If you encounter Oculus Link black screen when you’re launching a VR game or during the gameplay, you’re not alone. Many players reported the same issue and have been struggling to find solutions. So we’ve put together a list of simple & quick fixes here. Try them to get your Oculus Link to work again.
Fixes to try:
You may not try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that does the trick.
- Update your device drivers
- Adjust the resolution
- Disable in-game overlay
- Opt out of Public Test Channel
- Use the dedicated graphics card
- Reinstall the Oculus app
Before you attempt the following fixes, please make sure your PC meets the minimum requirements for Oculus Link. Otherwise, you’ll need to upgrade the hardware component before you can use the app normally.
Fix 1 – Update your device drivers
The Oculus Link Black Screen issue is likely to be driver-related, especially if your graphics driver and USB driver are incompatible, faulty or outdated. So if you want to keep your Oculus device in tip-top condition and boost the performance of your VR games, make sure to update the drivers regularly.
There are mainly two options for you:
Manually – You can update your device drivers manually by going to the manufacturer’s website and then searching for the most recent correct driver. Be sure to choose only drivers that are compatible with your Windows version.
Automatically – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your device drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your exact devices, and your Windows version, and it will download and install them correctly:
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
- Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All). Or you can click Update next to the flagged device driver to do it for free, but it’s partly manual.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Relaunch Oculus Link to test. If the problem persists, have a look at more fixes below.
Fix 2 – Adjust the resolution
If your Oculus Link keeps displaying a black screen, it’s possible that the high resolution is too demanding to your rig, and in this case, you should try lowering the settings.
- Unplug your Oculus Quest or Rift from the PC.
- Navigate to the Oculus installation folder which usually locates at C:\Program Files\Oculus.
- Open Support > oculus-diagnostics. Then, run the OculusDebugTool.exe.
- Lower the Encode Resolution Width or you can set the value according to Oculus’s recommendations. (Quite a few users fix the issue by setting the Encode Resolution Width to 2784.)
- Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.
- Reboot your Oculus headset and plug it back to the PC.
Check if Oculus Link works properly with your VR rig now. If not, proceed to the next method.
Fix 3 – Disable in-game overlay
More often than not, disabling the in-game overlay feature can make your games or programs run more smoothly. So you could also give it a shot. Below we’ll show you how to do this specifically on GeForce Experience.
- Open GeForce Experience.
- Click the cogwheel icon at the upper right corner.
- Turn off In-game overlay.
Restart Oculus Link and your VR devices to see if the problem goes away. Still no luck? Don’t worry; there are two more fixes to try.
Fix 4 – Opt out of Public Test Channel
According to Oculus official support, Oculus Link may fail to work as intended if you enroll in Public Test Channel. That means you will be testing a beta version of the Oculus software which might be unreliable and thus more likely to run into the black screen issue.
It’s suggested you opt out of the Beta mode and here’s how:
- Launch Oculus Link.
- Select Settings on the left pane and navigate to the Beta tab.
- Toggle off the button next to Public Test Channel.
Test if Oculus Link returns to the normal state. If not, continue to the next troubleshooting tips.
Fix 5 – Use the dedicated graphics card
You’ll need to plug your Oculus headset into the dedicated graphics card or else the black screen occurs. If the connection is correct and you still have trouble using Oculus Link, follow the steps below to configure the NVIDIA settings.
- Right-click any empty space on your desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel.
- On the left pane, select 3D settings > Manage 3D settings.
- Go to the Program Settings tab. Then, select your Oculus app from the drop-down list and choose High-performance NVIDIA processor below.
For users who have an AMD dedicated graphics card, here is a guide on How to Configure Switchable Graphics using Radeon Settings.
If this trick doesn’t work either, check out the next fix below.
Fix 6 – Reinstall the Oculus app
If none of the methods above help, try reinstalling the software as the last resort. This process is troublesome but could thoroughly resolve the stubborn problems with your previous installation. After you remove Oculus Link, don’t forget to delete all the related files. Then, you can download and install the latest program from the Oculus website and it should be functioning without any errors.
Hopefully you’re able to solve Oculus Link black screen with one of the fixes above. If you have further questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below.