Virtual Desktop, the renowned application developed by Guy Godin, has unveiled a significant update, amplifying the capabilities of the Oculus Quest 3 and Quest Pro headsets. Since the inception of the original Oculus Quest in 2019, Virtual Desktop has remained a favorite among PC VR enthusiasts, consistently delivering features that even the integrated Air Link on Quest devices couldn’t rival.
- Introduction of support for the AV1 video codec on Quest 3.
- Enhanced image quality with the same bitrate as the HEVC codec.
- Improved Wi-Fi performance on Quest 3 for smoother streaming.
- “Godlike quality” setting at 120 Hz and super resolution upscaling.
- Quest Pro users can now forward face and eye tracking data to the PC version of VRChat.
Virtual Desktop’s Evolution with Quest 3:
The latest update, optimized for the Quest 3 powered by the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 chipset, brings forth several enhancements. A standout feature is the integration of the AV1 video codec, promising superior image quality at equivalent bitrates to the HEVC codec. However, it’s essential to note that the AV1 codec is currently compatible only with NVIDIA RTX 40-series and AMD Radeon RX 7000 series GPUs. According to Godin, AV1 also ensures more consistent frame times, translating to a smoother VR experience, albeit demanding slightly more from the GPU.
Enhanced Streaming and Performance:
Further, the update empowers users to activate the “Godlike quality” setting at 120 Hz and apply super resolution upscaling across all quality settings. The Quest 3 also showcases an upgrade in Wi-Fi performance compared to its predecessors, ensuring a more fluid streaming experience. Godin himself has endorsed the Quest 3 as the optimal headset for wireless PC VR, maximizing the potential of Virtual Desktop’s features.
A Treat for VRChat Enthusiasts:
But the enhancements aren’t limited to Quest 3 users. Quest Pro aficionados have a reason to rejoice as well. The update introduces a much-anticipated feature for VRChat enthusiasts. Users can now forward the headset’s face and eye tracking data to the PC version of VRChat, elevating the social VR experience. This addition complements a previous update from June, which integrated support for the Quest Pro’s local dimming feature.
Virtual Desktop continues to fortify its reputation as the premier application for PC VR users. With its latest update, it not only harnesses the full potential of the Oculus Quest 3 but also enhances the VRChat experience for Quest Pro users. As VR technology advances, applications like Virtual Desktop are pivotal in ensuring users get the most immersive and seamless experience possible.