In our previous feature on ‘How Technology Has Improved Online Gaming’, we discussed how advances in virtual reality (VR) have the potential to completely transform online gaming as we know it. Storytelling, character development, gameplay, graphics, music, and all other essential aspects of digital gaming can only go so far in terms of player immersion. VR provides the missing element, and it could be the last piece of the puzzle in terms of creating a truly immersive experience.

In fact, a recent market report postulates that the adoption of VR is gaining momentum in the gaming industry. According to the 14-part report, the Global Slot Machine Market is set to enjoy a compound annual growth rate of 15.52% from 2018 to 2022. This is thanks in part to the adoption of VR in the slot machine market as one of the emerging market trends during this period. Simply put, while virtual casinos today already offer VR games to those who have the necessary equipment at home, specialized slot machines themselves on casino floors could take these VR games to the next level. Gone are the days of the ordinary slot machine. Next year’s casino floor slot machines could take you to picturesque locations by the beach or even in outer space, offering customized, fully immersive gaming environments for the player of the future.

It’s no surprise that VR-based games may soon be commonplace even on casino floors. Historically, gaming and technology has always developed hand-in-hand, even before the most high-tech developments. Alongside VR slot machines, the poker scene has also embraced the technology. Reports on virtual poker rooms detail how players from across the globe can come together and, alongside playing the game, “can dress to impress, socialize entertain and chat as if in the same room”. These multiplayer poker rooms will be available on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Steam.

The gaming industry has found great success in adapting to the watching and playing habits of modern audiences, in order to expand their fan base. PartyPoker reports how the card game “morphed into a global export” due to live television broadcasts. Modern broadcasting allowed both experts and rookies to watch a game unfold live, something that was only previously available to those at the tournaments. VR gaming is the next step in audience participation.

While each of these games present their own unique takes on VR, what’s truly interesting is the fact that these same features and capabilities may soon be combined to create the VR games of the future. As virtual casinos are already paving the way for the use of VR in online gaming, we might just be a couple months or years away from the fully immersive casino: a place where haptic suits and facial recognition gives virtual players an authentic gaming experience that truly is comparable to real life. The increasing development of slot machines across the world, including the adoption of VR, can only mean fantastic, new gaming experiences in the near future.

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