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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 recent version of Edge.

World Stream providers

Currently, we use two services for streaming Breakroom content to the web—AWS and Furioos. AWS is the default provider for World Stream, and upon login most users will be automatically assigned to an available AWS instance with low latency close to their physical location.
As an added benefit for Breakroom subscribers who purchase a Support Plan, users will automatically be logged in via Furioos if no AWS instances are available. This seamless "backup" functionality can help our Support Plan clients keep important events on schedule.

World Stream Minutes

World Stream access is granted, tracked, and billed via World Stream Minutes. Due to the way our streaming providers structure their own billing, World Stream usage is currently calculated in hourly increments (i.e. multiples of 60 World Stream Minutes). This hourly calculation policy also extends to World Stream Minute purchases, pre-allocation campaigns, and user session time limits.
A monthly allotment of World Stream Minutes is included with your Breakroom subscription. This pool of minutes is available to all of your users. Please visit our World Stream Minutes page to learn more about purchasing additional minutes and managing user access to World Stream.

Important notes

Cross-platform voice capabilities

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.

Click-and-drag functionality

When connected to World Stream via AWS, you may find that you are unable to drag your cursor when adjusting your camera view or working with object gizmos in the Region Editor. We are aware of this issue, and we apologize for the inconvenience. Until we are able to implement a permanent solution, you can enable drag mode on Windows by pressing Ctrl + Shift + F8 on your keyboard. To disable drag mode, press the Esc key. To overcome this issue on macOS, press FN + Ctrl + Shift + F8 to enable drag mode. To disable drag mode, press the Esc key.

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.

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.