Facebook promised that tethering Quest 2 to a PC via Oculus Link would eventually support the headset’s full 90Hz refresh rate. With the latest updates to Quest 2 and the Oculus PC app, this is now a reality.

Facebook started rolling out the Quest 2 v23 update last week with a bunch of improvements for the headset. Part of that update enables Quest 2 to run at 90Hz by default. In parallel, the company also updated the Oculus PC app to allow Oculus Link to run at 90Hz on the headset.

In order to use Oculus Link at 90Hz on Quest 2 you’ll need at least the v23 of the headset software and the desktop software (note that because these updates are just rolling out they may not be available to all users right away).

How to Update Quest 2
  1. In your headset, bring up the Quest menu by pressing the Oculus button on your right controller. Find the Settings section (gear icon).
  2. On the left of the Settings section select ‘About’ at the bottom of the list
  3. Look next to the ‘Software Update’ label to see if a new version is available

 ℹ️ Check the ‘Version’ label on the same page to see which version is currently installed

How to Update Oculus PC Software
  1. In the Oculus PC app, select ‘Settings’ on the left menu
  2. At the top of the Settings page, select ‘Beta’
  3. Enable the switch for ‘Public Test Channel’
  4. Go to the ‘Library’ page and click the ‘Updates’ tap to see if an ‘Oculus Software Update’ appears in the list (you may need to click the download arrow next to it to begin the update)

ℹ️ This process installs the latest beta version available to you, to roll back to the previous version, disable the Public Test Channel option. To check your current version, access the Settings page then the ‘General’ tab. Scroll all the way to the bottom to find the ‘Oculus App Version’ listed.

Once you’re running v23 of both the Quest 2 and Oculus PC software you’ll be able to configure your Oculus Link refresh rate between 72Hz, 80Hz, and 90Hz, as well as adjust the render resolution. 80Hz and 90Hz require a USB-3 cable and port on your PC.

To see all your options, connect Quest 2 to your PC, then go to the Oculus PC software. Access the ‘Devices’ menu on the left side, then select ‘Quest 2 and Touch’. From the panel that pops out on the right, scroll down to find ‘Graphics Preferences’ where you can change the refresh rate and render resolution of Oculus Link (original Quest users can’t change framerate but they can adjust Render Resolution).

Facebook warns that cranking the Oculus Link refresh rate up to 90Hz and pushing the Render Resolution slider too high may result in poor performance depending upon how powerful your PC hardware is. If you run into problems, try reducing Render Resolution or refresh rate until things are smooth.

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We’re glad to see Oculus Link updated with 90Hz support for Quest 2, and Facebook is promising even more updates in the future, including more directly integrating your PC VR library into the Quest interface.

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  • Ryan

    Somehow, Quest 2 with Link is just too uncomfortable for me to use, especially for the durations I play PCVR games like HL:Alyx and Skyrim. Maybe once there are better facial interfaces. I was thinking of selling my Index, but NO WAY.

    • shadow9d9

      Don’t use link. Use virtual desktop and enjoy wireless freedom and no wires tangling or pulling.

      • Ryan

        Seriously. You can get a Wifi6 router for the cost of the officinal link cable.

        • Jonathan Winters III

          This.

        • LoneWuff326

          u dont hve buy to the link cable u just have to buy a usb 3.0 cable which cost like 14 bucks and you dont have have buy a wifi6 router for VD it works the same with a wifi5 and everyone has a wifi5 router so Curb your False Information Right

        • Jistuce

          Yes, but Facebook’s USB-C cable is way overpriced. There’s literally no reason to buy it.

          • The official link cable is a lot lighter, more flexible, and thinner. You hardly feel the thing hang from the headset at all. And it’s fiber optic. So there are reasons why it’s actually more expensive.

          • Bob

            Granted it’s still not worth the amount it’s sold at but yes it is of a much higher quality than the majority of USB cables out there. If a person has the money then sure go ahead and get the Link cable.

          • Jistuce

            Okay, so there’s literally a reason, and it isn’t even really a bad one. I stand corrected, and retract my complaint.

            But I still hate that it has created this perception that the cost of the official Link cable is THE cost of entry and you HAVE to have the official cable because it does something special that every other USB-C cable on Earth doesn’t do. Every time the feature comes up, people cite the high price of the “necessary” cable.

            Like, I’m using a… I wanna say ten-dollar?… USB-C cable. And… okay, I actually got a pretty stiff cable, but… my intent was actually to play a few seated games with it, so I’m completely unbothered by this.

