Can Steam Games Run on Oculus Quest?

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By Valerie Becker

If you’re an avid gamer, you’ve likely heard of Oculus Quest – an all-in-one VR headset that provides an immersive gaming experience. The device has gained immense popularity since its release, and many gamers have been wondering whether they can play their favorite Steam games on it. In this article, we’ll explore the possibilities of running Steam games on Oculus Quest.

What is Oculus Quest?

Before we delve into the topic at hand, let’s first understand what Oculus Quest is. It’s a standalone VR headset by Oculus that doesn’t require a PC or any additional hardware to run. The device features two handheld controllers and six degrees of freedom (6DoF), allowing users to move around freely in virtual reality.

Can Steam Games Run on Oculus Quest?

The short answer is no – you cannot directly run Steam games on Oculus Quest. However, there are ways to play your favorite Steam games on the device.

One such way is by using a software called ALVR (short for AnyLine VR). ALVR allows users to stream PC-based VR content directly to their Oculus Quest headset over Wi-Fi. This means that you can use your computer’s processing power to run the game and stream it onto your headset.

Another software that allows users to play Steam games on their Oculus Quest is Virtual Desktop. It’s a remote desktop application that lets you access your computer from anywhere and stream content onto your VR headset. With Virtual Desktop, you can launch any game from your computer library and play it wirelessly on the Oculus Quest.

Requirements for Playing Steam Games on Oculus Quest

To play Steam games on your Oculus Quest, you’ll need a few things:

  • A gaming PC with a dedicated graphics card
  • The ALVR or Virtual Desktop software installed
  • A stable Wi-Fi connection
  • An Oculus Quest headset with developer mode turned on

ALVR Setup Guide

Here’s a step-by-step guide to setting up ALVR:

  1. Download and install ALVR on your computer from the official website.
  2. Download and install the ALVR app on your Oculus Quest from the Oculus Store.
  3. Connect your Oculus Quest to your computer via a USB cable.
  4. Launch the ALVR app on your computer and click on “Start Server”.
  5. Open the ALVR app on your Oculus Quest and connect it to your Wi-Fi network.
  6. Select “Connect” in the ALVR app on your Oculus Quest, and you should see your computer listed as a connection option.
  7. Select your computer, and you’re ready to play Steam games on your Oculus Quest!

Virtual Desktop Setup Guide

Here’s how you can set up Virtual Desktop:

  1. Purchase Virtual Desktop from the Oculus Store.
  2. Install Virtual Desktop on both your gaming PC and Oculus Quest.
  3. Make sure that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  4. Launch Virtual Desktop on both devices.
  5. Select “Steam VR” from the virtual desktop menu, and you’ll be able to launch Steam games directly onto your Oculus Quest headset!
  6. The Bottom Line

    While you cannot directly run Steam games on an Oculus Quest headset, there are ways to play them using third-party software. With a bit of setup, you can enjoy all of your favorite VR games wirelessly on your Oculus Quest.