A new “Big Rooms” update to desktop sharing app Bigscreen will allow a host to share their computer screen with dozens of people in VR. Since it launched in March 2016, Bigscreen offered rooms where up to four people could share their desktops with each other.

Some major updates shipped since then, including high quality video streaming and a giant theater screen so people could enjoy better movies and TV shows together. The “Big Rooms” update, though, represents a major expansion for the software.

Now hosts can have a movie night with a much larger group of people or stream a game to an intimate but still relatively sizable audience. Instead of everyone seeing everyone else’s screen, in these larger rooms only the host shares their screen.

The smaller rooms where everyone shares are still there as well. Founder Darshan Shankar says he originally built Bigscreen with encrypted peer-to-peer functionality, so content and voice chat shared inside the software is more private and doesn’t touch Bigscreen’s servers.

This feature is still included with the larger rooms. Apps like Hulu on Gear VR allow people wearing the headsets to watch a TV show together, but each person needs to have a paid Hulu account to make that work. Facebook’s Oculus included a “Virtual Living Room” in its licensing terms so half a dozen people could watch a movie together that one of them purchased. Read more from uploadvr.com…

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