At this time, Discord is rolling out screensharing to its cell customers. It’s a wise transfer; earlier this summer season, the corporate’s mobile app was hitting lifetime highs for downloads every day.
Cell screensharing means that you would be able to simply share your display screen — and no matter you’re watching — with anybody in a voice channel. Meaning you may watch all the things from TikTok to Twitch with any of your folks from anyplace on this planet, in actual time. Whereas chatting.
I noticed a demo of the function just lately, and greater than the rest, I discovered the simplicity astonishing. In our pandemic yr, I’ve spent a lot time socializing nearly — generally on Discord, generally not — and it’s underscored the significance of informal hangouts; spontaneity is likely one of the many issues the pandemic has taken from on a regular basis life.
Options like this one can return a bit little bit of that again to social interplay, I feel, as a result of it permits customers to drop out and in every time. I can screenshare to a Discord voice channel and any of my buddies can simply be part of me in no matter I really feel like doing, be it Amongst Us or simply scrolling by way of my digicam roll.
Something that makes it simpler to be with individuals is nice, in my e book. However given how a lot time I’ve spent with individuals in varied Discord servers this yr, a function like this one feels quietly revelatory. I miss hanging out on a buddy’s sofa and speaking about nothing particularly; after this yr, it’s one thing I’ll by no means take as a right once more.
This new function is about as shut as know-how can get to replicating that feeling.