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.
User reviews:
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Mixed (67 reviews) - 64% of the 67 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mostly Positive (361 reviews) - 75% of the 361 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date: Mar 31, 2016

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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.”
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

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.

Enjoy!

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

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 8.x or Windows 10
    • Processor: i5-2500k
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GTX 640 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.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: i5-2500k
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GTX 760 or ATI Rx 200
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Recent:
Mixed (67 reviews)
Overall:
Mostly Positive (361 reviews)
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jgamustang20
( 222.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Could use some more customization during video selection tab. overall great purchase
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Zetsu
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
I think it might be useful to highlight : this software doesn't work on laptop !
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jatt1993
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
The virtual desktop is pretty cool for watching 360 videos and any other media in VR, however, there are certain things that aren't so cool about it. For starters, The software itself has crashed on me a couple times in the short duration i've used it. Another issue is that I have a HTC VIVE, and the software has no controller support, so I am stuck at my desk. Also, it's flat out $15. (There are cheaper alternatives)

TL;DR

It's not terrible, however I strongly urge you guys to look at other software before considering this one. Especially if you have HTC Vive.
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☭Comяade Яed☭
( 32.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
This application has a lot of ambition. The thought of being able to abandon my monitor and go fully virtual is so promising and I really wish I could do it.

But this software in its current state just isn't something I can recommend to others. There are simply far too many compatibility issues and complications with all the things I've wanted to do. Some of it is Windows problems, some Steam, some Nvidia and probably some on the author of this program as well. But regardless of who is responsible, the issues are there and don't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Problems I've run into include:
Extremely high amounts of flickering rendering many 2d games unplayable even on a GTX 1080 (it's still there, albeit to a lesser degree, even after following the posted remedies)
Instability with my Asus mobo/GPU management utilities
Often fails to completely shut down, thereby making restarts of the program extremely complicated
Lots of fighting with the Windows display settings
I have a terrible physical monitor and there's problems that prevent me from setting it as the default monitor, but the virtual monitor I use for virtual desktop brings plenty of new issues with it
3D video can be pretty nice when it works but is usually unstable and unreliable
Motion tracking is very jittery

I'm probably still going to continue to use this program even though I don't recommend it to others, and I really hope it will still see updates (they're definitely lacking). The potential is there and maybe in four or five years we might get to a point where we all can eschew our monitors and go fully virtual. But the dream just isn't there yet.
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ww.in.SF
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Forget the desktop, what makes this AMAZING is the immersive music visualizer! I have never experienced THAT before! Choose MilkDrop as the Screen Option and it will cycle through what (I think) are about 500 visualization experiences like never seen before in 360 degree immersion, keyed to whatever music you're playing (I wouldn't be standing up for it tho!). It looks like you can configure it quite a lot by customizing what's in the MildDrop directory under the Virtual Desktop (installation) folder, Lots of MilkDrop stuff out there to explore and download too. OK, the virtual desktop piece is a cool thing too...
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rccole
( 20.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Overpriced for what it does. Suggest using alternative products that are cheaper (Free) and have even more features.
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SynAcks
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Fun application but doesn't work on YouTube 360 videos unless you have Windows 10. I'm not ready for that sort of... commitment to my VR just yet. I wouldn't be ready for Windows 10 if the headset came with a handset and able to give hand.... Well you know. This is something that the developer should tell you before you purchase it. About the Youtube problem. Not the other.
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Blänk
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
You can view 3d porn in this app very easily that is the main reason I got it of course. Aside from that though, it is also neat for other reasons I guess....the milkdrop (whatever its called) while listening to music is awesome...old school early winamp users will enjoy that. Other than that though it really is not so much different than just using the steam desktop. I guess you can customize things more.
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SGTmurder
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
very cool.. a must have!!
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Signature
( 19.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Awesome, the video features make the Rift many times as valuable for me. Love the Youtube convenience functionality.

The one thing I would like to see is extended support for images, specifically the ability to open and view 180 and 360 degree, Over-Under and Side-By-Side images with Spherical and Equirectangular projection support. That would make this a great alternative to the Samsung Internet Browser functionality (for Gear VR).

Keyboard and mouse control does kinda take getting used to.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
48 of 54 people (89%) found this review helpful
54 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
this is great for all my "videos"
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Not even going to try and lie. This program is the best way to view porn on ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. I'm sure it'll work on youtube, but I haven't tried yet as im VERY tired.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
188.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Virtual Desktop is a strong app. I'm mostly using it so I can use my Oculus as a workstation, so my review is in the context of VD's ability to display my monitors virtually. Firstly, I think the environments are a good step in the right direction, but none of them, including the user generated ones are ideal just yet. More natural places like large open plan living rooms etc would be nice.
Because of this, I like BigScreen beta a bit more for simple 1 monitor display. As someone else mentioned B.S. is free and does largely the same thing w/ respect to VR virtualization of your display. However where it wins is the ability to collaborate with other users using VOIP etc, and see them in your virtual environment. Even if you want to work alone, I still think it is a more comforting and pretty experience than VD. B.S. has more options as well, for example adjusting the curvature of the monitor with a slider, as well as moving your display around where you want it. With the O-Rift's poor resolution, it's very important to be able to really fine tune these details and get a usable quality experience (it is possible!)

