Earlier this month a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign was launched for vcemo, a new website hoping to offer a Youtube-like service for 360 degree images and video made viewable with virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD). The ongoing campaign is aiming to be the first of its kind, although it would appear that it already has some competition. Today The Immex Company has announced that it will soon open a private Beta for its own 360 degree media platform, vyuu, which is compatible with the Oculus Rift HMD.
Again, vyuu aims to become ‘the Youtube for immersive experiences’, hosting 360 videos and images that Oculus Rift users will be able to view. Unlike vcemo, vyuu already has content creators such as Airpano, Aaron Priest and Visualise, claiming to also be working with the likes of Boiler Room and Red Bull on more. An Alpha version was launched last month at the 2014 Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland, where the company had the chance to meet with Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe. The number of testers will be growing to 5,000 for the Beta.
It’s currently possible to register for vyuu’s Beta on the official website. The next testing phase is expected to start in mid-December 2014. While the platform only works with the Oculus Rift for now, images of Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based HMD and images of the website running on smartphones suggests that it will be appearing on other HMDs in the future. It’s not yet clear just when the full version of the platform will be launching.
VRFocus will continue to follow vyuu, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.