Tip: if you are using an Oculus Link cable and not satisfied with performance, try Virtual Desktop instead. It made a HUGE difference for me (frame rate, smoothness).
Question: Why is this the case?
It seems being cabled should be the better option. I wonder if understanding the cause will help further improve performance.
PS- I don’t believe I have any USB-port-related problems. The Oculus app sees it as USB 3 and gives me green checkmarks for bandwidth. Other games (like Half-Life Alyx) appear sharper when using Link. My Link issues seem to be isolated to FS2020.
I have another post raving about my better experence with VD instead of the Link cable.
I believe it is a USB issue.
Several times with the Oculus link program it complained about my connection dropping to 2.0 instead of 3.0.
I just don’t think the link cable usb connection is stable and I am using the official Oculus Link cable and the USB 3.0 port directly in the rear of my motherboard.
There’s some kind of secret-sauce that VD uses to host the VR apps, which appears to be significantly more efficient than Oculus’ native runtime that it uses with Link. Also, bugs specific to Oculus and Link don’t seem to affect Virtual Desktop, like the frame-sync problem that requires V-Sync to be set to ‘fast’ in the Nvidia driver settings. In short, I think the dev has created a stripped-down runtime and framecapture chain which works better than Oculus’ own, but it comes with limitations: it isn’t compatible with all VR apps, and it can’t use ASW at all.
Also, people using Link can get wildly different results, because there are many places to apply settings which can have a huge impact on performance. There’s the settings built into the Oculus app (refresh from 72 to 80 to 90Hz; and render resolution which confusingly varies its multplier value based on your hardware – e.g. a setting of 1.0 for you might not be the same resolution setting as 1.0 for another person!). Then you’ve got the settings that can be changed in the Oculus Debug Tool or Oculus Tray Tool (they both do the same things by the same means–one does not add to the other; they override each other) where render resolution can be further overridden, as well as bitrate, and supersampling (aka pixel density) on top of that which is not the same as render resolution though it’s somewhat related. And to really make things confusing, if you’re running apps in steamVR with Oculus Link (which is necessary for certain VR titles that don’t support the native Oculus runtime), it has an additional supersampling multiplier of its own, which can act on top of any of the settings I just listed above. And on top of that, steamVR has a ‘global’ setting for this that affects everything, as well as a per-app setting which multiplies the global setting!
So, that’s a lot of the reason people can have wildly different experiences. Add to the mix different hardware specs for each user, and you can quickly see that it’s quite hard to even match the same settings between users, much less match performance.
Lastly, MSFS does have a pretty glitchy/buggy VR implementation in general. I’m guessing it’s because it’s running via openXR, which is a newer protocol that Oculus only recently started supporting, and it seems to be nowhere near as stable and refined as their normal runtime.
On a WMR headset like the G2, I can’t say I’ve had any problems related to MSFS in VR, some on the G2 side but not related to MSFS. So I’m guessing these issues you talk about are related to the support for Oculus headsets?
I was sceptical at first about Virtual Desktop and I’d just learnt to live with the micro stutters when flying low using the link cable, tried it for the first time today and it’s unbelievably smooth, seriously the smoothest flight I’d had in VR since it was launched and I’m at a loss to explain how as I thought being wired would be the best experience, how wrong I was and for those of you not sure about it, I was simply blown away by it…a must have app in my eyes
hi all, i would like to give again a try with VD, but could advise a post where i can find easily again the corrects settings for VD ?
there so many posts, with so many ways to do, that i am totally lost !
Can someone tell me if this would work for a wireless solution?
Cox cable modem & TP-Link M4 Deco mesh router in living room, additional 2 Deco M3W adapters in office & bedroom. VR PC in office tapped into WiFi with USB adapter. Too much latency between Quest 2 & PC after test runs. Ordered dedicated TP-Link AX1500 for VR PC & Quest 2 use but how do I still access the internet? Setup AX1500 as a bridge? Any help would be appreciated!