Can You Transfer Oculus Quest Games to Rift?

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By Valerie Becker

If you own both Oculus Quest and Rift, you may be wondering whether it is possible to transfer games from one device to the other. The answer is not a straightforward one, but we will try to break it down for you.

First off, let’s clarify the two devices:

  • Oculus Quest is a standalone VR headset that does not require a PC to operate. It has its own processor, graphics card, and memory.
  • Oculus Rift is a VR headset that requires a computer to run. It connects to your PC via cables and relies on your computer’s hardware to process graphics and run games.

Can You Transfer Games from Oculus Quest to Rift?

The short answer is no. Because Oculus Quest runs on its own operating system (OS) called Oculus OS, while Rift runs on Windows OS. The two systems are not compatible with each other.

So What Can You Do?

Purchase the Game Again: If you want to play a game that you already own on Oculus Quest but want it in the Rift version, you will need to purchase it again in the Oculus Store for Rift.

Link Your Quest with Your PC: If you have an Oculus Link cable and a compatible gaming PC, you can use your Oculus Quest as if it were an Oculus Rift, enabling you to play PC VR games using your Quest headset.

Sideload Games: Sideloaded games are games that are not available in the official Oculus Store but can still be played on your device. While this method isn’t officially supported by Oculus and may void your warranty, some users have reported success sideloading games from their Quest onto their PC and playing them through their Rift.

Conclusion

While it may be disappointing that you can’t transfer games from Oculus Quest to Rift, there are still options available to play your favorite games on both devices. Whether it’s purchasing the game again for Rift, linking your Quest with your PC, or sideloading games, you can still enjoy VR gaming on both headsets.