SideQuest is an amazing tool for unlocking a bunch of VR content and tools for Quest, and we really suggest setting it up if you own a Quest 2. Now the creators behind the unofficial sideloading library have made it so you can browse the SideQuest Store and download stuff directly without having to leave VR.

SideQuest’s new Easy PC Installer allows you to download the executable to your PC, connect up your Quest 2, and then enable you to sideload content directly to your headset, just like accessing the official Quest Store.

Here’s a handy explainer guide on how to setup the Easy PC Installer and get sideloading:

There’s loads of free games and demos on SideQuest, but it also features App Lab content, which is hidden from the official Store. It also features a library of custom Home spaces, so you can finally have anything from Minecraft Village background to the command center from Friday Night at Freddy’s.

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In addition, with SideQuest activated on your Quest 2 you can change some of the headset’s settings including disabling the proximity sensor, changing the capture resolution, forcing higher refresh rates, and changing the texture resolution size for games to increase visual quality.

If you need a more in-depth explanation, or want to activate SideQuest by using your Android phone and skip the PC installer all together, head over to our step-by-step guide on How to Sideload Games with SideQuest.

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  • I tested this out yesterday, it works well enough and it’s convenient to be able to install stuff without needing to switch on my computer. The desktop version is still far more feature rich, though, so if you need to do anything beyond just installing apps it’s still worth using.

  • kontis

    Zuckerberg is really out of touch with reality if he thinks he can release a productivity oriented HMD capable of “replacing an actual laptop”, while running on a walled garden ecosystem.

    But I guess Apple is just as delusional, if rOS is as locked down as iOS.

    A simple test to tell if your device can be a real work computer: “Can it run Blender?”
    Blender is a tool that is very portable, open source, super popular and runs even on old PCs that are weaker than Quest and tablets.

    But it’s legally impossible to run Blender on an iPad which proves that iPad (or any iOS device) will never be capable of replacing real computers.

    Same will be true for Meta’s and Apple’s XR headsets. Microsoft could do it right, but they actually also dream of walled garden, so they won’t (and the only reason they backed down is because Nokia and UWP failed).

  • Ballsy VR

    “In addition, with SideQuest activated on your Quest 2 you can change some of the headset’s settings including disabling the proximity sensor, changing the capture resolution, forcing higher refresh rates, and changing the texture resolution size for games to increase visual quality.”

    I’ve been unable to find the menu to do any of this in the new in-headset version, can anybody enlighten me please?