The future of virtual reality in the online casino industry

Published on December 27, 2016 in Industry News

Virtual reality at online casinosThe online gambling industry has grown from strength to strength over the last two decades. In recent years, gaming developers have focused on constantly upping the ante by providing operators with the latest technology slots.

“The most recent technological fad is the new generation of virtual reality and many are wondering what impact VR technology will have on the casino industry.”

VR casinos already exist

Virtual reality technology has been around for many years in the casino industry. It comes in the form of live casinos where players are offered the real live casino environment experience where the thrills are real. These live casinos have received a lot of positive feedback from players and have even become available on mobile. Many online casinos offer live casino apps on iOS, Android, and Windows mobile phones.

One of the leading software developers in the online casino industry, NetEnt, recently confirmed the release of a virtual reality online slots game titled Jack’s World. The VR game is based on NetEnt’s popular Jack and the Beanstalk slot. The announcement of the new slot release by Per Eriksson, NetEnt CEO, was seen as a massive statement regarding the firms’ stance on virtual reality development.

Other companies such as Get Lucky VR focus solely on providing operators with captivating virtual reality casino gaming content. The sad reality is that the graphics and gameplay of VR version slots and games are not quite where it should be yet. However, good things do take time and the fact is that there is a lot of potential surrounding VR online casino games.

What’s next for VR?

Thanks to the release of next gen virtual reality headsets, developers have gotten the chance to offer their content for the VR platform. Guild Software’s MMORPG game Vendetta Online was the first to develop its software for virtual reality headsets in January 2013. 

Virtual reality headsets currently available include the Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear VR, earlier this year developer Mojang announced that Minecraft can now be played on the Samsung Gear VR. Online casino developers are constantly looking to provide operators with something different, and with companies willingly investing their time and money in VR, it’s guaranteed that casino game developers will catch on.

There are also casinos considering using virtual reality exclusively. At these casinos players get to experience the real-life casino environment with games such as poker, classic casino table games, and of course, slots. As mentioned earlier the only downside is that the graphics are still quite underdeveloped with a lot of room for improvement.

The future of VR and VR casinos

As with any big gaming change, virtual reality is still fairly new and underdeveloped but it has a lot of potential to turn into something magnificent. The competition among gaming developers has always been fairly strong and with virtual reality still fresh it provides a challenge for developers to show their skill. 

It is clear that the casino industry is one of the key industries that will benefit from VR. Virtual reality is on the edge of a revolution with the casino industry standing right next to it. It might not be all it can be at the moment but the possibilities are endless.