It doesn’t take a $2 billion investment from Facebook to see that virtual reality’s (VR) will have a big impact in the social space. The potential for users to interact with friends and family in new ways is undoubtedly exciting, and companies are only just starting to releaise what’s possible. On such company is Next Galaxy, which has this week announced an agreement with EON Reality to create CEEK, a new social VR platform being developed for the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD) on PC and Project Morpheus HMD on PlayStation 4.
CEEK is described as a ‘fully immersive and interactive’ social VR experience that simulates social occasions such as going to the theatre, music concerts sports games, business meetings and more. Little about the platform has been revealed so far although a statement on Next Galaxy’s website reads: “CEEK is a first of its kind entertainment and social interactivity portal with a blend of live virtual, augmented and actual event offerings.” The platform will also be compatible with the ZEISS Cinemizer HMD.
“Next Galaxy’s CEEK platform is very exciting with the potential to change the social media landscape,” EON Reality CEO Mats W. Johansson said of the announcement. “We’re very happy to be part of this forward-looking venture and can now see the Social VR future very clearly with CEEK.”
The company also stated that it was working with a videogame, movie and cinematics designer that is working on projects such as Crackdown and Halo: The Master Chief Collection as well as boasting experience with Disney and Samsung. The designer wasn’t named.
It’s not clear when we’ll hear more about CEEK, though anyone interested can sign up for an invite on the platform’s official website. VRFocus will continue to follow the project moving forward, reporting back on any more updates on its development.