I was honestly going to return VD, because B.S. beta is superior with respect to this, but VD shines in one aspect: it supports multi monitor setups. Currently B.S. beta doesn't official support multi-mon and it's super glitch prone if you try to hack it by forcing surround mode on your nvidia card and opening B.S. beta. VD's multi monitor option pretty much worked out of the box with a few crashes that I believe were actually related to my "headless" emulators, dongles which plug into your video card and makes windows think multi displays are connected to the video card, thus allowing virtual desktop to show more display than are actually connected.

I will not be returning Virtual Desktop because of this very usable Multi Monitor option. In fact there isn't really a choice !
Hoping that support for multiple monitors will continue to be improved, and further display size/curvature/distance settings will be implemented, plus more environments, potentially 3d ones.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
32.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
This application has a lot of ambition. The thought of being able to abandon my monitor and go fully virtual is so promising and I really wish I could do it.

But this software in its current state just isn't something I can recommend to others. There are simply far too many compatibility issues and complications with all the things I've wanted to do. Some of it is Windows problems, some Steam, some Nvidia and probably some on the author of this program as well. But regardless of who is responsible, the issues are there and don't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Problems I've run into include:
Extremely high amounts of flickering rendering many 2d games unplayable even on a GTX 1080 (it's still there, albeit to a lesser degree, even after following the posted remedies)
Instability with my Asus mobo/GPU management utilities
Often fails to completely shut down, thereby making restarts of the program extremely complicated
Lots of fighting with the Windows display settings
I have a terrible physical monitor and there's problems that prevent me from setting it as the default monitor, but the virtual monitor I use for virtual desktop brings plenty of new issues with it
3D video can be pretty nice when it works but is usually unstable and unreliable
Motion tracking is very jittery

I'm probably still going to continue to use this program even though I don't recommend it to others, and I really hope it will still see updates (they're definitely lacking). The potential is there and maybe in four or five years we might get to a point where we all can eschew our monitors and go fully virtual. But the dream just isn't there yet.
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I bought Virtual Desktop, but returned it within a week for a few reasons:
-Lack of VR controller functionality
-No controller support
-BigScreen beta is free and essentially did the same tasks I wanted from VD.

The program is competent and if you don't like BSB it is useful, but I found the $15 price tag too much to justify buying it.

Note: some of the above may have been patched in since I bought my copy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Fun application but doesn't work on YouTube 360 videos unless you have Windows 10. I'm not ready for that sort of... commitment to my VR just yet. I wouldn't be ready for Windows 10 if the headset came with a handset and able to give hand.... Well you know. This is something that the developer should tell you before you purchase it. About the Youtube problem. Not the other.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Forget the desktop, what makes this AMAZING is the immersive music visualizer! I have never experienced THAT before! Choose MilkDrop as the Screen Option and it will cycle through what (I think) are about 500 visualization experiences like never seen before in 360 degree immersion, keyed to whatever music you're playing (I wouldn't be standing up for it tho!). It looks like you can configure it quite a lot by customizing what's in the MildDrop directory under the Virtual Desktop (installation) folder, Lots of MilkDrop stuff out there to explore and download too. OK, the virtual desktop piece is a cool thing too...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Pros over other similar software:
Functions decently on windows 7
Option for desktop background to disappear/blend in with the scenery of your choice
Can make screen 360 curve around you, good for swivel chair I guess
Lots of options for VR video/picture viewing

Cons over other similar software:
$15
No multiplayer (bigscreen)

I bought this because bigscreen won't launch on windows 7, but then my PC auto-updated to 10. It was nice while I used it, but I don't see myself using it much more now that I can use bigscreen. Same thing mostly, but free and you can be with friends. If you like Windows 7 and don't plan to play games with this software, buy it. If anything else, find a free alternative.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
171.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
A requirement for anyone with the oculus rift that wants to easily run 360 videos (oculus video is just terrible), work in desktop, etc.
I only wish there were more themes. they can be quite fun to switch around, but missing the obligatory huge imax theater and other such options.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
635.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Great but could be even better.

My one big gripe is that even though you have an "infinite" virtual space, you're limited by the amount of desktop space of your physical monitor (even if you're not using it). So, if you (like me) have 1 monitor at 1080p, then you're limited to 1 virtual screen at 1080p. There's no real reason this should be the case (except perhaps technical challenges). I've been searching for ways to trick Windows into thinking I have a second monitor even though I don't, just to get more screen space. That's a little silly.

I also think it would be awesome if you could move windows around independently of the virtual "screen". Perhaps move them around in the z-axis or just away from the screen. Again, this is probably not easy, but I would love it if it was possible.

This is a great, solid product. My favorite feature is that you can have the screen "floating" so that you can center the screen not just horizontally but also vertically. This means I can put the screens on my ceiling and lay flat in bed! Every VR app should have this feature!!!

9/10
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