'VR LAN get together' software program launches at no cost on Thursday
Darshan Shankar has been engaged on bringing pc screens right into a VR setting for 2 years, and on Thursday his BigScreen software program will launch on Steam for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Beta testers have been utilizing it for a few months, however as soon as it launches anybody with these VR headsets (and a strong PC) could have entry free of charge. Customers can convey something that shows on their regular Home windows desktop to screens in digital actuality, with as much as 4 individuals sharing one setting at a time. It makes use of positional audio to let customers speak to one another inside VR, however shared audio from the desktops is a function that may arrive later, together with customizable avatars and Vive controller help.
— BigScreen (@BigScreenVR) April 25, 2016
In a Reddit thread saying the discharge, Shankar explains that its bandwidth and hardware necessities rely upon the decision customers choose, and the way many individuals they’re sharing an setting with. Streams are peer-to-peer and encrypted, and there is no latency for a viewer taking a look at their very own display. To stream a monitor in 1080p to 3 different individuals might require a 5 – 10Mb connection, for instance. Sooner or later, he envisions charging for upgrades on issues like avatars and environments whereas the core product stays free, like Skype.