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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Mostly Positive (29 reviews) - 72% of the 29 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (433 reviews) - 73% of the 433 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date: Mar 31, 2016

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September 11

Update 1.0.9 - Fixed issues when launching other VR applications

This is a small update that fixes focus issues when launching other applications while in Virtual Desktop. It also fixes a bug where the app would sometimes restart when exiting Steam VR.

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August 17

Update 1.0.8 - Fisheye video support and skip forward / backward with arrows

- New fisheye projection for the video player with a customizable field of view (FOV) from 30 to 360 degrees.
- The video player now supports skipping forward and backward with the arrow keys.
- Fixed the low quality streaming option which stopped working recently.
- There is now an option under Windows Integration to control whether Virtual Desktop will use Injection to capture fullscreen games; turning ON the option can help the performance in some games but cause issues in others. The option is now available and turned OFF instead of ON by default.
- A new animated environment called Korben's Apartment 2263 inspired from The 5th Element has been added to the store.

- Lot's of cool and unique environments have also been added to the workshop recently, don't forget to check them out!

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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 1.0.7 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 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 ATI Rx 200
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
117.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
VIVE review. I have tried just about every game I play on Virtual Desktop. As of now, I give it a 7/10 completion score. The difference between this and BigScreen Beta is the transparent desktop and customization features. In games, you may run into...

THE problem: black screen flickering during menus but (often) not in gameplay -- so before you start messing with your graphics settings, actually try playing the game to see if the black strobing exists. If it strobes during gameplay, try turning on or off VSync, which almost always fixes it. If that does not fix your problem, ensure you're not using MSAA in the VIRTUAL DESKTOP settings (as it does nto play nice with AA in games), and possibly consider tweaking your AA in game (I keep Virtual Desktop's MSAA turned off by default, I see no difference with it on anyway). Still, some games just will not lose the strobe, and it is quite an unplayable experience. Fix the strobe, and this will the major contender for best premium VR desktop viewer.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Using this with controller companion is the best vr experience i've had so far. Nearly lag free, and high enough res. to do basically everything that doesn't require reading small text. 10/10 would recommend, a must have for VR owners.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
  • Displays desktop.
  • Displays 360 pictures and videos.
  • Can display fullscreened stereoscopic desktop apps in 3D kind of.
  • Can be launched in VR mode outside of Steam VR interface. (Either by using Oculus drivers directly or by having it launch Steam VR with itself.)
  • It's certainly usable -- I'm writing this review in it right now.
  • If you have a nice long ambient 360 YouTube video you can use it as a moving background to your desktop. - at least, until it ends.

  • Uses the same resolution your physical monitor(s) were using anyway, so you gain no advantage there.
  • 360 videos do not currently have a looping option.
  • Does NOT like 4k 360 YouTube videos. (It either pops up with a dialog box that says "Unknown.", crashes, or both.)
  • Since it's just recording your desktop and streaming it to your virtual monitor(s), the higher resolution your monitor is the lower the framerate it will stream and the more CPU it will use.
  • Cannot create virtual monitors or decouple windows from Windows' windowing system and pull them off into virtual space.
  • Cannot display simple (non-360) stereoscopic content natively in its own floating windows or anything. You have to open the stereoscopic application, fullscreen it, turn off curved desktop display, turn on the correct content display mode (SBS, OU, inverted SBS, etc.) yourself. And even then any non-stereoscopic UI elements will be totally messed up by it, including the Virtual Desktop settings window itself, which is also part of the Windows desktop and not its own little freefloating widget.
  • All the good content on Steam Workshop gets taken off and put up for sale for more dollars.
  • Cannot be used to force Team Fortress 2 VR to play nicely with Oculus Rift CV1 (I wrote a guide to giving it your best shot, though!) Similarly, it's too much of a performance drain to try and use it to play Crysis in 3D and the like.
  • Takes up all the F2-F11 keys by default, you'll have to configure new hotkeys to make it play nice with your media players and Steam games and whatnot.

In general: Does not suit my particular needs and uses. But I'm keeping it because there is nothing else that's even close to better yet.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Not useful for the roomscale Vive user.

A proper Vive controller support is still not in. I've purchased this at release, back in April '16.
Mouse and keyboard is still required to use this.
The Vive controller touch pad controls is a bad joke and basically useless. Can't even enter text. Can't move/copy files etc. It's easy to mess up entire folder structures on the harddrive by accidently dragging stuff around that should have only been opened by a button click.

Me as a Vive owner, do not use keyboard&mouse much/at all. Since my desktop is partly in a blind spot to the tracking area and I don't have a keyboard/mouse combo on the sofa.

I'm better off using the Steam VR Desktop. Better controls, better and quicker usage and works even in games.

