Now you can get your Windows desktop in VR too

Virtual Desktop
Virtual Desktop brings Windows to VR.

You've probably already heard a lot about the ways virtual reality is going to usher in a new set of experiences with games and movies, but the computing platforms of the past aren't necessarily going to get left behind.

For instance, take a look at Virtual Desktop, a new VR experience for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive that does exactly what its name suggests - it turns your Windows 8.x or Windows 10 desktop into a wraparound experience.

"You can browse the web, watch movies, Netflix or even play games on a giant virtual screen," explains developer Guy Godin. Of course it's great for all those 360-degree videos on YouTube and Facebook too.

New meets old

Users have reported some small bugs in terms of applications and readability, but by and large it's a smooth and stable experience that can be yours for £10.99/$14.99. It works with multiple monitors as well, which can be positioned as you like.

For the area outside the desktop, users can choose from a range of spectacular space and nature backdrops, and there's the option to create your own as well. If you want to watch 2D movies on a massive virtual screen, that's possible too.

It's not the most radical piece of software for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive you're ever going to see but it's a great example of the way new technology can be used to enhance existing software. For more on the brave new world of VR, check out our Virtual Reality Week features.

Via Kotaku

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