‘Virtual Desktop’ Arrives On Oculus Go & Gear VR This Week

An official release for the Oculus Quest is scheduled for 2019.

Released back in March of 2016, Virtual Desktop is a handy utility application that allows users the ability to view and access their desktop computer from the comfort of their Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or WMR headset.

Previously available strictly on PC VR headsets, creator Guy Gordin recently revealed that a version of the tool optimized for mobile platforms will launch on the Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR later this week, with plans for an Oculus Quest release planned sometime next year.

Users will be able to connect their mobile headsets to their desktop through WiFi or via the internet by enabling UPnP on your router. Much like its PCbased predecessor, the app offers touch input support via Window’s native touch keyboard, as well as bluetooth mice, gamepads, and various other keyboards for a unique, yet familiar web browsing experience. Users are also free to use the Oculus Go and Gear VR 3DoF controllers to navigate the app as if using a conventional mouse. There’s also the ability to alternate between four individual computer systems at a time, all in a matter of seconds.

According to a Reddit post made by Gordin, the mobile version includes a 20ms + network latency versus what you see on the monitor; a limitation he claims isn’t much of an issue, so long as you’re not playing competitive Counter-Strike: GO. Other restrictions include slight latency on devices connected via bluetooth, as well as the inability to view multiple desktops simultaneously for a multimonitor virtual setup. 

“The app is deadlocked natively on top of OpenGL and the Oculus Mobile SDK to maximize performance and reduce battery usage,” Gordin explains in the trailer provided. “Having access to your computer will allow you to watch movies without having to connect your headset with a USB cable, transferring files to it, and worrying about running out of space. You can watch movies from your private collection, Netflix, Hulu, or any other streaming service.”

Virtual Desktop launches on Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR November 29th for $9.99. Plans for an Oculus Quest release are scheduled for 2019.

If you already have a PC VR headset, such as an HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or Windows Mixed Reality, pick up Virtual Desktop now while it’s still on sale for 50% off through the Steam Store.

Image Credit: Guy Gordin

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