You Can Now Host a LAN Party in VR with Free BigScreen App
LAN parties can be a lot of fun, but are also disorderly and messy. The good news for gamers is that they can now hangout with their friends remotely across the globe to do Virtual Reality LAN parties, and even play games together on massive desktop screens – and it’s all thanks to BigScreen. Beta version of the app is set to launch for free on Steam later this week.
BigScreen is a flexible tool that lets you use your entire Windows Desktop inside VR, and allows you to control the environment. You can play games on as huge as a wall-sized 20-foot display or even an infinite array of monitors that mirror your single physical monitor.
What’s more, you can stream your screen to friends in Full HD–or, even chat with them in the virtual space. Check out BigScreen’s features as below:
- Play your favorite games, including games on Steam, on massive screens in VR.
- Watch anything you can see on your desktop screen – Twitch, Netflix, YouTube, even VLC – on IMAX-size screens
- Choose and customize your screens, from small 30-inch screens to curved 65-inch TVs or wall-sized 20-foot displays.
- Adjust your screens to the perfect height, position and curvature for ergonomic comfort.
- Choose environments from outer space to a luxury apartment
- Private or Public rooms for multiplayer, supports 1-4 players
- Cross-platform support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
- Low-latency positional audio chat
- Private & encrypted screensharing in VR
Streaming on BigScreen requires some serious bandwidth, though. CEO & Founder Darshan Shankar said in a Reddit thread:
Upload and download throughput depends on whether you chose to stream 480p, 720p or 1080p to your friends in the room, and how many friends are in the room. Streaming your monitor in 1080p to 3 other people in the room is fairly intensive. You probably want 5-10Mbps upload connection for that.
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