Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Are VR Casinos the Future?

Virtual Reality is the new buzzword in online gaming circles and with revenues from VR software and hardware projected to rise from $90 million in 2014 to $5.2 billion in 2018, it’s easy to see why the casino industry wants to get in on the trend.

A few years back the idea of playing a VR casino game would have seemed as feasible as a trip to space, but thanks to massive advancements in technology, this is now a reality. In some cases all you need is a smartphone, an Internet connection and a headset and you can get in on the action. Gone are the days when VR tech was prohibitively expensive and for the elite few, devices like the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear have changed the market and the way we enjoy VR gaming.

How VR Works
Virtual Reality is often compared to Augmented Reality, but it is in fact somewhat different. AR overlays content on an existing reality, such as seen in Pokémon GO, whereas VR creates its own reality and transports you to a completely different virtual world. This means you can go to outer space, explore an underwater cave, visit another country - or play Poker and other casino games at a real table.

The first VR helmet was created by SEGA more than 20 years ago and never actually made it to market, but today’s technology has ensured that the VR experience is so much more attainable. VR goggles that require a smartphone to be slid inside are a popular choice, or custom purpose goggles that have their own screen are also a massive hit. The player simply needs to don the goggles and they’ll be taken to a different reality, where they can look around at all angles, and use specific movements to control their and the environments actions.

Pioneering VR Casino Games

Interestingly, online pokies have been some of the first VR casino games to really make their mark, and software developers Microgaming and NetEnt have both released titles that have made a huge impact. Pokies online are a world favourite, so it was perhaps an obvious choice that developers tackled these games before any others. NetEnt’s Jack’s World proved an instant hit and the software developer is set to release their hugely popular Gonzo’s Quest pokie in 3D too.

Microgaming has been focusing on a VR Roulette game, and despite pokies innate popularity, it may turn out that VR table games harness the technology to its full effect. Live casino table games have become a major success thanks to the element of realism they provide, and VR is simply the next step in this evolution.

Growth of VR Casinos
At present, SlotsMillion is the only true VR casino online, but they have set the standard and it certainly won’t be long before other leading brands follow. In the interim, the popularity of VR games keeps growing, and even as individual titles are released, it seems that players can’t get enough of this new way to win.

In the future, VR casino games could well become as common as standard mobile or online casino games are, and this type of technology opens up a world of possibilities for developers and players alike. The way we enjoy casino games is changing, and with VR advancements it can only be for the better.

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