How to Connect an Oculus Rift to the VirtualLink Port on an NVIDIA GeForce RTX Series
According to testing by Reddit users, the USB-C VirtualLink port on the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 can be used with the Oculus Rift VR headset. Reddit user TheDecn accomplished this by using Apple’s USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter to hook his Oculus Rift to the VirtualLink port on his RTX 2080. Another user needed help to get his to work, but it was a simple reinstall of the Nvidia drivers that fixed the issue. None of the users said that they experienced negative effects from using the connection.
Of course I and other VR enthusiasts that use the HDMI port on their video cards to connect to a Samsung 4K TV as a monitor have been using DisplayPort to HDMI adapters for years. I could see this as a solution for those that have multiple monitors using all the conventional connections or a home theater receiver plugged into the HDMI. I do wonder what else can we plug into it? A USB-C hub? Power a monitor? USB stick has already been tested and working as intended according to the Reddit thread.
So you just need to reinstall the latest driver package. If you did this before swapping to the new card, the USB-C driver will not have been installed since the port wasn’t present in your previous card. After I swapped my 1070 for the 2080 I used GeForce Experience to do a full re-install of the driver and noticed the USB-C driver on the list. That’s what gave me the idea to try this because I had assumed that port would not be enabled until later.