Virtual Reality (or VR, for short) is one of the most highly immersive experiences offered in gaming, education, design, business, and virtually any other software imaginable (no pun intended). The Shadow VR app can help bring your PC in the cloud to your wearable VR headset.
🚨 Warning: In rare cases, Shadow may flash, flicker, or appear distorted, which can potentially induce seizures in people sensitive to certain lights, patterns, or images, even with no history of epilepsy or seizures.
What you'll need
- Computer with Windows or macOS installed
- Oculus Quest 1 or 2 and Oculus controllers (account required)
- SideQuest app (account required)
- Steam and Steam VR apps (account required)
- Shadow VR app
Step 1: Prepare Shadow for VR
Set up Steam and SteamVR
To use Shadow VR, you must have Steam and the SteamVR package installed on your Shadow. If SteamVR is not installed, Shadow VR will fail to launch.
- Download and install Steam onto your Shadow.
- Open Steam and enter your Steam username and password. If you don't have a Steam account, you can create an account for free.
- Check the box next to Remember me if you'd like to have Steam sign you in automatically next time.
- Click Sign In.
- Download and install SteamVR.
Check your settings and internet connection
VR streams send heavy amounts of data over your internet connection. For the smoothest experience, Shadow VR has the following requirements:
- 5GHz WiFi internet connection
- Minimum download speed of 50Mbps or more
- A stable internet connection
📝 Note: Unstable connections and slow download speeds may be more noticeable on VR. You can troubleshoot your internet connection if you notice any stuttering, freezing, lagging, or other issues with the stream.
Change the settings in Shadow
Shadow VR relies on a stable internet connection. To let Shadow choose the most optimal settings for your connection:
- Open the Shadow launcher on your computer.
- Click the Settings icon.
- Click Streaming to the left.
- Change the following settings:
- Under Maximum bit rate, choose Auto detect.
- Check the box next to Adapt max bit rate to network conditions.
If you plan on using the Oculus Quest microphone, you can enable the microphone from the Shadow VR home screen.
Step 2: Set your Oculus to developer mode
Because Shadow VR is not available on the Oculus Store, you'll need to set up your Oculus account as a developer to use third-party apps. Follow all of the steps listed on the Oculus developer website.
Step 3: Download SideQuest and Shadow VR
- Plug your Oculus Quest headset into your computer.
- Go to the SideQuest store to search for Shadow.
- Click Download App (Sideload). This will download the Shadow VR app and send it directly to the headset, as long as it's on and connected to your computer.
- Accept any communications or prompts that appear during setup.
You can also watch the tutorial from SideQuest below for help using the SideQuest app.
📝 Note: SideQuest is a third-party app store designed to help you sideload apps to your Oculus Quest. Sideloading is the act of installing software obtained from a third-party source rather than an official retailer onto your device. You'll need to download SideQuest and create an account if you don't have one already. Shadow VR is only available on the SideQuest store at this time.
Step 4: Start Shadow VR
It's time to gear up! Once you equip your Oculus Quest headset, you'll need to do the following:
- Select the Apps icon.
- Next, click the drop-down menu in the upper-right corner.
- Select Unknown Sources.
- Search for and select Shadow VR.
- The Shadow VR app will start and the home screen will appear.
How to use the home screen
On the Shadow VR home screen, four buttons will be available:
|A||Start Shadow VR||Starts streaming Steam VR and your game library|
|B||2D||Streams the Shadow desktop and a virtual keyboard|
|C||Settings||Views settings specific to the Shadow VR app|
|D||Power||Stops streaming Shadow|
To log out of the Shadow VR app, click the Log out button next to your name.
How to change the settings
Click the Settings button on the home screen to change the following settings:
|Enable microphone||Uses Voice over IP (VoIP) technology to stream the input of your microphone to your Shadow|
|Start Shadow VR automatically||Skip the home screen|
|Send logs||In the bottom-right corner, select Send Logs to share technical feedback with our developers.|
📝 Note: Shadow VR app updates are available via SideQuest. You'll receive a notification each time an update is available. Updates are not automatically installed.
Send feedback to Shadow
Since the Shadow VR app relies on third-party software and devices, we appreciate all of the feedback our users can offer. If our Support team requests logs following your most recent Shadow session, use the Send Logs button in the Shadow VR Settings. You can also send us feedback through the SideQuest app or on the Shadow Discord server.
If you need assistance with SideQuest, Steam, or any other third-party app or peripheral, we recommend you contact the developer or manufacturer for assistance.