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 (69 reviews) - 69% of the 69 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (304 reviews) - 77% of the 304 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 (69 reviews)
Overall:
Mostly Positive (304 reviews)
Recently Posted
trojan211
( 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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sLumzilla
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
this program let me move my workflow to a virtual environment in minutes, the implications of what can be done with a program like this are astounding

please keep at it, wonderful work!
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asterixochobelix
( 24.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I have Windows 10 and HTC Vive.

Virtual Desktop is awsome and works perfect. It is a must have for everyone.
I also want to recommend the Movie Theater addon.

Hoping for even more environments (like the following) in the future:
- An environment with a Commodore Amiga and a 1084s display to play WinUAE in
- An environment for reading cbr and cbz comics in. Comics could be displayed on a screen lying down on a desk.
- An environment with a pinball table in it to use with future pinball
- An environment with an arcade machine in it to use with mame
- can think of many others but don't have the graphics skills to build them myself





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Tava
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
What a great app. Steam regular games in VR. The Milkdrop addon is amazing, but could use some more options. The picture and video playback work well enough. The video app could use more controls like 1: Visual Aids (current time, play time) 2: keyboard controls (pause play, advance and back, fast forward and rewind) 3: Also, it should not be hard to detect what type of 3D content is being played, side by side, top bottom.
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Npman
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
this is great for all my "videos"
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deity.null
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
I hardly have any use for this application currently, but Virtual Desktop does a great job allowing you to view your desktop in VR, as well as 360 and 3D videos of all file and view types. You can also play non-VR games with it, the same way SteamVR lets you, but with different environments and backdrops and also adjust the size of the virtual screen, as well as the distance to your eyes.

My only gripes so far is that you have to put the videos you want to watch in VD's folders outside of VR, before viewing them inside VR. There should be a way to do this inside VR, yet that may be the case in the future. Also, text within the application is fairly hard to read unless the screen is positioned right in front of your eyes, forcing you to move your head often. There should be a feature within VD that allows you to scale all text, without scaling anything else or without using Window's scaling feature. Some anti-aliasing wouldn't be a bad idea either.

All in all, I have yet to see a VR application that supports as many features as Virtual Desktop does.
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Joker
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
I like it
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ossielocal32
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Keeps crashing windows 10
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GreiBush
( 14.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
It says it's Vive compatible, but every time it launches, it says "not compatible with your active headset". It's also not fully compatible with the Vive controllers. Vive's input system is often still recognized by the PC as a mouse, but it behaves oddly if you don't have a mouse hooked up (why hook up a mouse if I'm really just using my VR PC for VR, right?) It's also really annoying having to use a physical keyboard to enable VR videos. They do know that you can't see any keyboard while using VR, right?

Also, you would think it would be possible to create a VR desktop environment in which you have more space than on any screen you have connected to the PC, but for some reason that's not possible with existing software.

This software needs some rather large updates before it functions the way it's supposed to.
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Houler
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
It's a good utility. I enjoyed using it. I wish the graphics were better on the HTC Vive though, but that's not the game developers fault.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
68 of 77 people (88%) found this review helpful
69 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Look imma be honest - I use this for porn
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Review for vive headset only.
The vive has a desktop application software that comes free with it. But it does not have the means to play 360 videos as if you were there. Best way I can think of describing the sensation is that imagine yourself in a large sphere and the video you are playing is all around the inside of sphere so what ever direction you facing you see the video playing from that angle- it does feel like you are really there.
When doing a roller coaster I had to sit down whilst playing the video as it made me instantly dizzy as the roller coster twisted and turned and the under water samples I saw were amazing.

Good points
A fairly easy to use 360 video player - also supports SBS - (Side by side) videos (for true 3d effect i understand) though I have not tried it yet

Bad points
Does not support the vive controllers yet, making using the desktop environment almost useless with the vive VR headset, but its easy to click back to the steam version of the desktop with the vive controller so you can manage.

Summary

Pricey considering it does not support vive controllers at this time, making it not much use with the vive VR without keyboard \mouse -but for 360 vidoes I thought it was amazing and for me was worth the purchase for that alone.

If playing 360 videos does not interest you then I can not recommend purchase, I hope the Dev will get it working with the vive controllers as the virtual desktop version is nicer and has more options to display I just cant control it without using a keyboard \Mouse which is a pain to be honest.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
It's neat but it needs work. Basically you can pretend you have a giant curved monitor sitting as close to your face as you'd like or decently far away. You can also with the touch of a button view youtube videos in 3D (I think it's F6 to see the side-by-side 3D type). Actually it can be ANY video in side-by-side 3D.

