Launched alongside the Rift S, the Oculus Quest offers a VR experience without a PC. Although it aimed primarily as a standalone experience, the Quest received an update allowing it to connect with PC via the Oculus Link Beta. If you are considering snagging the Oculus Quest to use in conjunction with your PC, we recommend going through this article, which explains the Oculus Quest System Requirements.
The Oculus Quest serves as the middle ground for both types of VR gaming. While using the Oculus Quest on its own, the Snapdragon 835 inside will manage to perform decently well for the variety of optimized games found on the Quest Store. The 72 Hz refresh rate of the screen is an example of the lower performance by the chipset.
The screen has a high 1440p resolution, and the OLED technology will surely make for a great viewing experience. The Quest now supports Oculus’ Hand Tracking for a controller-free experience, though it is still in its early stages. Overall, the Quest makes for a great VR gaming option in the lower range, if you can manage with the lower framerate and need the standalone feature.
Oculus Quest Recommended PC Requirements:
CPU: Intel i5-4590/AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater
Memory: 8 GB+ RAM
Video Output: DisplayPort 1.2/Mini DisplayPort (with adapter included in the box)
USB Ports: 1 x USB 3.0 port
OS: Windows 10
Oculus Quest Minimum PC Requirements:
CPU: Intel i3-6100/AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX4350 or greater
Memory: 8 GB
Video Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
USB Ports: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
OS: Windows 10
Oculus Quest Supported GPUs:
- NVIDIA Titan X
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
- Desktop NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (All)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (All)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 TI
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series (All)
- AMD 400 Series
- AMD 500 Series
- AMD 5000 Series
- AMD Vega Series
How to check if your PC supports the Oculus Quest?
The Oculus Quest will require a powerful PC to run VR games as a lot of resources are necessary to render the complete 360-degree environment for you to play in. To determine if your PC will be able to run games on the Oculus Quest, you will need to find out what processor, graphics, and GPU it has. Follow these steps to find out your PC’s specs from your system’s settings:
1. On the bottom left of your screen, click on the Windows Start Menu Icon.
2. Click on the settings icon directly above the power button on the start menu.
3. Once the settings window opens, click on the first section named System.
4. On the left sidebar, scroll down and click on the About section.
5. In this section, you will be able to find the processor in your system, and the amount of RAM installed.
6. Now head on over to the start menu and click on the search bar.
7. Type in “Device Manager” in the search field and click on the application that matches the name in the results.
8. Once the window opens, head on to the Display Adapters option and click it to reveal the GPU installed in your system.
Once you have completed the steps above, compare your system specs with the minimum specs and supported list of processors. In the case of a graphics card, an RTX 2060 is an example of a supported GPU, while the GTX 1650 will not make it through. The same goes for your CPU, while any amount of RAM above 8GB should be enough.
Best Builds for the Oculus Quest
The Oculus Quest is a great entry-level VR headset that manages to do more than what a traditional headset can do. The Oculus Link Beta calls for a supported USB cable for connecting the headset to your PC. Oculus sells a special fiber-optic cable, but an Anker Powerline or any other high-quality USB 3.0 C type cable will do.
To run those VR games at a comfortable framerate, a well-equipped PC will have a significant impact on your performance. For an entry-level specification, you could go with a Ryzen 5 2600 and GTX 1650 Super, which would set you back about $500 along with a minimum of 16 GB of RAM and high capacity SSD.
This PC would manage to churn out the 72 Hz framerate at settings kept at low for the demanding titles but will start to stutter at high settings, which could give you motion sickness. That is why we would recommend an RTX 2060 Super or RX 5700 XT paired with AMD’s Ryzen 5 3600 for the best gaming results and a considerable amount of future-proofing.
The primary purpose of the Quest was not PC gaming, but as an added feature, it manages to impress with the bonus of going completely wireless. It all comes with a cost, though. The Oculus Link is still in Beta, and you will notice a slight input delay with the controllers and an extremely narrow field of view. Being VR, this could hamper your gaming experience, and we highly recommend the Rift S if you only plan on using the headset for PC gaming.