Virtual Desktop is an application developed for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive 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 (36 reviews) - 44% of the 36 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mixed (580 reviews) - 69% of the 580 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date: Mar 31, 2016

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December 12, 2016

Update 1.2.1 - More motion control options and fixes

This is a small update that fixes motion control support when the floating option is selected. A new Laser Pointer option has also been added to let user choose the input method they prefer. Drag & Drop was broken in version 1.2, it is now fixed. The old mouse emulation with touchpad on the Vive controllers can now be enabled by turning off the Vive Controllers option under SteamVR options.

Don't hesitate to reach out if you experience any issues.

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December 5, 2016

Update 1.2 - Motion Controls Support

Today's update adds support for both HTC Vive Controllers and Oculus Touch. The implementation is very unique as it simulates a touch screen rather than using the common laser pointer approach. Laser pointers tend to cause wrist pain and make it hard to be precise and click buttons.

The video below demonstrates the new functionality
Controller bindings are as follows:

  • Press Trigger, Touchpad Button with Vive or X/A with Touch to tap
  • Long press and hold Trigger, Touchpad Button with Vive or X/A with Touch for right-click
  • Hold grip button on each controller to change screen size
  • Press left menu button with Vive or Y with Touch to Reset Orientation
There are a few known issues / limitations:
  • The use of the on-screen keyboard with the controllers requires the app to be installed in the default Steam Library folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\...).
  • The touch contacts in environments with fixed screens will not be exactly where they need to be.
  • With a flat screen, the touch points will disappear as they hit the edge making it hard to click buttons at the edges of the screen. This is not an issue with the curved screen.
  • The screen is still on a fixed position. Use Reset Orientation to change its orientation.
The release also includes some bug fixes:
  • The app sometimes prevented Steam/SteamVR from shutting down.
  • The app will now close correctly when Windows shuts down
  • Reduced screen latency with multi-monitors

Let me know in the comments if you experience any issues.

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“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.”

“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.”

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

Update 1.1 Adds Multi-GPU and Optimus Laptop support

The latest version now works with Multi-GPU configurations and laptops. Check the release notes for more information.

Update 1.0.7 is now live!

This version fixes some compatibility issues with the upcoming Oculus 1.7 runtime and contains stability improvements when swapping in and out of VR games such as Assetto Corsa. It also attempts to fix some stutter issues with the HTC Vive introduced in a recent SteamVR update.

Update 1.0.6 is now live!

This update adds support for animated environments. The Solar System is the first environment using the new functionality. The update also fixes an issue with the Video Player not showing some options on some computers. It also changes some default options: MSAA and Xbox Controller are now disabled by default.

Update 1.0.5 is now live!

This release fixes SBS support on ultra-wide (21:9) monitors and Over-Under on regular (4:3) monitors. It also fixes an issue where the GPU usage could spike when the application was idle with the Rift.

Update 1.0.4 is now live!

This update adds a couple requested features and basic support for various controllers.

  • Added support for rotated monitors (aka portrait orientation)
  • Added new Mip Mapping option for Rift users which greatly reduces text aliasing on screen
  • Added basic mouse emulation with Vive touchpads
  • Added basic mouse emulation with Xbox controller and Oculus Remote for Rift users
  • Fixed crash with Over Under option in some environments
  • Reduced CPU usage and fixed leak when application is idle with Rift

Update 1.0.3 is now live!

This update adds more 3D viewing options, new MSAA settings and some minor fixes:

  • Simplified 3D / SBS Options panel
  • Added support for Over-Under 3D movies
  • Added support for inverted Left-Right eyes for SBS and OU movies
  • Improved performance when playing full screen 2D games
  • Added MSAA toggle and slider

Update 1.0.2 is now live!

This update adds a new Environment Store along with small improvements and bug fixes:

  • New Environment Store which allows artists to create and sell high quality environments. With the launch, 3 very cool environments created by community members are available:
    Purchased environments will also be available from the Oculus Home version if you have a Rift but you will need to run Virtual Desktop on Steam first after you've made your purchase. Note: The store only works with Chrome at the moment.
  • Added ability to delete photos directly from the 360 Photos tab
  • Fixed issue with subscribed workshop environments not loading when VRD is installed in a non-default location
  • Fixed certificate issue with some users when pasting YouTube 360 videos
  • Fixed black screen in home theater when multi-monitor was enabled

Update 1.0.1 is now live!

This update adds Steam Workshop integration along with many improvements and bug fixes:

  • Steam Workshop integration (Steam will need to run for new environments to be downloaded)
  • Increased process priority to help with framerates and audio glitches when running games
  • Executables are now signed which should solve the issues with Anti-Virus software
  • Added a Force OpenVR option for Rift users (using OpenVR doesn't bring much value at the moment)
  • Vive controllers will now appear at the right position when the Floating option is checked
  • The 360 video Open Dialog will now restore the last directory

Now Available!

Virtual Desktop is now available to Play! The first time you launch it, you will be prompted with a key. This key lets you redeem the app on Oculus Home (if you have a Rift) through Settings -> Account -> Redeem Code.

If you encounter any issues, please let me know in the discussions section.

The Workshop integration is partially there: you can create and submit your own environments, users will be able to download them in a future update.


About This Software

Virtual Desktop is an application developed for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive 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

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 8.x 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: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows 7 is not supported. If you are using a Windows 'N' edition, you will need to install the Media Feature Pack.
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: i5-2500k
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GTX 760 or 980M or ATI Rx 200
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: The Windows 10 Anniversary Update adds 8K video and some H.265 support
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