‘Bigscreen’ Free Screenings of ‘Stargate Origins’ Start Today, Check Showtimes Here


Bigscreen, the social VR app that lets you mirror your desktop to a massive movie screen, has partnered with MGM to bring the first two episodes of Stargate Origins for free to the platform for some limited-time showings. The Stargate Origins showing follows a successful communal watching of Paramount Picture’s 3D version of Top Gun (1986) back in December that Bigscreen CEO Darshan Shankar says attracted nearly 10,000 people.

The showings coincide with the three-episode Stargate Origins finale event coming today, March 8th. Besides showing the first two episodes of the series, there will also be some “exciting bonus content,” for Bigscreen viewers.

image courtesy Bigscreen

Showtimes begin every 30 minutes starting at 6PM Eastern (local time) on Thursday March 8th, and go until 3AM Eastern (local time) on Sunday March 11th. Showings of Stargate Origin are free, although only users in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand will be able to join in – no doubt an issue with licensing.

No ticket or sign-up is required, simply download Bigscreen from the Oculus Store, Steam, or the Microsoft Store. Bigscreen offers cross-compatibility between Oculus Rift, HTC Vive,all Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets, and other SteamVR-compatible headsets.

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If you’re looking to squeeze in a few extra episodes outside of the official viewing, you might want to ask around to see if there’s anyone signed up to the Stargate Command subscription service, as you can cast anything and everything your monitor can display to your own instance of a virtual movie theater.

This month’s communal showings follows a recent update to Bigscreen that includes new environments and a new 12-player per room limit.

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  • impurekind

    Nice to know I can actually watch this time. :-D

  • Cy James

    Ugh, more prequels!!!

  • Andreas Zetterström

    Given the score on IMDB I don’t feel too distraught that this isn’t available in my country… Probably more of a blessing really.

  • Why show a 2D film on a 3D headset that is capable of so much more. The film looked like it was running at 18 fps on the screen too. Everything else in the room was running at max fps. Sadly a negative experience.

  • Jerald Doerr

    What! I missed Top Gun in 3D??? Arg!!!

  • Daniel H

    I took a look at BigScreen for the first time with Stargate in the
    theaters. Glad to say the frame rate was not bad when I was in the room. It was honestly eye-opening how cool a 2d movie could be in VR (I think it’s the community feeling. I was seated right next to someone and I wasn’t expecting to see them so close to me).