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Your PC in VR

Watch movies, browse the web or play games on a giant virtual screen.

PC Version
PC Version

PC Version

Supported Headsets
  • Oculus Rift / Rift S
  • HTC Vive / Vive Pro / Vive Cosmos
  • Valve Index
  • Windows Mixed Reality
Computer Requirements
  • Windows 7 SP1 64-bit  (Windows 10 recommended)
  • Nvidia GTX 640 or 980M or ATI HD 7000/Rx 200
  • Intel Core i5-2500k or equivalent
  • If you have a Windows 'N' edition, make sure to install the Media Feature Pack for your version of Windows

Mobile Version

Supported Headsets
  • Gear VR
  • Oculus Go
  • Oculus Quest
Computer Requirements
  • Windows 8.1  64-bit (Windows 10 recommended)
  • Nvidia or AMD GPU recommended but not required
  • Intel Core i5-2500k or equivalent
  • Wired computer to 5 GHz AC Wi-Fi router
  • If you have a Windows 'N' edition, make sure to install the Media Feature Pack for your version of Windows
Update: If you see a message about needing to update the app and used SideQuest before, you'll need to sideload again to update to the latest version. You can ignore the "update available" notification in the library.
 
Frequently Asked Questions

The app fails to start

If you have Riva Tuner installed, set the detection level to 'None'. If you have anti-viruses other than Windows Defender, they could be preventing the app from launching correctly.

I get an error on the desktop that says 'Unable to connect to the Virtual Desktop Service'

Your anti-virus or a problem with Windows is preventing the installation of the service. To resolve this, add an exception to your anti-virus or go to the installation folder and try to manually install it by double-clicking 'VirtualDesktop.Service'

I can see the background environment but get a black screen instead of my desktop?

This is most likely caused by the Windows Night light feature or by a third party app conflicting with Virtual Desktop such as Display Fusion or F.lux. Turning off the feature or uninstalling those apps should resolve the problem.

I get a black screen when trying to watch Netflix, Hulu or other streaming service?

Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Chrome and some Windows Store apps have DRM that prevent those services from being captured. Using Firefox solves this problem.

I get a black screen when trying to play 360 videos?

If you have an Optimus laptop, right-click the desktop and click Nvidia Control Panel, then Manage 3D settings. Set the preferred graphics processor to "High-performance Nvidia processor" globally or specifically for Virtual Desktop.

See here.

I get a message that says I need to install the Media Feature pack, where do I get it?

How do I run Steam games in Virtual Desktop?

Just start your games as you normally would and they should appear in Virtual Desktop. Make sure to disable Desktop Game Theater mode by going in Steam to Settings, In-game and uncheck the "Use Desktop Game theater..." option.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can it connect to a Mac?

MacOS support is being worked on (no ETA yet). In the meantime, you can use Parallels Desktop. Set the network mode to "Bridged". On older Macs, you might need to configure Parallels for "Design" or "Gaming" to make it work. The SteamVR streaming feature described below will not work with Parallels.

Can I play SteamVR or Oculus Rift games?

Yes but this feature requires Windows 10 (it won't work through Parallels on a Mac). You need to sideload Virtual Desktop after purchasing the app in the Oculus Store. This can be done easily by using SideQuest and following the instructions in the app. You can also download the apk manually from here if you don't want to use SideQuest.

Once you have sideloaded it, launch SteamVR from Virtual Desktop. If a window appears about SteamVR running in safe mode, make sure to uninstall other drivers (such as ALVR or Riftcat), then disable safe mode. If you have an Nvidia based laptop and get a black screen, make sure to set the preferred graphics processor globally to your Nvidia GPU as shown here.

To play Rift games, you need to install Revive and launch your games from the Revive tab in the SteamVR Dashboard.

I get an "Unable to retrieve identity" error

This is an issue with the headset not able to retrieve your Oculus account information. The People/Friends window in Oculus Home also crashes when this happens. The solution is to do a Factory Reset of the headset through the Oculus app on your phone.

I get an error saying an update is in progress on Oculus Go

This is an issue with the headset stuck trying to update itself. First thing to try is to restart the headset by holding the power button for a few seconds and clicking "Restart". If this doesn't resolve the issue, a Factory Reset from the phone app will be needed. Oculus is aware of this issue and looking into it.

It says 'Computer is unreachable'

If you see a 'Not on same network' warning and are not connecting through the internet remotely:

  • Make sure your computer is connected to the same router and is on the same network as your headset (the headset might be on a Guest network for example)

Otherwise:

  • Make sure the Windows Firewall isn't blocking all connections (see here) and restart your computer

  • If using Avast or AVG, make sure the Firewall network profile is set to Private instead of Public

  • If using McAfee, Norton, or any other anti-virus, try disabling them or adding an exception for Virtual Desktop Streamer

  • Make sure your PC isn't running VPN software

  • If you are running NordVPN, make sure the 'CyberSec' and 'Invisibility on LAN' features are disabled

  • Make sure you have 'Full cone NAT' or 'Open NAT' enabled in your router settings if such an option exists

  • If you are using a public Wi-Fi from an apartment building or office, those often prevent communication between  devices. As a workaround, you can use your own router such as this one

It says 'Measuring bandwidth' then disconnects

An error should appear on your desktop telling you what the problem is. Usually this happens when:

  • You don't have the latest drivers installed for your GPU or iGPU. If you have an Intel based laptop, make sure you have the latest Intel drivers installed.

  • You have HDR / WCG enabled in your Display Settings

  • You have VPN or anti-virus software blocking connections to your PC

I'm connected but only see a black screen

  • Make sure your monitor is detected by Windows. Some monitors/TVs need to be turned on to be detected.

  • If you have an Nvidia based laptop, right-click the desktop and click Nvidia Control Panel, then Manage 3D settings. Set the preferred graphics processor to "High-performance Nvidia processor" globally (see here). Restart your computer once this is changed.

  • Try turning off the Windows Night light feature, HDR or uninstalling applications that change the color of your screen such as F.Lux.

The Streamer App fails to install or refuses to run

Your anti-virus might be preventing the app from installing/running. Try adding an exclusion for Virtual Desktop.

I get a message that says I need to install the Media Feature pack, where do I get it?

I get choppy performance when streaming my desktop?

Make sure your computer is wired to your router and not wirelessly connected. You need at least an 802.11 AC Router and it is recommended to use a 5 GHz connection. You will need a desktop computer and dedicated GPU to stream fast action games. Also make sure to disable NVidia Gamestream.

I get a black screen when trying to watch Netflix, Hulu or other streaming service?

Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Chrome and some Windows Store apps have DRM that prevent those services from being captured. Using Firefox solves this problem.

The keyboard doesn't always appear when entering text fields?

This is an issue with the Windows Touch Keyboard. If you right-click the Taskbar and click "Show touch keyboard button", you will be able to bring it up manually.

I get a black screen when launching some games?

Try to run your games in Borderless or Windowed Fullscreen mode.

Can I watch 3D SBS movies?

Yes, press the trigger while pointing outside the screen to bring up the Desktop Toolbar and select the 3D mode.

Can I connect to my computer over the Internet?

Yes, make sure "Allow remote connections" is checked in the Streamer window. You'll also need to enable UPnP on your router and the Streamer App will forward the required ports automatically. If you want to manually configure your router, forward TCP ports 38810, 38820, 38830 and 38840.