Windows 11 Update offers Virtual Desktop PC VR Streaming Fix

A new Windows 11 update to be installed automatically on November 9, according to developer Guy Godin, should solve performance issues when streaming PC VR games to Quest via Virtual Desktop.

At the beginning of last month, we installed Windows 11 and tried Oculus Link (wired and wireless) as well as PC VR streaming via Virtual Desktop. We found that there were consistent issues with using a Quest headset on Windows 11 everywhere.

In particular, there was consistent visual shaking when moving head or hands, related to frame fall from the Oculus compositor. This was most prominent when using Link, but we also found similar issues with Oculus native titles when we also used Virtual Desktop.

This week, Virtual Desktop developer Guy Godin made a post on Oculus Quest subreddit informing users that an update to Windows 11 in his test has fixed Virtual Desktop streaming performance issues.

Godin cites general performance fixes, but also highlights a specific issue where the frame rate could get stuck at 33fps when the streamer window is minimized in Windows 11. Godin also only mentioned this in relation to his own software – we have not had a chance to test the update even yet, but it can also see improvements for those who use Link with Quest on Windows 11.

Regardless of your specific issues, if you are an Oculus Quest user playing VR on Windows 11, this update may help improve performance and is probably worth checking out. As Godin points out, it will not be installed automatically for a few more days, but it can be installed manually right now. To do this, go to the Settings menu in Windows 11 and find the update in the Optional Updates area.

Have you tried this latest Windows 11 update and seen improved performance with Quest? Tell us in the comments.

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