            (I was only slightly bothered by the cable on my Rift, but never did an extended session with it because it pressed my glasses into my face hard enough to bruise my nose. That I continued using it at all is a testament to how friggin’ awesome VR is.)

          • kontis

            It’s the perception that Facebook enjoys.
            Get the Quest for the nice, alluring possibility to connect to PC.

            But then DON’T get the Link cable because it’s expensive, too much hassle, problems etc. Just stay in the official ecosystem and don’t bother with PC. Zuck approves.

          • Jaclyn Desiree Arceneaux

            There’s a little more to it than that. The only way to achieve full USB 3 speeds on cables significantly over 10 feet long is by using fiber optic rather than copper cables, but fiber optic USB cables are inherently expensive since unlike SPDIF audio cables, the USB interface doesn’t have a native fiber optic mode and a fiber optic cable has to have fiber-optic transceivers built into both ends. And on top of that, fiber-optics can’t deliver power over USB.

            The official Link cable gets around that by being a hybrid cable that uses fiber-optic for the *data* lines and copper for the *power* lines.

  • Jonathan Winters III

    You have to enable beta to download the PC version? But link is now out of beta. This is weird, but true – I had to enable beta to get it.

  • Roger Bentley

    I have a official link since day one with my og quest and use it with the quest 2, and also use VD with quest 2 with my reg 5g router and it worked fine, if I was in the same room getting 866mb rate. I then upgraded to a ASUS Wi-Fi 6 router and got 1200mb speed and IMHO its a lil better because I don’t have to be in the same room to not get crazy compression, but if you have a reg 5g router and ok with being in the same room then it will work fine with VD as long as there is a wall or any other interference. I stopped using my official link cable since getting the Quest 2 and used VD exclusively and it looked better in my opinion and no I tried using the new oculus quest update and maxed the graphic setting and the 90hz and its just ok. At the moment still testing my Reverb G2 and debating if I want to keep it or not but i have to be honest looking thru the reverb g2 and then going back to quest 2 smh its not good and I’m a huge fan of quest 2, but wow playing Onward on quest 1 and quest 2 and rift s for so long then trying the reverb g2 is like looking at the world with dirty glasses and being ok with that, then getting your vision corrected to 2020 with laser surgery then going back to contacts with the quest 2, I almost felt like I was cheating in onward cause I could see clearly across the map now with out issue and that sweet spot also if you tighten the strap a lil closer u get a lil better fov as well , but damn those controllers they are usable but wish they were as good as Quest 2 or light house tracking.

  • That’s cool… but I also hope they’ll fix the bugs that hunt my Link… sometimes I have to reboot my Quest and Oculus services because everything becomes black

    • Rupert Jung

      Same here.

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  • Rupert Jung

    Still severe USB problems for me and crashes of Oculus Dash when using link.

    • Bob

      The black screen does occur every once in a blue moon for me personally. Not sure what the root of the problem is but it’s certainly out there for them to investigate.

    • Lenny Martire

      Havent had one issue. I am using usb c to c and I am using a 3rd party cable. Maybe your usb port is loose?

  • Adrian Meredith

    Virtual desktop is arguably better but the new link definitely looks much better (pretty much 0 artifacts) and runs better too. If you can, set link to the maximum resolution; Anything less than that is actually subsampling.

    • How do you set it to the maximum resolution?

      • Jonathan Winters III

        In your PC Oculus app in Settings. Assuming you have version 23. I’m still waiting on the update.

        • Me too. :-o

        • TheOnlyEgg

          YouTube and Reddit have ways to manually update to v23. It’s easy.

    • Bob

      VD can’t be better if link looks better. Which one is it?

      • I think he means that Link with the new update looks and runs better than the previous version of Link, not that it looks and runs better than Virtual Desktop.

        • Bob

          Right but with the new update link is practically on par with VD. More stable too. Another patch to deal with the compression issues and link is definitively better than VD minus the freedom of movement.

          • Jonathan Winters III

            On par but a lot better latency using link, yes?

    • kontis

      Anything less than that is actually subsampling.

      Only in the center of each eye buffer. At the edges you actually have supersampling even at fairly low resolutions.

      It’s not uniform. There is no “native” res.

  • And at some point I’ll actually be able to activate that update, right Facebook. . . .

  • Jesusaves

    I preached Sunday. https://youtu.be/D1zGo5jvwXM
    I manually updated my quest2 to v23
    https://youtu.be/aO68O8fGEHA Is the link and in comments the download link for the update.
    https://youtu.be/r0PJKjr5pN4 Is the instruction tutorial and it’s very easy to interpret.