How Technology Heightens a Different Side of the Online Gaming Experience
With the emergence of Virtual Reality, gaming firms rode the waves of contemporary advancements and provided players with titles that support the technology.
Even thought the Oculus Rift has been in development the last few years, it hasn’t stopped gaming firms spending months rendering its future titles via VR. Today, there are several providers that launched sites dedicated to offering casino services using the technology.
The experience gained from a casino VR experience is a magnificent one. The sky is the limit when it comes to offering this type of service, as hundreds of participants can literally ascend the various floors in search of the game they want to play. Players can even hit the bar after playing any number of immersive 3D slot games or interact with others while playing. Some even reported experiencing vertigo while leaning against the windows and looking down – it's that real.
The rate in which VR is developing it is giving consumers even more reasons to avoid heading to actual land-based casinos. With VR's promise of a heightened gaming experience, online gaming providers are now faced with licensing issues as the technology is seen as a completely new medium. In Malta, online gaming regulators have implemented a new set of rules to help players stay in control while gaming. One of the new rules is that developers need to place clocks on the walls so players cannot lose themselves in the game – a situation that many players find themselves in while playing in brick-and-mortar casinos.
Another rule that was imposed was a restriction on multi-player tournament games in which a player's cash balance was visible to the other players participating. A customer's wins and losses must remain private online, unlike in physical casinos where other guests can see how much money a player has in a machine or chips on a table.
The online casino industry will be faced with lots of new regulations should they decide to implement VR to their growing list of services. However, most experts agree that these new set of rules won't stop providers from offering something revolutionary.
When online gaming became a huge hit several years ago, online providers developed arcade-like machines that mimicked video game animation and graphics in order to utilize the latest in technology and design – an upgrade that also faced a lot of regulations before it became an acceptable practice. The same will happen to VR but it won't be long before the technology becomes an integral part of the industry because the experience is so different from what is currently being offered. After all, VR doesn't, in any way, interfere with the mechanics of slot machines or table games it just heightens the player’s gaming experience.
Casinos, specifically slot machines, have always adapted to the times, which is why they remain a popular past time among people. With the emergence of VR, it's only a matter of time before homes become virtual casinos with the likes of poker and slots at the forefront of a digitalized Las Vegas.