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What Changes Will VR Bring To Online Casinos

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While it’s difficult to predict the future in general, it might be even harder to predict the future of technology. In the past 30 years alone, we’ve gone from the clunky grey computers that weighed about twenty pounds to stronger, faster computers that fit on our wrists. And the amount they can do far surpasses the models from just a decade ago. 

So, that’s why when we start talking about the advent of virtual reality and the Metaverse, it’s hard to make solid predictions about where the technology will go. However, things begin to look a little clearer when it comes to specific changes we might see because of VR. 

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We’ll be talking about an industry that has grown exponentially because of computers and promises to do so again with the help of virtual reality. Let’s take a look at some of the changes we expect to come to online casinos because of VR.

A Reinvigorated Atmosphere

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The casino as a whole has gone through quite a lot of changes. It started in small buildings, moved out to huge physical locations across the world and became synonymous with Las Vegas, and then moved onto the World Wide Web. From there we have seen gambling on screens of all sizes both in our homes and in our pockets. The move to mobile gaming was a particularly big one for gambling and casinos as it gave players the option to experience their favourite games anywhere. However, virtual reality promises to change everything once again.

While listing the best devices to play online poker, live dealer games, and even sports betting is up for debate, we think VR headsets will be on top of a lot of people’s list as it blends the atmosphere of a live casino with the convenience of mobile gaming. There are many benefits to mobile cash games, but being able to break down the game from a digital table can’t be overvalued. Take poker for example.

With a headset, you’ll be able to sit down at a table to play a few hands within minutes of putting the device on. Pair this with having a 360-degree view of the table and an ability to verbally communicate with the dealer and other players, and you have a quick, easy, convenient, yet authentic way to experience poker. Imagine the same treatment but for watching a football game or horse race. The same can be said for any other casino game out there. Speaking of games, our next point will be about the number of games rather than the quality of the environment.

Courtesy: “wheel of fortune casino game” by jsugalski is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Expanding Game Options

VR has already been making waves with players who are eagerly looking for some of the best VR experiences out there right now, but we think its influence could do more than bring about a few new remakes and gimmicks. With a stable pool of VR developers and customers interested to see where the technology could go, we expect a whole new genre of casino games catered to the hardware.

Don’t get us wrong, there will still be virtual roulette tables where players can throw the dice and an option to not only bet on but view live sports from the stands, but there will also be new experiences only made possible by VR. Who knows? If virtual reality becomes the norm, we could see hybrid dice and card games that are developed in VR make their way to physical casinos and not the other way around. It’s just an outcome we expect after the intense creative process that goes into developing games for virtual reality.

Courtesy: “Future Interfaces 2014” by NYC Media Lab is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

A User Interface To Promote Multitasking

We might have saved the best for last as having an active user interface while in the casino is a very real possibility with virtual reality. Similar to contemporary smart contact technology, user interfaces in online casinos could show you how much everyone has wagered at a poker game, show players the odds at slot machines as they walk by, and alert people when they’ve hit winning/spending limits for the day. This could help customers focus on the action instead of crunching numbers or rechecking how much everyone at the table has ponied up for a bet. With a user interface, everything could be far more streamlined, and could even offer services like online shopping for when the action takes a lull.

For these, and so many other reasons, we think virtual reality will change online casinos forever. Luckily, it looks like the changes will largely be appreciated by players, so look forward to what changes we see shortly.

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