Bigscreen released a holiday update before Christmas, bringing new environments and features. In addition, developers saw strong statistics and retention rates on Quest 2.
The biggest part of the update is the new drive-free theater environment, which the developers say is the #1 feature most users need.
In addition to its launch, the app has also been redesigned in the past few months and now has a brand new user interface. The developers say that the new UI should make it easier to discover new rooms and new content, which is convenient because 60 new TV channels have been added to Bigscreen in this update. The channel “includes major crime episodes (such as Narcos) and interesting game shows (such as Wipeout).”
Bigscreen also added a new TV category called “To Infinity and Beyond” for live broadcast and relaunch of rockets. According to the developers, SpaceX launches are usually one of the biggest social events in Bigscreen and VR, with thousands of people watching at once.
The developers also pointed out that the release of Quest 2 is of great significance to Bigscreen, which means that the team must upgrade its servers. According to the developers, “the core metrics have increased by 3-5 times since October”, and people are spending more time in apps than ever before. “The average session time is close to one hour, and advanced users spend 20-30 hours a week on Bigscreen. Quest has become the most popular headset in the Bigscreen user base, followed by Oculus Rift S, Valve Index and HTC Vive.”
Due to server upgrades, the lobby now can accommodate 12 people (previously 8 people), and it is planned to increase the room size to 25 or even 50 people sometime next year.
With this update, Oculus Go no longer supports Bigscreen, because Facebook has stopped accepting app updates for the headset since December 4. The OculusGo Bigscreen server will be shut down “in the coming weeks.”
Next year, Bigscreen plans to launch several features, including “friend system, new avatars, new environments, major improvements to video streaming, new ultra-low latency remote desktop functions, etc.”. PlayStation VR and Mac application support are also on the “roadmap”, but there is no strict timetable.