A new Virtual Desktop update proves why it's still the best way to play PCVR

A Meta Quest 3 with a keyboard in the forground, along with Virtual Desktop in the background
(Image credit: Nicholas Sutrich / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Qualcomm's new Adreno Motion Engine helps reduce motion artifacts by using AI.
  • Gamers will find that PCVR titles streamed over Wi-Fi with supported apps like Virtual Desktop now look even better in motion.
  • The latest Virtual Desktop update, v1.30.3, already integrates the functionality into its Synchronous Spacewarp feature.

If you're a gamer who uses a headset like the Meta Quest 3 to play PCVR games over Wi-Fi, a new Qualcomm technology is about to make your games look better than ever while moving. The company's upgraded Adreno Motion Engine uses a suite of AI algorithms that understand motion better than previous models, resulting in less warping while streaming PCVR games wirelessly with headsets powered by a Snapdragon processor.

A Qualcomm blog post details the technique, showing how the algorithm finds patterns in rendered objects and estimates what those objects will look like as you move around. The result is a smoother VR experience that feels like running at a high frame rate even when your PC can't quite handle all the action.

But this kind of technology often introduces motion artifacts. These artifacts are extremely obvious to human eyes and brains and can be seen on the left in the example below. Thankfully, Qualcomm engineers have figured out how to minimize this warping and just delivered a new version that you can use today on Virtual Desktop.

A demonstration of motion warping before and after enabling the Adreno Motion Endgine

(Image credit: Qualcomm)

Virtual Desktop's Synchronous Spacewarp feature implements this new Qualcomm feature as of version 1.30.3. Gamers who use Virtual Desktop to wirelessly stream their PCVR games will find that games should look cleaner as they move around, particularly as framerates drop and the app needs to create frames to keep the action feeling smooth.

Just head into Virtual Desktop's option menu and enable "Synchronous Spacewarp" to get access. Impressively enough, it does all of this without any additional latency or processing overhead on the Virtual Desktop app.

Some official apps, like the updated Quest Link software, don't always provide a seamless experience. Still, wireless streaming apps like Virtual Desktop often do a better job without the need for a cable. You'll just need a competent Wi-Fi router or a streaming bridge, like this excellent PrismXR Puppis S1, to wirelessly beam your PCVR games to your Quest headset.

Virtual Desktop developer Guy Godin has consistently updated the app with the latest in cutting-edge streaming technology, regularly eclipsing Meta's official streaming methods by offering higher quality streaming and more options to tweak. It's been the pick of many PCVR gamers for years for a reason.

Nicholas Sutrich
Senior Content Producer — Smartphones & VR
Nick started with DOS and NES and uses those fond memories of floppy disks and cartridges to fuel his opinions on modern tech. Whether it's VR, smart home gadgets, or something else that beeps and boops, he's been writing about it since 2011. Reach him on Twitter or Instagram @Gwanatu
  • d0x360
    Didn't really have an issue with it before especially not that jitter in the image but to be fair I was previously on a 2080ti, then 3080ti and now a 4090 and I've had WiFi6e almost the entire time too and always maxed out the virtual desktop streaming settings and disabled space warp so I'm probably not the best to ask at this point lol.

    Still if it can improve it for even just a handful of people then that's fantastic.