Ah, virtual reality. The most immersive sensory experience for the person wearing the headset. And, arguably, the goofiest spectacle to witness as a bystander.
Long have we waited for a friend’s turn to be over so they can relinquish the headset and give us the opportunity to try our own luck in the virtual realm. Perhaps a demon is waiting around the bend, or a welterweight is warming up in the corner (almost literally!). It’s a different world altogether once you don the goggles, but it doesn’t need to be an exclusionary action.
By streaming (“casting”) your Oculus Quest experience to your TV with sound, the incredibly personal experience becomes an activity where everyone can be involved. There’s a reason the functionality is built in. Here’s how to activate it.
It’s simple to stream from the headset to your TV. Just follow these three steps:
1. Ready Your TV
Your TV needs to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your phone and headset. Before you try to cast from your Oculus, make sure you can stream any video content from your phone to your TV. That will confirm you’re ready to stream from your headset to the TV:
2. Cast from Oculus
You can turn on casting from both the headset and the Oculus App. If you’re already wearing the headset, it’s easier to do it from there, since it’s covering your eyes. Here’s how:
This is where you open new apps, see which friends are online and adjust settings. It’s also where you can access Sharing functions via this icon:
If you instead want to cast from the Oculus App, follow these steps:
To stop casting, return to the share menu on the headset or casting menu on your phone and click “Stop Casting.”
3. Adjust the Audio
As with any video streaming between devices, there may be a lag between what’s seen (and heard) on the headset and what’s cast to your TV. Depending on the game and level of involvement of those in the room, you’ll probably want to drop the volume of one of them (likely the headset) so others can hear just one audio stream.
For the best audio playback from your TV, the following are recommended:
Not all Oculus Quest 2 apps are fun to play with an audience watching, but some are fantastic additions to a party. Try these five games for starters: