How to Fix Oculus Link (Air) Stuttering on Windows 11

In October, we tried installing Windows 11 and found Oculus Link choppy. Six months later, this problem persists, but there is a workaround.

Oculus Link is a Quest feature that allows the device to act as a PC VR headset, either wired via USB or wirelessly via your home Wi-Fi network. Although it works as advertised on Windows 10, if you try it on Windows 11, you may experience a constant, even sickening vibration effect.

Six months after the release of Windows 11 and Meta has not released an official patch, with the company still recommending Windows 10. Still, 17% of Steam users have already upgraded. For those who need to access Oculus Link on Windows 11, there is a weird but working workaround:

1) Open the Oculus PC app

2) Open the Oculus Debug Tool (ODT) in the oculus-diagnostics subfolder of the Support folder in your Oculus Rift software directory (by default this is C:Program FilesOculusSupportoculus-diagnostics)

3) Click Service at the top, then click “Toggle console window visibility”

4) When asked if you want to restart the Oculus service, click “Yes”

You need to keep the console window that appears open and focused for Link to work smoothly. Don’t shut it down or downplay it.

Unfortunately, to close the Oculus software, you’ll have to repeat these steps to switch the console window back to invisible. And when you want to use Link again, you will have to follow the steps again to make the console visible.

I should note that Virtual Desktop, the paid third-party alternative to Air Link, does not have this problem. Developer Guy Godin frequently updates the application to support the widest possible range of PC hardware and software configurations. On Windows 11 with a Wi-Fi 6 router, Virtual Desktop works perfectly for me, with no workaround needed.

Harry D. Gonzalez