Think about it Oculus Quest 2 and naturally think of games: flying through virtual reality worlds, shooting down virtual reality enemies, and so on. But Oculus has been updating its software recently and the new features suggest that it also wants to help you get some work done, even though we’re still in the early stages of realizing that potential.
The main attraction of a virtual reality environment to work with is that you can configure as many screens as you want, the size you want. Finally, you can get the triple settings of the 32-inch monitor of your dreams and your virtual reality desktop will always be clean. You have several options for setting it up on your Oculus Quest 2 and we’ll take a look here.
Add a keyboard and mouse
There is an ideal hardware configuration for Oculus Quest 2 when it comes to work, and that is to buy and install the $ 60 Logitech K830 keyboard, which has an integrated trackpad. Right now, it’s the only keyboard you’ll really be able to see in front of you with a full and glorious RV, though we hope more keyboards and software options arrive in the future.
In fact, you can add any keyboard and mouse combination you want right now, though the feature is still marked “experimental” in your Oculus Quest 2 settings. Configuration using the application list, then choose Experimental functions. Click on Couple and then Pair a new device, put your mouse or keyboard in sync mode, and you should be able to link them.
You will see that there are also Bluetooth mouse and trackpad i Keyboard with tracking settings, if you have the Logitech K830 (or any other compatible device, once we see more). There is also one Bring your desktop to virtual reality option: select Add / delete next to that and you can tell the headset where the desk is located. As you approach it, you can use it as an alternative to your standard play area, so you’ll see your drivers sitting at your desk, for example.
The fact that all of this is labeled as experimental and that currently only one keyboard is supported tells you that these are the early days. We should see many improvements in the future and certainly many changes to the settings and options we have mentioned so far. Apparently, Facebook is working in a step window to see any keyboard, though it’s not here yet.
Work with applications
Unless you’re using the Logitech K830 or you’re not a very gifted typist, you’ll probably want to see your keyboard. You can do this by replacing the virtual background behind your applications with the quest view of Quest 2 cameras. Open Quick setup (to the left of the start menu), then select the file Pass-through Home option.
The obvious place to start doing some work is the built-in browser, located at the top of the main application dashboard, which gives you access to Google Docs, Outlook on the web, or wherever you need it. Select the three dots at the top right of the browser interface and you can resize the window you are viewing; above the browser is a + (more) button to open adjacent windows.
For perhaps an even better option, give Firefox Reality an attempt. It’s more flexible and versatile than the included browser and can also open multiple windows side by side for a truly immersive feel (if you want, you can surround yourself with web apps). Unfortunately, for now at least, Firefox Reality does not support the virtual reality counter or streaming background features.
The productivity apps you’ll find in the Oculus Quest 2 library right now are primarily related to virtual meetings and graphic design, and we’ll have to wait for the productivity features we mentioned to be fully integrated and supported before the office and messaging applications begin to appear. It definitely seems like this is the path Facebook wants to follow in the future this demo video shows.
It works from the computer
Here’s another option: make everything on your Windows or macOS computer go to an RV space that you access through your Oculus Quest 2. The hardware configuration stays almost exactly as it is, but you can access it (from the same room or from the other side of the world) through virtual reality headsets. You can play with multiple screens and more.
You have a few options to choose from. Immersed is one of the most impressive and joIt’s free if you hook up to two virtual monitors, with many more options (such as a shared whiteboard and customizable workspaces) available for $ 15 a month and up. You need a desktop client on your laptop or on the desktop and application of your Oculus Quest 2, and then you can now mirror everything you have on your computer in a virtual reality space.
Virtual desktop it works along similar lines and is also available for Windows and macOS. JoYou only get one screen to work with at a time, but you can resize it and place it the way you want and choose from a wide variety of scenarios and backgrounds. Both your computer and Oculus Quest 2 apps are easy to set up and use, and Virtual Desktop will get you back $ 20.
Finally there is vSpatial, which includes lots of features to help you collaborate with other people, including screen sharing, chat features and more. Like the other two tools, you have to run one program on your headset and another on your computer to start remote access to the desktop of your local wifi network and you can pick it up from there. You can get started with vSpatial for free, with features like group meetings and remote internet access that cost $ 10 a month.