One of the big names in online gaming over the past few years has been the growing virtual reality space as names like Oculus and HTC have been able to provide players with better options at a cheaper price than before, and some markets have attracted the attention notably through online casinos as the introduction of virtual reality could be a huge turning point to bridge the gap for the players that still prefer the experience at a land-based casino but enjoy the accessibility and ease of use that online casinos have to offer. But what exactly are virtual reality casinos, and how do they work?
The first virtual reality casinos have already been launched and many are following suit – what they are is an attempt to recreate or replicate the experience that can be found at a land-based casino but in the online space instead, with a particular focus on the social and tactile feeling that comes from playing at a land-based option but is typically missing from the more dated online versions. Providing a 3D landscape will give players the ability to interact with all of the games and machines in a very different way, and give an interactive experience as close to the real thing as possible.
How they work is relatively simple, in theory, and is something that has already had some exploration in games that exist today – games that are offered at live casinos with the big favourites including live blackjack are in some ways an easy representation of what a VR casino can offer by bringing a very realistic experience without compromising on the game, but the addition of a VR headset provides an opportunity to really immerse the player and give the ability to look around and physically interact with the casino too. All they require is a VR headset and an online casino that has made the transition, and players are able to step inside the virtual environment.
There have been some drawbacks in the past, most notably with the high cost as a powerful system and the extra VR devices would be needed to play but this is changing as costs are coming down and VR casinos can be played by systems with lower benchmarks too – it also does limit one of the biggest factors that online casinos bring with accessibility as playing at a VR casino will only be possible where a VR headset is possible too, not exactly the type of game to play on a train journey home.
Virtual Reality is still pegged as the future for gaming and many online casinos will quickly look to adapt this technology too, they’re a great choice for a change and may be the final step in bringing many other players from the live casino floors into the online space.