Virtual Desktop is an application developed for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and WMR headsets 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 (21) - 71% of the 21 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (753) - 69% of the 753 user reviews for this software are positive.
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Mar 31, 2016
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January 11

Update 1.8.5 - Separate Dashboard App, Performance Improvements

Today's update separates the Dashboard functionality into a separate app (called Virtual Desktop Dashboard) which will now appear under Tools in Steam. This will solve the issue of Virtual Desktop always appearing as running in Steam, failing to start or being prompted to choose what mode to start it in. This change also gets rid of the launch dialog when starting Virtual Desktop. Note that if you need to run the Environment Editor, you can find it in the installation directory and launch it manually from there.

I've also reduced the GPU Usage when Virtual Desktop is in the background and another VR app is running.

Bug Fixes
- Fixed mouse lag when watching 360 videos/photos
- Intersecting the Open dialog while playing a video will keep the UI visible

Thanks!
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December 15, 2017

Update 1.8 - Cylindrical layers, WMR Support, video player compact mode, additional languages, 3D Anaglyph support

Starting with version 1.8, new updates will now be announced and pushed to the Beta branch for a few days before making it to the public branch. This will allow you to revert to a working state in case something isn't working as expected and give me time to fix any issues I might have missed.

Now onto the new features in this release!

Cylindrical Timewarp Layers on Rift
The latest Oculus SDK added new layers that lets us draw user interfaces at a higher quality. The screen in Virtual Desktop now uses this new feature which improves image clarity. The Mip Mapping option has been split into 2 different options: one for the screen and one for the environment. This gives you better anti-aliasing control.

WMR Headsets Support
Windows Mixed Reality headsets are now officially supported. You can configure button mappings in the Bindings tab. The Win + Y banner will now disappear when Virtual Desktop starts up. Make sure to install the latest Windows updates to fix stability issues.

Video Player Compact Mode
The video player now features a compact mode toggle which will reduce the size of the window when playing videos. Elapsed and remaining times have also been added.


3D Anaglyph Support
Anaglyph is now a supported 3D mode. This is useful to play 3D games using Nvidia 3D Vision configured to use Discover glasses.

Additional Languages
Virtual Desktop now supports English, French, German and Japanese. This includes displayed text, messages, voice commands and vocal feedback. You can change the language with the small flag button in the upper right corner. Other languages will be added in the future.


GPU Usage
When trying different options it is always nice to see how it impacts the performance of your system. If you have the latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you'll see a new GPU Utilization indicator at the bottom of the window. This lets you know how much GPU Virtual Desktop is currently using.


Bug Fixes
  • Fixed issue where controller clicks would sometimes stop working
  • Mouse clicks and wheel scrolls now keep the overlay active
  • Fixed fake Dash monitor appearing when Multi-Monitor was enabled on Rift
  • Fixed performance drop introduced in the 1.7 update
  • Fixed environment sounds not stopping when switching environment
  • Fixed controller interaction with screen to be more accurate and work with the Head Lock feature
  • Fixed laser pointers orientation to be more natural with WMR, Vive and Rift headsets
  • Fixed errors at startup on some systems
  • Removed Allow Injection option on Windows 10 since it is now obsolete
  • Removed SBS Direct modes since they no longer worked with recent SDKs
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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

About This Software

Virtual Desktop is an application developed for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality headsets 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
  • Dashboard integration so you can see/use your desktop in any VR game

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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