World Stream
World Stream, our cloud-based streaming service, makes Breakroom accessible to everyone— everywhere. Learn how to share access with your users.

Overview

World Stream is an innovative cloud-based solution for enterprise and educational users who might not have access to advanced graphics processing hardware. World Stream renders your Breakroom world in our cloud servers, and then streams a dynamic, interactive live video of that world to each user's device.
This offers many benefits, including:
  1. 1.
    Users don't need to download or install anything. No plugins, no standalone apps.
  2. 2.
    Users don't need to have the latest and greatest computer hardware. As long as they can run one of our supported internet browsers and have access to an internet connection, they are ready to stream.
World Stream is currently supported on Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. For the best possible experience, we recommend using Chrome. Please see this page for our current technical specifications.
Microsoft Edge usually comes bundled with Windows 10. In order to use World Stream, you must use the newer version of Edge which, like Google Chrome, is built on the Chromium engine. Prior to logging in to World Stream through Microsoft Edge, please make sure that Windows Update has been run recently and that you are using the most up-to-date version of Edge.
A monthly allotment of World Stream minutes is included with your Breakroom subscription. This pool of minutes is available to all of your users. You can purchase additional minutes at any time.

An important note concerning voice chat

Voice capabilities are currently restricted by login method. This means that if one user is logged in via World Stream and another user is logged in via Breakroom's desktop app, they will not be able to hear each other over voice chat, even if they are standing in the same region.
Users who log in via the same method can communicate freely. Therefore, we strongly suggest that you take this into consideration when planning your events, and require all guests to use either World Stream or the desktop app.
We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope to provide a solution soon.

Launching World Stream

World Stream can be accessed just like any other site on the internet. When you purchase a Breakroom subscription, you will be provided with a dedicated World Stream URL. You can copy this URL in order to share it with your users.
The Dashboard site header and the secondary tab header, with relevant buttons and links highlighted.
When you log in to the Breakroom Dashboard, you will see a permanent site header (in the example image above, this header is dark purple). You will also see a secondary tab header on each Dashboard tab you visit.
Several of the buttons in these headers can be used to launch World Stream or access the World Stream URL. Here is a brief overview of their functionality.
Header button
Function
Enter Your World
Opens your dedicated World Stream URL in a new tab.
Copy World URL
Copies your World Stream URL to your computer's clipboard.
Download App
Directs you to the Your Apps tab (which also contains information about your World Stream URL).
Advanced
Allows world Owners and Administrators to log in to Curator.
Power icon
Logs your account out of Dashboard.
Your World Stream URL can be shared just like any other internet link. When you click on a World Stream URL, your browser may request permission to use your microphone or camera by presenting you with a small pop-up message. Here's an example of the type of pop-up you might see in Microsoft Edge:
If a pop-up like this appears, simply click Allow. If you accidentally click Block or close the pop-up without making a choice, see our troubleshooting documentation for assistance.
To free up system resources and ensure the best possible streaming experience, we recommend that World Stream users shut down any non-browser applications and VPNs prior to logging in.

Logging in to World Stream

Once you've opened the World Stream URL in your web browser, you will see an Account Login panel. Here you can either enter your credentials and click the Login button to connect to World Stream, or sign up for a new account if open registration is enabled.
There will be a brief wait while your Breakroom application is installed on our cloud servers. During the login process, you may see a large circular "Play" button appear in the middle of the screen. You do not need to click this button to proceed.
Once you've successfully logged in, that's it! Basic information about using Breakroom can be found in our Getting Started documentation.

Using the World Stream toolbar

The World Stream viewer features a unique toolbar designed to help users address common streaming issues. You can summon this toolbar by passing your mouse across the bottom of your screen.
The World Stream toolbar.
Toolbar button
Functionality
Pin/Unpin Toolbar
By default, the World Stream toolbar is set to temporarily disappear after a few moments of inactivity. This button pins the toolbar in place for easy access.
Stop
Logs you out of the world and stops World Stream.
Quality
Allows you to adjust the stream quality, from 360p to 1080p.
Volume
Allows you to adjust the overall volume of the streaming content.
Statistics
Calls up the World Stream statistics bar (below), where you can find information about session duration, frame rate, and your connection.
Restart
Refreshes your stream.
More options
Opens a menu of additional options, which may vary based on your world or region. This may include the option to change media input sources.
Full-screen
Toggles your browser in and out of full-screen mode.
An example of the World Stream statistics bar.
If refreshing your stream using the button in the World Stream toolbar doesn't work, try refreshing your connection by clicking the Refresh button in your browser tab.

Switching World Stream user accounts

An example of how the account confirmation dialog box may appear.
If you close the World Stream viewer and attempt to start it again a short time later, you will see an account confirmation dialog box appear during the login process. If you want to log in under the account you previously used, click Continue. If you want to log in with another user account, click Switch Account.

Managing your World Stream minutes

As long as your account is active within a six-month period, your World Stream minutes will never expire. You can keep track of how many recurring monthly World Stream minutes your users have consumed by consulting the World Stream widget on the main page of your Dashboard.
The World Stream widget on the main Dashboard tab.
Alternatively, you can track usage across all sources (or pools) of World Stream minutes by visiting the World Stream tab on your Dashboard. There you can see how many minutes you have used out of your monthly allotment, as well as any one-time purchases you have made.
An example of how the World Stream tab may appear, with two sources (pools) of World Stream minutes.

Purchasing additional minutes

If you need to purchase additional World Stream minutes, you can do so by following the steps below.
  1. 1.
    Navigate to your Dashboard.
  2. 2.
    Click on the World Stream tab.
  3. 3.
    Scroll down to the Add World Stream Minutes panel (pictured above). There you can:
    1. 1.
      Use the Number of users and Minutes per person real-time computation fields to calculate how many minutes you need,
    2. 2.
      Move the slider to indicate the number of minutes you need, or
    3. 3.
      Enter the number of desired minutes in the field below the slider.
  4. 4.
    When you are satisfied, confirm your purchase by clicking the Add Minutes button.

Setting usage limits

If you would like to impose a cap on how many minutes users can spend logged in to a single World Stream session, or limit how many total World Stream minutes individual users can consume each month, you can do so by following the steps below.
  1. 1.
    Navigate to your Dashboard.
  2. 2.
    Click on the World Stream tab.
  3. 3.
    Scroll down to the Manage World Stream Usage panel (pictured above).
  4. 4.
    Toggle the slider to activate one or both limits, and then specify the minute cap you would like to impose.
  5. 5.
    Click the Save Changes button when you are finished.
You can turn off one or both limits by deactivating the relevant toggles and clicking the Save Changes button again.