There is no doubt that if you spend a great deal of time in a casino, you are experiencing a very different kind of reality. If you happen to be one of those gamblers who usually end up with a fair amount of winnings at the end of the day, you will be most certainly altering your reality. What you may not know at this point is that virtual reality is going to change all of that in the casino world. It already has an impact on the industry.
What Is Virtual Reality?
You’ve probably heard of it a lot. Typically, virtual reality has connections to gaming, the aerospace, medical and other industries. In simple terms, virtual reality is a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional environment. Within this environment, you can interact with it in what appears to be a very real way. The only hitch is that to experience virtual reality you require special electronic equipment.
How Casinos Use Virtual Reality
Believe it or not, casinos put a great deal of effort into attracting traffic. You would think that the possibility of hitting a big jackpot would be enough to pull people in off the street, but it isn’t. Casinos continue to search for ways to make their specific establishments appear more exciting and thrilling than their competitors. A fine example of this is the tendency to have large hotels, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues all connected to large casinos. The move to create an experience that goes beyond gambling has been successful in resort communities according to ARpost. But virtual reality is something that can be used to target a young, more technology-savvy demographic.
Here are three surprising ways that casinos make use of virtual reality.
1 – Virtual Gaming World
Can you imagine sitting in a casino with a VR helmet that has a built-in video screen that shows you sitting at a poker table with other players? These players would be joining your table from elsewhere in the casino you are in or possibly from around the world. If you already play online games where players come from all over the globe, then a virtual reality poker game in a casino is not much of a leap.
But if you are playing virtual poker in a virtual reality setting, is it really poker? It may not completely fit the definition of gambling as we know it but the reality is that the technology exists to permit digital cash exchanges in the form of direct deposit to bank accounts so depositing digital money into a pot for virtual reality poker seems quite doable. Casinos can utilize VR to create tournaments and special events that will attract new gamblers.
2 – New Games To Fit The Format
If casinos using virtual reality only offer the same table and slot games that already exist in the building, there may not be so much interest in playing virtual reality poker or craps once the novelty wears off. This is where virtual reality in casinos can push the industry into the future according to CIO Review – by introducing new virtual reality-only casino games. They may take the form of variations of existing games or are new gambling games completely.
The current trend shows casinos making use of online games such as poker or sports betting. The idea here is to enhance the offerings of digital games on the casino floor and virtual reality can play a huge role in enhancing the experience and taking that to a much higher level than is currently possible with the way casinos operate today. Where VR will excel in this arena is through customization allowing for personalized experiences for each player.
3 – Something New To Spice Things Up
For those who go to casinos as a way to escape from their own personal reality for a while, virtual reality offers a whole extra layer of that. This is what will attract many to casinos offering VR games simply because it lets them escape into another world within the casino which is a different world to their own. To keep that VR world interesting there will be an ongoing need for new and interesting content to populate that world.
As already mentioned, new content would be in the form of new casino games that would only be available in the VR world. Imagine being able to enter a casino, order a drink, play a few card games, walk around the slot machines and interact with other players and dealers in a virtual reality world from the comfort of your hotel room? The real challenge at this point is determining whether or not regulatory bodies will allow VR gameplay.
Online Casinos Are Already A Popular Gambling Format
Gambling took a huge leap into the world of technology when the internet became a game-changer. Online casinos exist and continue to gain popularity using their own special kind of virtual reality. What will happen once casinos start implementing it further into their establishments? According to Lucian Marinescu, partner at OnlineCasinoGems, it is the natural next step. “Casinos need to keep up and ahead of trends in order to stay relevant in today’s gaming atmosphere. If that means shifting to virtual reality for new games to attract a younger clientele, then that is the logical way to move forward.”
The electronic world pushed gaming into a whole new reality. The internet has also done the same with the introduction of online casinos, although they are not legal in all states. But where will gaming go with virtual reality? Casinos are already making use of it and exploring new and exciting ways to attract younger players with the use of VR.
It has already transformed the industry into a place where regulators have not spent much time. Sooner or later they will be faced with determining what can and can’t be played in a virtual reality casino setting. One thing is for sure, casinos and gambling are going to be pushed into a new reality once VR takes hold.