Can You Play Steam Games on Oculus Quest 2 With a Mac?

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By Monica Bates

Are you a Mac user who just got their hands on an Oculus Quest 2 and wondering if you can play Steam games on it? Well, the answer is both yes and no. Let’s dive into the details.

What is Oculus Quest 2?

Oculus Quest 2 is a standalone VR headset that allows users to experience virtual reality without the need for a PC or any other external device. It has its own operating system called Oculus OS, which means that not all VR games and applications are compatible with it.

Can You Play Steam Games on Oculus Quest 2?

The short answer is no, you cannot play Steam games directly on your Oculus Quest 2. This is because the headset runs on its own operating system and doesn’t have access to the Steam platform.

However, there are two ways to play Steam games on your Oculus Quest 2 with a Mac:

Method 1: Using Virtual Desktop

Virtual Desktop is an application that allows users to access their desktop from anywhere in VR. With Virtual Desktop installed on your Mac and Oculus Quest 2, you can stream Steam games from your computer to your VR headset wirelessly.

To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Install Virtual Desktop on both your Mac and Oculus Quest 2.
  2. Connect both devices to the same Wi-Fi network.
  3. Launch Virtual Desktop on your headset and computer.
  4. Select your computer from the list of available devices.
  5. Open Steam on your computer and start playing.

Note that this method requires a strong Wi-Fi connection to work properly.

Method 2: Using Link Cable

The second method involves using an official Link cable from Oculus. This cable connects your VR headset to your Mac through a USB-C port, allowing you to access PC-based VR games like Steam.

To use this method, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your Oculus Quest 2 to your Mac using the Link cable.
  2. Enable Developer Mode on your headset through the Oculus app on your phone.
  3. Download and install SteamVR on your Mac.
  4. Launch SteamVR and start playing.

Note that this method requires a powerful Mac and a compatible Link cable.

Conclusion

While you can’t play Steam games directly on your Oculus Quest 2, there are ways to access them through methods like Virtual Desktop or Link cable. However, these methods may require additional hardware or software and may not work for everyone. Be sure to check the compatibility of your devices before attempting to play any VR games.