a great added perk to go with hand tracking, which is coming next year.