More tools continue to be introduced to the gaming industry to facilitate operations
The inclusion of virtual reality (VR) technology in online casinos is something that online gamblers have been waiting to see for a couple of years now. There are companies out there already working on creating new games to take full advantage of emerging technologies, and VR games are poised to take over the gambling ecosystem. Casino games have been evolving and some of them now include 3D views; however, two-dimensional playing has its limitations when it comes to how deep a customer can be engaged in the game.
Therefore, the big challenge for the past few years has been how to create a more realistic gambling experience, one that reassembles more a land-based casino, and that is something that VR along with artificial intelligence (AI) are already doing.
For about three years, online casino software developers have been working on the integration of VR features that can be accessed from PC, laptops, smartphones and tablets. Table games are currently being enhanced with live dealers, and this has found to be quite successful. However, for slot players, there is not much a live dealer can do. That is why VR has been playing a major role in new developments of slot machines and since 2015 when the first rough concept of a VR slot machine was presented to the online casino industry.
Thereafter, companies like NetEnt and Playtech got inspired and have been working on the creation of more VR slot machines. Last year, NetEnt presented several of its popular slot games in VR format, and players said that the experience was incredible. Currently, games like Jack and the Beanstalk, Starburst, Miss Midas, Dracula – just to name a few – are already operating with VR formats on websites and mobile apps.
Besides the development of more games, the inclusion of VR technologies also depends on having the right accessories. There are companies working on making VR gear affordable for the masses and, in the meantime, developers continue to add more games and to possibly create a whole VR casino where gamblers can be fully immersed in.