How to use your Oculus Go as a monitor for your PC

The Oculus Go is a portable VR system that gets rid of the need for cables while still offering a powerful and immersive experience. Thanks to a free app called Bigscreen, you can stream your PC's display output to the Oculus Go, essentially making it an external display that you wear on your face.

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How to use your Oculus Go as a monitor for your PC

Once you've grabbed Bigscreen for Oculus Go and PC, you can get started with the steps below.

  1. Launch Steam.
  2. Right-click Bigscreen Beta in your Steam library.
  3. Click Play Remote Desktop streaming client.

    Right-click Bigscreen Beta. Click Play Remote Desktop streaming client.

  4. Click Start Streaming.
  5. Click Connect to your Mobile VR Headset. A small window will appear containing a code. It's now time to turn your attention to the Oculus Go.

    Click Start Streaming. Click Connect to your Mobile VR Headset.

  6. Launch BigScreen Beta on your Oculus Go.
  7. Select Join Rooms.
  8. Select the Room ID field.

    Select Join Rooms. Select the Room ID field.

  9. Type your unique room code that is displayed on your PC.
  10. Select Join Room ID.

    Type your code. Select Join Room ID.

You will now join a lounge within which you'll see your PC desktop. Sharing the code you received in Step 5 with others will also let them see whatever you're doing on your PC.

Our equipment picks

These three products are all you need to make a portable external monitor for your PC.

Our Pick

Oculus Go

The centerpiece of the operation.

Choose from either a 32GB or 64GB model depending on how much storage you think you'll need, and get an included motion controller with either option.

This one is a no-brainer. We recommend going with the 64GB model, as you'll find the smaller storage fills up quicker than you think once you start adding games and experiences from the Oculus Store.

For PC

Bigscreen Beta

It makes streaming from your PC possible.

Bigscreen is still in Beta stage, but that doesn't mean this free app isn't full of features. Use it to stream your PC's display output to your Oculus Go.

In order to turn your Oculus Go into a monitor for your PC, you need Bigscreen Beta installed on your PC. It's been around for years, with new features still being added. Besides using it to set up an external monitor, you can also use it to watch movies with friends in a virtual theater or set up chat rooms.

For Oculus Go

Bigscreen Beta

It makes streaming to your Go possible.

The Bigscreen Beta app is likewise available for Oculus Go, which makes completing the stream possible.

Like the PC version, Bigscreen Beta for Oculus Go is full of features. It's a great way to make new friends, and you'll no doubt find some new interesting content before long. Having it installed on your Go is required for streaming.

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