Oculus Link is a feature which allows you plug Quest or Quest 2 into a PC to play PC VR games. If you’re wondering whether or not your PC has the specs to handle it here’s a breakdown of the Oculus Link recommended specs and what you’ll need to use Quest and Quest 2 to play Rift and SteamVR games on your PC.

Updated – January 6th, 2021

Oculus Quest & Quest 2 Recommended PC Specs (Oculus Link)

You’ll need a reasonably powerful PC to play Rift and Steam games on Quest via Oculus Link, though many modern gaming PCs with NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards will fit the bill. Here’s what you’ll need for Quest and Quest 2 to work on PC.

Oculus Link Compatible Graphics Cards
GPU Supported
Not Currently Supported
NVIDIA Titan Z
NVIDIA Titan X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (desktop, 3GB)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (desktop, 6GB)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (all)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (all)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 TI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series (all)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-series (all)  ✖*
AMD Radeon 200 Series
AMD Radeon 300 Series
AMD Radeon 400 Series
AMD Radeon 500 Series
AMD Radeon 5000 Series
AMD Radeon Vega Series

* Oculus has not yet officially stated whether RTX 30-series GPUs will work with Oculus Link, but given their power we expect all 30-series cards release so far should work fine 

Oculus Link CPU, RAM, USB, and Operating System Requirements
Component Recommended Specs
Processor Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater
Memory 8GB+ RAM
Operating System Windows 10
USB Ports 1x USB port

Oculus Link Cable

Oculus Link technically works with any USB cable, including the one that comes in the box with Quest, but without a fairly long cable you won’t have much room to move around. If you’re only planning to play seated games like racing or flying sims, you can probably get by with the included cable, otherwise you’ll want to buy a dedicated cable that’s long enough that you can really spread your virtual wings.

An inexpensive option is to combine this Anker 10ft USB 3.0 cable with this CableCreation 16ft USB 3.0 extender for a total of 26 feet for just $37 from Amazon.

Alternatively, Oculus sells a lighter (but much more expensive) 16ft USB 3.0 Oculus Link cable for $80, also available on Amazon.

Whether you pick a third-party USB 3.0 cable or Oculus’ own cable, both will give you the same visual experience when used with Oculus Link. You can even get by with a USB 2.0 cable in a pinch.

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  • JesuSaveSouls

    So my 970 works and steamvr games too.Actually booting up streamvr hasn’t connected.

    • Would you know if it works with 2 x GTX970 in SLI mode?

  • turns Quest “in” a PC headset

  • Very excited! now I just need to purchase a Quest. XD

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  • Sam Reynolds

    The cable on that link is only 3ft long!

  • impurekind

    Surely the Link cable should come with Quest in the box in the future, especially if it can be used as a normal charging cable too.

    • GhengisFong

      it does now, and it is roughly 10′ long, but for just under $19, you can get a 16′ USB extension cable, giving you 26′, but it very clearly says exactly what I just said, in the article.

  • Brad

    Wow, I’ve never heard of a USB 3 Optical cable before!
    ;-)
    Someone needs to go back to the Oculus compatibility page and update this page…
    https://support.oculus.com/444256562873335/

  • So uh… Hyper Dash article when? OwO

  • Ryan

    it costs the same as a rift s lmao

    • Charlie Anderson

      come back zx81 yea any1remember it…?

      • George

        What about the ZX80? Much more revolutionary than the ZX81.

      • Bruce Baker

        We have a ZX81 still, my father has kept it. Sucked so bad trying to type out games then working out where I went wrong.

    • GhengisFong

      The point is this… Get a Quest, because you don’t have a high-end PC. Play it, decide that you like it, and so save up your money to buy a gaming PC. Now that you have done that, instead of having to buy another $500+ on another VR headset unit, to play Rift games, simply plug your Quest into the PC, download a few small programs, and “viola!”, you are on your way… Does that make sense?

      • jisdaboss1

        wait does it work with nvidia geforce gtx 1050 if you know? or if it will eventually be supported by all gpu’s?

        • GhengisFong

          I have a GTX 1650. It works with that card. Most of my other settings are above the recommended. One are two are below the recommended but well above the minimum. If you go to the Oculus web site, you can find the minimum and recommended settings, for everything on your computer. I bought a $500 gaming laptop at Walmart, although I really think that someone really screwed up. I was looking at a $700 laptop, and then they told me that it was like $460. I jumped on it, but couldn’t believe it. It is above

      • George

        Problem with that approach is that he’ll never save up enough to get a High end gaming PC after spending all his money on the Oculus store.

      • You mean “voila!” surely (“oi” is pronounced “wa” in french)… Does that make sense? ;-)

  • impurekind

    I presume I need to get some kind of USB C to USB A version of the extension cable (since I don’t have a USB C port on my machine), right?

    • Sydney Butler

      Yes, alternatively, I have used a USB A-C dongle and then connected a normal C-to-C cable. Works perfectly with the Quest.

      • Do you know if it works with 2 x GTX970 in SLI mode?

        • SLI support usually depends on the game in question.

  • Anthony

    what if you have a nvidia gtx 460, will it still work then?

    • ryan

      no

  • questionmanerijtndflkgjnjkn

    So i have a desktop nvidia 1060 3gb will this work?

