Looking for an Oculus graphics card not compatible bypass? You’ve just found a working one!
Installing the Oculus Rift S app on your gaming computer only to encounter a “Graphics Card Not Compatible” error could be a dealbreaker.
However, in this short guide, we will explore the compatibility requirements and provide a bunch of nifty ways to bypass the graphics limitation!
To bypass the Oculus Rift “graphics not compatible” error, you should attempt to start the games manually or entirely replace the entry key of your current GPU.
Let’s unwrap everything!
Oculus Rift S Hardware Requirements – Can You Run It?
The first step is to verify that your graphics card is compatible with the Oculus Rift S software, which is used for streaming games from the library.
There are a couple of system requirements besides the graphics card, so let’s check what your machine must be equipped with to run this!
- CPU – Intel I5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
- GPU – Check the supported GPUs below
- RAM – 8 GB of system memory or more
- OS – Windows 10 or Windows 11 (updated)
- USB – at least one available PC USB port
Let’s next take a look at whether your GPU is supported or not!
|Compatible NVIDIA GPU for Oculus Link|
|NVIDIA Graphics Card||Supported||Not Supported|
|NVIDIA Titan Z||❌|
|NVIDIA Titan X||✅|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970||✅|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB||❌|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB||✅|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060M||❌|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070||✅|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080||✅|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650||❌|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti||✅|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX RTX-20||✅|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX RTX-30||✅|
|Compatible AMD GPU for Oculus Link|
|AMD Graphics Card||Supported||Not Supported|
|AMD 200 Series||❌|
|AMD 300 Series||❌|
|AMD 400 Series||✅|
|AMD 500 Series||✅|
|AMD 5000 Series||✅|
|AMD 6000 Series||✅|
|AMD Vega Series||✅|
Note: Even if your GPU is not supported, try some bypass methods below!
Oculus Graphics Card Not Compatible Bypass Easily!
Important: You cannot bypass the error if your GPU (video card) is Intel!
1. Turn ON Your Games Manually!
If you can see your Oculus Rift S library, but the comparability error appears when you open a game, then this bypass method should work for you.
The compatibility inspection barrier is in the Oculus Rift S hence, if you turn on your games externally, you will bypass the GPU error.
Here’s how to open Oculus Rift S games manually on Windows:
- On your computer, go to the (C:) drive folder.
- From there, enter the “Program Files” folder.
- Locate and open the “Oculus” in the directory.
- Enter “Software” > “Software” > [Game Name]
- In the game’s directory, open the “bin” folder.
- Open the “win10” or “win11” folder, respectively.
- Lastly, find and start the “GameName.exe” file.
Essentially, this will open the game behind your Oculus Rift S software’s back and skip the hardware compatibility inspection.
If this bypass worked for you, remember that your graphics card is unsupported for a reason.
For instance, your FPS (frame per second) may be low, leading to jittery and laggy gameplay, higher GPU temperature due to overload, and potentially unexpected game crashes or freezes.
Note: Skip this method if you cannot reach your Oculus Rift S library!
2. Update the Windows GPU Driver
If your graphics card is a supported AMD (Radeon) or NVIDIA model but still receives the error message on the Oculus Rift S software, you may need to update the drivers.
- The GPU drivers are the primary and fundamental link between the graphics hardware and the operating system.
Hence, you may encounter compatibility errors when the driver is outdated, or you’re still using the default Microsoft driver installed by your Windows.
So, quit the Oculus Rift S software and continue with the steps below to update your graphics card driver, whether it is NVIDIA or AMD.
Note: Your computer must be connected to the internet to update drivers!
How to Update a Radeon Graphics Card?
- Open a web browser such as Google Chrome.
- Go to the AMD Drivers and Support web page.
- Find drivers and support by selecting a product.
- Verify to highlight “Graphics” from the left prompt.
- Then, on the right, select your exact GPU model.
- Press on the “Submit” button to send the request.
- Select Windows 10 or 11 as per the system build.
- Click the “DOWNLOAD” button to acquire drivers.
- When the “.exe” file downloads, start the process.
