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 (404 reviews) - 74% of the 404 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date: Mar 31, 2016

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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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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

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.

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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Mixed (50 reviews)
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not_amused
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Take google sphere photos of your backpacking trips? This is a great way to share the experience with loved ones - close to actually being there! Want to play Rocket League on a curved screen a foot from your face, or on a theature sized screen and distance? Lots of other cools tricks!
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Mikechaotix
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
I just use this for VR porn. 10/10 would masturbate again.
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noamjamski
103.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Absolutely the best and most vital VR app right now period.

Are there a million things I want to see addeed or changed? Yes
Is this app perfect? No
Is it worth the money? It is a STEAL at this price.

Unbelievable that neither Vive nor Oculus provided something so vital to the VR experience with their headsets. This developer has provided us with a great product.
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Redman
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Wow!Passed on this for a while,then when I found an old code for a Tridef account,I had to try it.With a bit of messing about I can now play Tridef games on a huge screen in front of me(including Alien Isolation),in amazing sterioscopic 3d,also I can play perfect 3d movies on my pc,even when streaming them,for those two things alone this is awesome value for money,thankyou.
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[GUYS] Toluco Danders
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Eclipsed totally by BigScreen, which didn't try to take my money.
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Zlorthishen
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
keyboard is a little hard to use, but once you remember your high school typing class its great.
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MDuh
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Can't get this thing ♥♥♥♥ing working with my Vive with the 980Ti using @ win 8.1.

Always ♥♥♥♥ing Failed to initialize VR Headset: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. Tried everything I can: Direct mode, Extended mode, start with windows, turning shadowplay off, compatibility with win 7 and 8 and nothing works. ♥♥♥♥ this ♥♥♥♥, refunded.

Yes I'm mad because I can't watch porn.
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pat7d9
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Get Bigscreen Beta instead.
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General Usage
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
I love this program and its perfect for watching 3D streams from youtube and other online streaming providers. You can also download (from within the app) 360 videos.
I watch 3D content in cinema mode (be sure to select full screen via youtube and then hit the hotkey for 3d) the 3D effects are amazing :)
oh its also got your desktop in a virtual world :)

An easy 10/10 just for the 360 / 3D video experience.
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doodlleus
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
I bought this so that i could watch 3d youtube videos. You can BUT you have to download them all first which comes sometimes take ages. there is an option to allow streaming but i havent been able to get a single video to work as an error always pops up saying "could not parse the youtube page. please report bug" yadda yadda. If you can fix this then i would recommend it but at the moment it is way more cumbersome than it is worth.

EDIT: The dev has fixed the issues with the streaming which is great. It's still overpriced for what it iis but i have no qualms about recommending it now.
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41 of 47 people (87%) found this review helpful
36 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Only way to watch VR porn on the Vive 10/10
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
I searched for this so long and now I can watch porn on vive.
Life is good.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
10/10 Software allows me to watch porn on my vive without any problems best discovery since the wheel. My problems have been solved thank you lord gaben you sexy meme
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Unfortunately, this product currently suffers from some pretty intense flickering. I was hoping to use it as a big screen projector for things like Dota 2, Twitch, and movies off Kodi but the flickering alone makes it unusable even for those activities.

I'm not prone to the motion sickness that some experience in VR, but if you move your head -at all- there is so much blurring that you do feel like you're trying to watch a stationary TV from a tilt-a-whirl. Not nauseating, but blurry beyond belief and a strain on the eyes.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Note: Currently DOES work on Win 7, despite requirements saying it doesn't.

Advantages over SteamOS Desktop: Resize, move, curve, move, transparent desktop with 3d background.
Downsides: A bit laggy on Win 7.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Nice app.
Only I want is 5 sec skip function using arrows keys.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Not bad. Got to play overwatch and hearthstone on a huge screen hahaha... and u have to be good at touch-typing since u cant see your keyboard.

And u are not able to lauch ANY steam game without vr mode here in this app. It will just freeeeeze and quit..... I dont really understand the mechanism here but hope there will be a solution someday.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Take google sphere photos of your backpacking trips? This is a great way to share the experience with loved ones - close to actually being there! Want to play Rocket League on a curved screen a foot from your face, or on a theature sized screen and distance? Lots of other cools tricks!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Definitely worth it. I am now able to have 3 monitors when I really only have one! So useful for my programming. If you want to see how to set up virtual monitors:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Vive/comments/4urir0/
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Well ... of course you can find out that this app doesn't support the Vive's controller but has to be controlled via mouse/keyboard befor you buy it, but would you really expect that? Anyway ... without the option to use the Vive motion controller it's not much fun to use. If I want to use it for watching movies I'd expect to be able to start them from within the VR (ie sitting on the couch) regardless if it's in the movie theater mode or from the video tab in the app. For controlling the VRized Windows desktop this might be hard/not possible, but at least for controlling the features of the app this should be added shortly.
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