When it comes to socialising and watching movies and TV shows in virtual reality (VR) with your friends, Bigscreen is hard to beat. Today, the app has released a new update adding one big feature the community has been requesting, the ability to stream YouTube.
Over the years Bigscreen has grown from a PC mirroring app to a fully functioning social experience, sitting on a virtual sofa to rent the latest films or switch things up to a nice cinema space. At its heart though, Bigscreen has always been about getting flatscreen content into VR, wherever it comes from, and YouTube always seemed like a big miss.
That’s now been rectified with Bigscreen’s own native YouTube all supported headsets such as Meta Quest, Valve Index, HTC Vive, and all SteamVR and Windows Mixed Reality. The free update means you can watch YouTube as you normally would – just in VR this time – whilst YouTube Premium users can log in to get ad-free viewing.
Nothing has been missed out by the sound of it, YouTube TV subscribers can still watch live sports and TV as well as rent movies through the platform. Being able to log in means you’ll still get all that tailored content you know and love from your favourite YouTubers.
And because you’re in Bigscreen you’ll be able to watch YouTube with up to 15 people per room thanks to December’s Streaming update. That also improved the Remote Desktop feature for Meta Quest users ensuring the app now streams at 60fps over a local network.
As usual, Bigscreen has teased what’s next on its agenda, saying in the next few months: “we’re also launching a huge improvement to our Social VR platform with a new friends system, bluetooth keyboard/gamepad support for Remote Desktop, and more!”
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