Community Download is a weekly discussion-focused articles series published (usually) every Monday in which we pose a single, core question to you all, our readers, in the spirit of fostering discussion and debate. For today’s Community Download, we want to know if you think the Oculus Link is a good enough feature to make the Quest the only headset worth buying?
This week the much-hyped Oculus Link feature (which allows you to connect your Quest to a compatible gaming PC via a USB cable) finally released into beta. This means if you have the right cable and the right PC specs, you can turn your Quest (essentially) into a Rift S.
The caveats here are, obviously, that the image will be a bit compressed compared to running VR games natively on Rift and probably won’t be quite as impressive from a performance perspective, but the fact that you could theoretically have a Rift when you need it and then unplug to access your Quest library wirelessly, as a standalone device, all in the same headset is incredibly enticing. If you don’t mind a bit of latency or performance loss for some apps you could even stream PC content wirelessly via Virtual Desktop too.
Back at Oculus Connect 6 this year we asked if you all think this is going to kill the Rift S. At this stage it’s hard to say, there are still benefits to a Rift S that the Quest with Link just can’t encapsulate, but let’s go a step further: Does the Oculus Link with Quest make it the only VR headset truly worth owning? No other device on the market can play in both worlds so effectively. Or does the exclusive library of the PSVR keep it in the discussion, or does the amazing fidelity and hand interactions of the Valve Index lock it in as the premiere option still?
Let us know what you think down in the comments below!