3 Ways to Play Xbox Games On Oculus Quest / Quest 2

The Xbox console series has been around for a long time now and offered countless hours of entertainment for gaming enthusiasts from all around the world. 

As technology advances, developers are constantly looking for ways to make gaming easier and more accessible to customers. For example, you can stream Xbox games to your computer and even your smartphone. As a matter of fact, with Xbox Cloud gaming, you don’t even need the console to enjoy Xbox games on your mobile device. 

With all the added features and incompatibility, VR enthusiasts are also raising their heads wanting a part in all of this. So the question is – can you also use the Oculus Quest and Quest 2 VR headsets to enjoy some Xbox gaming?

The short answer is that you can play Xbox games on both the Oculus Quest and Quest 2 headsets. It is possible to stream the Xbox console to your headset or alternatively play Xbox games without the console by using the Xbox Cloud gaming service. 

Let’s look at the different possibilities you can enjoy Xbox games on your Oculus Quest or Quest 2 in a bit more detail.

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1) Play Xbox Games on Oculus Quest / Quest 2 via Cloud Gaming (No Xbox Needed)

The first method makes use of Xbox Cloud gaming which allows you to play Xbox games on any Android device (version 6.0+) with Bluetooth compatibility. The Oculus Quest and Quest 2 headsets meet these requirements, so you can install the Xbox Game Pass application on your headset and play Xbox games on your headset.

1.1) Use an Android Phone to Install Xbox Game Pass on Your Quest / Quest 2

In this method you will use an Android smartphone to connect with your Quest / Quest 2 headset via USB cable and install the Game Pass APK on the headset.  

What You Need

Step by Step Guide

  1. Enable Developer Mode on your headset
  2. Install Bugjaeger Mobile ADB on your phone
  3. Enable developer mode and USB debugging on your Phone 
  4. Download Xbox Game Pass on your Phone (link to older/working version)
  5. Connect your phone and Quest via USB cable 
  6. Bugjaeger app should now open. Allow the connection in the headset as well.
  7. Open the third “Packages” tab in Bugjaeger
  8. Click on the “+” icon to install an APK
  9. Locate the Game Pass APK and install it on your headset
  10. You can now remove the cable from your Phone/Quest headset
  11. Pair your Bluetooth controller with Oculus Quest / Quest 2
  12. Go to “Apps” within the headset and click on “Unknown sources”
  13. Launch Xbox Game Pass and log in with your subscription credentials

And that’s it! You should now be able to play Xbox games on your Oculus Quest / Quest 2 headset. If you got stuck anywhere, please also watch the Youtube following video explaining the process:

1.2) Use PC / Mac to Install Xbox Game Pass on Your Quest / Quest 2

This method is very similar to the previous one. Only instead of using your phone to install Xbox Game pass on your headset, we will be using your PC / Mac to do that. This is probably the more well-known method for sideloading apps on your headset (using SideQuest)

What You Need

Step by Step Guide

  1. Set up SideQuest 
  2. Download Xbox Game Pass to your PC / Mac (link to older/working version)
  3. Connect your PC/Mac and Quest via USB cable 
  4. Click on the “Install APK” menu item in SideQuest
  5. Locate the Game Pass APK and install it on your headset
  6. You can now remove the cable from your PC and Quest headset
  7. Pair your Bluetooth controller with Oculus Quest / Quest 2
  8. Go to “Apps” within the headset and locate “Unknown sources” from the dropdown menu.
  9. Launch Xbox Game Pass and log in with your subscription credentials

2) Play Xbox Games by Streaming  (Xbox → PC → Quest)  

With this method you will need your Xbox One console, which we will use to stream the content to your PC (via Xbox gaming companion). From there it is possible to mirror your PC desktop (Xbox games in this case) to the Quest / Quest 2 headsets using the Virtual Desktop application. 

What You Need

  • Oculus Quest / Quest 2 headset
  • Xbox One
  • PC / Laptop (with dedicated GPU)
  • Xbox Console Companion (for Streaming Xbox to Desktop)
  • Virtual Desktop (streaming from Desktop to Quest)
  • Good WiFi Connection for PC → Quest streaming (5Ghz)

Step by Step Guide

  1. Install Xbox Console Companion on your PC
  2. Allow streaming in your Xbox One 
  3. Launch Xbox Console Companion
  4. Verify that you are able to stream your Xbox to your PC
  5. Install Virtual Desktop to your PC
  6. Install Virtual Desktop client to your Quest / Quest 2
  7. Launch Virtual Desktop
  8. Verify that your Desktop screen is mirrored to your Quest / Quest 2
  9. Start streaming from Xbox Console Companion

Reduce Latency (Xbox → PC) by Using Video Capture Card

Generally, it would be a good idea to use a wired ethernet connection for both your Xbox as well as PC.  Often this is not possible, however, and you need to rely on a WiFi connection. In theory, the setup can work reasonably well, even if all your devices (Xbox, PC, and Quest headset) are all connected to the same 5Ghz WiFi network.

If you must rely on WiFi and are not happy with the current performance, there is a way to significantly reduce the latency in the Xbox → PC streaming link. For this, you will need a Video capture card (Elgato HD60 S has proven to work well).

With this setup, you will input the HDMI cable of your Xbox One into the capture card, which will be connected to your PC on the other end. This way your Xbox video stream will be forwarded with essentially zero lag and latency.

The capture card is not very cheap and this solution is definitely not for everyone. However, if you are a serious gamer and/or also see other use-cases for the capture card, then I am listing it as a possibility here to consider. 

There is also a third way to play Xbox games on your Quest / Quest 2 headset. You can find an app called Xbox One Streaming in the Oculus Store (released for Oculus Rift)

If you have a decent gaming PC, you can use the Oculus Link functionality and turn your Quest / Quest 2 headset into a PC VR headset (Rift in this case) and use the streaming app.

You can find step-by-step guide for using Xbox One Streaming app in the Youtube video below.

I personally would not recommend this method, as the software is quite outdated and reportedly has many annoying bugs. However, if you already have Oculus Link set up for your Quest / Quest 2, you can surely give it a go and see if it satisfies your personal needs.

And that’s it from me. I hope this article helped you find the most suitable way that you can enjoy some XBox games on your Quest headset. Enjoy!

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Martin Rakver

I am a software engineer and tech enthusiast. During my free time, I like to immerse myself in the world of virtual and augmented reality, which I believe will be more and more prominent in the years to come.

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