Show the desktop when there is no monitor connected.
I know this is mostly a windows issue, but Virtual Desktop can still show a desktop with no monitor connected.
Poseidon DV commented
I use my psvr conroll box. 0nce the controller box is up and running , you can disconect the psvr headset.
Thmoas De Grauw commented
I wonder whether it's possible to create this on driver level. Create a virtual display driver or by gpu driver.
I'm pretty sure this is a limitation of Windows.
This may not be a suitable workaround for you, but there are devices for sale on amazon that plug into an HDMI port and pretend to be a regular display.
Kasper Olesen commented
Interesting idea, but not sure Oculus alone could solve it? I think it would require something from Windows as well. Would be pretty nice. Also right now you seem to have to use these small HDMI and DisplayPort plugs that can be used to make Windows think you have more than one display, to get extra desktops to play with in Oculus Dash. But again, its very likely also a problem with Windows, as multiple desktops is a Windows feature, that is not easy to make happen without making Windows think there is hardware to show the display to.
But come to think of it... these small HDMI and Display Port plugs should be a possible "fix" for this problem. I guess GPU would still be used for it, but I dont think you can stop Windows from rendering the desktop anyway, so what you do get is that the monitor itself would not be using power.
Something like a EDID HDMI Headless Ghost Display Emulator, which you plug into an HDMI port and the computer thinks you have a 1440p monitor in that port.
I have two issues:
1. If I turn my monitor off, I can't use Desktop. I would like to be able to use Desktop with my monitor turned off.
1(a). If I have my monitor turned off and put on the Rift, causing Oculus Home to run, I have a situation where I can no longer get back to Windows. When I turn the monitor back on, there is no signal to it. If am left with no option but to cut power to the PC, as there is no way to perform a clean shutdown.
2. I have an ultrawide monitor (3440 x 1440). This aspect ratio is too wide for practical use in VR. There appears to be no way to modify the Desktop resolution / aspect ratio in VR.
Is it possible to have a (virtual) desktop that is configurable and not based on the physical monitor? Can this be looked into?
I should add that I don't have to unplug my monitor for this to happen, I just have to switch it off.
Yes me too. What is up with this? If I'm going to be in VR for a couple of hours, then I would like to turn off my monitor; just as I would turn off my oven if I'm not using it to bake something.
I built a desktop to work exclusively with my Rift. Being about to control the desktop from inside of rift is also a dream come true. But right now if I unplug my monitor, then click on Desktop from inside dash, I see a giant orange screen with an exclamation mark.
Lulu Vi Britannia commented
I agree! Right now the monitor is just a burden on the GPU. It is a waste of power we can't really afford when using VR.
Richard Craig commented
Likewise! Also, a virtual monitor could support sizes up to 4K even if your physical monitor doesn't.
It would be especially amazing if the virtual monitor could run at 90Hz so that traditional gaming played on the virtual screen could benefit from the higher refresh rate of the Rift.
Agreed. If I turn off my monitor, I can't use desktop*. Seems a waste to have to have my monitor turned on if I'm not using it.
*I get an orange window where the desktop should be.
There is no reason we should have to have a real physical monitor any more (except for the occasional BIOS and POST debug). I can use an emulator (hardware) for now but ideally, the desktop app should be completely independent of what is physically connected. The only thing I want connected to my GPU is the Rift.