However watching videos with this VDesktop is an option. But there are many other programs that can do the same. AND there are other VR Desktop tools that are worth comparing as well...
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Product received for free
Big screen ! but low resolution, no thanks.
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618 of 679 people (91%) found this review helpful
688 people found this review funny
228.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
I use it to watch 3D porn. Excellent software.
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495 of 584 people (85%) found this review helpful
388 people found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
After putting on some music and choosing the "MilkDrop" environment. I swear I dropped acid and was on my way to another dimension.
10/10 would become Jimi Hendrix again.
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219 of 247 people (89%) found this review helpful
251 people found this review funny
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Look imma be honest - I use this for porn
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110 of 115 people (96%) found this review helpful
87 people found this review funny
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
I've used the free version of this software extensively during SDK 0.6/0.8, moving onto 1.3 it works like a charm and I can't sing the praises of the program high enough, virtually no framerate drops and the SBS and GUI size change functionalities work well consistently. Definately worth the money if you want to work in a forest, or masturbate among the stars.

(Using Rift DK2, GTX 980ti, YMMV depending upon your HMD and system specs).
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96 of 111 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
A must-have for anyone who owns/or will own a VR-headset (and the price is actually pretty good).

This will let you play all your "regular" games (that are not VR-ready) on the Oculus Rift or HTC-Vive.

You can watch your videos/movies/netflix/youtube etc. in a virtual movie theater,
or have your entire desktop (with all your apps and games) shown on a giant virtual screen.
(now i am even more excited for my Oculus Rift pre-order!).

Watch the trailer, as words can not really describe how awesome this software is.

And thank you very much "Guy Godin" for making it possible to bring everything that is not VR-ready, into the VR-world!

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9.0 hrs
Posted: September 26
Great software i love it, Netflix isn't working though the picture doesn't come though the virtual screen
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3.2 hrs
Posted: September 26
I need help here please, I bought virtual desktop about one month ago, and still not working on my htc vive. it gives me a message said "virtual desktop does not support your currently active headest"
I tried some ways to launch like I launch it from steam folder (x86)/steam/steamapps/common/virtual desktop) but it doesn't work, it just open the virtual desktop window settings on my computer but when I wear the headest (vive) it dosen't work, nothing happned at all, still in the steam vr base

so if you can help me I will appreciated , because I really want to try it.
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16.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
Easily one of the best buys right now.

Ive spent hours watching movies and videos in here and Ive never regretted the purchase.

Its not crystal clear at times but I didnt expect it to be with first GEN. Well worth the price just to watch Netflix.
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7.6 hrs
Posted: September 22
This software is essential for certain *cough* videos. Its working great with the Rift. For videos I recommend the "side-by-side" + "dome (180)" setting combination. In about 90 % of vids this is the best settings, otherwise you just have to try out different ones.

I'm sure you can also do other things with virtual desktop but I haven't tried it yet.

BTW: only youtube videos can directly be streamed in VR. Every other form of video has to be downloaded beforehand.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: September 21
I wish I could have gotten it to work correctly but it kept crashing repeatedly I am attempting to get my money back now I have less than 0.6 hours in it I really do wish I could have gotten it to work everything was blurry repeatedly crashed I by far exceed the system requirements so I really don't understand what the problem was but I'm sick of dealing with it other VR works great I just can't get this to work anyway I'm going to try and get my money back from Steam
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9.7 hrs
Posted: September 20
This is probably the best desktop emulator currently released; you get both user ease as well as a plethora of settings for pictures and videos. It does sometimes sit minimized unless you close it through the task manager. Not saying it's perfect, but you don't need to aim the mouse with your head so I'm satisfied.
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8.2 hrs
Posted: September 19
I got this last night and spent several hours in it. It is pretty cool! Was able to watch 360 3D videos as well as other stuff. It does what it says for the most part!

However, there are things that need to improve. For one, there are not many environments currently that come with the program and the fact that they charge extra for environments that other people have created is pretty irritating. The environments should stay free just like the SteamVR environments. I would also like to see the ability to use animated environments.. something like a waterfall, rain, etc.

The other things is the program lacks a loop button or the ability to setup a playlist. These things should be added immediately! I am also a little concerned that I haven't seen many updates looking at the history which makes me wonder how much the devs are supporting this or if they are just done with it at this point and don't plan to add more features. For $15 I think it deserves the support and upgrades for free, especially considering there are other options out there. The environments on this should be its selling point but it seems that they aren't running with it yet.
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4.1 hrs
Posted: September 15
It works really well. It's by far the most polished of the VR desktop options at the moment, I've been playing Command: Modern Air Naval Operations with it, using a Logitech Trackball I can play the game standing up (using the Windows touch keyboard for entering the odd number etc).

It's not as fast as sitting down, but after a long day of sitting down using a normal mouse it's great to stand up and walk around playing a game.

I can definitely recommend this.
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