For those of you rocking a VR setup, or at least contemplating one, be warned that a ton of GeForce RTX 2060 graphics cards are shipping without USB-C VirtualLink port that has been standardised for all GeForce RTX 2070 GPUs and upwards.
The USB Type-C VirtualLink is a new standard for Turing GPUs that is designed to work with Type-C connections and VirtualLink, an open industry standard for powering and displaying a virtual reality headset through a single USB connection.
VR aficionados will be all too familiar with the complexity and fiddliness of hooking up a VR headset, particularly if you don’t have it permanently set up. Getting a headset out and plugging it all in can be a bit of a pain and there can be wires everywhere, so VirtualLink is a nice, simple solution that streamlines this process.
All of the GeForce RTX 2070, GeForce RTX 2080 and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards released so far have featured a USB-C connection as standard, made mandatory by Nvidia. However, quite a few of the AIB GeForce RTx 2060 graphics cards are shipping without USB-C connections, suggesting Nvidia has quietly dropped the mandatory specs for the RTX 2060 series. These so-called ‘VR Ready’ graphics cards aren’t quite as VR-ready as they perhaps claim.
If you’ve got a newer Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset then do be sure to check, in detail, the specs of any potential GPU purchase to ensure it’s got the proper PC VR support that’s expected these days. In theory, the GeForce RTX 2060 should be a fantastic VR card and fairly good value considering the costs of VR a couple of years ago, so it does seem a shame some AIB partners wouldn’t take advantage of this.