Parsec Virtual Displays (Beta)

This feature is in beta. We don't recommend automated rollout by IT teams without their own internal testing and validation.

Virtual Displays (Beta) is a feature available for Teams and Warp customers that lets you add up to 2 additional virtual displays to the host while connecting to a machine you own through Parsec. The virtual displays show up along with your current physical displays. If the host system has no physical displays attached, Parsec's virtual displays will allow you to connect to the host without requiring an HDMI or Displayport dongle.

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Keep in mind that normally you need to join the computer using the same account as the host for the feature to work. The exception is that this isn't necessary for Team customers using Team Computers.

You can enable the setting in the host machine, in Parsec's settings > Host > Virtual Displays (Beta). The first time you enable this setting, you must disconnect from your Parsec host and reconnect once for the virtual displays to activate.

 

Requirements

  • The host must be running Windows 10 version 2004 or newer. This driver is not yet validated for Windows Server 2016 / Server 2019 and may not work correctly
  • The host must have the Virtual Display Driver, which is available for download directly from the settings page in Parsec. You may also want to restart the computer after installing it to ensure it works correctly

Notes

  • At least one Virtual Display is required to enable a related feature called Privacy Mode
  • If you are using Parsec Virtual Displays in combination with Privacy Mode, and then decide to disable Privacy Mode but keep virtual monitors, you may need to visit the Windows Display Settings and set your physical monitor to be extended, as it may remain disabled
  • This driver does not negate the need for GRID Virtual Workstation licensing for NVIDIA based cloud GPU instances from AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, and others
  • You may find that your virtual displays are added to the system in a duplicated / clone mode to the physical display if these are connected. You will need to visit the Windows Display Settings on your host and set displays to be extended
  • You may not be able to add custom resolutions to this display via your GPU driver software
  • Virtual Displays do not stick by when you're not connected on Parsec. They are added when you connect via Parsec, and then removed when you disconnect from Parsec