HTC is banking big on virtual reality in many different ways. While they also have a foot in the door for VR headsets, the company tackles the software side of things as well. More specifically, HTC is now partnering with IGT to bring casino entertainment to VR headsets. A rather surprising turn of events, albeit one that is also worth checking out.
Casino Game Tournaments are Coming to VR
On paper, it makes a lot of sense to provide casino experiences to the VR industry. With its immersive approach, the combination of dazzling lights and catchy music can make for an appealing casino experience overall. So far, very few of these experiences exist on the market, but that situation will come to change pretty soon. HTC Vive and IGT are joining forces to bring more casino experiences to virtual reality enthusiasts around the world.
More specifically, IGT’s virtual zone will be used to let casino patrons compete against one another in proper tournaments. Whether or not a lot of companies will explore this option, remains to be determined. With the option of adding cash prices and attracting players from all over the world, there are a lot of exciting opportunities waiting to be explored in this regard.
HTC Vive VP Global Content Joel Breton comments:
“Arcade-like installations and experiences are skyrocketing across the globe as VR has proven to be a consistent traffic generator in entertainment venues. By combining IGT’s gaming expertise and the world’s best VR in HTC VIVE, we are launching a combined platform that can deploy the best complete experiences for VR tournaments or stand-alone VR arcades. This is also a huge opportunity for more consumers to be exposed to amazing VR content.”
As of right now, the Virtual Zone is active at Boyd Gaming’s The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. By leveraging HTC VIve hardware, the multiplayer competition is already underway as we speak. Players will compete against one another in real-time with the option to earn Slot Dollars. It is a great way for casinos to strengthen their online presence, as VR is slowly becoming more mainstream as we speak. A very interesting future awaits in this regard, that much is evident.
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