Those that have followed VRFocus over the past year will have likely heard of CEEK, a new multimedia platform for virtual reality (VR) devices. The title, developed by Next Galaxy, is currently in open Beta testing on PC with full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). However the platform is intended for a number of devices outside of Oculus VR’s PC-based kit, and has recently made its debut on the company’s smartphone-based device, the Gear VR.
CEEK is one of the entries into the Apps and Experiences category of the ongoing Mobile VR Jam, set up by Oculus VR itself to produce new content for the HMD. The software consists of a personalised user area for users to interact with but also provides an expansive platform for experiences covering live concerts, movies, sports, museums and more. Next Galaxy’s aim is to create an app that negates the downloading of other videos and experiences, instead simply viewing them through CEEK itself.
“Downloading multiple applications to access content is frustrating and time-consuming,” the developer writes on its entry page. “CEEK, enables users to access multiple experiences via just one app. Content within the various venues are uploaded, managed and tracked via our backend. With fresh, new content continually uploaded, users are compelled to frequently explore the virtual world.”
CEEK hopes to be an intuitive service, allowing players to instantly transport to other locations using menus that appear by glancing at the users feet, or simply looking at posters for content they wish to view.
It’s an ambitious platform to say the least and something that Next Galaxy will no doubt continue to developer as VR technology itself progresses. As part of the Apps category for the Mobile VR Jam, CEEK hopes to secure the grand prize of $100,000 USD, with runner ups being awarded $50,000, $30,000 and $10,000. VRFocus will continue to follow each and every VR Jam entry, reporting back with the latest updates on them.