- Follow all the on-screen instructions to finalize.
How to Update an NVIDIA Graphics Card?
- Enter any web browser, such as Google Chrome.
- Then go to the official NVIDIA Driver Downloads.
- Select a Product Type, Series, and Exact Model.
- Also, select your operating system and language.
- Click on the “Search” button to send your request.
- Then, click on the small green “Download” button.
- Whenever the “.exe” installed downloads, open it.
- Follow all of the on-screen prompts for updating.
It’s normal for your monitor to go black in the middle of the progress bar, so don’t worry and remain patient until the driver is fully installed.
You will also be prompted to reboot your PC.
Reminder: If you use your Intel processor's integrated, inbuilt GPU, you cannot bypass the Oculus Rift S compatibility error.
3. Uninstall & Reinstall Oculus Rift S
If you’re seeing a “Graphics Card Not Supported” error on your Oculus Rift S, even if it’s evident that your GPU is actually compatible, then you may be facing a bug.
This is why the next best step is to remove the Oculus Rift S PC app and reinstall the software cleanly.
Here’s how to uninstall and reinstall the Oculus Rift S on Windows:
- First, make sure to exit the Oculus Rift software.
- Click the “Start Menu” and type “Control Panel.”
- At the top right, set “View By” to a “Small Icons.”
- Find and click on the “Programs and Features.”
- From the list, locate and highlight Oculus Rift S.
- Click on the “Uninstall” button to remove the app.
- Enter any web browser, such as Google Chrome.
- Navigate to the official Meta Oculus Rift web tab.
- Then, click the “Download Oculus Rift Software.”
- When the “.exe” downloads, start the installation.
When the Oculus Rift S software is cleanly installed on your Windows machine, open the app and sign into your Meta Account.
Then, check whether the graphics card error is gone or the problem is persistent by attempting to open any game from the Oculus Rift application library.
Note: The steps below apply to Windows 10 and 11 operating systems!
4. Change Your GPU’s Registry Entry
Still, wondering how to bypass graphics card not compatible Oculus? Well, this method works!
Another, a bit complex but working bypass for a not supported GPU on Oculus Rift would be to change the entry of your GPU with an entry of a high-end supported GPU.
This will make the app think you’re using a far better video card than the currently used one and bypass the error.
You will need to find out the entry of your currently used GPU first to locate and replace the entry in the Registry Editor.
How to Find Current GPU Entry?
- Click the Start Menu and type “Device Manager.”
- In the section, expand the “Display Adapters” tab.
- Click the “Details” tab and expand the “Properties.”
- Select “Hardware IDs,” and they will appear below.
- Select all hardware IDs and copy them in a note.
How to Replace My GPU Entry?
- Click the Start Menu and enter the “Registry Editor.”
- Under Computer, click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
- Then expand the “SYSTEM” and then the “PCI” tile.
- You will see a few or many “VEN_” labeled folders.
- If you expand any of them, you will see a subfolder.
- Your job is to locate the “HardwareID” registry key.
- Info: This key exists in all the “VEN_” labeled folders.
- Double-click to open the “HardwareID” registry key.
- On top of the list, you must insert a “fake” GPU entry.
- As per your GPU (video) card, insert a fake entry key.
- Repeat the key replacement for ALL “VEN_” folders!
Feel free to use the NVIDIA RTX 3080 or AMD Radeon 570 entry key (both supported):
- NVIDIA- PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_2206&SUBSYS_403F1458&REV_A1
- Radeon- PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_67DF&SUBSYS_341B1462&REV_EF
When ready, you can exit the Registry Editor and reboot your computer.
From now on, your Oculus Rift S software will believe that you’re using a better video card than you actually have and will allow you to set up and play games on your unsupported graphics card with Oculus VR.
Reminder: Playing Oculus Rift S games on an unsupported video card may lead to stuttery and laggy gameplay or even freezes and crashes.
Oculus graphics card not compatible bypass works by manually starting your VR games or replacing the GPU’s hardware entry with a fake one of a better video card.
If your GPU is supported, but the error appears, update the video driver and reinstall the Oculus app.
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