This is a revised first post. To take advantage of The Oculus Quest wireless capabilities and improved visuals streaming content from your PC to the headset is a viable option IF
you have a decent 5Ghz wireless router and a wired PC connection
. For the most part this can replace natively playing games on the Rift. It also means some games which release on the Quest like Sairento and Vader Immortal which are watered down to suit the hardware can be played using the PC version with superior visuals. I have played many games now like this and whilst there are some visual distortions at times the overall experience is on par with playing natively on the Rift. However this is largely dependant on your wireless connection and what interference you might have around you.To get it working:
-Download the ALVR Alpha 4 using the instructions on this page - https://github.com/polygraphene/ALVR
- Alternatively you can install Virtual Desktop
from the Oculus Store
-Then I used this app to side-load the ALVR Apk onto quest. You can also use it to install Virtual Desktop Streaming App
-Once up and running using ALVR I found the server would not connect to the quest properly so I had to disable windows firewall on my Private Network setting in Windows 10 there might be another workaround so you don't have to do this each time. You don't need to do this with Virtual Desktop App.
-Start ALVR or Virtual Desktop Streaming client on PC
-Make sure you up the resolution option to 150% in video settings in ALVR. You can edit settings in Virtual Desktop inside the Quest accordingly.
-Launch the ALVR/Virtual Desktop App on your Quest (ALVR us located in 'Unknown Sources' in Library).
-Once successfully connected ALVR will automatically launch Steam VR. Virtual Desktop you will need to launch Steam VR yourself. Once loaded you will enter Steam VR Home if you have that enabled. If not then hold the left TOUCH menu button and Steam Dash will load. You can then boot your games from there. Alternatively, you can boot apps and other games using Revive from the desktop.
-If you need to adjust the floor height just go to Steam VR settings and run the room tutorial - select Standing Room and follow the instructions from there or use Advance Settings Floor Fix in OVR if you have that enabled.PLAY GAMES
Be aware that some games perform better than others and some games might need to have the ALVR resolution reduced back down to 100% to avoid stuttering. Also be mindful that games which require fast precise movements such as Beat Sabre might not be as effective due to the latency. I also find that games which present more confined spaces such as The Lab, or Job Sim, Sairento look better than those with longer draw distances. The decoder seems to have issues with longer draw-distances.
Virtual Desktop seems to present a smoother playing experience with a slightly lower screen resolution. For some, this might be a worthy trade-off. Virtual Desktop also has better controller compatibility. This means some games that don't work so well on ALVR will run much better.EXTRAS:
-In some games where there is a longer draw distance like Skyrim VR or Fallout 4 VR, The Forest you might see lots of blur and fogginess. You can increase the Bitrate and Buffer Size in ALVR. I set mine to 50Mbps instead of the default 30 and 500Kb Buffer instead of the default 200Kb. This improved the visual artefacts quite a bit for me but might not eliminate the compression artefacts fully.
-Additionally if your PC is powerful enough you can increase the Super-Sampling in Steam VR/ Oculus Tray Tool
for each game for even better visuals.
System Specs: RTX 2080 ti , i9 9900K CPU, 16 GB DDR 4 RAM, Win 10 64 Bit OS.