Oculus v26 flickering/white flashes

Hi anyone else having issues with flickering/flashing since oculus v26 out of beta firmware? I rolled back to v25 a few days ago and was ok, with few flashes but bearable, now v26 out of beta flickering every 4-5 seconds even on Home Screen and unplayable.

I tried rolling back to the old nvidia drivers to no avail. Tried using OTT and ODT and same result.

I’m so annoyed as this is the only game I play now and now I can’t see a quick fix.

Any suggestions welcomed.


I have the flickering as well. Original Oculus via link. Previously I was able to remove the flickering by opting out of the Oculus beta public test channel but looks like whatever caused it made it into the main version.

I’m also getting flashes. Not as frequent as you, but they’re there now.
I still get my mouse cursor floating around following my glance. It pops up in my face every time on approach and landing. How does it know to aggravate me this way at this critical time during flight? It’s like it’s doing it on purpose lol!

yes the sim is pretty much unplayable since today because of this

Yes sadly the beta change has been released and you cannot stop the Oculus update, so for Oculus headsets Virtual Desktop is the only option now, unless they fix the flashing. So if you are thinking of buying a Quest 2 do not bother buying a link cable, go straight to Virtual Desktop

Same here! Why did this make it to the release!?!?!? It was reported here, and by a few of us directly to Oculus, but they still go ahead and release the Beta as stable. Unbelievable.

Yes I had the flashing worse than it ever was before and sound crackling-after the updates it was intolerable! So I went with wireless, using Virtual Desktop and SteamXR instead of OculusXr (I have MStore version of MFS 2020)
-No more flashes,clear smooth flying,excellent detail with low specs and sound pumped through head phones,I can hear every subtle change in the prop or jet engine.

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Might be the way forward then using virtual desktop. So bloody annoying releasing v26 with this issue. Never tried VD, hope it’s easy to get it to work.

What is SteamXR and OculusXr? are they the equivalent of OTT and ODT? I never tried Wireless method before, do you have the link for these 2 apps? I have the steam version of MF.

Here is the link to what I did to get it working using Virtual desktop.

Just after posting this MS store stopped me from playing “Mandatory Update” anyone else? 1.3 GB update only through the store version. Not MSFS auto update? Will see what effect it has.

I had a MF steam update yesterday around 250-350mb, that’s about it.

A quick question, can anyone confirm if the flickering happens also when using the Official Oculus Link Cable? I’m using a 3rd party cable which seems to work flawlessly on other steam vr games.

Hi yes, Oculus just forced the 26.0 update and i am back to the same issue i had with the 26 Beta version before opting out. The Sim is now unusable. Can i suggest everyone with this issue raise a support ticket with Oculus to see if we can get something resolved, or get a rollback option. I have just raised a ticket explaining this is directly linked to 26.0, it only effect MSFS2020 and it is making the Sim unusable for all of us not just one user of the Rift S / Quest.

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My dudes, I wrote some instruction of how I get awesome performance with the mfs2020 in vr, and there’s part how to revert to v24 (as it’s huge change in perfomance between v25 …) and how to keep oculus from force update. Enjoy.


I will try this, this evening, do you have the link for v25 by any chance?

We have several threads from the same issues, you should use the search function :wink:

Watch a video I just posted on one of the other thread showing the issue (not a fix):

Just checked only the v24 above. But it’s the best one I found… So would not bother with v25, despite flashing there was also hit on perfomance that I’ve noticed.

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You’re a total legend! all working again with great FPS and no Oculus flashing issues. Thanks!

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Glad to hear it and glad I could help. You are welcome. :slight_smile:

Is this strictly for quest 2, or for rift s also. If it works for the rift s, and you were a woman, and I had permission, of course, I’d kiss ya! :slight_smile: