How to Play Steam Games on the Oculus Quest 2

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The Oculus Quest 2 is an amazing and reliable virtual reality headset capable of many things. The Sandstone VR set can easily play games and experiments without the hassle of any wire or base station. However, did you know that Quest 2 can also run SteamVR games like Rift? And before you start thinking, it doesn’t need any side loading or work. If you’ve configured your Oculus Quest 2, and want to play SteamVR games on your headset, you’re in the right place. This complete guide will teach you how to connect your Quest 2 to PC to run SteamVR games without interruption. So without further ado, charge your headset, and let’s dive inside.

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Play SteamVR Games on the Oculus Quest 2

This guide to playing SteamVR games on Oculus Quest 2 is divided based on the different types of connections you can use. Depending on whether you prefer the wired or wireless method, use the table below to get to the desired section.

Things You Need for SteamVR on Oculus Quest 2

Although the process of running SteamVR games on Quest 2 is quite simple, there are some requirements that you should be aware of. Some of them are very important so be sure to go through them before you start.

1. A VR Ready PC

It’s no secret that virtual reality games and applications require a great deal of graphical and processing power. Depending on the type of games you plan to play, this requirement may be higher. The Oculus app, the software responsible for allowing you to play PC games on your Quest 2, has some requirements. You can check if your system is enabled by visiting the official Quest 2 compatibility page of Facebook. Also know that as time goes on, these requirements may change accordingly.

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2. Oculus App

Facebook has its own suite of VR software that integrates seamlessly with Oculus Quest 2. Entitled Oculus, this software is responsible for launching your Quest 2 and running it with a PC. So if anyone wants to play SteamVR games on their Quest 2, the Oculus app is the way to go. You can download and install Oculus Link (free). Make sure you sign in with your Facebook account as the headset will use it. Gamers looking for a wireless option also need to download it.

3. Oculus Link Cable or Other Fast Type C Cable

Oculus Quest 2 users who want to connect their VR set to PC for steam will need a cable. Official Oculus Link Cable ($ 79) is the best option if you want to spend money. This is a fast and long transmission cable that will see you running smoothly when connected to a PC with your set. However, if it seems too expensive, you can just buy a compatible Oculus Quest 2 cable that supports high data and video transfer. In addition, make sure that the cable you receive is reasonably long (15 feet or more) so that you do not feel any restrictions while playing. You will find lots of good cables online.

4. Installing SteamVR on PC

Last but not least, we need SteamVR (free) to get things done. The SteamVR software itself can be easily found in the Steam store and is quite small in size. Once you’ve downloaded it, let it install and keep reading. We will need this process later. Also, make sure that all the VR games you have purchased are installed and ready to go.

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How to Set up Quest 2 for SteamVR Games (Wired)

We will first start with the wired way to connect Oculus Quest 2 to your PC. Before we begin, make sure that the Oculus Quest 2 is connected to your computer using the cable and that you have opened the Oculus app. Once done, follow the steps below.

1. As soon as you connect your headset, you will be bombarded by a host of permissions. Grant them all and accept the option that asks to enable Oculus Link.

2. On your PC’s Oculus Software, the add a device menu will open up. Click on the ‘Link (Cable)‘ and click on ‘Continue‘.

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3. Since our headset is already connected, just click on ‘Continue‘.

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4. The next step will allow you to check your cable connection. If you’re connected through the Oculus Link cable or any other good one you can skip this step and click on Continue. Otherwise, click Test Connection to do so.

How to Play Steam Games on the Oculus Quest 2

5. And you’re all done! Simply click on the ‘Close’ button to continue.

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Go ahead and put on your headset. Oculus Link is now live on your Quest 2 headset and is ready for SteamVR. You can even browse through the store first and access your desktop from the headset itself if you wish.

Allowing SteamVR on the Oculus Quest 2

With Quest 2 ready, we’re almost ready to get started. However, we need to perform one last step to allow SteamVR to connect to Oculus Quest 2. To do this, follow these steps:

1. On the Oculus app on your computer, click on ‘Settings‘ on the left taskbar.

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2. On the next menu that appears, click on the ‘General‘ tab.

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3. Click on the ‘Unknown Sources’ toggle to enable it.

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4. On the next confirmation, click the ‘Allow‘ button to finalize your decision.

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Your SteamVR will now be allowed through the gates when it’s run. Now let’s begin by actually starting it.

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Running SteamVR

1. Open the Steam app on your PC.

2. On the main page, simply click on the small ‘VR‘ icon that has appeared to start SteamVR. Alternatively, you can find it in your game library and start it from there.

