How Virtual Reality in casinos works
Virtual Reality is a watershed in the evolution of gaming. It offers a completely new way of interacting with games, making the experience more immersive and organic. VR headsets go beyond the limitations of 2D display screens and provide a 3D experience to players. We saw an unprecedented rise in the popularity of Virtual Reality products since the launch of popular VR headsets like Samsung Gear VR HTC Vive Facebook Oculus Rift, and Google Cardboard/Daydream. For the iGaming industry, Virtual Reality is a collective milestone spearheaded by NetEnt, MicroGaming, and Playson. Slots and Casino Games now offer full three-dimensional environment full of interactive features.
How VR Is Integrated
Virtual Reality games are research-intensive products. Each game requires several stages of development and has unique complexities. The testing process is labor-intensive and games with high graphics carry an extra set of challenges. However, the most prominent challenge is that of platform integration. In desktop and mobile gaming, the games are developed in Java/HTML5 for Windows, iOS, and Android. However, VR headsets lack a common platform for gaming.
This is the reason why only a few prominent developers have been able to launch VR Slots and VR Casino Games. NetEnt’s Jack and the Beanstalk is the best yet product that introduces a rich environment with 3D soundscapes and immersive gamification features. However, it is only available to Google Cardboard owners. VR games are usually developed for the Oculus Rift platform and simultaneously for Windows 8 and above. Other games like Starburst, Miss Midas, and Dracula also have VR versions.
When it comes to the question of integration, the complexity is raised further for live casino games. At ICE 2018, NetEnt announced a revolutionary concept of multi-table live casino concept, where the VR experience of different players in live casinos is merged together. On the bright side, influential companies have started to invest in VR technology and this will hopefully solve the connectivity issue.
When first VR casino in UK was launched
The first online casino to be launched on the Oculus Rift Platform by Slots Million. The brand is owned by Alea Gaming Limited, a Malta based casino operator. The company was granted a UK license in September 2017 and it opened its doors to UK punters from November 2017. Recently, Slots Million also launched a Windows compatible version. Others UK based brands like William Hill Casino, Paddy Power Casino, and 888 Casino, have started to offer 3D Roulette. Many new brands are expected to join the bandwagon, as developers release more 3D casino games.
How VR Can Affect Gameplay
Virtual Reality has profound effects on the gameplay and player experience. For new users, it will take time to get used to as we are psychologically wired to experience 2D entertainment. A major aspect of VR games is Atmospheric Gameplay, which will make the whole experience more immersive. Sound effects will be a vital component of the new gameplay.
Next-generation VR slots will also come with a story to tell, the best contemporary example being Jack and the Beanstalk. It follows a story-based narration that keeps gamification at the heart of the slots experience. We believe that the lines between video-games and slots are slowly vanishing as we progress into a new era of casino games. This will intensify with the rise of VR technology in slots. On the whole, VR is a trend that is accelerating and it holds bold promises for the iGaming community.
Pros and Cons of VR in a Casino
Easy to Use
Can cause dizziness and disorientation
VR Headsets are Expensive