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Connect Quest to MacBook Pro with Windows 10

apixarfanapixarfan Posts: 1
NerveGear
I have a 3-4 year old MacBook Pro with a Thunderbolt 2 port (but no USB-C). I recently used Bootcamp to install Windows 10 on it with the hope I could play some Steam VR games on the Quest tethered to it. I am unable to find a Thunderbolt 2 to USB-C cable. I've seen some adapters with a USB-C (male) to Thunderbolt 2 (female) connection but I have two concerns with that. 1) Would a another thunderbolt 2 to thunderbolt 2 cable be powerful enough (not ideal, but "good enough"?). 2) We'd prefer not to have a potentially heavy dongle hanging from the Oculus headset.

My three best guesses at alternatives are A) Get a USB-C "extension cord" + adapter + thunderbolt 2 cable B) Not sure if port on the MacBook can be upgraded from Thunderbolt 2 to USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) C) I vaguely recall seeing a way to do this via WiFi (we have over 100 mbps speed so it seems potentially viable).

We don't have a ton of money to upgrade to a newer PC for this (and don't intend to be heavy gamers). I'd appreciate realistic recommendations.

MacBook Pro specs:
Graphics card: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Processor: Intel i5-3210M 2.50GHz
4 GB RAM
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  • StrongitStrongit Posts: 78
    Hiro Protagonist
    I think even if you could find a proper cable for the macbook the CPU and video card aren't nearly powerful enough for it to work.  Laptops have to be pretty beefy for VR headsets to work properly.
  • TomCgcmfcTomCgcmfc Posts: 2,445 Valuable Player
    Just enjoy your Quest with its very good Mobile VR for now and save up for a decent VR-ready desktop gaming PC.  No hope with your current intel integrated gpu.  Refer to the Oculus Support webpages for Quest Link requirements;

    https://support.oculus.com/444256562873335/

    Custom built gaming desktop; i9 9900k (water cooled) oc to 5ghz, gtx 1080 ti, 32 gb 3000hz ram, 1 tb ssd, 4 tb hdd.  Asus  ROG Maximus xi hero wifi mb, StarTech 4 port/4 controller sata powered usb3.0 pcie card, PCI-E PCI Express to USB 3.1 Gen 2 card, Asus VG248QE 1080p 144hz gaming monitor, Oculus Rift cv1 w/2x sensors, Vive Pro w/2.0 base stations/controllers, Quest w/Link and VD wireless (good/close 5Ghz wifi and PC with Ethernet cable to my Router).

  • Icepick869Icepick869 Posts: 24
    Brain Burst
    If your cable combination is good enough for connecting with SideQuest: load the sideload version of Virtual Desktop (you have to buy the Virtual Desktop form the Quest store, uninstall it and then load the sideloaded version) to the Quest and the regular streamer app to the Windows 10. If the specs of the Mac are good enough it will allow you to play most Steam games. Not all because a few aren't compatible with VD. Added benefit is a wireless connection.
  • TomCgcmfcTomCgcmfc Posts: 2,445 Valuable Player
    Virtual Desktop still requires a proper dedicated gpu.  An integrated gpu like he says he has will not support this.

    Custom built gaming desktop; i9 9900k (water cooled) oc to 5ghz, gtx 1080 ti, 32 gb 3000hz ram, 1 tb ssd, 4 tb hdd.  Asus  ROG Maximus xi hero wifi mb, StarTech 4 port/4 controller sata powered usb3.0 pcie card, PCI-E PCI Express to USB 3.1 Gen 2 card, Asus VG248QE 1080p 144hz gaming monitor, Oculus Rift cv1 w/2x sensors, Vive Pro w/2.0 base stations/controllers, Quest w/Link and VD wireless (good/close 5Ghz wifi and PC with Ethernet cable to my Router).

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