Quick Takes: Virtual reality in online casinos – The future is already here
Anyone who remembers the 1990s knows at what level were the first slots and virtual games: online casinos were dominated by primitive graphics, few available tweaks, clumsy interfaces, and … that’s it. What do we have after 15 years? Games have become more realistic, featuring elegant animations and multi-functionality.
This high standard is now the norm, and today you no longer surprise anyone with the opportunity to play online with a live dealer. But, progress does not stand still, instead moving forward by leaps and bounds. Today, we no longer have the dream, we have Virtual Reality (VR)!
The new face of gambling
Today, many countries prefer to work with the online gambling industry in the legal plane, adjusting taxes and license activities. Online operators, in turn, try to be law-abiding. But, as in any other segment of the market, there are those for whom the law is not written, the so-called offshore market, whose activity is unlicensed. Therefore, there is a greater proportion of probability that in the near future there will be two kinds of virtual reality casinos: legalized casinos, which can use the full version of virtual reality, and unlicensed online casinos, for which this version will be partially available.
Despite the fact that the first VR casino is striking in its realism, the customer base of it is low. And nobody gives forecasts on its increase in the future. Analysts believe that the real visitors of the virtual casino are children of the new millennium. The younger generation is less interested in the traditional casino games and get more pleasure from things like sci-fi and shooter video games.
Pieces of cake
Between the three pillars – eSports, video games, and casino games – boundaries continue to blur. Virtual reality today dictates the rules and requires an increase in computer power.
Online gambling had to share a good “piece of cake” with social casinos, which, with the advent of virtual reality, promise to be even more popular, as they can be used in the advertising campaign of standard terrestrial casinos.
Consider how great it is: being on the other side of the world, you can virtually visit the famous Vegas casinos and play there as well! And there are indeed such projects in the offing. For example, myVEGAS social casino (owned by MGM Resorts), today allows its players to journey through the casino in 3D. As another example, William Hill from Great Britain, whose main direction is racing and betting, is developing a project through which visitors will be able to be involved in horse racing so you can actually be in the role of a jockey.