With an extensive collection of both native and side-loadable VR titles, the Quest 3 & 2 offer a captivating gaming experience. However, the allure of exploring new horizons is irresistible for avid gamers. This guide delves into the world of Steam, a treasure trove of gaming experiences, and how to access it on your Quest VR headset.
PC Requirements for Running Steam Games on Quest 2 & 3
To embark on your Steam gaming journey with Quest 2, you’ll need a gaming PC or a laptop. If you’re uncertain about your PC’s compatibility, you can refer to the recommended VR configurations.
Keep in mind that your system should be a Windows 10 or 11 PC equipped with at least a Core i5 or an AMD equivalent CPU, a GPU with GTX 1070 or higher, and a minimum of 8GB RAM. Unfortunately, VR gaming on a MacBook, Chromebook, or Linux-based PC is not supported.
Once you’ve confirmed your PC meets the requirements, it’s essential to install the Oculus 2 desktop application. Regardless of the method you choose to play Steam Games on your VR, having this companion software installed on your PC is a prerequisite. You can download the software here. Also, ensure that you have Steam installed on your PC.
Playing Steam Games on Quest 3 & 2 Using a Cable
- Connect your Quest 2 to your PC using the Link Cable. If you don’t have one, you can purchase it from Amazon or use any USB Type C cable that is at least 15 feet long.
- Ensure that your Quest is powered on.
- Launch the Quest desktop app and click on “Devices” in the left pane.
- Click “Add Headset” and select “Quest” from the available options.
- Choose “Link (cable)” and click “continue.”
- Run the Steam App.
- Click “SteamVR” and immerse yourself in your favorite Steam games on your Quest.
Playing Steam Games on Quest 2 & 3 Wirelessly with Air Link
If you prefer a wireless setup, you can pair your Quest 2 and 3 with your gaming PC for a seamless Steam gaming experience. Here’s how to do it:
- Ensure that your Quest and your gaming PC are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- For uninterrupted gameplay, make sure you are on a 5 GHz network and directly connected to the router without any extenders in between.
Here are the steps:
- On the Quest app on your PC, click on “Settings.”
- Select “Beta.”
- Turn on Air Link by toggling the switch.
- In your Quest 2 headset, access the home menu by pressing the Oculus button on the right controller.
- Select “Oculus Link.”
- Find your PC and click “Launch.”
- Return to the home menu.
- Select “Desktop,” locate Steam, and launch it.
- You are now ready to enjoy your Steam VR games on your Quest.
By following these steps, you can unlock the world of Steam games on your Quest 2 & 3, either via a cable or wirelessly with Air Link. This opens up a plethora of gaming experiences, ensuring that your VR journey is not limited to a single ecosystem. Whether you prefer the convenience of a cable or the freedom of wireless play, you can enjoy your favorite Steam games on your Quest VR headset. Happy gaming!