Large screen increases room size, video quality and quest performance

Social VR Dating App Big screen just received a bunch of improvements in a new update available now. The update brings a range of improvements to all supported helmets, including increasing the room size to 15 people.

Big screen is a social VR dating app that allows users to bring their PCs in VR to share games, streaming, work, or, well… whatever you can do on your PC, with friends. Not to mention a library of 2D and 3D movies that you can rent to watch together.

A new update of Big screen available today brings great improvements to the application.

Perhaps the most significant change is that the room sizes are increased to 15 concurrent users. This is against only 4 users in rooms hosted by Quest and 12 in rooms hosted on PC.

The increase in the number of players is made possible by new dedicated servers that underpin each room. Thanks to the new dedicated servers, the developers claim that the stability of the quality of streaming to other users in the room is significantly improved, while reducing the bandwidth requirements for the host.

And if you have a huge room full of friends, now it should be easier to determine who is talking even if a lot is going on. This is thanks to an improved spatial audio system which, according to the developers, has been completely rewritten with performance in mind so that it can arrive at the Quest version of the app for the first time, allowing a spatial audio experience shared in all versions of the game.

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The update also brings major improvements to of the big screen remote desktop capability that allows Quest users to cast their PCs in their virtual room to share with friends. Previously, according to the developers, the remote desktop ran at 30 FPS and could have issues like high latency, low quality, and audio sync issues.

The new and improved Big screen the remote desktop operates at 60 FPS and streams up to 100 Mbps, with potentially as low latency as just under 20ms.

With all these updates, the developers say that Big screen running on the original Quest dramatically improves performance. While the app struggled to maintain its native 72Hz frame rate with more than 8 users in a room, the original Quest can now “easily handle” 15 users at a time.

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Beyond all of these updates, the developers say more improvements are on the way. Upcoming updates are expected to add a friends system, input streaming to control Quest’s remote desktop, and a built-in YouTube app to make it easier to navigate and view YouTube content with friends.

Big screen is available for free on all major headsets except PSVR. While the company had hoped to launch Big screen on PSVR in 2020, he says he encountered “massive obstacles” when porting. Thanks to a major app revamp, this latest update “builds the foundation for PSVR,” the developers say, but have no timeline for when PSVR support could take place.

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