We’ve examined a brand new USB three.1 cable from PartyLink that’s nearly so long as the official 5 meter Oculus Hyperlink cable however priced lower than half as a lot.
PartyLink despatched us a pair of the pattern cables to check and we had been in a position to get each working with the Oculus Hyperlink Beta. We should always be aware, nonetheless, the PartyLink cables solely labored on a PC we examined through the USB-C port on an RTX 2080 graphics card. The PartyLink cable wouldn’t launch Rift apps with the opposite USB-C port on the PC. That’s a bummer as a result of the official Oculus Hyperlink cable works related to both USB-C port on the identical PC. As well as, the port on the graphics card doesn’t appear to go alongside energy to the Quest when the PC is in sleep mode whereas that’s doable from the opposite USB-C port. In different phrases, I gained’t have the ability to cost my Quest in sleep mode with the PartyLink cable from the identical port I exploit to play Oculus Rift apps.
Opinions on Amazon from verified patrons are additionally reporting some points getting the PartyLink twine to work with their PCs. A PartyLink consultant mentioned it doesn’t work in some PCI-E playing cards. So we urge some warning if contemplating the PartyLink cable, and be able to ship it again if it doesn’t be just right for you. The cable is priced at $30 on the time of this writing, although it launched at round $38. The official 5 meter cable is priced at $79 and unavailable via the official web site on the time of this writing. Amazon is itemizing a 1 to 2 month backorder for the official cable from Fb. Given the dearth of availability of the official twine, we thought we should always go alongside our expertise testing this new PartyLink cable. It’s in inventory as of this writing and, in November, we efficiently examined a three meter cable from the identical firm paired with an extender.
Additionally, though the PartyLink cable is marketed as 5 meters lengthy we measured it in opposition to the official cable from Fb and located the PartyLink cable measures round zero.13 meters (5 inches) shorter than the costlier choice. Though we didn’t weigh each cords, the Fb cable additionally seems to be barely lighter.