Bigscreen released a holiday update just before Christmas with new environments and features. In addition, the developers see strong statistics and storage of Quest 2.
The biggest part of the update is the new run-in environment, which the developers said was the most requested feature from users.
In addition to the run-in, the app has also been redesigned in recent months and now has a completely new user interface. The developers say that the new user interface will make it easier to discover new rooms and content, which is convenient, as 60 new TV channels will also be added to Bigscreen in this update. The channels “included major crime drama series like Narcos and fun game shows like Wipeout.”
A new TV category called “To Infinity and Beyond” is also added to the Bigscreen for live streaming and re-run of rocket launches. According to the developers, SpaceX launches are some of the biggest social events in Bigscreen and VR in general, with thousands of people all watching at once.
The developers also noted that the Quest 2 launch has been huge for Bigscreen and has meant that the team had to upgrade their servers. According to the developers, “core measurements have increased 3-5 times since October”, and people are spending more time in the app than ever before. “The average session is almost an hour, and power users spend 20-30 hours every week in Bigscreen. Quest has become the most popular headset in Bigscreen’s user base, followed by the Oculus Rift S, Valve Index and HTC Vive. ”
Thanks to the server upgrade, the lobbies now support 12 people (up from 8), and the plan is for the room size limits to increase to 25 or even 50 people sometime next year.
With this update, Bigscreen on Oculus Go is no longer supported, as Facebook stopped accepting app updates for that headset as of December 4th. The Oculus Go Bigscreen servers will be shut down “in the coming weeks.”
Next year, Bigscreen plans to deliver more features, including “a buddy system, new avatars, a new environment, major video streaming enhancements, a new external desktop feature with ultra-low latency and more. PlayStation VR and Mac app support are both “on the roadmap”, but without a strict timeline.