How to Play PC VR Games on Quest 2 Wireless With Oculus Air Link

Oculus Air Link is an integrated way to play PC VR games (on Oculus PC or SteamVR) wirelessly on Quest or Quest 2. This guide shows you how to enable the Air Link feature on both your headset and your desktop software.

Updated – January 13, 2022

ℹ To use Air Link, your PC hardware also meets the Oculus Link requirements.

Just as Oculus Link allows you to connect a VR-ready PC to play PC VR games, Oculus Air Link allows you to do it wirelessly.

For optimal Air Link performance, Oculus recommends the following:

  • Get your PC connected to your router / access point via Ethernet cable
  • The headset must be connected to Wi-Fi via the 5 GHz band – AC or AX (AKA Wi-Fi 5 or Wi-Fi 6)
  • Your router shoulder should be in the same room as the headset or within sight and at least 1 m from the ground
  • Do not use a mesh network (range extenders, etc.)

To activate Oculus Air Link on Quest, there are a few steps you need to go through. Here is the breakdown.

Oculus Air Link requires that both your Quest headset and Oculus PC software run v30 or later. How to check:

On Quest
  • In your Quest headset, open the Settings app (in your app library)
  • Scroll down the left side of the Settings page to find the About section
  • On the About page, see the Version section, which must read 30.X or later (it can be a very long version number, eg 30.0.0.221.359 …)

If you are not already on v30 or later, see if there is a prompt to update your headset on the About page next to the Software Update section. There is no way to enforce the update, but if it says “No updates available”, you can try restarting your headset and check again.

On your PC
  • Launch the Oculus PC app on your PC (if you do not already have it installed, you can download it here)
  • On the left side of the app, select Settings and then go to the General tab
  • Scroll all the way to the bottom of the General section, where you will find the version number, which must be 30.X or higher (it can be a very long version number, eg 30.0.0.222.459 …)

If you are not already on v30 or later, go to the Library section and then the Updates tab. You may see an ‘Oculus Software Update’ item in the list. Allow it to update and restart the software if prompted, and then check again to see if you are on version 30 or later.

If you are still not on v30, go to the Settings section and then the Beta tab. Enable the Public Test Channel option, then return to the Library section and Updates tab to see if an ‘Oculus Software Update’ appears. Allow it to install, then check your version number again to see if you’re still on v30.

On your PC
  • Launch the Oculus PC app on your PC
  • On the left side of the app, select Settings and then go to the Beta tab
  • Find the Air Link option at the bottom of the Beta tab and activate it
On Quest
  • In your Quest headset, open the Settings app (in your app library)
  • Scroll down to the left of the Settings page to find the Experimental Features section
  • In the Experimental Features section, find the Air Link option and enable it

Ok, so you are running the correct version of the software and have Air Link enabled on both devices. Now you are ready to play. Here’s how you do it:

On your PC
  • Launch Oculus PC Software
On Quest
  • In your Quest headset, click the system clock in the menu bar to open the Quick Actions page
  • Click the Oculus Air Link button on the left side of the Quick Actions page (you may be prompted for a “Air Link Requirements” pop-up, read them, and then click Continue
  • In the next dialog, select your computer under Available Computers and click Pair
  • If you are prompted for a pairing code, go to your PC and click on Confirm at the prompt
  • Back in your headset, select your PC again and then Start

When you run the Oculus Air Link, you will find yourself looking at the Oculus PC dashboard called the Oculus Dash. From here, you can launch Oculus PC games directly from the Library tab (or launch them on your PC).

To run SteamVR games, you must first enable Oculus Link to view Oculus Dash. Then launch Steam on your PC and then launch SteamVR by clicking the VR icon at the top right of the Steam window. SteamVR should automatically detect your Quest, and when you put your headset back on, you will find yourself looking at the SteamVR dashboard.

From here, you can launch SteamVR games from the Library tab of the SteamVR dashboard (or launch them from Steam on your PC).

To stop playing PC VR games on Quest, you can exit Oculus Air Link by opening the Oculus Dash menu (click the menu button on your right controller), then look at the far left of the menu bar to find Oculus Air Link section.

Inside the section there is a ‘Finish’ button which will return you to the regular Quest dashboard).

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