    • Ryan

      It will most likely struggle with demanding games, but yes it will.

    • RebelRedRollo

      It won’t from my experience.

  • jisdaboss1

    Will it ever be compatible with a Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050? I really need to know because i bought one thinking it would, but isn’t

    • Darkriph

      Impossible to say, FB does not communicate these things well.
      Also the 1050 is not powerful enough to run most PCVR games.
      I was running a AMD RX570 pretty smoothly only occasional fps drops.
      They are very cheap now so if your on a budget that would be your cheapest safe bet.

  • IPugK

    does nvidia geforce gtx 2050 work

    • Ryan

      if u mean 1050? then no unfortunately. It’s dumb because it does support AMD rx 400 series which underperforms the 1050 ti. The gtx 2050 does not exist lol.

      • Amni3D

        My theory is that its more about the encoding capabilities of the GPU than its raw power.

        For example, an RX550 is technically Link supported even though it’s far less than the min spec for VR. I’d imagine because the RX500 line had a push by AMD to have some good encoding functionality with Relive

  • Fire Kehan

    Does the i5 3470 cpu work with it too

  • Alex

    Yes, I recommend, works like a charm with a 5ghz connexion

    • R3ST4RT

      Yes, after using link and virtual desktop, I can say that I like virtual desktop WAAAAAAY better! The lack of a cable is freeing.

      I’m using a 2070S combined with an i5 7600K, and 16Gb of Ram. I’m also using an Asus RT-AC68U 5Ghz router which has been excellent for this.

  • TechPassion

    What for? If you have Geforce card and strong CPU for Oculus Link, you just buy HP Reverb G2 and that’s it. All these extra accessories needed for Quest to be G2 are equally expensive. With Quest 2 you get worse resolution, worse panels, worse audio (can we even call it audio? Something coming out of tiny hole) so you need to buy quality headphones to match G2. It is a worthless effort to buy Quest 2 and be spied as a cherry on cake.

    • Andrew Jakobs

      Well, the only thing you really might need extra is the Deluxe strap. and one of the biggest advantages of the Quest is still it’s wireless and PC VR is also able to do wireless if you have the correct Wificard. The quality of the controllers of the Quest is much better than those of the G2. ‘Only’ thing the G2 excels at is the displays and audio.. But the Quest 2 is, even with the deluxe strap, much cheaper than the Reverb G2.

      • TechPassion

        Hi. Not cheaper. If you buy good quality headphones which are adequate to G2 headphones, you need to add 200 EUR more and put some bulky headphones on your head which move independently of Quest 2. There are some cheap audio solutions, but why would you buy VR to have 30% immersion cut away because of crap audio. Audio is I would say 30% of the fun. Other thing – for this Quest 2 link experience (which makes the image suck being honest) you need more powerful PC than for regular cable-connected VR. But yes, wireless is awesome. I swear here not once when I step on cable or it entangles into my chair. Wireless is the future. 100%. We need to wait some more time. HTC claims it will present something revolutionary on CES 2021. Let’s wait and see.

  • TechPassion

    Gefoce 3060 Ti works great with HP Reverb G2 in most games (99% of games?).
    Very afordable card and super powerful.

    • Andrew Jakobs

      And yet this article is about the Oculus Link.

      • UberNorman

        @andrewjakobs:disqus you are shilling hard for FB/Oculus, take a day off, its painful for the rest of us.

        • Andrew Jakobs

          or you should just take the rest of your life off, it’s painful for the rest of us.. This article is all about the Link, and TechPassion keep yapping about the G2 totally unrelated to the article itself. And I don’t shill hard for FB/Oculus, I don’t own a Rift(S) nor a Quest(2).

  • T2814

    Virtual Desktop is a literal game changer. Not all games work with it unfortunately but the vast majority do and after playing titles like Half Life: Alyx and Boneworks wirelessly it’s really hard to go back to a wired experience.

    For anyone on the fence about trying Virtual Desktop, I’ve been using it with my standard Xfinity modem/router combo. It gives me a wifi speed between my Quest 2 and modem of about 655mbps and I’ve found the that to be more than good enough for everything I’ve tried. It might trip up with games that are ultra-sensitive to lag (Beat Saber on the ultra hard settings maybe?) but in practice everything feels fine to me. I recently played thru Wilson’s Heart via Virtual Desktop and I could never imagine playing that game tethered with all the turning around you have to do.

    I’m using a gaming laptop with a 8th gen i7, 16GB of RAM and a GTX1070 with 8GB of RAM. It’s an older machine but still runs everything well and with older or less demanding games games I’m even able to crank up the resolution and refresh rate to high.

    • Ed

      Hello. I’m a little confused. So if you do a wireless connection do you still need a supported graphics card? We have a GTX1050 which is not supported.

      • T2814

        Yes, you do still need a supported graphics card since the PC is still doing the heavy lifting with regard to graphics processing.

  • When they list “Vega Series”, does that include all the way down to Vega 8 and below? Because Ryzen 5 with Vega 8 is usually a pretty inexpensive set-up.

  • Lacobus

    It says NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060M is not supported but I’ve being using it without too much trouble. HL: Alyx has a bit of slowdown here or there but I’m at the very low end of the reccomended specs.