What to know
- Install the Oculus Link app on your PC.
- Connect a compatible USB-C to Oculus Link and your PC.
- Put on the Oculus Link and select ‘Allow’ by looking at the virtual button and pressing the headset volume button.
This guide walks you through connecting your Oculus Quest or Quest 2 headset to your gaming PC to give you the option of upgraded PC graphics in a wider array of virtual reality games and experiences.
While PC experiences can still benefit from inside-out tracking without external sensors, you will be tethered to your PC by cable, so your VR playspace may be substantially smaller. You don’t have to worry about battery life in quite the same way though.
How to Connect Your Oculus Quest to Your PC
The Oculus Quest connect to PC process is the same whether you have a first or second generation Quest virtual reality headset. Before you can make that connection, though, you need to make sure that your PC meets the minimum requirements to support the Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2.
Oculus lists the PC requirements as:
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 or an AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
- Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970, 1060 3GB or better. That includes all GTX 16-series graphics cards besides the GTX 1650. Any and all AMD RX 500, 600, 5000, and Vega series.
- Memory: 8GB
- Operating System: Windows 10
- Port: USB 3.0
If your PC meets or exceeds those specifications, then you also need to purchase a high-quality USB cable that can support for data and power simultaneously. Oculus sells its own, but at 79, it’s far fromcheap. Fortunately, you can use generic USB-C 3.0 cable, but you still want one that uses high quality materials and features excellent shieldingthere’s no point in trying to enjoy better PC visuals if your cable degrades the picture quality.
You want a 3M cable at a minimum to make sure you can still walk around to experience standing and some room scale features.
The Oculus Quest Connect to PC Process
When you’ve got your cable to hand and confirmed your PC can handle the demands of your Quest or Quest 2 headsets, here’s how to actually connect them.
Download and install the Oculus Link app on your PC.», «
Turn on your Oculus Quest or Quest 2 headset.
Plug the USB-C cable into a USB port (3.0 or greater) on your PC and then plug the other end into the headset.
Put the headset on and you should see a message that asks if you want to allow the connected device to access files on the headset. Select Allow by looking at the virtual button and pressing the headset volume button.
You’ll then be prompted to Enable Oculus Link. Select Enable to do so.
You can now play compatible Oculus Rift and Rift S games on your Oculus Quest. Those include those sold in the Oculus store and on the SteamVR platform. To do so, simply select them from the Oculus menu’s Apps section.
Oculus Link Isn’t Working
If you find that after following the setup steps that you’re having issues with sound, or picture, there are some steps you can take. First, confirm you’re using a cable that meets Oculus specifications released by Facebook. It has said any good quality USB-C cable will do, but it’s worth checking.
Second, try restarting your PC or laptop, as that can sometimes fix issues with graphics cards which aren’t as well supported as others.
For more help, check out the official Oculus Quest Plus Link support section.