How to play Steam Games on Meta Quest 3

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Quest 3 by Meta is a stand-alone VR headset that uses mixed reality to create new experiences for users. It is the successor of the Quest 2 VR headset with better performance, features, and design.

This VR headset unlocks a new dimension of gaming which is why knowing how to play Steam games on Meta Quest 3 is essential information. With this, users can enjoy their favourite Steam games with a truly immersive experience.

In this guide, we'll show you how to set up your Quest 3 to play Steam VR games.

How to play Steam Games on Quest 3

Using the Steam Link app, you can play Steam games easily on your Quest 3 VR headset. This app will sync your Steam game library with your Oculus headset and offer an intuitive way to play your favourite games wirelessly. The application is available for free; however, there are some prerequisites:

  • A computer running Windows 11/10
  • GPUs: NVIDIA GTX970 or better/AMD RX570 or better
  • Wireless Router: 5GHz Channel, Wi-Fi 5 minimum

With a clear understanding of the minimum requirements for using the Steam Link app with the Quest 3 VR headset, let's proceed to explore the methods to install the app and play Steam Games on Quest 3:

  • Turn on your PC and Quest 3 headset, and make sure both are connected to the same network.
  • Open the Steam app on your PC, log in, and download SteamVR.
  • Next, open the Meta store on the Quest 3 headset and download the "Steam Link app".
  • Once the Steam Link app is installed, click on "Get Started", and it will start scanning for computers connected to your local network.
  • Your PC name will now appear. Click on "Connect", allow permissions, and a 4-digit code will appear.
  • Now open the Steam app on your PC, enter the 4-digit code, and click "Confirm".
  • Wear your Quest 3 headset, and you will now see Steam Link initiating a connection between the two devices.
  • Once done, you can access all your Steam games on your Quest 3 VR headset.

Additionally, you can also play Steam Games on Quest 3 using a wired connection. This will allow you to charge your Quest headset when playing. Here's how:

  • Install and launch the Oculus PC app on your device.
  • Navigate to "Devices", click on "Add Headset", select "Quest 3", and click "Next".
  • Next, select "Link(Cable)" and click "Continue".
  • Lastly, open the Steam app and launch Steam VR. Your Steam game library and your Oculus 3 VR headset are now connected.

How to optimise Meta Quest 3 for SteamVR

Enhancing the performance of your Quest 3 VR headset for SteamVR is crucial for extracting optimal functionality. Here's a guide on steps you can take to achieve this optimisation:

  • Make sure your internet connection is fast and stable.
  • Keep your Quest 3, Steam, and PC software updated to improve compatibility and performance.
  • Set refresh rate and resolution accordingly.

That's all about how to play Steam Games on Quest 3. This integration between Quest 3 and Steam helps users unlock a seamless and immersive gaming experience, ensuring they make the most of their cutting-edge VR device.

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