Virtual Desktop is an application developed for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and WMR headsets that lets you use your computer in VR. You can browse the web, watch movies, Netflix or even play games on a giant virtual screen.
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Mixed (755) - 69% of the 755 user reviews for this software are positive.
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Mar 31, 2016
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January 22

Beta Update 1.9 - Moveable Screen, Positional Audio, YouTube 360 Cube projection, Improved controller support

Today’s update is huge. Probably one of the biggest to date. Like the last update, it will stay in the Beta branch for a few days to iron out any issues you might encounter. Let’s go into the details!

Moveable Screen
You can now grab the screen and move it around by holding one grip. Holding both grips will let you resize it as it did in the past. Reset Orientation will also reset the screen’s position. By default, the screen will stay leveled with the horizon; check the Allow Rotation option to allow it to roll. You can rotate or tilt 360 videos by using the same technique: point at the video, hold one grip and drag the video around, up or down.

Positional Audio
There is now an option to enable Positional Audio. This is particularly cool with theater environments. If your speakers are configured as a 5.1 or 7.1 setup, sound will be positioned around you. This currently only works with Rift.

New YouTube 360 Projection support
YouTube recently changed the projection of their 360 videos. The Videos tab now has a Cube projection which lets you watch them properly.

Improved Controller Support
Interacting with your desktop using the controllers is now much easier and less frustrating. Clicking or double clicking on buttons/links will feel more reliable. Configurable laser beams are now visible. Interaction with the screen in Model environments is also more accurate.



Configurable Supersampling
You can now tweak the amount of supersampling used in Virtual Desktop. This can help run Virtual Desktop on lower end machines or reduce the GPU usage when playing games. Note that with Rift, this doesn’t affect the screen’s image quality as it is using Cylindrical Layers but it does affect the quality of environments or the screen in Model environments.

Xbox Controller Improvements
You can now use your Xbox controller to interact with your desktop with Vive and WMR headsets (in addition to Rift). You can also move/tilt the screen or 360 videos by holding the bumpers and using the left thumb stick.

Remembering Video Settings
All the video settings (mode, projection, FOV, tilt, rotation, etc.) are now saved per video.

Improved Dynamic Lighting
Model environments will now have more realistic dynamic lighting based on the content of what you are watching. The Home Theater environment will also turn off the lights automatically when watching movies.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed “Failed to Initialize VR Headset” errors with Dash on the Public Test channel
  • Fixed “No monitors found” error with Dash on the Public Test channel
  • Fixed Uninstall in Steam to properly remove the Virtual Desktop Service
  • Fixed Start with Windows option to correctly be checked on restarts
  • Fixed issue where custom SteamVR controller models would make the app unresponsive
  • Fixed Full SBS to work properly in Model environments with fixed screens

Let me know in the comments if you experience any issues with this update.
Enjoy!
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January 11

Update 1.8.5 - Separate Dashboard App, Performance Improvements

Today's update separates the Dashboard functionality into a separate app (called Virtual Desktop Dashboard) which will now appear under Tools in Steam. This will solve the issue of Virtual Desktop always appearing as running in Steam, failing to start or being prompted to choose what mode to start it in. This change also gets rid of the launch dialog when starting Virtual Desktop. Note that if you need to run the Environment Editor, you can find it in the installation directory and launch it manually from there.

I've also reduced the GPU Usage when Virtual Desktop is in the background and another VR app is running.

Bug Fixes
- Fixed mouse lag when watching 360 videos/photos
- Intersecting the Open dialog while playing a video will keep the UI visible

Thanks!
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Reviews

“These are the kinds of programs that change the way people look at technology. In this case, it’s a program that, for some people, might actually make virtual reality a enjoyable, even practical, replacement for their monitor.”
Kotaku

“It's an incredibly polished app that take minimal resources to provide a number of functions that feel like they should be a standardised part of the VR experience coming to consumer homes.”
Destructoid

“This is the first program you should buy for your Oculus Rift”
Polygon

About This Software

Virtual Desktop is an application developed for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality headsets that lets you use your computer in VR. You can browse the web, watch movies, Netflix or even play games on a giant virtual screen.

Other features include:
  • Hardware accelerated 360 video playback
  • Ability to play/stream YouTube 360 videos
  • Browse and view 360 photos
  • MilkDrop support for music visualization
  • 3D Side-By-Side video support
  • Game launcher with voice commands
  • Multi-monitor
  • Environment Editor to create custom environments
  • Steam Workshop integration for environments
  • Dashboard integration so you can see/use your desktop in any VR game

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
    • Processor: i5-2500k
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GTX 640 or 980M or ATI HD 7000/Rx 200
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Disabling Aero can improve performance on Windows 7. If you are using a Windows 'N' edition, you will need to install the Media Feature Pack.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: i5-2500k
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GTX 760 or 980M or ATI Rx 200
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows 10 is highly recommended as it provides better performance. The Anniversary and Creators Update add 8K video and some H.265 support.
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