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Now put on your headset again and you will find yourself spending your life in a beautiful cottage by the woods. Welcome to the world of SteamVR. You can walk around the cottage and explore so you can jump straight ahead and start the game. The Steam library works just like any other UI on your computer.

Running a Game on SteamVR in Oculus Quest 2

Although the layout of SteamVR is very easy to understand, we will teach you how to start a game in SteamVR so that you get used to it. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Face the right side wall inside the SteamVR home and using your controller, click on ‘Browse Steam

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2. From the next menu that appears, select Store or Library depending on your preference.

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Now you can browse through the store or your game library and just click play to start the game. Once complete, click the Oculus button to exit SteamVR and return to your home screen.

And that’s it! You just learned how to install SteamVR on your Oculus Quest 2! Was it easy? Now you can go ahead and buy SteamVR games and play them easily on your Quest 2 headset. Just make sure the two devices are connected together. For users looking for a wireless method, don’t worry because we’ve covered you in multiple ways. Keep reading

How to Set up Quest 2 for SteamVR Games (Using FB Air Link)

Now before we start with the wireless method, keep in mind that it will not be as reliable as wired as wireless connectivity is involved. Thankfully, Facebook offers its free AirLink service for users to play Steam VR games wirelessly. However, there are some additional requirements that must be met before you can begin. Keep the following in mind:

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1. An AC or AX Router with 5GHz Network

Since wireless content broadcasts from PC to Oculus Quest 2 will be included, a high-speed internet connection is essential. Make sure your router meets the latest speed standards and has a choice of 5GHz bands. Additionally, you will need to connect the router to your PC using an Ethernet cable for the best possible connection.

2. A Fully Charged Oculus Quest 2

The wired method not only brings an experience without delay but also benefits the users as the headset constantly charges itself during the process. However, if you decide to go wireless, Quest 2 will run out of battery and it will only last you that long. Be sure to fully charge your Oculus Quest 2 to ensure that you get the best possible experience while playing SteamVR games wirelessly.

Now that you have the above-mentioned in mind, let’s start with setting up the wireless method.

Since Facebook Air Link still counts as an experimental feature, it must be enabled on both your PC and the Quest 2 separately. We will begin with PC. Follow the steps below to do so:

1. On the Oculus app on your computer, click on Settings on the left taskbar.

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3. From the list that appears, toggle on Air Link by clicking on it once.

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And you’re done. Now let’s move on to the Oculus Quest 2.

1. From the main menu, tap on ‘Quick Settings‘.

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2. Tap on the ‘Settings‘ option on the top right.

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3. From the next menu under ‘Experimental Features‘, toggle on ‘Air Link‘ and acknowledge any notice.

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Your PC and headset are now ready for Facebook Air Link. Let’s begin by turning the feature on.

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Now let’s begin by making one final pairing and launching Facebook Air Link on the Quest 2. Follow the steps below to do so:

1. From the main menu, open tap the ‘Quick Settings‘ button.

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2. From the next menu that appears, tap on ‘Oculus Air Link‘.

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3. Click on your computer’s name and then click on the ‘Pair‘ button.

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4. Once done, click on the ‘Launch’ button to start Air Link on your Quest 2.

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And you are there. You will find yourself on the Oculus link page with the console around you. When you can browse this area, if you want to run SteamVR, just put your headset down and follow the Running SteamVR section above. As mentioned earlier, you may experience a break if your connection is unstable. However, in our experience, the experience is good with the game running well. Depending on what type of user you are, you can use the Air Link or Wired method.

Alternative to Air Link: Virtual Desktop

While Facebook AirLink is a great solution for playing Steam VR games wirelessly, that doesn’t mean there are no alternatives. A popular third-party app called Virtual Desktop works like AirLink. Virtual desktop primarily allows users to control their PC from there on Quest 2. Users can also launch their SteamVR or other VR games using the virtual desktop.

However, be aware that Virtual Desktop is a paid software and users need to download both PC Client and Oculus Quest 2. Like Air Link, performance in VD will vary depending on the configuration of your network and hardware. However, if you still want to give it a try, just sit back and relax as we have a complete guide to virtual desktops along the way.

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Enjoy SteamVR Games on Your Oculus Quest 2

We hope you enjoy the SteamVR games on your Oculus Quest 2. Facebook has changed its name and added new VR possibilities, it will be interesting to see what the company has for Quest 2. What new SteamVR games are you? Buying for your Quest 2? Or did you have a problem setting it up? Let us know in the comments below.

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