Sideloading third-party games onto your Meta Quest 2 (formerly Oculus Quest 2) headset just got a whole lot simpler thanks to a new SideQuest update.
SideQuest was already one of the community’s favorite Quest 2 sideloading apps – allowing users to find and download various games and experiences made by VR enthusiasts that they won’t find on the official Quest store. There are completely unique games, as well as VR ports of popular titles, including Questcraft (a VR version of Minecraft).
You can also find a number of Quest houses created by fans of your favorite pop culture properties. There’s a space designed to look like Krabs, another like Rick and Morty’s garage, and a Pokémon Center, among many, many others.
Thanks to the new SideQuest update, installing these houses and games is exactly the same as using the regular Quest store in VR. To get started, head over to the official SideQuest download page and get the new Easy PC Installer (opens in new tab) – which is currently in beta, so you may face the strange issue.
Once you’ve downloaded the new app, launch it on your PC and it will take you through the setup process – which involves setting your Quest 2 in developer mode and being able to connect your headset to your PC with any USB – C cable.
The process might take a while if you’ve never done it before, but when you’re done, you can head over to the SideQuest store and install everything it has to offer in VR. While some things on SideQuest have to be paid for, there is also a lot of popular free content.
If you are not satisfied with how your Quest 2 is running, you can use SideQuest to modify the settings. This includes disabling the headset’s proximity sensor and forcing games to run at higher frame rates. Changing your Quest settings can cause some problems, so be careful not to change too many at once.
Raising the frame rate will also increase your headset’s battery charge, and disabling the proximity sensor can lead to you bumping into things. But if you’re looking for more control over your VR experience, SideQuest’s new Quest 2 installer is definitely the tool for you.