Virtual Desktop
Virtual Desktop in use on a HD desktop.

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Virtual Desktop: Unleash Your Wallpaper in VR

Every now and then, you stumble across a piece of tech that takes a dull but necessary part of daily life, and turns it upside down. With Virtual Desktop that’s spot on and in fact literally true.

It was developed for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and turns your desktop management workflow into a deeply immersive experience. According to the developers, this sophisticated design lets you browse the web as well as watching movies and streaming Netflix. It even lets you play games on a big, giant screen.

Features of Virtual Desktop.

Apart from all of the above, as if that wasn’t enough, Virtual Desktop comes with an additional handful of exciting features. For a complete overview, here’s the list:

  • Support for hardware-accelerated 360 video playback.
  • Watch videos and stream Netflix in Virtual Reality.
  • Features designed specifically for browsing the web.
  • The ability to play/stream YouTube 360 videos.
  • Features and support for viewing 360 photos.
  • MilkDrop support for music visualization.
  • 3D Side-By-Side video support.
  • A Game launcher with voice commands.
  • An Environment Editor to create custom environments.

If you’re one of the lucky few who managed to get your hands on the first edition of either the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift, make sure you pick up a copy of Virtual Desktop. It’s available on Steam for $14,99.

What’s to come?

Virtual Reality may just be getting started, but gems like these show how far we have moved the needle while waiting for consumer versions of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. With both of these now on their way into the hands of consumers, VR is being popularized and that will cause a massive ripple-effect.

This immersive domino effect will lead to even more developers taking up arms to compete, and 20 years down the road – who knows what we might be writing about.

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