Allowing Rift/Rift S to play with Quest users, either directly or with emululation
With the advent of the Quest Link, which allows to (at some extent) play Rift games on the Quest, it's high time we got a Rift version of cross-compatibility.
The Rift is a powerful VR headset, capable of playing many things the Quest can't alone, but the one thing that is bugged is the lack of cross-playability, especially Rift to Quest. A number of Quest users love to play multiplayer games, but, even when there is a Rift version, Rift users most likely can't play with Quest users.
The Rift users paid a high premium to have a VR headset, both in PC power plus the unit itself, but slowly Rift users are being left behind, with more support for the cheaper Quest, and without the capability to play with other users, the Rift is becoming more and more a dead unit. Therefore I suggest a new approach.
Design, via update or download, a "Quest player," that allows Rift users to log into Oculus as if they are on the Quest, and play the Quest version of the games, letting their powerful PCs do the work of the Quest hardware. The benefit to this is you keep Rift users, and they can join in with Quest users in online gaming, from Arizona Sunshine to Elven Assassin. Also, it would open up a new set of apps that are available for use, including Go compatibility to play apps like Netflix, or go around the world with friends via Wander.
Ben SloaneHunter commented
This wouldn't be a viable option, as the Oculus Quest uses the Snapdragon 835 ARM-based chip and not an x86 based chip. There would be very large performance losses as a result due to the host PC having to emulate a different type of CPU architecture. Look at emulators such as cemu, pcsx or dolphin for an example.
A better choice would be to add support for the games to be multiplayer, and that would be up to the developers.
yes yes yes
Very well written. It makes a lot of sense
Such a great idea! Let's bring VR users together instead of dividing us by the equipment we use.