Finally… it’s here!
Few days back Oculus rolled out an update that made casting to an external device possible (in this case, we will talk about our phone as an external device). This is a long-awaited and most requested feature from the users.
I’ve been so much hyped for this to come and my hype was thoroughly justified (although there are some improvements to be made).
In this article, I will briefly discuss how to cast Oculus Go to your phone and how it performs in different Wi-Fi networks.
Why Would you even want to Cast your Oculus Go to Your Phone?
Now, you might be thinking…
Hey! Why would I do that? I can easily record my clips on the go itself?
Well, for starters, say you want to share something with your friend live (could be anything). Before this update, you couldn’t do that.
Sure, you could record it and show it to someone later. But not live.
With casting enabled, your friends can see what is exactly happening inside the headset. Previously they couldn’t. All they could see is how you were reacting (weirdly), not why.
Now you can very easily do that via casting your go to your mobile phone.
Enough of that, Let’s now see how you can actually achieve that.
How to Cast from Your Oculus Go to your Smartphone
We will talk about how it performs on different wi-fi networks later. For now, both your oculus go and phone are connected to the same wi-fi network or you can use mobile hotspot. Either way, the following processes are exactly the same.
- Download and install the Oculus Go App on your phone (or the device you wish to use as an external device)
- Open the app and open the sharing menu from your newly updated Oculus Go. You will a see new option in the navigation are named “cast.”
- Click on that. This will send a notification on your phone saying “your Oculus Go is now casting to your Oculus App”
- Tap on the notification and follow the instruction provided in there
- That’s it. If you did everything correctly, you should see the display from your Oculus Go replicated on your mobile phone.
You will see a red light on your Oculus Go which implies everything that’s on the screen is being recorded.
Performance Under Different Wi-Fi Settings
Under a 5Ghz wi-fi network performance is great. Frame rate, resolution, and other variables are almost as good as native recording.
Under mobile hotspot, things start getting a bit choppy. But it’s still very much viewable.
However, if you have a 2.4Ghz wi-fi, then you are out of luck. Performance is really bad under 2.4Ghz wi-fi. If it’s not absolutely necessary, don’t even bother.
Improvements to be Made
The following are some of the features that are currently missing in this update.
- No audio recording capability (Disappointing, I know!)
- Cannot cast all apps
- Copyright issues
Before I go
This was a great update for Oculus Go user. Not only did this brought the casting ability to the Oculus Go world, but also many other features (like manual control and stuff like that).
Now, you and your friends can feel the same rush together (while playing horror games). If you have a strong wi-fi connection, this update will sure bring much more to the table for you.
Follow the steps mentioned above and you are all set to go. Feel free to share your experiences and issues (if any in the comment section below).