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 (20) - 45% of the 20 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (711) - 69% of the 711 user reviews for this software are positive.
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November 16

Update 1.6 - New SteamVR Dashboard, Google Cardboard Photos and more!

New SteamVR Dashboard
The Virtual Desktop Dashboard replaces the original SteamVR Desktop Dashboard. It renders your monitors at full framerate, allows interaction with Touch gestures (swipe to scroll, pinch to zoom, etc.) and lets you to cycle through each monitor (using the left AppMenu button with Vive or Y with Rift). In addition, one of your monitor can be detached (hold grip), resized (hold both grips) and remain as an overlay in any of your favorite SteamVR games. This will work with Vive, OSVR, Pimax and WMR headsets. To use SteamVR with Rift, use the /ForceOpenVR command line argument when starting Virtual Desktop with Steam.



New Capture Engine
Part of this release is a re-architected capture engine which allows you to see and interact with UAC prompts and lock screens in VR. Monitors can now be added or removed without requiring to restart Virtual Desktop. HDR monitors with their full color gamut are now supported.

Google Cardboard Photos
360 Photos taken with your Android phone can now be viewed in Virtual Desktop’s Photos tab. Embedded audio tracks are also supported.


Video Player Improvements
The video player now features a Playback Rate setting which allows you to slow down or speed up your videos. In addition, the Fisheye projection has been improved (it is now a proper fisheye projection).


Environment Editor
Environment sounds now support MP3, AAC and other common formats in addition to Wav files.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed controller interaction issue where clicks would sometimes stop working
  • The Oculus Store window will no longer open when using a Vive or running with /ForceOpenVR
  • The On-Screen keyboard is now configured to work with Virtual Desktop automatically
  • The context menus and message boxes are now themed appropriately
  • Removed Platform Update requirement on Windows 7
  • Added initial status message when downloading videos
  • Improved application startup speed
As always, let me know if you experience any issues or have suggestions!
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September 12

Update 1.5.1 - Screen Curve slider, Controller improvements

Today's update adds a long awaited feature; a screen curve slider as well as improvements to the controller models with SteamVR. The Oculus Touch button mapping was reverted back to use face buttons (A and X) for left clicks and now button B acts as right-click. A future version will allow you to remap controller buttons. A Hide Overlay option has been added to the video playback options. This update also contains some minor bug fixes.

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!
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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 1.1 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!

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 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 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: 700 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Disabling Aero can improve performance on Windows 7. 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 980M or ATI Rx 200
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows 10 is highly recommended as it provides better performance. The Anniversary and Creators Update add 8K video and some H.265 support.
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