I was able to crash the virtual desktop a few times by trying to view 3D videos using their special viewer and pasting the URLs so you're actually better off just going to youtube, finding a video, viewing it in fullscreen and hitting F6.

Perhaps the nicest thing was being able to lie on my back with my keyboard in my lap and mouse at my side and see the screen while looking up at the ceiling. It was actually very comfortable to type like that.

Anyway, I wish there was a "meh" button because while it's kinda neat, I can't wholeheartedly thumb it up at this time and apparently it won't let me leave it unchecked like it USED to. So the thumbs down is because it still seems a bit buggy. I'll change it when/if the product works better.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Good software that only gets better every update.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
I\'ve been a Virtual Desktop user since last year with my DK2. Now using Vive. Virtual Desktop is excellent and certainly the best player for any 180/360 videos (can stream directly from youtube). You can play games too. What really makes this a great experience are the environments you can switch to. You can be floating in space or on an alien world or in a virtual cinema to name a few. You can also expand the range of environments via the steam workshop. I recommend you buy the Cinema and Grand Canyon environment addons for this. There are also free user made environments.

If you use MPC-HC player with this then you can watch standard (non surround/non 3d) videos via virtual desktop.

What\'s missing? The ability to play conventional (non surround) 3d videos. If you have any 3d movies you won\'t be able to watch them with Virtual desktop.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
+very good for watching movies and videos, can play a lot of content that I didn´t get to work with other players
+easy and good to use
+price is imo ok, depends strong on you expectations I think

-In some videos the sound is a little bit "slower" than the video. In the discussions some other people have this problem too. File size is maybe playing a role and it seems only happen with non 360 videos.
-If you play a video and you want to move forward the whole screen is jumping in front, an option for seeing only the stop/play/forward/backward buttons and the "progress bar" would be very nice (is it possible and I didn`t find it?
-Sometimes I get a grey screen and have to close Steam VR and get back into it to solve this problem.

Imo it´s not useable for internet surfing or desktop-stuff, text is nearly unreadable in normal sizes and even when it´s big it´s only good readable in the middle. So don´t expect too much. If you are looking NOW for a good video player I can recommend it. But if a player comes out which is solving my mentioned negativ aspects I will buy this one for sure. The sound problem and the grey screen are really annoying.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
This is an Oculus Rift CV1 review of Virtual Desktop:

It's an overall fantastic program, with some moderate hangups.

Pros:
Works as advertised, for the Oculus and HTC Vive.
Beautiful backdrops.
Steam Workshop enabled for additional free backdrops.
Purchaseable backdrops as DLC.
Is still being developed further.
Many customizeable options, such as picking the point of view, distance of the screen, and shape of the screen.
Full 360 video support when you curve the screen correctly around you (easy to do).
Is surprisingly clear on the Oculus, given what it's doing, reading is not an issue here.
Options for a curved or flat screen.

Cons:
3D support is HEAVILY bugged on the Oculus Rift, though I'm not sure exactly what they were trying to do with that feature to begin with, all I know is when you click any of the 3D checkboxes, you can see what having a stroke feels like.
No virtual monitor support (I know it's a crazy big thing to do, but we all wondered about it, there is not multiple-screen support beyond the multiple monitors you already have plugged in)***
Resolution is dependant on the Oculus' resolution, which sometimes leads to poor quality (but still surprisingly good) when blown up to a large screen, but it's not really something you can even consider blaming the designers for.

***Multiple "virtual" monitor problem can be solved by buying "dummy plugs" for your video card's respective output jack, you can fool the video card into thinking there are monitors plugged in when they aren't, and thus gain additional screens according to how many slots you have on your card, just search eBay for "HDMI dummy plug" if you want an example. Bear in mind 4k dummy plugs will not do much for quality unless you prefer looking at your virtual monitor from a relatively close angle and turning your head a lot, considering that the Oculus itself does not support 4k resolution. 1920x1080 for a solid (and cheap) experience.

Overall it's definitely an essential if you have a VR headset, it unlocks the rest of your computer in 3D space, and having a screen the size of your house is... Pretty damn incredible. You can play games in it just fine, and there really isn't anything better for the functionality it offers at the moment.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Allows me to watch 3D videos which is nice.

It doesn't seem to have the virtual desktop keyboard which uses the hand controllers in the generic steam VR desktop.

I tried loading up a game of League of Legends and it lets me get into the game with the colours distored just before it crashes to desktop.

I'll probably keep it for the VR videos but otherwise I'm not seeing much value here yet.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
this is great for all my "videos"
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