Work in Windows using the Rift and Deskope

Windows 8 Deskope

Microsoft Windows in 3D with Deskope

Deskope is an open source virtual desktop manager for Windows. This software allows you to project a virtual desktop in 3D using the Oculus Rift. Deskope was created by AngelJ, a member of the Oculus Developer Forums. This software works slightly different that normal Rift software. Instead of mirroring your display or using an HDMI/DVI splitter you extend the Rift as a second monitor.

What Deskope does is capture your first monitor’s video and then manipulates and redraws the active desktop contents in the second monitor. We tested Deskope in a few applications. Both normal web browsing and 2D apps work, including video. However if you try to play a DirectX game the Rift display just goes blank. We had hoped that we could get some side scroller games to work with Deskope, but no such luck. Reading a book via Nook on the Rift with Deskope is pretty cool. The Rift is rather uncomfortable to wear while laying down, however. The strap adjustments dig into the back of your head.

deskope-rift-screenshot

Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows XP or Greater’
  • A Video Card with Multi-Monitor Support
  • An Oculus Rift
  • Deskope Application

Instructions

Download the program from the link above.

Oculus-Rift-Monitor-Setup-Extend

Make sure you have your video setting “Multiple Displays” set to “Extend these displays”, otherwise this program will not work.

Deskope

Run Deskope and tweak the settings to your needs. Overall this program is a fun way to use Windows.

Deskope has the following hotkeys that you can use anywhere by doing a combination keypress of Control + Shift and then the hotkey:

  • Z : Tobble Side By Side 3D Mode
  • X: Toggle Restricted Cursor (Keeps the mouse within view)
  • C: Recenter Screen (Recenters the virtual display with your current head position)
  • Up: Zoom In
  • Down: Zoom Out
I am a programmer, designer, and inventor in Dallas, Texas. Founder of Makertronic, interested in Web 2.0 & 3.0, Maker, and any new technology.

2 Comments

  1. Noah Ratcliff

    July 10, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I am currently in the process of working on a fork of Deskope. My progress can be followed on my blog. There are not any major changes yet, but I’m experimenting with many different ideas.

    • Mike Eber

      July 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Would be nice to be able to switch screens like we can in linux, buy just by looking at that particular screen.
      Also is there any way to look for SBS video and split it out and render it separately?

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