Online gambling has come a long way in just 20 years. What was once a handful of sites with simple poker games is now one of the biggest industries in the world. One of the biggest reasons for that growth? Better technology. And now that virtual technology is booming, it’s only a matter of time before players can really immerse themselves in their favorite games.
2016: The year of virtual reality
Virtual reality has really started to enter the mainstream media this year. The Oculus Rift, Sony Playstation VR, and HTC Vive all give users the ability to feel like they’re somewhere else.
It’s a simple concept. When someone puts one of the headsets on, they instantly feel like they’re living inside an alternate reality. That’s because these devices display a 360-degree panoramic image and respond to how the users react in real-time.
These headsets are also getting more convenient for users. The Oculus Rift, one of the first to hit the market, must be wired to an advanced computer in order to work. Newer devices like the GameFace actually include a built-in computer, giving consumers the ability to use the VR headset with minimal preparation.
The world’s first virtual reality casino
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Frankly, it’s one of the coolest things we’ve ever seen in an online casino.
Those with an Oculus Rift VR can experience full immersion in this futuristic online casino lobby. Users actually walk through the casino floor and play their favorite slots as if they were in a land-based casino. Frankly, it’s one of the coolest things we’ve ever seen in an online casino.
The start of a gaming revolution
SlotsMillion’s virtual reality casino has proven that players love what VR technology can bring to gambling from home. For players, the immersion makes playing even more enjoyable. Things like binaural audio and having an actual spatial perspective can turn the experience into an escape into an alternate reality.
Plus, for the casino, there’s a real possibility that this VR universe will make players more likely to play for longer. This gives online casinos a real incentive to compete with SlotsMillion Casino in the virtual reality gambling arena and tap into the market sooner rather than later.
Challenges going forward
Despite the impressive progress of VR headsets in the past year, it could still be a while before virtual casinos really enter the mainstream.
For one, actually developing a VR casino takes time, effort, and cash. In addition to the actual coding and design, online casino companies must make sure that their finished product will appeal to players and comply with the laws of their licensing jurisdiction. The Malta Gaming Authority, for instance, required SlotsMillion Casino to include clocks and make other adjustments to their virtual reality online casino to meet compliance.
But as more software becomes available on these devices, we bet more households will be willing to make the investment.
Another potential setback lies with the VR headsets themselves. The Oculus Rift, for instance, is currently priced at $350. For the vast majority of players, the added benefit of a more immersive gaming experience just isn’t worth it yet. But as more software becomes available on these devices, we bet more households will be willing to make the investment.
There’s no telling how quickly virtual gaming will catch on, but we’re optimistic. What are your thoughts on the VR revolution? Will you be the first in line to try out this new way of playing online? Let us know below or in our forum!