Bigscreen and Virtual Desktop are well-known applications for donging many things in VR vision. Which app will you choose if you have a VR headset? Let’s see the features of Bigscreen and Virtual Desktop and then find their differences.

Bigscreen vs Virtual Desktop

Supported Devices

Virtual Desktop is an application developed for the Oculus Rift / Rift S, HTC Vive, Valve Index and WMR headsets that lets you use your computer in VR. You can browse the web, watch movies, Netflix or even play games on a giant virtual screen.

Bigscreen lets you use your PC desktop in VR. Watch movies with friends in a virtual movie theater. It supports Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, HTC Vive, any SteamVR headset, and any Windows Mixed Reality headset.

Bigscreen vs Virtual Desktop app

In a word, both Bigscreen and Virtual Desktop are available on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, work well with keyboard and mouse.

Minimum System Requirements

Bigscreen and Virtual Desktop are different on the minimum system requirements for computers. You can check the followings to know if your computer supports the VR app.


Virtual Desktop


64-bit, Intel i5-4590 i5-2500k
 OS Windows 10 Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
 Memory 8 GB RAM 4 GB RAM
 Geaphics NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater NVidia GTX 640 or 980M or ATI HD 7000/Rx 200

Version 11

 Storage 1500 MB available space 700 MB available space

If you are using a Windows ‘N’ edition, you will need to install the Media Feature Pack for Virtual Desktop.

Related: All You Need to Know about Watching Movies in VR

Bigscreen vs Virtual Desktop

Both Bigscreen and Virtual Desktop have their own fans. They installed Bigscreen or Virtual Desktop for their own reasons. There are some differences between the two VR apps which let users make different decisions.

watch 3D movies via VR headset

  • Bigscreen is a free app while Virtual Desktop requires to pay about $15 to enjoy the app.
  • Bigscreen has gone above and beyond to accommodate motion controllers, whereas Virtual Desktop’s support is minimal.
  • Both offer a good selection of environments however, Bigscreen’s are significantly better crafted and polished.
  • Bigscreen allows for the creation of cross-platform shared rooms, Virtual Desktop has no such functionality.
  • Virtual Desktop features a 360 video and photo viewer.
  • Virtual Desktop supports voice commands, which work well and are very useful.

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According to some VR fans’ opinions, Virtual Desktop doesn’t offer enough functionality over Bigscreen to justify it’s $15 price. Of course, some Virtual Desktop fans thought that Virtual Desktop has some advanced / unique features deserve the price.

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