Seemingly never slowing down, the team behind popular virtual desktop app, Bigscreen, has issued another update today, with some major new features.
Headlining the update are seven new environments for you and your friends to sit in as you browse the web, play games and watch movies. They include cinematic theaters what will render your local multiplex useless and digital campfires that will have you throwing out your tents. As always, you can invite others into your space to share the screen you’re using or bring up their own to make for easy work collaboration, or even give your online multiplayer games that competitive local feeling. You can see a handful of the new areas in the new trailer below.
What’s really exciting about the new update, though, is the new dynamic lighting system the team has implemented into the experience. For the first time, the light from your screen will actually shine realistically in the environment you’re sitting in. That means if you were to be playing Firewatch, the area around you would be bathed in a brilliant orange light, while films like Inside Out will have a rainbow of colors bouncing off of the walls. It’s a nice little touch we hadn’t even considered before.
Bigscreen is still in beta, and can be downloaded for free on Steam for both the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. We recently featured it in our list of 12 Steam VR games that you need to revisit thanks to post-launch support and it’s easy to see why. Since arriving all the way back in April the developers have been consistently adding new features like detailed avatars and anti-trolling systems.
We’re not sure what else could be added to make Bigscreen a better experience at this point, but we are sure that the developers will think of something.