Oculus Introduces 120 Hz, Virtual Desktop Alternative for the Quest 2!

Oculus has unveiled that the v28 software update for the Quest VR headset introduces both 120 Hz refresh rate support and a Virtual Desktop alternative called Air Link.

Both new features are highly anticipated and give a preview of where the company is advancing technology in the field of virtual reality.

120 Hz Refresh Rate

120 Hz refresh rate comes only a few months after Oculus enabled 90 Hz support for the Quest 2. This new feature will only be supported for the Oculus Quest 2, since the original Quest display does not support a refresh rate over 72 Hz.

The refresh rate is how often your display renders a new image. A higher rate leads to less blurriness and less choppiness during gameplay, which can reduce virtual reality motion sickness.

The refresh rate is how often your display renders a new image. A higher rate leads to less blurriness and less choppiness during gameplay, which can reduce virtual reality motion sickness.

Oculus Air Link

Oculus Air Link is a wireless version of Oculus Link which requires no tethered Link cable back to your PC. The feature announcement has caused quite a stir, since it is an obvious competitor to Virtual Desktop, which does the same thing.

In theory, Air Link should work better than Virtual Desktop because it integrates tightly with Oculus’ entire ecosystem. Un-fixed connection issues still plague Oculus Link today though, meaning most gamers are taking a “wait and see” approach. Air Link is only expected to work with Oculus Quest 2 headsets as well.

It is recommended that you use Air Link on a secure WiFi network that you trust; use a 5Ghz network on an AC or AX router, connected via ethernet cable to your PC; and make sure your PC meets the Oculus Link requirements.

Below are the AC and AX routers we recommend for Oculus Quest users.

Tenda AC10U Smart Gigabit Wi-Fi Router AC1200 Dual Band w/Parental Control + MU-MIMO + Smart WiFi App Management + USB Port
  • Stream in 4K on multiple devices and get lightning-quick connections by upgrading to Tenda's enhanced 1200 Mbps high speed Wi-fi technology ([email protected] 4GHz [email protected])
  • Link up to 30 wireless devices like the Google assistant, Alexa and various steaming devices, simultaneously, while maintaining optimum network conditions
  • 4 omni-directional antennas with beamforming and Mu-Mimo technology, deliver high-speed internet throughout your home and provide seamless coverage for up to 2000 Sq. ft
ASUS AX5700 WiFi 6 Gaming Router (RT-AX86U) - Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Router, NVIDIA GeForce NOW, 2.5G Port, Gaming & Streaming, AiMesh Compatible, Included Lifetime Internet Security
  • New-generation WiFi 6 - Enjoy ultrafast speeds up to 5700 Mbps with the latest WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and 160MHz channels
  • Mobile Game Mode - Minimize lag and latency for mobile gaming with just a tap on the ASUS Router app
  • True 2 Gbps wired and wireless speeds - Aggregated 2 Gbps WAN connections, wired 2.5 Gbps port and WiFi 6

We will be covering both new features in more detail on our website here this week.

The latest Oculus software update will be rolling out to users throughout the week. You don’t have to do anything, but we have a guide on how to manually check for software updates if you are impatient.

In other v28 improvements, Oculus is adding the ability to bring a virtual desk into your guardian environment. Like the virtual couch feature added previously, this allows you place a desk in the Oculus Home environment for seated use.

Oculus has also fixed a few nagging guardian and hand tracking issues and added a light theme as well.

Take a look at the full v28 change log below!

Oculus Quest v28 Change Log

The Guardian issue should be resolved in this software release including the following:

  • Quest 2 headset does not remember previous guardian
  • The guardian jumping around
  • May see an error message “Tracking has been lost”

Bring your desk into VR

  • We’ve added the ability to place a virtual desk on your real desk to use while you’re in VR. You can see and use this Desk in the Oculus Home environment.
  • We’ve recommended staying seated while using the Desk.
  • To opt into this experimental feature, open your universal menu, select Settings then select Experimental Features. Select Bring Your Desk Into VR to enable your virtual desk.

Oculus Air Link

  • Oculus Air Link allows you to discover and pair your Oculus Quest 2 headset to your Oculus-ready PC over a secure Wi-Fi network.
  • You can opt into this experimental feature from the Experimental Features section of Settings. Follow the instructions on our support site to set up oculus air link.
  • Oculus Air Link requires your Quest 2 and PC App to be updated to V28

120hz Support

  • 120hz support is now available on Oculus Quest 2 in an experimental setting. Developers can now ship apps that run at 120hz, allowing you to experience a higher refresh rate in any app that supports 120hz when you enable this in settings.
  • To opt into this experimental feature, open your universal menu, select Settings, select Experimental Features, then select 120hz.
  • Keep in mind, it’s up to the developer to provide support for 120hz. While there aren’t any apps that support 120hz just yet, people who turn on this setting will experience 120hz performance in apps that choose to support it in the future.
  • This feature may affect battery usage, headset temperature and the visual quality of some system features.

Light theme

  • Light theme is being introduced to Oculus Quest 2. You can now change the appearance of system features and Oculus apps to a light theme.
  • To opt into this experimental feature, open your universal menu, select Settings, select Experimental Features, then choose Display Theme to select between a Dark or light theme.

Hand Tracking

  • We’ve made improvements to the hand tracking behavior so that when you pinch the cursor will not move.
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