Best Link Cable Alternatives for Oculus Quest 2 in 2021

by Jeremy

These days, Oculus Quest 2 owners who want to play PC VR games on their headsets have many options. You can use Virtual Desktop to play PC VR games at 120Hz or stick with the free Oculus Air Link for a more basic wireless streaming experience. But if you don’t have a fast Wi-Fi network or a PC that can’t keep up with the network speed needed for wireless PC VR, an Oculus Link cable is the next best thing. But you can’t just hook any cable up. You need one that’s both long enough to allow you to move freely and fast enough to handle all the streaming data that PC VR requires. Here are our personal favorites, the Oculus community’s top picks, and Oculus’s official Link alternatives.



Skip the cable altogether:
Virtual Desktop


Staff Pick

If you’re willing to go the unofficial route for PC VR, the best Quest 2 link cable alternatives aren’t cables at all. Virtual Desktop is an official Quest store app that allows you to wirelessly stream games from your PC to your headset. Virtual Desktop can hit 120Hz if your PC has the processing power and your router can keep up with the data transfer. Oculus recently approved its wireless tech, so you no longer need to sideload Virtual Desktop as was once the requirement. Virtual Desktop works with both Rift and SteamVR games, although there are a few limitations on Minecraft, which use the Windows UWP platform instead of traditional EXE files.

$20 at Oculus Store



Oculus tested and approved:
Anker USB C Cable, Powerline USB 3.0 to USB C Charger Cable (10ft)

On the official Oculus Link support page, the company states it tested this USB-C to USB-A Anker cable “internally with good results.” It hits the USB 3.0 5Gbps standard for fast data transfer and supports 15W fast charging, so your Quest 2 remains fully powered under the heavy workload. It’s reliable and popular with Quest 2 users, but you may want a longer cable with a 90-degree USB-C cable head if you plan on playing more motion-heavy PC VR games.

$20 at Amazon



16 feet of fun:
PartyLink 16ft (5m) USB 3.0 Type-C to Type-A Cable

This PartyLink cable is probably the longest you’ll find that hits the required data threshold for Oculus Link without an extension cable. The manufacturer claims it can hit 1,500 Mbps and suggests connecting it directly to the motherboard for the best results. One of Android Central’s Quest 2 owners regularly uses it for Oculus Link and has had no issues with performance. However, keep in mind that this cable can’t charge as fast as the regular Link cable, so you’ll run out of battery after an all-day VR session.

$26 at Amazon



Built for roomscale PC VR:
Invasion Oculus Quest Link Cable

Another 16-foot cable, the Amavasion, also has a 5Gbps maximum and a limited charging capacity to extend play sessions but not keep it running indefinitely. Compared to the PartyLink cable, this is rated USB 3.2 but doesn’t take advantage of the higher standard and costs more. That being said, it’s also a thinner cable that may feel lighter dragging behind you during your VR adventures.

$36 at Amazon



Anker backup:
Amazon Basics USB Type-C to Type-A 3.1 Gen 1 Charger Cable

Oculus’s official Oculus Link backup, the 10-foot Anker cable, frequently goes out of stock, and this cable is the closest alternative in price, features, and quality that you can rely on. It supports 5 Gbps data transfer and 5V charging. Made of double braided nylon, it should be durable when jerked around and even comes in four colors for a little extra personality.

$19 at Amazon



Add 16 feet to any Link cable:
CableCreation Active USB 3.0 Extension Cable

USB 3.0 cables are typically maxed out at 3 meters (or around 9 feet) to preserve their fast speeds, but this won’t be enough for games where you want to stand up and move far away from your PC. This 16-foot extender will preserve the power transfer and 5Gbps data speeds. You’ll need to buy one of the USB 3.0 to USB-C cables (such as Anker’s or Amazon’s) in addition to this, but that plus the CableCreation extender will cost less and stretch 10 feet longer than the official cable.

$17 at Amazon



Make your cable Quest-friendly:
AFUNTA 90 Degree USB C Type C Male to Female Adapter

Some of the best USB-C cables have straight heads that aren’t made for a headset jerking around left and right. With an adapter attached, your Link cable will sit perpendicular to the headset, which should make it less likely to get bent when you move around. These tiny adapters are USB 3.1-compatible with transfer speeds up to 10Gbps, so they will have no trouble passing through your data and power.

 

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