Virtual desktop for Oculus Quest now allows you to play your computer games using your own Quest touch controllers.
Previously, you could connect an Xbox controller or similar Bluetooth gamepad and use it on a virtual desktop. This feature is also available on the Oculus Go version of the application. But not every Quest owner has a gamepad, and even for those who do pair it with Quest (instead of the device for which it is usually used), this is not very convenient.
Now everything has changed. A new option called “use touch controllers as a gamepad” makes your touch controllers a virtual Xbox controller for your PC. Enabling this setting is done from VR, and it only takes a few seconds to get started. No drivers or complicated settings are required.
The update also divides all control settings into a new input tab, which makes it easy to view and change virtual desktop controls, as well as to enable the gamepad mode.
Since Quest controllers resemble a gamepad, cut in half and have the same input for most gamepads, this emulation works well. You have a total of two thumbs, four buttons, a browse button, two pointing triggers and two gripping triggers for use as bumpers. Of course, there is no D-Pad or Start button, but the developer is exploring potential solutions for them.
Just like when streaming the desktop, you can choose from a variety of environments: from home office VR-themed to a huge virtual cinema. This is certainly a convincing experience, despite some minor latency issues and occasional FPS subsidence. This hints at a future where VR and AR headsets can completely replace our physical monitors.
Virtual Desktop for Quest can be purchased for $ 19.99.
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